The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Oklahoma in the News

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Oklahoma Gubernatorial Headlines:
DECEMBER 2013

Oklahoma Watch granted tax-exempt status by IRS (Tulsa World, 12/8/13)
Oklahoma education officials say repeal of Common Core ‘unlikely’ (Tulsa World, 12/8/13)
State worker pay low, benefits high, a study finds (Tulsa World, 12/7/13)
Dems target Christie in ads ahead of fundraiser with Fallin (AP, 12/6/13)
Oklahoma releases private study on state employee compensation (The Oklahoman, 12/6/13)
NJ Gov. Christie endorses Fallin for re-election (Tulsa World, 12/6/13)
Chris Christie endorses Gov. Fallin but misses OKC fundraiser (Tulsa World, 12/6/13)
Gov. Fallin warns feds on ‘control’ of state education (Tulsa World, 12/5/13)
Records on state prison reforms are released (Tulsa World, 12/5/13)
Oklahoma proves popular spot for GOP superstars (Tulsa World, 12/5/13)
Okla. House Speaker T.W. Shannon sets a priority on judicial reform in upcoming session (Tulsa World, 12/5/13)
Increases in sales, motor vehicle tax collections drive state revenue up (Tulsa World, 12/4/13)
Fallin order supports divisive education standards (AP, 12/4/13)
Lawsuits by Okla. AG Scott Pruitt, others challenge Obamacare subsidies (NewsOK, 12/4/13)
VIDEO: Some Oklahoma City churches bless  same-sex unions, urge state to legalize gay marriage (KOCO, 12/4/13)
OK. Gov. Fallin signs executive order supplementing Common Core standards in education (NewsOK, 12/4/13)
Fallin issues order barring feds from state’s academic standards (Tulsa World, 12/4/13)
Okla. governor’s executive order to improve communication between DHS and tribes (NewsOK, 12/3/13)
Mary Fallin warns of $60M spike in health care costs (Huff Post Politics, 12/3/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin’s order lets DHS, tribes collaborate better (Tulsa World, 12/3/13)
Gov. Fallin warns: Little extra to be found in FY 2015 budget (Tulsa World, 12/3/13)
Oklahoma marriage program has spent $70M in mostly welfare dollars (Tulsa World, 12/2/13)
A-F study called ‘misleading’ by Okla. Education Dept officials (Tulsa World, 12/2/13)
OK Watch: Effectiveness of Oklahoma marriage initiative is questioned by some (NewsOK, 12/1/13)

NOVEMBER 2013

Former state senator’s new firm to focus on ‘liberty issues’ (Tulsa World, 11/30/13)
Gov. Fallin’s office responds to queries about play built on biblical satire (Tulsa World, 11/27/13)
Oklahomophobic? OK’s governor denies marriage benefits to National Guard members (The Daily Beast, 11/27/13)
Claremore Democrat Sean Burrage, the OK Senate’s minority leader, won’t seek re-election (Tulsa World, 11/26/13)
Tribal agreement expected to spur investment in Oklahoma (The Oklahoman, 11/26/13)
Democrats go after Chris Christie for Oklahoma governor fundraiser (Star-Ledger, 11/25/13)
Oklahoma, tribes working on new tobacco tax deals (The Oklahoman, 11/24/13)
Governor Fallin’s top lawyer responds to secrecy claims (Public Radio Tulsa, 11/24/13)
Oklahoma drops spouse benefits for all soldiers rather than offer them to gay ones (Politix, 11/24/13)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine says Democrats ‘wanted the shutdown’ (Tulsa World, 11/23/13)
Fallin draws national criticism over military benefits (Tulsa World, 11/23/13)
Oklahoma officials say eight-day ACA extension not enough (Tulsa World, 11/23/13)
Lawmaker urges more use of private prisons to relieve pressure on Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections (Tulsa World, 11/22/13)
‘The Colbert Report’ targets Fallin over spousal benefits for guard members (Tulsa World, 11/22/13)
Barresi promises no double-testing as state prepares for Common Core (Tulsa World, 11/21/13)
Group formed to fight Okla. pension overhaul (AP, 11/20/13)
State salary review shows workers paid 20 percent below market (Tulsa World, 11/20/13)
Fallin: OK will no longer process benefits for National Guard couples (KRMG, 11/20/13)
Republican governor denies benefits to all soldiers to discriminate against gay ones (Slate, 11/20/13)
Oklahoma employees’ salary-to-benefit ratio called ‘out of whack’ (NewsOK, 11/20/13)
NJ Gov. Christie to attend Mary Fallin fundraiser (AP, 11/19/13)
Bridenstine scores 44% approval in Tulsa poll (Tulsa World, 11/19/13)
Bridenstine wants Constitutional amendment to end income tax (Tulsa World, 11/19/13)
Bridenstine moves to repeal federal income tax (Tulsa World, 11/18/13)
Collaboration is called essential to helping drug-endangered children in Oklahoma (NewsOK, 11/18/13)
District A-F grades released (Tulsa World, 11/15/13)
Workers comp law should be tossed, Oklahoma Supreme Court justices told (Tulsa World, 11/15/13)
Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency needs $150M in new funds (Tulsa World, 11/15/13)
About 7,000 Oklahomans complete ACA applications (Tulsa World, 11/14/13)
Supreme Court lets ruling against Oklahoma ultrasound law stand (Tulsa World, 11/13/13)
Improve Our Tulsa passes by wide margin (Tulsa World, 11/12/13)
Supreme Court lets stand ruling declaring another Oklahoma abortion law unconstitutional (Tulsa World, 11/12/13)
Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, Perry Inhofe, killed in plane crash (Tulsa World, 11/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Grades take focus off school funding issue (Tulsa World, 11/9/13)
Study: 250,000 Oklahomans eligible for health insurance subsidies (Tulsa World, 11/8/13)
Barresi gets an F from state education association (Tulsa World, 11/8/13)
Performance survey deals Oklahoma education leader Janet Barresi a failing grade (NewsOK, 11/8/13)
Election Board sought change in early voting (Tulsa World, 11/8/13)
Fallin halts spouse benefit applications at state-owned National Guard facilities (Tulsa World, 11/7/13)
State budget-shortfall fears addressed at Tulsa Regional Chamber event (Tulsa World, 11/7/13)
Legislative leaders outline 2014 priorities (Tulsa World, 11/6/13)
No threat intended over opposition to A-F system, Fallin aide says (Tulsa World, 11/6/13)
US Supreme Court dismisses appeal of abortion ruling (Tulsa World, 11/5/13)
Hopefuls lining up to challenge OK Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi (CapitolBeatOK, 11/5/13)
Fallin touts ‘new minimum’ at New Mexico summit (AP, 11/4/13)
High court ends Oklahoma bid to limit drug abortions (Tulsa World, 11/4/13)
Gov. Fallin counters critics of A-F system for grading schools (Tulsa World, 11/3/13)
State superintendent race attracting campaign donors (Tulsa World, 11/2/13)
State may sue over Defense Department order to Guard on same-sex couples (Tulsa World, 11/2/13)
State eyes legal options after Hagel order to Guard units (Tulsa World, 11/1/13)
House panel told state’s judges are attacking legislative branch (Tulsa World, 11/1/13)
State superintendent challenger out-raises Barresi in third quarter (Tulsa World, 11/1/13)

