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  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin calls on GOP to unite behind Trump

    07/24/2016 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Innovative
    UPI ^ | July 24, 2016 | Eric DuVall
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin addressed the Republican National Convention on Thursday, saying Donald Trump will unify the Grand Old Party and the country around shared values of economic prosperity and the commitment to a strong national defense. Fallin, who is the first female governor in the state's history, told delegates Trump will rebuild the military and defeat terrorism. "He believes in peace through strength and will defeat radical Islamic terrorists who seek to destroy our nation," she said.
  • Oklahoma City police chief changes mind, OKs personal rifles

    07/18/2016 7:21:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 18, 2016 8:18 PM EDT | Daniel C. Houston
    Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty reconsidered his previous position, he said Monday, and will allow officers to carry their personal rifles while on duty until the department buys additional weapons. Citty said he changed his mind after three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this weekend. “Right now with everything going on, I want the officers to feel better,” Citty said. “I want them to feel safer.” …
  • Police in standoff with woman at Oklahoma Air National Guard base after she claims to have device

    07/18/2016 11:13:54 AM PDT · by dware · 32 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 07.18.2016 | Staff Reports
    Tulsa Police Bomb Squad officers are on scene at the Oklahoma Air National Guard base after receiving a report indicating a woman was driving around the complex with an unknown device, an official said Monday. Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said officers were dispatched to the Air National Guard, near 46th Street North and U.S. 169, a little before noon because the Guard notified them of the woman's claims. "She hasn't gone on the base itself, but she's claiming to have some type of a device in the vehicle," he said.
  • The Senate’s final act before recess? More immigration from the Middle East!

    07/15/2016 2:21:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    conservative review ^ | July 14, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    our political class is still violating our sovereignty and security with endless migrants from the Middle East. We have so many emergencies within our national security apparatus and military that can and should be addressed within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), yet the GOP-Senate chose to focus on more immigration as their final act before recess. The Senate passed the Shaheen, D-N.H. (F, 2%) motion to instruct the conference committee negotiating the House-Senate differences in the NDAA to authorize a potentially unlimited amount Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for Afghanis. Only 12 Republicans opposed the motion, which is non-binding, but...
  • First female Marine officers graduate artillery school

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • Man shot, killed by deputy at Rush Springs home following disturbance

    07/09/2016 7:23:01 AM PDT · by Lacey · 8 replies
    kfor.com ^ | July 7, 2016
    "He pulled up to the scene. The individual came out between two parked vehicles with a handgun in his hand,” Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said. “The officer immediately saw the gun, told him to drop it." That's when authorities say the officer pulled out his gun and several times told Vandemark to drop his weapon. "He refused to comply. He was verbally aggressive and belligerent toward the officer,” Weir said. “He finally made an aggressive move and the officer felt his life was in danger and the officer fired one shot, striking the subject. He fell immediately and did...
  • Woman Arrested, Accused Of Nearly Biting Off Person's Ear At Remington Park Casino

    07/06/2016 4:47:24 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    NewsOn6.com ^ | 7/5/2016 | Grant Hermes
    OKLAHOMA CITY - An altercation at Remington Park Casino on the Fourth of July nearly cost one woman her ear after another woman bit her, according to an Oklahoma City police report.According to the report police, a woman named Susan Keyer and her husband Charles went to Remington and began to gamble on the slot machines. Keyer told police she wasn't having much luck at her machine and noticed the woman on the other side of her husband had gotten up leave and didn't leave anything behind, so she switched machines. Keyer told police she played once, winning $25, but...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Oklahoma waitress hurt by words left on check

    06/30/2016 12:35:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 74 replies
    KFOR ^ | June 28, 2016
    When she went to clean the table, Stewart says she found not only a big mess, but a $36 ticket with a message instead of a tip. “When I went to pick up the check, I read it and I thought it said `gray is wrong`, and I went and showed my girlfriend, and she was like, 'what?' And she said it said `gay is wrong',” Stewart said. “I was just shocked. I was more shocked than hurt, but I mean it did hurt.”
  • Assemblies of God Pastor Sees Walkout after LGBT Rebuke

