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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 Governor's threat to veto any budget bill in the second special session which doesn't include a pay raise for teachers, the Oklahoma Education Association releases a poll showing support in Oklahoma for a teacher pay raise and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association challenges the constitutionality of an initiative petition to increase taxes on oil and gas wells to fund education.

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A Democratic state representative from south Oklahoma City is withdrawing as a candidate for a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Term-limited state Rep. Richard Morrissette announced his withdrawal in a statement on Wednesday, citing the death of his father in April as a contributing factor.

"I believe it would be prudent for me to drop out of this race and concentrate on matters of importance which effect my life."

An attorney, Morrissette said he planned to submit a formal notice to the Oklahoma Election Board soon.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has rejected a plan by the state's largest electric utility that would have resulted in customers' bills going up by more than 15 percent over the next five years.

The commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to deny Oklahoma Gas & Electric's proposal to recover from consumers a little more than $1 billion in costs to comply with new environmental regulations and update one of its aging plants.