OCTOBER 2013

Fallin to address summit in New Mexico (AP, 10/31/13)
Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin accused of violating Open Records Act (NewsOK, 10/31/13)
Ex-lawmaker Randy Terrill convicted of political bribery (Tulsa World, 10/30/13)
State high court answers abortion law questions for US Supreme Court (Tulsa World, 10/30/13)
Oklahoma abortion ruling sets stage for US Supreme Court to step in (Christian Science Monitor, 10/29/13)
Education Department to request $175M more in funding next year (Tulsa World, 10/29/13)
Ex-Oklahoma lawmaker denies offering bribe, job (AP, 10/29/13)
Open carry in Oklahoma: Nearly 40,000 applications approved in 2012 (Tulsa World, 10/28/13)
Political notebook: Report says Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System is financially sound (Tulsa World, 10/27/13)
Jurors at political bribery trial see negative side of Oklahoma Legislature (NewsOK, 10/27/13)
State Education Dept postpones release of A-F grades for schools (Tulsa World, 10/25/13)
Barresi: Problems with school grades fixed (Tulsa World, 10/19/13)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off re-election campaign (Tulsa World, 10/18/13)
School storm shelter petitioners seek ballot rewrite (NewsOK, 10/18/13)
Glitches fixed in schools’ A-F reports, Barresi says (Tulsa World, 10/18/13)
After shutdown ends, affected programs in Oklahoma need time to recover (Tulsa World, 10/18/13)
A-F school grades statewide released with errors (Tulsa World, 10/18/13)
Fallin announces re-election campaign in Tulsa (Tulsa World, 10/17/13)
State pension plan reforms debated (Tulsa World, 10/17/13)
Okla. legislators will not receive a pay raise this year (Tulsa World, 10/16/13)
Poll shows wide support in Oklahoma for immigration reform package (The Oklahoman, 10/16/13)
EDITORIAL: Democrats embrace lawsuit reform? (The Oklahoman, 10/16/13)
Fallin to announce re-election plans (Tulsa World, 10/15/13)
Fallin: Nearly 400 state employees face furloughs this week (Tulsa World, 10/15/13)
Governor bans use of state money for federal programs during shutdown (Tulsa World, 10/15/13)
Governor warns of looming state layoffs (Tulsa World, 10/14/13)
State school spending now last in seven-state region (Tulsa World, 10/13/13)
6,900 low-income Oklahomans falling into Insure Oklahoma gap (Tulsa World, 10/13/13)
Ways to resist Affordable Care Act discussed by Tulsa County GOP panel (Tulsa World, 10/10/13)
Governor’s Energy Conference gives boost to sector (Tulsa World, 10/10/13)
Fallin kicks off Governor’s Energy Conference (Tulsa World, 10/9/13)
Sen. Inhofe has open-heart surgery in Tulsa (Tulsa World, 10/8/13)
Lawmakers cite housing shortage in rural Oklahoma (AP, 10/8/13)
Petition to cut smoking still planned, but on hold for now (Tulsa World, 10/7/13)
Oklahoma businesses report confusion over health-care law (Tulsa World, 10/6/13)
Medicaid expansion: Just the facts (Tulsa World, 10/6/13)
EDITORIAL: Are school storm shelters a $500M priority? (Tulsa World, 10/6/13)
Oklahoma’s Republican leaders look to end pensions for new state workers (AP, 10/6/13)
COMMENTARY: A chance to help Oklahoma families and businesses (Tulsa World, 10/6/13)
Political notebook: Workers comp (Tulsa World, 10/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Oklahoma’s failure at proactiveness stings during shutdown (CapitolBeatOK, 10/4/13)
State revenues set 12-month record (Tulsa World, 10/3/13)
Okla. Teachers Retirement System trustees fire executive director (Tulsa World, 10/3/13)
Married gay couples can’t use federal returns for state taxes, state tax panel says (Tulsa World, 10/3/13)
Govt shutdown affects thousands in Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 10/2/13)
Higher pay for judiciary urged; could lead to raise for state officials (Tulsa World, 10/2/13)
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of special-needs vouchers (Tulsa World, 10/2/13)
Strong interests, long delays mark uneven start for Affordable Care Act enrollment (Tulsa World, 10/2/13)
Federal job furloughs could affect thousands of Oklahomans (Tulsa World, 10/1/13)
Early shutdown effects modest in Okla., as analysts debate impact (CapitolBeatOK, 10/1/13)

SEPTEMBER 2013

Gov. Fallin joins Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper, asking Congress to avert shutdown (CapitolBeatOK, 9/30/13)
Fallin not endorsing bond-issue vote (Tulsa World, 9/30/13)
Fallin, governors’ association urge Congress to avoid shutdown (Tulsa World, 9/30/13)
State will refer insurance questions to feds (Tulsa World, 9/29/13)
State employees given script to answer Affordable Care Act questions (Tulsa World, 9/29/13)
Fallin not endorsing statewide ballot on school storm shelters (Tulsa World, 9/29/13)
Oklahoma now only state without a census lead agency (Tulsa World, 9/29/13)
Public pensions: For a sustainable, predictable future (Tulsa World, 9/28/13)
State school board to have new member (Tulsa World, 9/28/13)
ScissorTales: On pensions, Oklahoma alarmists ramp up their assault (The Oklahoman, 9/28/13)
Fallin appoints new state Board of Education member (Tulsa World, 9/27/13)
Inhofe dismissed report on climate change (Tulsa World, 9/27/13)
Sooner Poll: Oklahomans don’t want a government shutdown (NewsOK, 9/26/13)
Private prison firms under scrutiny after Oklahoma escape (AP, 9/25/13)
An open letter to Gov. Mary Fallin about military benefits for gay couples (NewsOK, 9/25/13)
Gov. Fallin seeks halt to Baby Veronica’s father’s extradition to South Carolina (Tulsa World, 9/25/13)
‘Obamacare’ won’t harm Oklahoma’s business environment, feds maintain (Tulsa World, 9/25/13)
Report: Oklahoma health-care rates will be 20-30 percent below US average under ACA (Tulsa World, 9/25/13)
Fallin announces federal grant for research, rural health care (Tulsa World, 9/24/13)
Sen. Jim Inhofe says tea party group making false statement about him (NewsOK, 9/24/13)
Fallin announces $20.3M grant for medical research (Tulsa World, 9/23/13)
Thousands of Oklahomans will remain uninsured after Affordable Care Act takes effect (Tulsa World, 9/22/13)
New workers’ comp system challenged in OK courts (CapitolBeatOK, 9/20/13)
Services to help poor in Oklahoma in demand as number living in poverty remains high (Tulsa World, 9/20/13)
Oklahoma college and university chiefs call for immigration reform (The Oklahoman, 9/19/13)
School-shelter backers begin amendment effort (Tulsa World, 9/19/13)
Firefighters’ union-backed lawsuit opposes Oklahoma’s workers comp law (Tulsa World, 9/19/13)
State Chamber starts effort for school choice, seeks Walton Family Foundation grant (Tulsa World, 9/19/13)
Cherokee Nation’s $1.3B impact on Oklahoma cited by economist (Tulsa World, 9/18/13)
Change in state lottery split again suggested (Tulsa World, 9/18/13)
Oklahoma National Guard reverses stance on same-sex couple benefits (NewsOK, 9/17/13)
More new voters register as independents (Tulsa World, 9/16/13)
Analysis: Oklahomans’ insurance rates average $143 to $673 under Affordable Care Act (Tulsa World, 9/15/13)
Political notebook: Fallin’s road show (Tulsa World, 9/15/13)
Petition planned for bond issue on Oklahoma storm shelters (Tulsa World, 9/15/13)
Number of registered independent voters on rise in Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 9/15/13)
Oklahoma law would ban all drug-induced abortions, group contends (The Oklahoman, 9/14/13)
Oklahoma responds to ACLU lawsuit opposing Ten Commandments at Capitol (Tulsa World, 9/14/13)
Study: Oklahoma tops cuts to per-pupil spending since recession (Tulsa World, 9/13/13)
Report: Oklahoma leads nation in cuts in per-pupil spending (Tulsa World, 9/12/13)
Oklahoma schools consider fortifying gyms as storm shelters (The Oklahoman, 9/12/13)
Corrections Dept may have to  pay more to house inmates in Oklahoma county jails (NewsOK, 9/12/13)
Ten percent drop in Oklahoma revenue collections called an anomaly (Tulsa World, 9/11/13)
Will the certificate of merit hold up to the state Constitution? (NewsOK, 9/11/13)
Oklahoma’s insurance chief John Doak claims rates will skyrocket under ACA (Tulsa World, 9/11/13)
Oklahoma Legislature passes 25 lawsuit reform bills to end week-long special session (Tulsa World, 9/10/13)
Oklahoma lawmakers conclude special session (NewsOK, 9/9/13)
Gov. Fallin describes OSU allegations as ‘disturbing’ (Tulsa World, 9/9/13)
DHS looking into growing number of kids in custody (Tulsa World, 9/9/13)
Oklahoma leaders rejoice over another year for Insure Oklahoma (CapitolBeatOK, 9/6/13)
Sooner Tea Party leader to be tried for blackmail (NewsOK, 9/6/13)
Insure Oklahoma, premium support program, gets one year extension (CapitolBeatOK, 9/6/13)
Oklahoma lawsuit reform bills pass initial hurdles (The Oklahoman, 9/6/13)
Insure Oklahoma granted a one year extension (NewsOK, 9/6/13)
State pension liabilities top $4 trillion (CapitolBeatOk, 9/5/13)
Okla. Democratic Party chairman: Brad Henry pondering race (AP, 9/5/13)
Lawsuit debate begins in OK special session (AP, 9/5/13)
Okla. Legislature: Bills aim to eliminate frivolous lawsuits, limit court awards (NewsOK, 9/5/13)
COMMENTARY: For Oklahoma, the good news is the bad news from Kansas was wrong (CapitolBeatOK, 9/5/13)
Term limits cited by some in number of laws ruled unconstitutional (Tulsa World, 9/4/13)
Bid to expand special session rebuffed (Tulsa World, 9/4/13)
Under the dome: Bills under consideration for the special session (CapitolBeatOK, 9/3/13)
Governor says lawsuit reform vital as lawmakers return to Capitol (Tulsa World, 9/3/13)
Views vary on motivation for special legislative session (Tulsa World, 9/3/13)
EDITORIAL: Now is the time to deal with lawsuit reform (Tulsa World, 9/3/13)
Something special: OK lawsuit reform restoration to require 31 bills (Oklahoma Watchdog, 9/3/13)
Justice reforms in Oklahoma, N. Carolina: A tale of two states (Tulsa Watch, 9/2/13)
State lawmakers to address lawsuit reform law in special session (Tulsa World, 9/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Sharia law is another imagined threat (Tulsa World, 9/1/13)
Oklahoma’s drug screening of welfare applicants proves costly (The Oklahoman, 9/1/13)
Groups gear up to help Oklahomans enroll in health insurance plans (Tulsa World, 9/1/13)

