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Marijuana
2:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

A legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.
Flickr / scubabrett22

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

In 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 New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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Immigration
6:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pruitt Adds Oklahoma to List of States Suing Obama

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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Local News
8:53 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Headlines: Pruitt Reaction, Federal Spending & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Tuesday, December 9. 2014:

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is denying a secretive alliance with energy firms. (NewsOK)

  • A new study shows Oklahoma is dependent on federal spending almost as much as the rest of the nation. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill High School is changing its Redskins mascot after 88 years. (NewsOK)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NY Times: Pruitt a Leader in ‘Secretive Alliance’ Between Attorneys General and Energy Industry

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states have formed an ‘unprecedented, secretive alliance’ with the energy industry to fight federal environmental regulations, The New York Times Eric Lipton reports

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Calls for a Special Election in Eastern Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the calls by Democrats for a special election after their candidate died two days before the Congressional District 2 race.


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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Court Losses Won’t Deter Attorney General Scott Pruitt In His Fight With The EPA

Credit C_Nilsen / Flickr

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — predictably — blasted the plan as another example of federal overreach in the Obama Administration’s war on fossil fuels.

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School Storm Shelters
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Announces New Storm Shelter Ballot Proposal

Credit Take Shelter Oklahoma / takeshelterok.org

For the past 9 months, school shelter supporters have fought to get a $500 million bond issue to fund safe room construction on a statewide ballot.  Attorney General Scott Pruitt revised the original proposal, adding what Take Shelter Oklahoma called "biased" and "unfair" language.  But as Kate Carlton Greer reports, the advocacy group announced a new version today. 

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Carbon Emissions Policy
10:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Ready to Fight EPA Proposal to Cut Carbon Emissions

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's Muskogee Power Plant was part of more than $80 million in renovations done at OG&E coal plants between 2003-2006.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency on Monday announced an ambitious plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing coal-fired power plants across the country as part of President Barack Obama’s push to curb climate change.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt blasted the move, saying in a statement the plan “has no legal basis or the force of law.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:52 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lesser Prairie Chicken Peep Show: In the Field With Oklahoma’s ‘Threatened’ Bird

A group of bird watchers at the Selman Ranch, which hosts the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in northwest Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

Betsy Searight and her husband John drove from all the way from New Jersey for this opportunity: Wake up at 4 a.m., huddle against the cold, and sit silently and motionless for hours hoping to watch a Lesser Prairie Chicken peep show.

After a long fight between Oklahoma and the U.S. government, the Lesser Prairie Chicken goes on the federal threatened species list later this month.

To find out how the listing will affect Oklahoma and why the bird is worth protecting, we took a trip to the High Plains of northwestern Oklahoma.

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