    06/30/2016 7:19:38 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 114 replies
    TruNews ^ | 06/29/2016 | TruNews
    After a series of messages over several weeks encouraging the listeners to respond to the ‘fire of God’, Pastor Bates waded into the controversy over homosexuality, highlighting it’s sin as compared to Scripture: “I was literally shocked, personally, when I began to see people get up, move out, walk out the door kinda shaking their heads. “ Bates says that the people who were most likely to walk out on a message on the Biblical stance of homosexuality are those people with relationship connections with those in the LGBT community. Be it a son, daughter or parent, many going to...
  • “It Shattered It Pretty Good,” Woman Claims Congressman’s Campaign Sign Damaged Her Car

    06/27/2016 11:03:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    kfor ^ | JUNE 27, 2016 | LACEY LETT
    An Oklahoma woman is furious after she said a campaign sign damaged her vehicle. "As you can see, it shattered it pretty good," said Dawn Byram. Byram was driving back from a friend’s house near 164th and Pennsylvania Ave. on Sunday afternoon when something came flying toward her SUV. "I guess the wind has picked up a little bit and, all of a sudden, the Steve Russell sign is coming right at me and hit my windshield," she said. The damage is going to cost her about $250, which is lower than her insurance deductible, meaning she has pay for...
  • Defense Against Animals: 14 Foot Python in Backyard Oklahoma

    06/25/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A snake this large is a clear and present danger to pets and small children.  While most snakes can be dispatched with a shovel or hoe, I would not want to attempt that with this python.  It might take offense. A firearm is a stand off weapon that allows you to apply deadly force at a distance.  A picture with the article shows the python was shot in the head, killing it quickly and humanely.The snake was a surprise for the teen who discovered it. From kfor.com:“I come outside, and the snake is literally slithering in our yard, and...
  • Paul Ryan's Wife: 11 Facts About Janna Ryan

    06/23/2016 6:29:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 13,2012 | AMY BINGHAM
    She was a K St. lobbyist before marrying Paul Ryan. Janna Ryan, then Janna Little, left her small-town roots for the nation's capital to earn her law degree from George Washington University. After graduation, she worked as a tax attorney and lobbyist for PriceWaterhouseCooper and then for Williams & Jenson. ... She went to the same college as Hillary Clinton. Wellesley College, a seven-sisters school outside Boston, can claim Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondent Cokie Roberts among its famous alumni. ... Politics is in her blood. Janna Ryan's family has...
  • Gun Control Convert Scarborough Clashes With OK Rep. Cole

    06/23/2016 11:49:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With all the zeal of a Joey-come-lately, gun-control convert Joe Scarborough clashed on today’s Morning Joe with Second Amendment defender Tom Cole, Republican congressman from Oklahoma. When Scarborough lectured Cole about terrorists “who want to kill people in your district,” Cole shot back “Joe, I know something about terrorism. I lived through an incident in Oklahoma City.” And when Scarborough patronizingly instructed Cole to “read the Constitution,” Cole retorted “I think I’ve read the Constitution as often as you have.” Mike Barnicle waited until after the interview to take a cheap shot at Cole, claiming that he is “handcuffed to...
  • Howie Kurtz Admits Bill Clinton Blamed the Oklahoma City Bombing on Me

    06/17/2016 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 17, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Grab audio sound bite one and just number one for right now. I saw this sound bite on the roster today. I said, "This may be the first time in..." What? This is 1993, or '94, whenever the Oklahoma City bombing was. "This is the first time I've seen the Drive-By Media admit this in whatever number, 20-some-odd years." It happened yesterday afternoon the Fox Business Network's The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan. That's the name of the show, and she was speaking with the Media Buzz, the media analyst expert at Fox News, Howard Kurtz about...
  • governor mary fallin meets with donald trump in new york

    06/15/2016 2:59:26 AM PDT · by SteveH · 20 replies
    tulsa world ^ | june 15, 2016
    Gov. Mary Fallin and six other Republican governors met Tuesday with GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York City. “The meeting went very well,” Fallin said in a statement. “It was an opportunity for Donald Trump to hear from the governors and for the governors to talk with their political party’s presumptive presidential nominee.”
  • Trump's 'Pocahontas' attack leaves fellow Republicans squirming (again)