AUGUST 2013

Ivan Holmes, former OK Dem Party chair, announces campaign for state superintendent (Tulsa World, 8/30/13)
Campaign, lobbying rules still on track for revamp, state Ethics Commission director says (Tulsa World, 8/30/13)
Petition would call for statewide vote on school storm shelter funding (Tulsa World, 8/29/13)
Gov. Fallin says she’s satisfied with White House statement on Duncan slaying (NewsOK, 8/26/13)
Fallin gets health-sector funding lift (Tulsa World, 8/26/13)
A look at donations to Fallin’s campaign by beneficiaries of tort reform (Tulsa World, 8/25/13)
Fallin points to frivolous cases as need for special session (Tulsa World, 8/25/13)
Plaintiff in ‘frivolous lawsuit’ disputes being characterized that way by Fallin (Tulsa World, 8/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Unsuitable forecasts for higher education (Tulsa World, 8/25/13)
Fallin: Oklahoma negotiating for Medicaid waiver (Tulsa World, 8/24/13)
Sen. Tom Coburn’s comments on impeachment draw fire (NewsOK, 8/24/13)
State prosecuted doctor Fallin cites among ‘frivolous lawsuits’ (Tulsa World, 8/24/13)
Barresi to state school boards association: Teachers should get $2,000 raise (Tulsa World, 8/24/13)
Coburn joins call for constitutional convention (Tulsa World, 8/22/13)
Coburn calls on Oklahomans to push for national constitutional convention (Tulsa World, 8/21/13)
Oklahoma’s emergency contraceptive law is put on hold by judge (Tulsa World, 8/20/13)
ACLU sues to remove Ten Commandments monument from Capitol grounds (Tulsa World, 8/20/13)
Okla. unemployment rate at 5.3%, highest so far in 2013 (Tulsa World, 8/20/13)
Okla. Speaker Shannon says lawsuit reform fix may take 26-28 bills, 6-8 days (Oklahoma Watchdog, 8/20/13)
VIDEO: Judge blocks Oklahoma ‘morning after’ pill law (NewsOK, 8/19/13)
State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s controversial style both loved and hated (Tulsa World, 8/18/13)
Opinions sharply divided over Superintendent Barresi (Tulsa World, 8/17/13)
State funding for Oklahoma Youth Expo upheld as judge tosses lawsuit (Tulsa World, 8/17/13)
Oklahoma governor names Teague as Energy Secretary (AP, 8/16/13)
Pruitt bypasses controversy on defunding ‘Obamacare’ (Tulsa World, 8/16/13)
Oklahoma’s ban on sharia law thrown out by federal judge (Tulsa World, 8/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Smart-ALEC? OK Gov. Mary Fallin is no Thomas Jefferson (CapitolBeatOK, 8/13/13)
Oklahoma lawmaker wants to use ‘rainy day’ fund for Medical Examiner’s Office emergency (Tulsa World, 8/8/13)
New study: Cost of prison reforms hits states’ ability to fund welfare programs (Tulsa World, 8/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Governor has chance to lead by example (Tulsa World, 8/7/13)
Could ‘Obamacare’ be accepted in Oklahoma by another name? (Tulsa World, 8/7/13)
OK Watch: State employees enjoy ‘way rich’ health insurance (Tulsa World, 8/6/13)
EDITORIAL: Profitable energy companies are good for Oklahoma (The Oklahoman, 8/3/13)
GOP House member starts website critical of Speaker Shannon (Tulsa World, 8/2/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin’s re-election campaign has raised $1.1M (Tulsa World, 8/2/13)
Fallin makes entrance as NGA chairwoman on Harley (Tulsa World, 8/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Concerns  about Gov. Mary Fallin’s ‘power grab’ are overstated (NewsOK, 8/2/13)
Barresi reports $182,000 campaign coffer; undeclared GOP rival raises $146,000 (Tulsa World, 8/2/13)
Fallin war chest nears $1 million (Tulsa World, 8/1/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin approaches $1M in 2014 campaign war chest (AP, 8/1/13)
EDITORIAL: Common core big picture becoming fuzzier as implementation nears (The Oklahoman, 8/1/13)
‘Obamacare’ can’t be enforced by IRS, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt says (Tulsa World, 8/1/13)

