StateImpact Oklahoma
1:33 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Oklahoma’s Largest Utility Confused As U.S. Supreme Court Scuttles EPA Rule

OG&E's coal-fired power plant in Muskogee, Okla.
Gmeador / Flickr

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to curb mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants across the country.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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Headlines
9:03 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Headlines: Cherokee Elections, Budget Lawsuit & American Idol in Tulsa

Headlines for Monday, June 29, 2015:

  • Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker wins reelection. (Tulsa World)

  • The slowdown on I-35 in southern Oklahoma could last all summer and into the fall. (NewsOK)

  • The cost to fix levees in Tulsa could run $35 million or more. (Tulsa World)

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Politics
9:08 am
Sun June 28, 2015

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:07 pm

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Activist Climbs Flagpole At S.C. Statehouse, Removes Confederate Banner

Activist climbing flagpole at South Carolina's Capitol to remove Confederate battle flag.
Mediater

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:37 pm

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

An African-American activist scaled the 30-foot flag pole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse early this morning and removed the Confederate battle flag that flies there.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Politics
11:56 am
Fri June 26, 2015

'Abide By The Law': Campaign Trail Responds To Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:18 pm

After the Supreme Court's decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide came down at 10 a.m. ET, the 2016 hopefuls weighed in quickly.

The Republican side of the field has opposed same-sex marriage, but in responding to Friday's decision, most of the candidates struck a measured tone — many noting they support traditional marriage and religious freedom and disagree with the court — but also stressed the importance of respect and tolerance for all Americans.

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Health
11:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:47 am

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obamacare, GOP Director Resigns & Budget Court Challenge

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of Affordable Care Act supporters, the Political Director of the state Republican Party resigns after pressure from GOP officials and Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent files a lawsuit challenging he upcoming state budget.

The trio also discusses a successful petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa's sheriff, Oklahoma's Democratic Party considers the option to open its primaries to independent voters and racist pamphlets in the eastern Oklahoma town of Pryor.

This is the season finale of This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Ryan and Neva are taking a break over the summer and will return in September.

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