    06/10/2016 9:05:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 173 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2016 | Matea Gold, Karoun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis
    The furor over Trump’s assaults on the impartiality of a Latino judge had just begun to subside when he lobbed two tweets Friday morning responding to Warren, who had lambasted him as a "thin-skinned, racist bully" in a speech the previous evening. "Pocahontas is at it again!" Trump wrote in one. "Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth." [Snip] The response to the Pocahontas remarks have been mixed and in many cases muted - a sign of how jittery GOP leaders are still trying to find their comfort level with his rhetoric. [Snip]...
  • Oklahoma Police can seize your ENTIRE Bank Account on a Traffic Stop WITHOUT ANY CHARGES

    06/10/2016 4:23:52 PM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 81 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | June 8, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    " If some policeman thinks you’re doing something illegal, your life is over. Without money, you cannot hire a lawyer and they can just rob everything you have on a whim."
  • [Muslim] Man arrested after allegedly posting threatening messages at two Oklahoma City malls

    06/10/2016 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    KFOR.com (NBC local) ^ | JUNE 9, 2016 | JESSICA BRUNO
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro man is behind bars after allegedly posting terroristic threats to a social media site. Authorities said the post by 28-year-old Brian Carey led to several people being concerned about their safety at a pair of Oklahoma City malls. "Judgement day will come this week at the Penn Square Mall and outlet mall. May Allah be with those who believe and there will be mass bloodshed and horror as I Allah will take vengeance on the scumdogs of the western world," the post read. "Officers were able to make contact with this individual later on in...
  • University of Oklahoma Introduces 24/7 ‘Microagression’ Hotline

    06/09/2016 8:17:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ben Kew
    The University of Oklahoma has revealed it will be introducing a hotline designed as a means for students to complain about microagressions and bias incidents. The hotline promises to be a “safe place” for students to raise concerns and report incidents, which is open 24/7 all year round.
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of - News9.com

    06/08/2016 12:14:51 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 105 replies
    News9 Oklahoma ^ | 06/08/2016 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of - News9.com http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=32168555&catId=112032 Posted: Jun 07, 2016 5:57PM CDT Aaron Brilbeck, News 9 You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime. Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards. It's called an ERAD, or...
  • New Front in Civil Forfeiture: Authorities Get Devices to Seize Funds Loaded to Prepaid Cards

    06/08/2016 11:20:35 AM PDT · by heartwood · 29 replies
    Oklahoma Watch ^ | 6/8/2016 | Clifton Adcock
    The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has purchased several devices capable of seizing funds loaded on to prepaid debit cards to aid troopers in roadside seizures of suspected drug-trafficking proceeds. The portable card scanners are designed to be carried in law enforcement vehicles, allow troopers to freeze and seize money loaded onto a prepaid debit card, and to return money to an account whose funds were seized or frozen. The vehicle-mounted scanners are also capable of retrieving and storing limited account information from other cards as well, such as banking debit cards, credit cards and “payment account information from virtually...
  • Woman arrested after 5 area churches were vandalized

    06/08/2016 4:39:31 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    KTUL.com (ABC) ^ | 6/6/2016 | Burt Mummolo
    DEPEW, Okla. (KTUL) — CREEK COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- Volunteers spent hours Monday cleaning graffiti off five churches in Depew.Authorities say Tammy Hall, 40, vandalized the buildings Sunday night. Two churches just outside of Depew were also damaged."Come to find out, I guess somebody had hit every church in town," said Pastor Paul Saunders.According to the Creek County Sheriff's Office, community members believed Hall was responsible. When deputies interviewed Hall, CCSO spokesman Sgt. Les Vaughan says they saw several small areas of red paint on Hall's porch as well as on the palm of her hand.Additional evidence was found in...
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill to Teach People “Abortion Kills a Living Human Being”

    06/07/2016 2:16:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The governor of Oklahoma has signed a pro-life bill into that that will teach the public, and students, that “abortion kills a living human being.” The notion is easily provable given the inordinate amount of scientific evidence, ultrasound imaging and comments from top scientists about the humanity of unborn children. Here’s more on the new law Governor Mary Fallin signed on Monday, the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, which requires the state health department to launch a new educational campaign: The act, authored by Republican Rep. Ann Coody, authorizes the health department to develop a public information campaign about...
  • Gov. Fallin Signs ‘Humanity of the Unborn Child Act’ Into Law