JULY 2013

Fallin says Insure Oklahoma won’t be in special session (Tulsa World, 7/31/13)
Candidates for statewide office hard to find in Oklahoma (Enid News & Eagle, 7/31/13)
Oklahoma Democrats continue to seek challenger to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin (The Oklahoman, 7/31/13)
EDITORIAL: No easy answer for state’s prison problems (Tulsa World, 7/31/13)
Spirit AeroSystems got $2.55M in Okla. tax incentives just before layoffs announced (Tulsa World, 7/31/13)
Filing in Okla. marriage equality suit claims same-sex ban arguments ‘now meritless’ (Tulsa World, 7/30/13)
Oklahoma special session likely, despite opposition (CapitolBeatOK, 7/30/13)
Big-name Oklahoma Dems missing from 2014 elections (AP, 7/30/13)
Prison staffing called a ‘crisis’ in Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 7/29/13)
Oklahoma governor flexes muscle to gain influence (The Oklahoman, 7/28/13)
Janet Barresi defends settlement with testing vendor, but educators find flaws (Tulsa World, 7/27/13)
Group of Tulsans urge Fallin to accept Medicaid expansion funds (NewsOn6, 7/27/13)
Okla. education dept settles with testing vendor in deal valued at more than $1.2M (Tulsa World, 7/26/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin readies to take over National Governors Association (NewsOK, 7/26/13)
State officials bringing future passenger rail plans to public (Tulsa World, 7/26/13)
Oklahoma senator fears that special session would focus on judiciary curbs (Tulsa World, 7/26/13)
Fallin spokesman says no judicial selection talks (AP, 7/25/13)
Appeals Court rejects appeal from Oklahoma death row (AP, 7/25/13)
Oklahoma House Dem leader: Tort reform special session ‘waste of time’ (Insurance Journal, 7/24/13)
Oklahoma governor leaning toward single topic in special session (NewsOK, 7/24/13)
EDITORIAL: Attention – State tort reform fix is urgent (Tulsa World, 7/24/13)
Former lawmaker Glenn Coffee: Oklahoma citizens, businesses, can’t afford no special session on lawsuit reform (NewsOK, 7/24/13)
Do state spending trends elevate Mary Fallin’s national status? (Tulsa World, 7/24/13)
Supreme Court rulings on Oklahoma cases to have impact scholars say (Tulsa World, 7/23/13)
Oklahoma Democratic leaders say a special session would be a waste of money (Tulsa World, 7/23/13)
Affordable Care Act fans plans ‘Motorcade for Medicaid’ (Tulsa World, 7/22/13)
Oklahoma’s economic dynamism — in the eyes of the beholders? (CapitolBeatOK, 7/22/13)
OK Watch: Many Oklahomans still not likely to get health care (Tulsa World, 7/22/13)
Okla. legislator Rep. Arthure Hulbert suggests rural areas will hurt regardless of health plans (Tulsa World, 7/18/13)
Push for special session of Oklahoma Legislature picks up steam (Tulsa World, 7/18/13)
Internet sales tax backed by new study (Tulsa World, 7/18/13)
Legislator predicts hospital closings (Tulsa World, 7/17/13)
E-cigarette regulation and taxes once again on the front burner at the Capitol (Tulsa World, 7/16/13)
Oklahoma AG leads multi-state lawsuit against EPA (AP, 7/16/13)
Analysis: AG Pruitt presses newly invigorated arguments against ‘Obamacare’ (CapitolBeatOK, 7/15/13)
Alternate health insurance plan for poor could cost more than Medicaid expansion (Tulsa World, 7/14/13)
Fallin says the state is trying to get a one-year extension of the Insure Oklahoma program (Tulsa World, 7/13/13)
Okla. House speaker approves requests for 68 interim studies (Tulsa World, 7/13/13)
Fallin says she’s considering special session for Oklahoma legislators (Tulsa World, 7/13/13)
Lawmakers explore issues with interim studies (AP, 7/13/13)
‘Obamacare’ delay proves law is harmful, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt tells federal judge (Tulsa World, 7/12/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin seeks audit of Oklahoma DOC after change in leadership (Tulsa World, 7/12/13)
Fallin says special session possible (Tulsa World, 7/12/13)
GOP lawmaker criticizes Fallin over GRDA panel formation (Tulsa World, 7/11/13)
Corrections Dept. welcomes governor-requested audit (Tulsa World, 7/11/13)
GRDA yields to Fallin on plant upgrades during confrontational board meeting (StateImpact/Oklahoma, 7/11/13)
Drilling tax breaks questioned amid tight state revenue collections (Tulsa World, 7/11/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin requests audit of Oklahoma Corrections Dept (NewsOK, 7/10/13)
Phyllis Hudecki resigns as Oklahoma secretary of education (Tulsa World, 7/10/13)
Tension grows as governor’s office tries to stop GRDA vote on plant upgrades (StateImpact/Oklahoma, 7/9/13)
Governor and GRDA split (KWGS, 7/9/13)
State education secretary stepping down (Tulsa World, 7/9/13)
Federal filing says recent events have hurt Oklahoma’s case against ACA (Tulsa World, 7/9/13)
Fallin plans task force study of GRDA (Tulsa World, 7/9/13)
Attorney maintains that Oklahoma income tax cut bill is unconstitutional (AP, 7/9/13)
OK public school leaders upset at State Superintendent Barresi over testing-failure blame (Tulsa World, 7/9/13)
More school officials find fault with Barresi’s fault-finding (Tulsa World, 7/8/13)
Governor orders task force to study GRDA (Tulsa World, 7/8/13)
Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin gets ready for re-election bid (NewsOK, 7/8/13)
Oklahoma Tax Commission asks state high court to overturn ruling that could cost state $450M (Tulsa World, 7/6/13)
Oklahoma pushes to boost taxes on tribal tobacco sales (NewsOK, 7/5/13)
Critics of ‘ObamaCare’ skeptical of Leavitt Partners’ Medicaid recommendations (CapitolBeatOK, 7/3/13)
Some Oklahoma educators furious over Janet Barresi’s reasoning on testing (Tulsa World, 7/3/13)
Sierra Club criticizes Gov. Fallin’s plan to combine energy and environment posts (StateImpact/Oklahoma, 7/3/13)
Fallin plan to combine energy, environment cabinet posts draws fire (The Oklahoman, 7/3/13)
Fallin looking for legal health care plan (Edmond Sun, 7/3/13)
Has identifying as a conservative in Oklahoma plateaued? (CapitolBeatOK, 7/2/13)
Public school leaders left wondering about future tests, mad about Barresi claims (Tulsa World, 7/2/13)
Hobby Lobby ruling may help state’s suit against health-care law (Tulsa World, 7/2/13)
Oklahoma to drop testing consortium, develop own tests, Barresi says (Tulsa World, 7/2/13)
A healthy citizenry is also a target of Oklahoma health reform (Tulsa World, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Fallin: Aerospace industry will continue to lift Oklahoma economy (Edmond Sun, 7/1/13)
Lucas tells constituents he’s ‘under fire’ from ‘special interest groups’ (Tulsa World, 7/1/13)

