Ryan Kiesel

Ryan Kiesel served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010.

Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Kiesel was in private practice with a law firm in Oklahoma City. Ryan also teaches a seminar, Politics and the Law, as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Ryan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Union Dues, Local Drilling Bans & Oil Revenue

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin signing a bill to stop teacher payroll deductions to union and possible unintentional consequences of local drilling bans impacting the federal flood insurance program.

The trio also discusses oil revenue collections drop to a 13-year low and infighting between a Republican lawmaker and the conservative State Chamber.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Teachers, Doctors and Climate Change

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Monday's teacher rally and the vote a few days earlier to ban payroll deductions to teachers' unions.

The trio also discuss the new law signed by Governor Fallin to require doctors to check an online database of prescription drugs to crack down on abuse and Oklahoma emergency officials have to make hazard plans dealing with climate change or risk losing grant money.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

County Commissioner Association, LGBT License Tag & Teacher Rally

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about an investigation of wrongdoing at the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the state refusing to give a man a license tag which supports same sex rights an an upcoming teacher rally at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses news that Congressman Jim Bridenstine paid a tea party leader $64,000 for six months on a "confidential" issue and the State Senate gives $217,000 raises to its staff.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 20, 2015

SAE Lawyer, Teachers' Union Bill & Botched Execution Documents

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 local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 13, 2015

OU Video, Ten Commandments & Vouchers

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant talk about the fallout over a racist video from a now former OU fraternity and a Federal judge dismissing a lawsuit against the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol.

Plus, Oklahoma's two Senators sign a letter to Iran regarding the treaty being worked up by President Obama, the author of a bill to create Education Savings Accounts removes his legislation and a bill ending state-issued marriage licenses in Oklahoma passes the House.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Controversial Bills, Earthquakes & Wind Farms

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Morning Edition host Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about bills which failed to make it out of committee before deadline, and local chambers of commerce raising concerns about controversial bills making national headlines.

The trio also discuss an investigation which find Oklahoma earthquake experts might have known for years about a connection between tremors and the oil and gas industry and new regulations on wind farms in the state.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Conversion Therapy, Open Records & Swag

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accounts & AP History

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $600 million shortfall facing lawmakers crafting the budget, and its likely impact on state agencies.

The trio also discuss the Education Savings Account bills which passed in a Senate Committee, but failed in the House.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Hiring Freeze, Field Tests and Doctor Shopping

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Fallin issuing an executive order instituting a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on pay raises and bonuses for all state agencies. They also discuss the choice by a sub-committee chairman to not hear any bills negatively impacting the budget.

The trio also talk about State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister's decision to end field tests on Oklahoma students, a bill to crack down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs and two bills to make the gas chamber an acceptable form of execution.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

The 2015 Legislature Kicks Off at the Capitol

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State of the State Address given by Governor Fallin to kick off the 2015 legislative session as well as her executive budget.

Also, the trio discusses two bill killed early in the session without getting a hearing: the so-called "hoodie bill" and a bill by Representative Sally Kern allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

Finally, they look at the decision by the Tulsa School Board to hire Deborah Gist as its new superintendent.

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