    06/07/2016 12:22:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KFOR ^ | 6/7
    A bill that requires the state Department of Health to develop informational material “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society” was signed into law. On Monday afternoon, Gov. Fallin signed The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act. The act, authored by Republican Rep. Ann Coody, authorizes the health department to develop a public information campaign about the developmental stages of a fetus and alternatives to abortion. It also authorizes an optional instructional program for students. A previous version of the bill that required Oklahoma’s public schools to teach that life begins at conception was amended in the Senate. However,...
  • Crossing the 'abortion desert': Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure

    06/02/2016 8:15:20 AM PDT · by Salman · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2016 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    When she discovered she was pregnant, the 22-year-old aspiring veterinarian started calling abortion clinics in her home state of Oklahoma. It was a short list – there are only two, and neither could get her an appointment quickly. Unemployed, no car, and still living with her parents, Pearl thought about trying Texas, but knew the state had also recently tightened restrictions on clinics. ...
  • District chairman of Boy Scouts troop in Oklahoma arrested for child pornography

    06/02/2016 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 19 replies
    kfor.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Dallas Franklin
    ALTUS, Okla. – A man who is a district chairman of a Boy Scouts troop in Oklahoma was arrested this week after he was allegedly caught with child pornography. Steven Foreman, 52, was arrested in Altus after investigators intercepted child pornography coming from a personal computer at Foreman’s home, officials say. Authorities reportedly found several images of child pornography on Foreman’s computers and hard drives. According to KSWO, Foreman is a retired United States Air Force member and is currently employed in a civilian position at the 97th Security Forces Squadron at Altus Air Force Base. He also holds the...
  • Report: Oklahoma Had Highest Price Increases On Federal Insurance Marketplace Last Year

    06/01/2016 10:58:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    KGOU ^ | June 1, 2016 | By Adam Brooks
    Oklahoma leads the nation in price increases on the federal health insurance exchange, according to a national analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prices for silver health plans on the federal exchange rose 42 percent from 2015 to 2016. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only company that has been on the exchange for Oklahoma for several years. The marketplace is run by the federal government since Gov. Mary Fallin opted not to establish a state-run exchange when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, went into effect. Three others were on for a...
  • Woman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Hosting Party Where Teen Died

    05/26/2016 12:33:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KFOR ^ | 5/26/16 | Jessica Bruno
    A Lexington woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison after a 15-year-old boy dies of alcohol poisoning at a party at her home. 15-year-old Nicholas Faught died at the party allegedly hosted by Tonya Moss and Justin Moore in March of 2015. At the sentencing, the victim's mother gave her testimony, the whole time choking back tears and looking straight at Moss saying she will never understand what her family is going through. The defendant also gave her testimony, claiming she did not know about the party and thought her son was only having a bonfire with a few...
  • Oklahoma landowners register private airstrips to keep wind farms at bay

    05/25/2016 1:52:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    News OK ^ | 22 May 2016 | Paul Monies
    An airport boom is underway in southwest Oklahoma. But don't expect to be in long security lines or grab a coffee while you wait for a flight. These are airstrips registered with the Federal Aviation Administration for private use. Most are turf runways mowed out of a pasture. Some even have a wind sock. But they have no lights or other nighttime warnings. The rush to register airstrips is part of the fallout from a state law passed last year that put in siting regulations on wind turbines. Senate Bill 808 said the turbines had to be at least 1.5...
  • Gov. Mary Fallin named as Republican National Convention Platform Committee co-chairwoman

    05/24/2016 2:47:50 PM PDT · by John W · 14 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | SAMANTHA VICENT
    Gov. Mary Fallin will serve as one of three leaders on the 2016 Republican National Convention Platform Committee, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday. Fallin will join North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx as committee co-chair, while Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, will serve as chairman of the committee, Priebus said in a news release. The Platform Committee will meet at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, to "outline the core principles and values of the Republican Party."
  • She is Opening a New Late-Term Abortion Clinic: “We’re Going to Go Further”

    05/24/2016 4:49:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Burkhart plans to open a new, late-term abortion business in Oklahoma City this summer, according to Rolling Stone. The businesswoman has a shady reputation, having once run an abortion clinic for late-term abortionist George Tiller. She currently owns and runs an abortion business in Wichita, Kansas. On making the decision to expand her abortion business to the conservative state, Burkhart said: “After the physician in Oklahoma City went out of business, I felt like it was even more important. If you want abortion care in Oklahoma, currently you have to go to Tulsa or Norman. Our clinic will go further...
  • Win Or Lose, A Third Party Run Would Be Mitt Romney’s Greatest Legacy [NeverTrump]