JUNE 2013

Abortion measures multiply under GOP-controlled Oklahoma Legislature (Tulsa World, 6/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Political Report: State’s gay marriage ban has contentious history (Tulsa World, 6/30/13)
Abortion will continue to be on forefront of Legislature’s agenda (Tulsa World, 6/29/13)
Leavitt report on Medicaid options gets support of business leaders (Tulsa World, 6/29/13)
Poll shows support for extending Insure Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 6/28/13)
Gov. Fallin highlights job growth in state (Edmond Sun, 6/28/13)
Okla. environment secretary stepping down (Tulsa World, 6/28/13)
Supreme Court weighs Oklahoma abortion law case (Tulsa World, 6/28/13)
Pending end of Insure Oklahoma worries working poor (Tulsa World, 6/27/13)
State advised to use ‘enhanced federal funding’ to ease uninsured numbers (Tulsa World, 6/27/13)
Oklahoma AG says he welcomes Supreme Court review of anti-abortion law (AP, 6/27/13)
Supreme Court sends abortion drug case back to Oklahoma (AP, 6/27/13)
Oklahomans react to court’s gay marriage rulings, but little immediate impact foreseen (Tulsa World, 6/27/13)
VIDEO: Fallin: Marriage still only between a man and a woman in Oklahoma (KTUL, 6/26/13)
OPINION: Former Dem lawmaker: Gov. Fallin should not have rejected Medicaid expansion (NewsOK, 6/26/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Mary Fallin, AG Scott Pruitt respond to US Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage (NewsOK, 6/26/13)
Gov. Fallin steadfastly opposed to gay marriage; Tulsa’s Equality Center celebrates rulings (Tulsa World, 6/26/13)
AG petitions federal officials to reinstate Insure Oklahoma funds (Tulsa World, 6/26/13)
EDITORIAL: Oklahoman governors weigh mercy, justice in death penalty decisions (The Oklahoman, 6/25/13)
‘Flexible federalism’ themes likely for OK Gov. Fallin in National Press Club speech (CapitolBeatOK, 6/25/13)
Oklahoma’s federal health care concerns remain unresolved (Tulsa World, 6/24/13)
Gov. Fallin says Oklahoma execution will go on Tuesday (AP, 6/24/13)
Oklahoma lawmakers requests studies on variety of issues (Tulsa World, 6/23/13)
Corrections board, Fallin staff discuss search for new director (Tulsa World, 6/22/13)
State says it has right to challenge Obamacare in federal court (Tulsa World, 6/21/13)
Okla. Superintendent Janet Barresi blasts teacher evaluation delay (Tulsa World, 6/20/13)
State’s challenge to federal health care law to go before judge (Tulsa World, 6/20/13)
Corrections professionals connect DOC’ exec’s resignation to private prison lobbying (Tulsa World, 6/19/13)
Man who threatened sheriff, Gov. Fallin’s child has lost ‘everything’ (The Oklahoman, 6/19/13)
For Oklahoma, more time and fresh opportunity for prison reform (CapitolBeatOK, 6/18/13)
Unused state property up for bid (Tulsa World, 6/16/13)
Recent legislation in Oklahoma could fall victim to logrolling (Tulsa World, 6/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Role reversal: Rise of the Republicans, retreat of the Democrats (CapitolBeatOK, 6/15/13)
Fallin asks Obama administration to reconsider Insure Oklahoma decision (Tulsa World, 6/13/13)
JC Watts talks about GOP efforts to woo minorities and forgiving his Oklahoma ‘nemesis’ (Tulsa World, 6/13/13)
Gov. Fallin and tribal leaders meet to discuss rules for tribal smoke shops (Tulsa World, 6/12/13)
Rise of the OK Republicans: Getting started (CapitolBeatOK, 6/12/13)
Fallin to tour Moore for update on cleanup effort (AP, 6/12/13)
Fallin to lead Oklahoma delegation to Paris Air Show (Tulsa World, 6/11/13)
Study to delve into state employee pay levels, raises (Tulsa World, 6/10/13)
Oklahoma governor has plan for pension system changes (The Oklahoman, 6/10/13)
Capitol Report: Governor, Speaker at odds — or is it war? (Tulsa World, 6/9/13)
A look back at Oklahoma’s legislative session (Tulsa World, 6/9/13)
Oklahoma House to start its remodeling projects soon (Tulsa World, 6/8/13)
Judicial term limits to be studied by Oklahoma House (Tulsa World, 6/8/13)
End of Insure Oklahoma means end of health insurance for many (Tulsa World, 6/8/13)
OKC attorney challenges tax-cut bill (Tulsa World, 6/7/13)
Gov. Fallin vetoes Tax Commission bill (Tulsa World, 6/7/13)
Huckabee urges state leaders to keep Common Core standards (Tulsa World, 6/7/13)
Study says Affordable Care Act will leave many uninsured (Tulsa World, 6/7/13)
Oklahoma governor acts on last bill of session (The Oklahoman, 6/6/13)
Report: Thousands of uninsured Oklahomans will be left out of ‘Obamacare’ programs (Tulsa World, 6/6/13)
Treasurer: Oklahoma revenue collections keep growing (AP, 6/5/13)
OK AG Scott Pruitt criticizes Okla. Supreme Court rulings on abortion (The Oklahoman, 6/5/13)
State Supreme Court invalidates ’09 lawsuit reform law, calls it logrolling (Tulsa World, 6/5/13)
Fallin files court papers detailing basis for withholding emails (Tulsa World, 6/4/13)
Oklahoma lawsuit reform measure tossed out (NewOK, 6/4/13)
Pensions to be primary topic next session (The Oklahoman, 6/3/13)
State leaders laud their performance at end of 2013 legislative session — and give themselves an “A” (CapitolBeatOK, 6/3/13)

MAY 2013

State Rep. Doug Cox: The GOP and abortion legislation (NewsOK, 5/29/13)
At a glance: Oklahoma Legislature session (NewsOK, 5/26/13)
Despite tiffs, Oklahoma’s Republican legislative leaders, governor proud of successes (The Oklahoman, 5/26/13)
Oklahoma governor appreciates Obama’s visit (Politico, 5/26/13)
Fallin: Need to cut through red tape (Politico, 5/26/13)
‘Obamacare’ to begin on time in Oklahoma, officials say (Tulsa World, 5/26/13)
Fallin signs bill to aid tornado recovery (Tulsa World, 5/25/13)
Republican lawmakers’ feud erupts on House floor (Tulsa World, 5/24/13)
House passes measure to ‘quarantine’ Insure Oklahoma, after Senate adjourns (Tulsa World, 5/24/13)
State Senate finishes its work for the year (Tulsa World, 5/24/13)
Oklahoma reopens emergency operations command center (AP, 5/23/13)
State House passes emergency aid bill for tornado response (Tulsa World, 5/23/13)
St. John’s plans layoffs, cites Gov. Mary Fallin’s rejection of Medicaid expansion (Tulsa World, 5/23/13)
Lawmakers benefit from private prison donations (Tulsa World, 5/19/13)
Fallin wants Insure Oklahoma reworked ahead of Affordable Care Act (Tulsa World, 5/18/13)
Oklahoma candidates who don’t follow rules find politics costly (NewsOK, 5/18/13)
Oklahoma leads pack in campaign reporting (NewsOK, 5/18/13)
Okla. governor urges state lawmakers to address health insurance issue (NewsOK, 5/18/13)
Rx drug bills sent to Oklahoma governor (NewsOK, 5/17/13)
Fallin asks lawmakers to save Insure Oklahoma before session ends (Tulsa World, 5/17/13)
Governor proposes plan to save Insure Oklahoma program (AP, 5/17/13)
State legislators ponder veto overrides (CapitolBeatOK, 5/16/13)
Fallin’s energy conference coming to Tulsa (Tulsa World, 5/16/13)
Fallin signs abortion reporting bill, 19 others (AP, 5/16/13)
Okla. school districts could opt out of state mandates under bill sent to governor (Tulsa World, 5/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good on pension reform (CapitolBeatOK, 5/15/13)
Senate clears omnibus budget, Gov. Fallin will sign soon (CapitolBeatOK, 5/15/13)
Gov. Fallin vetoes pension reform bill, HB 2077 (CapitolBeatOK, 5/14/13)
Gov. Fallin signs income tax cut to take effect in 2015 (CapitolBeatOK, 5/14/13)
Okla. governor signs tax-cut, driver’s license fee-hike bills (Tulsa World, 5/14/13)
Fallin signs tax cut measure (NewsOK, 5/14/13)
VIDEO: Mary Fallin signs Oklahoma state income tax cut into law (Huffington Post, 5/13/13)
OK governor approves fee increase for driver’s license (NewsOK, 5/13/13)
Governor signs tax cut for 2015 (Tulsa World, 5/13/13)
RNC’s Priebus says Oklahoma is model for ‘transformational’ Republican Party (CapitolBeatOK, 5/13/13)
Fallin signs pro-marriage public service ad bill (Tulsa World, 5/11/13)
OK Gov. Fallin sticks with decision to hold back on employee raises (NewsOK, 5/11/13)
State House sends $7.2B budget to Senate, ‘early’ adjournment discussed (CapitolBeatOK, 5/10/13)
Oklahoma House approves $7.1B state budget plan (Tulsa World, 5/10/13)
State officials deliberate on ways to preserve Insure Oklahoma (CapitolBeatOK, 5/10/13)
Oklahoma’s dynamic Medicaid discussion includes Florida pilot program (CapitolBeatOK, 5/10/13)
Governor signs marriage ad bill (Tulsa World, 5/10/13)
Oklahoma’s alternative to ‘Obamacare’ unlikely before January 2015, consultant says (Tulsa World, 5/10/13)
Alternate Medicaid funding bill sidelined for the rest of session (Tulsa World, 5/10/13)
Bill to take Medicaid money won’t be heard this year (Tulsa World, 5/9/13)
House passes bill to collect more abortion information (Tulsa World, 5/9/13)
Insure Oklahoma t lose federal funding unless it conforms to ‘Obamacare’ (Tulsa World, 5/9/13)
Obama administration denies extension of Insure Oklahoma program for working poor (CapitolBeatOK, 5/8/13)
Insure Oklahoma program in danger if changes aren’t made, officials say (Tulsa World, 5/8/13)
House Democrats want to end testing contract, sue CTB/McGraw-Hill (Tulsa World, 5/8/13)
Oklahoma House, Senate panels OK $7.1B budget bill (AP, 5/8/13)
Oklahoma House OKs bill adding abortion notification rules (Tulsa World, 5/7/13)
Gov. Fallin and legislators ponder next steps on state Medicaid program (CapitolBeatOK, 5/7/13)
Oklahoma House approves new state retirement option (AP, 5/7/13)
House Democrats designate 205-16 leadership (CapitolBeatOK, 5/7/13)
Income tax cut will boost economy, Okla. governor says (NewsOK, 5/5/13)
Oklahoma pension plan changes are tabled (NewsOK, 5/4/13)
Fallin, lawmakers announce $7B budget deal (Tulsa World, 5/3/13)
Okla. Legislature: Plan to combine pension boards on hold (AP, 5/3/13)
Oklahoma budget deal: No across-the-board increases or bonuses for state workers (NewsOK, 5/3/13)
Income tax collections drive state revenue to record (Tulsa World, 5/3/13)
Driven by education and health care, OK govt spending to jump at least $250M (CapitolBeatOK, 5/2/13)
Governor, leaders announce budget deal (Tulsa World, 5/2/13)
State lawmakers question validity of new testing program in public schools (Tulsa World, 5/2/13)
Oklahoma corrections officials misreported fund balances to governor (NewsOK,  5/2/13)
House Speaker’s infrastructure plan goes to Gov. Mary Fallin for enactment (CapitolBeatOK, 5/1/13)
Sooner Tea Party co-founder wins in court (NewsOK, 5/1/13)
Two state lawmakers work on new health-care plan (Tulsa World, 5/1/13)
Oklahoma House Democrats decry education funding (AP, 5/1/13)

