Politics
7:50 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Governor Fallin's Fifth State of the State

Credit courtesy: Joe Wertz

The 2015 legislative session kicks off today with the fifth State of the State Address from Governor Fallin starting just after noon.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to sit down with the Governor to get an idea of the subjects of the speech.

The legislative session is scheduled to run through May 29.

KOSU will be airing the State of the State Address in its entirety today, thanks to our partners at OETA starting at 12:30 p.m.

The Two-Way
6:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 12:14 pm

Updated at 12:03 p.m. ET

President Obama says he wants to work with Congress to "replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America," in remarks that came hours after the release of his $3.99 trillion budget proposal, which is already drawing criticism from Republicans.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A Stay of Execution and A Plan to Raise Teacher Pay

On This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the decision by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to ask for a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip and the plan by new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to give pay raises and add classes to the school year over the next five years.

Ryan, Neva and Michael also talk about bills expected in the upcoming legislature and the arrest of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger.

Headlines
7:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Headlines: Anti-Gay Bill Killed, Flu Deaths & the State Budget

Headlines for Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • A state lawmaker pulls her controversial bill allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. (Tulsa World)

  • New legislation is raising concerns among city leaders. (Journal Record)

  • The flu claims another eleven people over the last week. (NewsOn6)

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to speak to the media Thursday before the Senate voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:10 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The Senate in a bipartisan 62-to-36 vote approved Thursday the Keystone XL pipeline project, setting up a faceoff with the White House, which has threatened a presidential veto.

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which now must be reconciled with a version passed last month by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a presidential veto.

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On Tap
10:34 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Talking Politics at January's On Tap

This month's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo District featured a wonderful discussion on the upcoming legislative session.

Our panel featured Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel moderated by KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross.


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Carless in OKC
9:53 am
Thu January 29, 2015

A New Way to Travel in Oklahoma City

Big changes are coming to Oklahoma City for those without a vehicle or who want a fun way to travel downtown.

John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about the newest form of transportation in this week's Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Headlines
7:54 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Headlines: Execution Stay, Agency Cuts & the Upcoming Session

Headlines for Thursday, January 29, 2015:

  • The US Supreme Court orders a stay in the scheduled execution tonight of Richard Glossip. (Journal Record)
     
  • The head of Oklahoma’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs forced to resign. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin is warning state agencies to be ready for cuts. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Supreme Court Tells Oklahoma To Put Off Executions, Citing Drug Dispute

The execution of three inmates has been put on hold, as the Supreme Court intervenes in a case that involves the controversy over the drugs states use to put people to death. The justices cited the sedative midazolam, which has been used in three executions that did not go smoothly.

The Supreme Court's stay is likely to hold until April, when it will hear arguments from three inmates who say that Oklahoma's execution protocol violates the U.S. Constitution.

The court's order did not elaborate on the reasons or debate behind the move:

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Local News
4:03 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Oklahoma Executions on Hold as US Supreme Court Reviews Drug

Executions are again on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's request to postpone lethal injections while justices review a challenge over the use of a particular sedative.

The court on Wednesday ordered Oklahoma to halt lethal injections after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary stay.

The justices agreed Friday to consider the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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