Tom Coburn

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a grand jury investigation into the State Health Department finds reprehensible and inept practices leading officials to believe the agaency was insolvent and the subsequent layoff of nearly 200 people, boycotts and challenges are growing against a referendum petition to remove tax increases to pay for raises to teachers, school support staff and state workers as are questions of the validity of the petitions themselves and Tulsa Pub

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin vetoing Senate Bill 1212 which would have allowed anyone over the age of 21 to carry a gun without a permit while signing Senate Bill 1140 allowing private adoption agencies to deny services to anyone based on religious preferences and the newly created and funded agency which will audit state agencies and decide how they should spend their money and which services to provide.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about an attempt by a group backed by former Senator Tom Coburn to veto the tax increases which are funding pay raises for teachers, support staff and state workers and lawmakers push through some questionable bills and leaves some on the table in its plan to end the 2018 legislative session three weeks early.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez escaped federal criminal prosecution. But he couldn't escape the judgment of his Senate colleagues.

The bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee unanimously issued a rare rebuke on Thursday, formally admonishing the senator for his conduct over a six-year period with his longtime friend and political ally Dr. Salomon Melgen.

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

In what The Associated Press called a "final flurry of accomplishment" Tuesday night, lawmakers were able to push through a bill that extended a package of tax breaks, which had expired at the end of 2013, and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees. NPR's Ailsa Chang reported the confirmations also marked a big accomplishment for the Obama administration.

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Headlines for Friday, December 12, 2014:

  • The football season ends for Douglass High School after a ruling yesterday from a district judge. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma economists are revising their outlook for the state with the drop in oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • Influenza in our state kills two people and hospitalizes 94 as health officials see an increase in flu activity. (NewsOK)

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

Read the full report here.

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