    05/23/2016 10:08:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 23, 2016 | Jamie Weinstein
    Mitt Romney may be the #NeverTrump movement’s last chance for a third party bid. Anti-Trump conservatives have so far been unsuccessful in recruiting a candidate to mount a third party run against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Gen. James Mattis said no thanks. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he is too busy raising his children to run for president. Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn said he is not interested.
  • (Oklahoma) Beheading suspect says he's being held 'captive to the disbelievers of Allah'

    05/22/2016 8:38:27 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | May 20, 2016 | Daniel C. Houston
    NORMAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma judge on Friday put off deciding whether to accept a man's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker, as a death sentence would still be possible. Alton Nolen reiterated his desire to plead guilty and die by lethal injection after Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley asked a series of questions to assess whether he understood the charges stemming from the September 2014 attack at the Vaughn Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. "I'm being (held) captive to the disbelievers of Allah, the one and only...
  • BREAKING NEWS: House Calls For Impeachment Of Barack Obama … It’s Official!

    05/21/2016 11:30:31 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    The World Style ^ | May 20, 2016 | Unknown
    Oklahoma’s state legislature isn’t messing around. They are so furious about President Barack Obama’s dangerous actions about transgenders in public school bathrooms, that they are officially calling for OK’s members of Congress to start impeachment proceedings. Obama’s actions have been unconstitutional, and boys and girls should be using the restroom according to the gender they were born with. It’s about time for impeachment! Oklahoma’s Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment over his administration’s recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority. Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to...
  • Oklahoma Legislature files measure asking Congress to impeach Obama

    05/21/2016 6:12:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    KOCO, ABC 5, Oklahoma City ^ | 4:58 PM CDT May 20, 2016
    The Oklahoma Legislature has filed a measure asking Congress to impeach President Barack Obama. Because an individual state does not have the power to impeach a president, Oklahoma lawmakers are asking for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against Obama, the U.S. attorney general, the U.S. secretary of education and other administration officials involved in the decision to let transgender students use bathroom corresponding to the gender with which they identify, not necessarily the gender listed on their birth certificates. The measure says “while the Oklahoma Legislature is fully supportive of providing a safe...
  • Gov. Fallin vetoes bill that would make performing an abortion a felony

    05/20/2016 4:37:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 5/20/16
    One day after lawmakers passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, Gov. Mary Fallin decided to veto the measure.... On Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the measure, saying the bill was “vague” and “would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.” “The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,” Fallin said. “The absence of any definition, analysis or medical standard renders this exception vague, indefinite and vulnerable to subjective interpretation and application.” “While I consistently have and...
  • Accused Beheader Pleads Guilty to Murder

    05/20/2016 3:56:42 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 45 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | David Lee
    OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - A Muslim convert accused of beheading a co-worker and nearly beheading a second at an Oklahoma food processing plant pleaded guilty Friday.     Alton Alexander Nolen, 31, of Norman, Okla., pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, the Oklahoman reported.     Nolen is accused of beheading 54-year-old Colleen Hufford on Sept. 25, 2014, at a Vaughn Foods processing plant.     Prosecutors say Nolen also tried to behead a second victim, Traci Johnson, 44, cutting her throat and face, and then tried to stab a company executive, who shot him.     Nolen's attack...
  • Gov. Fallin vetoes bill that would make performing an abortion a felony [OK]

    05/20/2016 3:28:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    KFOR, NBC News Channel 4, Oklahoma City ^ | 3:50 PM, May 20, 2016 | KFOR-TV and K. Querry
    One day after lawmakers passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, Gov. Mary Fallin decided to veto the measure. On Thursday, the Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. […] On Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the measure, saying the bill was “vague” and “would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.” …
  • Oklahoma introduces measure to impeach Obama over bathroom rights

    05/20/2016 9:24:23 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Oklahoma introduces measure to impeach Obama over bathroom rights By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma's Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment over his administration's recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority. Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to take up a measure as early as Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students. The bill introduced on Thursday night could force schools into costly construction, which would be difficult for...
  • Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Two Anti-Abortion Bills

