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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:02 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Oklahoma Officials Vow To Keep Fighting Obama Plan To Cut Power Plant Pollution

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants by more than 30 percent nationwide.

Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma officials have opposed it every step of the way.

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Local News
6:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Over Ten Commandments Monument

Ryan LaCroix Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday reaffirmed its decision that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the capitol grounds. The high court denied Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request for a rehearing.

The state supreme court justices found nothing of merit to rehear the case. They ruled on June 30 that the monument was in violation of the state constitution’s ban on using public money for religious purposes. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:54 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Oklahoma Attorney General Sues EPA (Again) Over Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed another suit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. This time he’s going after the federal Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions at coal plants, as BloombergBusiness’ Andrew M. Harris reports:

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

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 $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Headlines
8:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Headlines: AG Accusations, College Tuition & Special Olympics

Headlines for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney general is facing accusations his office lied to the US Supreme Court. (KFOR)

  • The $25 million dollar bond for the American Indian Cultural center moves forward. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s popular cultural museum, OKPOP, bond makes it out of committee. (Tulsa World)

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10:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Oklahoma Attorney General Admits “Error” In Brief To Supreme Court, But Says It Has No Bearing On Case

Buzzfeed updates their recent story about Oklahoma misleading the U.S. Supreme Court in a lethal injection case. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office admits it was an “inadvertent citation error.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office admits that it had provided inaccurate information to the Supreme Court in a death penalty case before the justices. The admission comes 13 days after BuzzFeed News first asked Pruitt's office for comment on the issue. In a statement, spokesperson Aaron Cooper says it was an "inadvertent" error.
11:22 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Oklahoma’s Attorney General Misled Supreme Court About Letter On Execution Drug Availability

Buzzfeed reports that the Oklahoma attorney general’s office misrepresented the facts behind a key argument about the availability of certain execution drugs in its filings at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Oklahoma attorney general's office misrepresented the facts behind a key argument about the availability of certain execution drugs in its filings at the U.S. Supreme Court, BuzzFeed News has determined. In the state's brief to the justices, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office highlights a letter that the lawyers describe as having been sent to state officials.
StateImpact Oklahoma
9:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Right-to-Farm Legislation About More Than Agricultural Practices

Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.
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Oklahoma voters have at least a year before seeing ads for and against state questions on the ballot in November 2016. But you might want to get used to hearing this phrase now: right-to-farm.

It’s a divisive national issue that’s made its way to the Sooner State, one that puts agriculture at odds with environmentalists and animal rights advocates.

In Missouri, it was a fight between two sides that loathe each other. The right-to-farm amendment narrowly passed there in 2014, and not until after a recount. Part of Missouri’s constitution now reads like this: “The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:17 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Inhofe, Pruitt Attack EPA Over Water Rules

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A rare joint Congressional hearing in Washington Wednesday took up the issue of ‘Waters of the United States,’ the EPA’s attempt to more clearly define which bodies of water qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act.

As StateImpact’s Logan Layden reports, Republicans at the hearing — including Oklahoma’s senior senator and state attorney general — are convinced the move is a vast overreach of the EPA’s power that will place everything from ditches to farm ponds under government control.

Administrator Gina McCarthy explained the EPA’s action as a benign clarification of existing rules meant to reduce confusion for farmers and ranchers, not further burden them. Senator Jim Inhofe wasn’t buying it.

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Politics
8:11 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Democrats React to Governor's State of the State

Scott Inman

Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for the first official day of the legislative session Monday to hear Governor Mary Fallin’s annual State of the State address.

As the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange’s Kate Carlton Greer reports, the Democratic Party praised the governor for finding focus in her initiatives.

Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman described his party as being cautiously optimistic following the Fallin’s call to concentrate on education, healthcare and criminal justice reform this legislative session.

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