This Week in Oklahoma Politics

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill in this weekly segment.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the passing of Oklahoma journalist and regular KOSU commentator Frosty Troy, the estimated 12,000 Oklahomans who participated in the Women's March at the State Capitol and Rep. Dan Kirby loses his chairmanship after refusing to talk with the House committee investigating him for sexual harassment.

Remembering Frosty Troy

Jan 20, 2017
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Longtime journalist and former KOSU contributor Frosty Troy passed away Thursday morning in Oklahoma City, following an extended illness. He was 83.

As a soldier in the Korean War, he filed dispatches for his hometown newspaper, the McAlester News Capital. He later wrote for the Lawton Constitution, the Muskogee Phoenix, and the Tulsa Tribune.

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 marathon congressional hearing by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, another accuser steps forward in the sexual harassment investigation of Tulsa Republican Rep. Dan Kirby while Stillwell Democratic Rep. Will Fourkiller refuses to participate in the closed door committee and the Governor's Justice Reform Task Force announces its recommendations could save the state $2B over the next ten years.

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 rocky start for a committee investigating sexual harassment claims against two lawmakers as one of the members walks out refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement and the governor is getting ready to release her executive budget facing a nearly $870 million shortfall as agencies come to the capitol asking members of the House Appropriations Committee for more money.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a prediction from Governor Fallin that she will be facing a shortfall of $500M to $600M for her executive budget and news that the Trump Administration is not picking her to be the Secretary of the Interior.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a look at possible suggestions to replace Pruitt should he get Senate approval, the heads of the Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes are endorsing Governor Mary Fallin for Secretary of the Interior and State House Minority Leader Scott Inman is considering a run for Governor in 2018.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about President-elect Donald Trump naming Governor Mary Fallin as vice-chair for his transitional team and possibly considering her as Interior Secretary. Trump is also talking to other Oklahomans like Attorney General Scott Pruitt and former State House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

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 fate of teacher raises and funding for education after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly defeated a state question to provide a penny sales tax to fund those things.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about election results including the Republicans winning big across Oklahoma and the U.S., while two high profile ballot measures - State Question 777, also known as the Right to Farm, and State Question 779, the penny sales tax for education - failed.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about State Question 792 to put strong beer and wine in grocery stores as well as looking at any state legislative races which has their attention.

The trio also discusses the race for Oklahoma County Sheriff after an audit of mismanagement for the incumbent and accusations of fake endorsements from the challenger as well as predictions on voter turnout.

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