Mary Fallin

Budget, Storm Shelters, Attack Ads & Impeach Obama
8:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Governor Signs Budget This Week in Oklahoma Politics

This Week in Oklahoma Politics Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about Governor Mary Fallin signing the $7.1 billion budget which some say comes with questionable accounting, Take Shelter Oklahoma tries once again for a $500 million dollar bond for storm shelters in all Oklahoma schools, attack ads starting to pop up with primaries just about two weeks away and the release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl leads Senate candidate Randy Brogdon to call for the impeachment of President Obama.

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Fallin Signs Bill to Replace CCSS
6:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Common Core State Standards Repealed

Governor Fallin signs legislation which ends Common Core State Standards in the State of Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports educators now wait for new standards from the State Department of Education.

Governor Fallin signed House Bill 3399 to repeal and replace Common Core with new standards to be developed by 2016.

Fallin told reporters at a news conference late yesterday that everyone will have an input in Oklahoma education, “Superintendents, educators, parent, public policy officials, Superintendent of Education, employers, citizens.”

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Reading Retention Change Becomes Law
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Veto Overidden This Week in Oklahoma Politics

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about the veto override on the bill to makes changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the $7.1B budget, a change in the horizontal drilling tax rate and an estimate as to when the lawmakers will leave for the session.

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Governor Says No to HB2625
6:43 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Governor Vetoes Reading Retention Bill

Governor Fallin vetoes legislation which would have allowed parents and educators decide on whether to hold back a 3rd grader who can’t read.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the Governor felt it gutted her signature Reading Sufficiency Act passed a few years ago.

Governor Fallin announced the veto of House Bill 2625 on Tuesday saying a third grader not being able to read affects all Oklahomans.

“We’ll see it in our unemployment numbers. We’ll see it in our adults that are trying to hold down just a minimum wage job. We’ll see it in our prisons.”

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Gun Bill Revived Despite Veto
8:40 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Senate and House Join to Override Fallin Veto

This week from 23rd & Lincoln, the Journal Record’s Marie Price talks about the recent attacks by the legislature on the judicial branch of government.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol jrlr.net.

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Lethal Injection
6:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Messy Legal Road That Led To Oklahoma's Botched Execution

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, here with Michael C. Thompson, state secretary of safety and security, charged that the state Supreme Court had exceeded its jurisdiction when it called for a stay of execution in the Clayton Lockett case in March.
Alonzo Adams AP

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 11:08 pm

Although most of the country just became aware of issues with Oklahoma's capital punishment protocols last week after Clayton Lockett's bungled execution, his lawyers had been worried for months. That's because in January, two condemned men in different states but injected with the same new drug cocktail endured executions that went badly. Lockett's lawyer, Susanna Gattoni, was unable to keep him from suffering a similar fate last week.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Botched Execution, Gubernatorial Vetoes and Tea Parties

Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk about the death of an inmate behind closed doors after something went wrong in his execution, the governor vetoes House bills after a bond for Capitol repairs fails in that chamber and the state and national Tea Parties are at odd over support for U.S. Senate candidates.

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The Two-Way
6:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahoma Issues Timeline Of Botched Execution

Clayton Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:21 pm

Robert Patton, the chief of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, offered a detailed timeline on Thursday of the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett.

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Lethal Injection
6:23 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla., in 2008. Legal pressures and concerns from European manufacturers have made traditional execution drugs unavailable to states.
AP

States have always struggled to find humane ways to carry out the death penalty. For a generation, they have favored lethal injection, but that method has become increasingly problematic.

It's coming under increased scrutiny following the death of Clayton Lockett, who died Tuesday of a heart attack after writhing visibly during an execution attempt in Oklahoma.

The execution "fell short" of humane standards, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday.

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Lethal Injection
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 6:18 pm

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected. The incident, the second of its kind in recent months, is renewing questions of what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment."

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