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 Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about a bill to increase taxes on cigarettes fails in the House as the clock starts to run out at the State Capitol to create any new revenue to fix the $1.3 billion dollar shortfall.

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 budget with two weeks left in the legislature bills to increase revenue are starting in the legislature while state agencies including health and education are making deep cuts and now a group of lawmakers want to cut all funding to the Department of Corrections over the consolidation of work centers.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about mixed reaction in Oklahoma to the assumed nomination of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, with just three weeks left in the legislative session there's still no movement on the budget and the GOP in the House and Senate selects its leadership for 2017.

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 question coming to the ballot in November to raise state sales tax by one penny to pay for education, a suggestion to GOP Presidential front runner that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin would make a good running mate and new bills signed by Fallin into law.

The trio also discusses the budget and a new education program through the Oklahoma Policy Institute to educate people on the budget through humor.

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 candidates filing for political office including a large number of Libertarians and Independents and the fight over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland heats up during the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The trio also discusses the ouster of Rob Neu by the Oklahoma City School Board and its our weekly look at the stalemate over the budget.

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 first day of filing for political office which saw at least 30 people involved with education sign up to take on challengers and, shortly before that, Governor Fallin held a press conference to unveil her new plan to fix the $1.3 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about promises by House Speaker Jeff Hickman to keep education cuts to no more than five percent and Representative Mike Christian calls out law enforcement for illegal lobbying at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses the upcoming filing for political offices and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority creates a proposal to use federal money to get more people insured.

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 lack of any real movement on the budget despite hitting the halfway mark in the legislative session, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority proposes 25% cuts in Medicaid reimbursements and the new academic standards pass without interference from lawmakers.

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 attacks in Belgium, new education standards under consideration by lawmakers and $25M in cuts announced by the Department of Human Services.

The trio also discusses nearly $80M supplemental appropriations going to education and corrections, Oklahoma City and the Chickasaw Nation taking over the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and former Senator Tom Coburn says he is NOT running for President this year.

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 announcement from the Bixby Public School District that it would be closing early because of budget issues and the Oklahoma Finance Secretary coming under fire after attacking fellow Republicans over Education Savings Accounts.

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