APRIL 2013

Legislators propose plan to accept federal funds for insuring Oklahoma’s poor (Tulsa World, 4/30/13)
Senate sends workers comp bill on to Fallin (Tulsa World, 4/30/13)
Poll: 51% of Oklahomans support Medicaid expansion (Tulsa World, 4/30/13)
Oklahoma protest aims to block Keystone XL construction (NewsOK, 4/29/13)
Log-rolling rule may send Oklahoma tax cut to court (Tulsa World, 4/28/13)
Oklahoma reps say they’re left out of budget process (AP, 4/28/13)
Capitol Notebook: Pension reform (Tulsa World, 4/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Fallin hits three homes in one week (Tulsa World, 4/28/13)
Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon making name for himself (Tulsa World, 4/28/13)
ALEC to meet in Oklahoma City (NewsOK, 4/27/13)
Bill by Oklahoma lawmakers would restrict federal ammunition purchases (NewsOK, 4/27/13)
Oklahoma tribal leaders standing ground against Gov. Mary Fallin over tobacco compacts (Tulsa World, 4/27/13)
Gov. Fallin signs end-of-life measure (Tulsa World, 4/27/13)
School gun bill brought back to life by Oklahoma House (Tulsa World, 4/26/13)
Study of OSU Medical Center touts effects on health care and economy (Tulsa World, 4/26/13)
Gov. Fallin denies parole in crossbow killing case (Tulsa World, 4/25/13)
Amendment to arm school employees added to Senate bill (Tulsa World, 4/25/13)
Sooner Tea Party co-founder accused of violating grand jury secrecy order (NewsOK, 4/25/13)
State Board of Ed member resigns, considers run for state superintendent (Tulsa World, 4/24/13)
Fallin, Okla. lawmakers agree to 2015 income tax cut (Tulsa World, 4/24/13)
Okla. Senate OKs changes to school-grading program (Tulsa World, 4/24/13)
Governor, Speaker, Pro Tem announce accord on taxes, workers’ comp and infrastructure(CapitolBeatOK, 4/23/13)
Governor, legislative leaders announce tax cut, other plans (Tulsa World, 4/23/13)
Enid senator, Fallin at odds over resource center closing process (Tulsa World, 4/23/13)
Why did Okla. Dept of Corrections ask for money when it has a surplus? (NewsOK, 4/23/13)
Rally criticizes Okla. lawmakers on reproductive rights issues (Tulsa World, 4/23/13)
Oklahoma-Texas water dispute at high court (AP, 4/23/13)
Oklahoma parties disagree on characterization of SHOPP bill (Tulsa World, 4/22/13)
Oklahoma Republicans elect new leaders (NewsOK, 4/21/13)
Legislative leaders, Gov. Fallin say income tax cut, workers’ comp reform likely (CapitolBeatOK, 4/19/13)
Pay-raise bill for five state agencies approved by Oklahoma Senate (Tulsa World, 4/19/13)
Workers comp reform, tax-cut agreements hinted at (Tulsa World, 4/18/13)
At a glance: New Oklahoma school safety laws (NewsOK, 4/17/13)
OPINION: We hope several new measures will help create safe learning environments (Enid News & Eagle, 4/17/13)
VIDEO: Okla. Gov. Fallin signs four school security bills (NewsOK, 4/17/13)
Senate passes 3 abortion bills, measure to define marriage as between man, woman (Tulsa World,4/17/13)
Study outlines federal subsidies for Oklahomans under health care act (Tulsa World, 4/17/13)
VIDEO: Oklahoma Farm Bureau president concerned about budget cuts, inaction on farm policy(NewsOK, 4/16/13)
Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin urged to reconsider Medicaid decision (NewsOK, 4/16/13)
As state’s higher education officials tout economic impact, some doubts raised (CapitolBeatOK, 4/16/13)
Fallin signs school security laws (CapitolBeatOK, 4/16/13)
Okla. House Democrats renew call to expand Medicaid (Tulsa World, 4/16/13)
Gov. Fallin pushes income tax cut at Tulsa chamber event (Tulsa World, 4/16/13)
Fallin meets with Oklahoma GOP leaders over tax cut (AP, 4/15/13)
Secretive group spends thousands on Oklahoma political ads (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
Timeline of Okla. AG Scott Pruitt’s fight against Affordable Care Act (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
Feds, state at odds over health plan enrollment (Tulsa World, 4/15/13)
Oklahoma legislative leaders optimistic about tax cut, workers’ comp laws (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
VIDEO: Is Oklahoma going to run out of water? (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
AG Pruitt letter prickles Oklahoma governor’s office (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
Tea party pressure shows up in Oklahoma governor’s office emails about Obamacare (NewsOK, 4/15/13)
Secretive group, Oklahoma Works, opposes workers comp changes (Tulsa World, 4/14/13)
Workers comp rewrite still has a ways to go, lawmaker says (Tulsa World, 4/14/13)
Higher ed may face $24M shortfall unless Legislature picks up the tab on debt restructuring (Tulsa World, 4/14/13)
Group encourages Gov. Fallin to sign legislation banning foreign law precedents (CapitolBeatOK, 4/12/13)
School safety bills headed to governor (Tulsa World, 4/11/13)
Gov. Fallin vetoes storefront loan bill (Tulsa World, 4/10/13)
Education funding in Oklahoma lags, panel says (Tulsa World, 4/10/13)
Reforms proposed for school-performance grading system (Tulsa World, 4/10/13)
Sooner Tea Party co-founder faces blackmail charge (NewsOK, 4/9/13)
ACLU files suit over governor’s executive privilege claim (Tulsa World, 4/9/13)
Oklahoma GOP struggling to agree on tax-cut plan (NewsOK, 4/8/13)
GOP factions pressured Fallin and staff on ACA, Medicaid expansion, emails show (Tulsa World,4/7/13)
Records reveal debate leading to rejection of health insurance exchange by Gov. Mary Fallin (Tulsa World, 4/6/13)
State Senate panel passes income tax cut … with some differences (CapitolBeatOK, 4/4/13)
Senate committee OK’s income tax reduction (Tulsa World, 4/4/13)
GOP says income-tax-cut bill could be coming together (Tulsa World, 4/4/13)
Federal audit says state owes Medicaid up to $6 million (Tulsa World, 4/3/13)
Okla. state senator says Sooner Tea Party co-founder has no shame (NewsOK, 4/3/13)
Governor’s tax cut on hold in Senate committee (Tulsa World, 4/2/13)
Senate committee approves abortion measure (Tulsa World, 4/2/13)
House panel shoots down Tulsa senator’s tax-cut bill (Tulsa World, 4/2/13)
Oklahoma leaders maintain opposition to Medicaid expansion, as homegrown reform founders(CapitolBeatOK, 4/2/13)
Bill to allow Okla. educators to carry weapons in school fails to get hearing in Senate committee(Tulsa World, 4/2/13)
Bill to arm Okla. teachers won’t make it to Senate floor (Tulsa World, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