    05/20/2016 4:46:04 AM PDT · by Category Four · 2 replies
    Oklahoma's Own News 9 (KWTV) ^ | May 19, 2016 | Aaron Brilbeck, News 9
    Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday passed two anti-abortion bills. The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the measure is the first of its kind in the nation. The bill also would restrict any physician who performs an abortion from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in Oklahoma. It was drafted by State Senate Candidate Paul Blair. "A doctor cannot intentionally break his Hippocratic oath and intentionally try to kill that unborn child and retain his license to practice...
  • In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

    05/16/2016 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 8:44 AM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state’s share...
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the resident’s representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • Trump hints that Fallin and Brewer on VP short list

    05/12/2016 5:56:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 170 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Donald Trump said on Wednesday that former Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer and Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin are both on his shortlist for running mate. “Well also Jan. Jan Brewer has been fantastic,” he said. “She has been so fantastic. You know I won so big, her territory, we won so big. And she is a fabulous woman. And I agree with you, the governor of Oklahoma -- fabulous person.” When asked whether Chris Christie is still in the running as a possible vice president pick, Trump declined to give a straight answer, opting to praise the New Jersey governor. “I...
  • Two Killed, Structures Leveled In Tornado Outbreak Across Oklahoma

    05/09/2016 6:22:55 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 3 replies
    News9.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Matthew Nuttle
    Oklahoma - Multiple tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma killing at least two people and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. ... Hail the size of tennis balls have also been confirmed. Multiple homes and structures were damaged or destroyed by the tornado, including some mobile homes and barns. Most of the damage was located in the area of Elmore City, Katie and Wynnewood.
  • OK: “Constitutional” Permitless Open Carry Almost to Governor

    05/06/2016 6:05:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has passed HB 3098, the bill to restore permitless open carry to Oklahoma.  The bill passed the House  73 to 15, and the Senate 37 to 9.  Unless it is stopped in conference committee, it will be sent to Governor Mary Fallin.  Two years ago, in 2014,Governor Fallin, (R) Oklahoma, vetoed a number of bills in what has been described as a “tantrum” on the 29th of April. The legislature overrode one of the bills.  It is unclear if Governor Fallin would veto HB 3098, which passed with veto proof majorities.  I have read the bill,...
  • Repairing Oklahoman's Right to Arms

    05/06/2016 5:57:45 AM PDT · by profdeming · 2 replies
    Oklahoman ^ | Michael O'Shea
    Because Oklahoma is considered gun friendly, it may be surprising to learn that the Oklahoma Constitution today gives virtually no protection to the right to keep and bear arms. Since our state constitution was adopted in 1907, the courts have weakened its gun rights amendment by ruling that our right to arms is not about personal defense; that it does not protect common self-defense weapons; and that the state can make it illegal to carry a handgun in your own backyard. Shockingly, an early Oklahoma court even stated that it would not violate the state constitution to ban handguns entirely.
  • Oklahoma Defunds Planned Parenthood, Medicaid Agency Cancels Its Contracts

    05/05/2016 12:44:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 5, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The state of Oklahoma is taking steps to divorce itself from the Planned Paethood abortion business after the company was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. A Medicaid agency is canceling the contracts it has with the abortion company. Last year, Oklahoma pro-life Gov. Mary Fallin called for defunding Planned Parenthood after a state review discovered that the abortion giant’s state affiliates may be overbilling Medicaid. Fallin that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority end its contracts with the abortion business’s affiliates that operate in the state. Her call came after a state review of Planned Parenthood found a...
  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorses Donald Trump’s presidential bid, welcomes VP talk

    05/04/2016 12:45:08 PM PDT · by AuntB · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | May 4, 2016 | KFOR
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire “100 percent.” Fallin also said Wednesday she’s honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate and would be happy to consider such an offer. Fallin said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate. The two-term governor has not previously endorsed any of the GOP candidates for president. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Oklahoma’s March presidential...
  • Reform of Oklahoma Knife law goes to Governor Fallin

    05/01/2016 7:40:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The restoration of the right to keep and carry weapons continues in Oklahoma.  On 20 April, SB 1159 was sent to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration. The infringement on the carry of weapons had been put into law not long after Oklahoma became a state in 1907, during the early “progressive” era.    There are several sections listed in the 1921 Oklahoma Criminal Code,  pages 523 to 525, published in 1921.  The sections covering the carry of weapons are sections 1798 through 1806.1798 is the state constitutional guarantee of right to keep and bear arms, which then perversely grants...