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 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.

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 plan to use rainy day funds for supplemental appropriations to schools and prisons and the State Superintendent of Public Education Joy Hofmeister publicly questions bills to create Education Savings Accounts.

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 tragic death of former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon and Super Tuesday.

The trio also discuss the ruling that the opt-out provision for workers compensation is unconstitutional and a state question on the "Right to Farm" faces a constitutional challenge. 

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 upcoming Super Tuesday Presidential Primary election including recent visits to the Sooner State by candidates, the Libertarian Party gathers enough signatures to be placed on the ballot along with the Republicans and Democrats and a bill to delay the current tax cut makes it out of committee.

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 official budget shortfall for lawmakers grows to $1.3B, officials announce an extra $43M for education after telling schools to expect a $19M cut and the state Supreme Court upholds the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant about Governor Fallin's call to protect some corporate tax credits, the general revenue took another hit falling $105M below the estimate in January and just two weeks into the 2016 legislative session there have already been some surprises.

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 from Governor Fallin, a plan to increase cigarette taxes by $1.50 per pack and bills to eliminate, reduce or put a moratorium on tax credits.

The trio also discuss Senator James Lankford's plan to eliminate federal tax credits on wind energy and the Iowa Caucus results with less than a month before Oklahoma's Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday.

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