Bills to make government more transparent stall in OK Legislature (Tulsa World, 3/31/13)
Oklahoma OKs horse slaughter law (UPI, 3/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Horse law could nip Fallin’s re-election bid (Tulsa World, 3/31/13)
Governor releases thousands of records related to Affordable Care Act decisions (Tulsa World,3/29/13)
Fallin’s office: Emails on Medicaid rejection to be released (Tulsa World, 3/29/13)
Okla. House OKs pension cost-of-living bill for retired teachers, state workers (Tulsa World, 3/29/13)
Fallin signs horse slaughter bill (Tulsa World, 3/29/13)
Fallin prepares to release health care emails (NewsOK, 3/28/13)
ACLU Oklahoma demands governor release records (AP, 3/28/13)
Gov. Fallin to explain decision of turning down ObamaCare grants (NewsOn6, 3/28/13)
Anti-abortion group takes sanctity-of-life issues to Oklahoma Capitol (NewsOK, 3/26/13)
Okla. rep. pulls in-state tuition bill from panel (AP, 3/25/13)
Fallin supports making horse slaughter legal (Tulsa World, 3/25/13)
Fewer inmates being paroled since Fallin took office, records show (NewsOK, 3/25/13)
OK Senate panel OKs food stamp work mandates (AP, 3/25/13)
Oklahoma a model for ‘Obamacare’ opponents for challenging health-care overhaul (Tulsa World,3/23/13)
Oklahoma’s efforts have helped avoid Medicaid fraud, report says (Tulsa World, 3/23/13)
Health-care overhaul: Oklahoma insurance officials balk at increased federal oversight (Tulsa World, 3/22/13)
Oklahoma on notice: Feds to enforce ‘Obamacare’ insurance rules in state (Tulsa World, 3/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Action items for Oklahoma: Criminal Justice (CapitolBeatOK, 3/21/13)
Conservatives cheer as State Chamber of Oklahoma supports ‘Shannon-Fallin tax cut’(CapitolBeatOK, 3/21/13)
Undocumented college students express concern about tuition bill in the Okla. House of Representatives (NewsOK, 3/20/13)
Oklahomans still highly interested in guns, FBI records show (NewsOK, 3/20/13)
Hundreds of firefighters rally at Oklahoma Capitol to protest legislation (Tulsa World, 3/19/13)
Gov. Fallin wants to consolidate pension administration — firefighters oppose that and more(CapitolBeatOK, 3/19/13)
Pension reforms advance, including the firefighters fund (CapitolBeatOK, 3/19/13)
Oklahoma state treasurer in economy talks with White House (Tulsa World, 3/19/13)
Prison plan at center of controversy between reform advocates and governor’s staff (CapitolBeatOK, 3/18/13)
Oklahoma police chiefs endorse mental health checks for gun buyers (NewsOK, 3/18/13)
Prison reform has long history of failure (Tulsa World, 3/18/13)
Fallin to deliver keynote address at Harvard (AP, 3/18/13)
Medicaid expansion would cost Okla. $484 million through 2017, Heritage Foundation report says(Tulsa World, 3/16/13)
Okla. state insurance commissioner balks at enforcement of Affordable Care Act (NewsOK, 3/16/13)
Oklahoma governor’s two proposals remain alive in Legislature (NewsOK, 3/16/13)
VIDEO: Prater, Steel quit as chairman of justice reform working group following emotional meeting(NewsOK, 3/15/13)
EDITORIAL: Charges against parole board members may do more harm than good (NewsOK, 3/15/13)
Lawmaker expects education to see more funding (Tulsa World, 3/15/13)
Oklahoma House crams education bills on deadline (Tulsa World, 3/15/13)
Rejecting Medicaid expansion would hit Oklahoma employers hard, study shows (Tulsa World,3/15/13)
VIDEO: Oklahoma parole board members appear in court (NewsOK, 3/15/13)
VIDEO: Oklahoma educators wait to see how State Question 766 will affect funding (NewsOK, 3/14/13)
Gov. Fallin hails bill that revises Council overseeing prisoner re-entry programs (CapitolBeatOK, 3/14/13)
Okla. House passes religious speech bill (Tulsa World, 3/14/13)
House passes bill to block Affordable Care Act in state (Tulsa World, 3/14/13)
OETA defunding bill defeated in OK House (Tulsa World, 3/14/13)
VIDEO: Okla. bill on drone surveillance put on hold (KFOR, 3/13/13)
Oklahoma House OKs abortion bills, passes income-tax cut (Tulsa World, 3/13/13)
Midnight special: OK House advances bill to allow armed teachers (CapitolBeatOK, 3/13/13)
Oklahoma’s revenue falls amid natural gas production slump (Tulsa World, 3/13/13)
State House passes ‘political statement’ banning Affordable Care Act (Tulsa World, 3/13/13)
Okla. House passes three abortion measures (Tulsa World, 3/12/13)
State Senate passes income tax cut (Tulsa World, 3/12/13)
House passes bill to allow the arming of teachers (Tulsa World, 3/12/13)
House roundup: Bill would let parents opt out of schools with armed teachers (Tulsa World, 3/12/13)
VIDEO: Effort to sell Oklahoma’s unused building, properties continues (NewsOK, 3/10/13)
Fallin’s Medicaid decision based on politics, says Dem leader (Tulsa World, 3/9/13)
Oklahoma schools down 500 teachers in last 4 years (Tulsa World, 3/9/13)
Okla. governor acknowledges scientific, medical and engineering experts (NewsOK, 3/9/13)
Okla. House speaker scales back food stamp work requirement (NewsOK, 3/8/13)
Amid crowded jails, Oklahoma looks to boost felonies (NewsOK, 3/8/13)
Would administrative workers’ comp system save Oklahoma money? (NewsOK,3/8/13)
Okla. House Democrats say tax-cut plan will hurt schools (Tulsa World, 3/7/13)
Foreign law ban easily passes House but draws sharp critique (CapitolBeatOK, 3/7/13)
Okla. lawmaker invites Colo. arms manufacturer to Sooner state (Tulsa World, 3/7/13)
OK Senate passes ‘parent trigger’ bill on low-performing schools (Tulsa World, 3/7/13)
Bill triggered by voucher fight passes (Tulsa World, 3/6/13)
Public preschool’s test case (Wall Street Journal, 3/6/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin signs order for panel on developmental disabilities (Tulsa World, 3/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Medicaid expansion: Principle, people and peril (CapitolBeatOK, 3/6/13)
State GOP chairman stepping down (Tulsa World, 3/6/13)
First bill signed into law in 2013 undoes a law Chesapeake Energy helped write (StateImpact/OK, 3/6/13)
State of Oklahoma accepting CNG vehicles (AP, 3/6/13)
Bill to limit Oklahoma scholarships program ignites House battle (Tulsa World, 3/5/13)
Oklahoma taxpayers could help fund federal challenges (AP, 3/5/13)
Bill changing A-F school grading system passes OK House (AP, 3/5/13)
Senior freeze a property-tax bargain in Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 3/4/13)
Lawmakers argue benefits of early learning programs (Tulsa World, 3/4/13)
Oklahoma faces culture challenge with health care law (Tulsa World, 3/4/13)
Gov. Fallin’s team defends rebuff of prison reform funding (CapitolBeatOK, 3/4/13)
State lawmakers target federal aid programs (Tulsa World, 3/4/13)
State’s preschool programs in national spotlight (Tulsa World, 3/3/13)
Capitol report: Oklahoma’s state’s rights panel gets jeers and cheers (Tulsa World, 3/3/13)
Gov. Fallin calls for major overhaul of Oklahoma’s pension system (NewsOK, 3/2/13)
Okla. House speaker to address CPAC (Tulsa World, 3/2/13)
Oklahoma Justice Commission issues final report, adjourns (CapitolBeatOK, 3/1/13)
Still tough on crime, Sooner State seeks ’smart’ prison policy shift (CapitolBeatOK, 3/1/13)
Fallin says state prepared for sequestration (Tulsa World, 3/1/13)
Measures eliminating, consolidating dozens of Oklahoma state boards and committees advances(NewsOK, 3/1/13)
VIDEO: Oklahomans await news of looming budget cuts as sequestration deadline nears (KJRH, 3/1/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin speaks out on sequester and budget cuts, says state is prepared (KJRH, 3/1/13)

FEBRUARY 2013

A-F school grading system changes heard at state ed board meeting (Tulsa World, 2/28/13)
Chesapeake corporate governance bill sent to governor (StateImpact/OK, 2/28/13)
School safety institute proposed for Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 2/27/13)
Bill to outlaw Obamacare in state advances (Tulsa World, 2/27/13)
House panel supports easing of some school mandates (Tulsa World, 2/27/13)
EDITORIAL: Governor rebuffs justice reinvestment funds (Tulsa World, 2/27/13)
Gov. Fallin rebuffs Justice Reinvestment implementation funds (CapitolBeatOK, 2/26/13)
Two bills advance to cut Oklahoma’s income tax (NewOK, 2/26/13)
Bills restructuring food stamp eligibility advance in Oklahoma House (NewsOK, 2/26/13)
Governor-appointment reform bill advances (Tulsa World, 2/26/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin rebuffs Justice Reinvestment implementation funds (The City Sentinel, 2/26/13)
Thank God for Mississippi… or Oklahoma? (NewsOK, 2/26/13)
Mary Fallin keeps her gun control focus on mental health (Huffington Post, 2/26/13)
Workers’ comp overhaul hailed by Okla. GOP leaders (AP, 2/25/13)
States’ rights fight in Sooner State (CapitolBeatOK, 2/24/13)
Gov. Fallin to meet with president, talk about budget cuts (NewsOK, 2/23/13)
Abortion and contraception opt-out bill heads to Oklahoma Senate (Tulsa World, 2/22/13)
Barresi unveils proposed changes to A-F grading system (Tulsa World, 2/22/13)
Mary Fallin blames sequester on ‘everybody’ (Huffington Post, 2/22/13)
Okla. governor voices support for workers’ compensation overhaul (NewsOK, 2/22/13)
Oklahoma Senate panel passes bill to ignore federal contraceptive insurance law (Tulsa World,2/21/13)
Fallin remains firm on rejecting Medicaid expansion (Tulsa World, 2/21/13)
Oklahoma governor endorses workers’ comp overhaul (AP, 2/21/13)
Educators ask Barresi for response to A-F school report card study (Tulsa World, 2/20/13)
Okla. Gov. Fallin to lead smoking crackdown petition (Tulsa World, 2/20/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin to lead anti-smoking drive (NewsOK, 2/19/13)
Governor pushes initiative petition on smoking restrictions (Tulsa World, 2/19/13)
Oklahoma Legislature to have $7B to spend on budget (AP, 2/19/13)
Okla. pension reformers seek ’sustainability’ and ‘intergenerational fairness’ (CapitolBeatOK, 2/18/13)
Out-of-state budget origin of some Oklahoma bills criticized (Tulsa World, 2/17/13)
National conservative group’s ‘model legislation’ ends up becoming law in Oklahoma (NewsOK, 2/17/13)
Bill would eliminate Children First program in Oklahoma (Tulsa World, 2/16/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin joins OSU to boot up finished Cowboy Wind Farm (NewsOK, 2/16/13)
Group begins research on Oklahoma-grown Medicaid expansion plan (NewsOK, 2/15/13)
Fallin names OKC attorney Larry Parman as secretary of state (Tulsa World, 2/15/13)
Okla. Democrat calls for Medicaid reconsideration (AP, 2/15/13)
Governor to support OSU’s use of wind power (AP, 2/15/13)
Oklahoma budget outlook brightens amid tax panel’s report (Tulsa World, 2/15/13)
Oklahoma GOP lawmakers form counterterrorism caucus (NewsOK, 2/14/13)
State Superintendent erroneously tells parents experts recanted critical report (Tulsa World,2/14/13)
House panel advances two anti-abortion measures (Tulsa World, 2/13/13)
OPINION: Right thinking: Second-guessing the governor (The Journal Record, 2/13/13)
Oklahoma bill to allow some ex-felons to have guns (AP, 2/13/13)
Education committee advances bills to reform A-F system, expand teacher discipline efforts (Tulsa World, 2/13/13)
Oklahoma lawmaker’s bill would restrict divorces (Tulsa World, 2/12/13)
EDITORIAL: Gov. Mary Fallin’s support may make difference with smoke-free bill (NewsOK, 2/12/13)
Critics, taxpayers hesitant over proposed tax cut (AP, 2/11/13)
Report: Oklahoma 5th highest in US in sales tax report (Tulsa World, 2/11/13)
Fallin’s budget shorts corrections reforms (Tulsa World, 2/10/13)
State education influenced by corporations (Tulsa World, 2/10/13)
Fallin rejects request for special audit of Insurance Commissioner (Tulsa World, 2/9/13)
Okla. legislator wants all tax credits to undergo review (Tulsa World, 2/9/13)
Emails show how Doak, Fallin went from health-exchange fans to foes (Tulsa World, 2/9/13)
Pro-gun militia group tallies at Oklahoma Capitol (AP, 2/8/13)
Local school officials not thrilled with Mary Fallin’s State of the State address (Enid News, 2/8/13)
Gov. Fallin says recent history confirms income tax cuts yield higher long-term revenues(CapitolBeatOK, 2/8/13)
Grover Norquist’s tax cut advocacy comes to Oklahoma state Capitol (CapitolBeatOK, 2/8/13)
Senate bill would slash income tax to 4.75% (Tulsa World, 2/8/13)
Bill allowing armed teachers clears Okla. panel (AP, 2/6/13)
State revenue for month tops $1 billion for first time (Tulsa World, 2/6/13)
Hundreds protest Fallin’s rejection of ‘Obamacare’ funds for Medicaid expansion at OKC rally (Tulsa World, 2/6/13)
Education reform, workers comp top Senate agenda (Tulsa World, 2/6/13)
Reactions to Fallin’s ‘State of the State’ run the gamut (CapitolBeatOK, 2/6/13)
VIDEO: No pay raises for state workers in Oklahoma governor’s proposed budget (NewsOK, 2/5/13)
EDITORIAL: With 2013 agenda, Gov. Mary Fallin hopes to continue moving Oklahoma forward(NewsOK, 2/5/13)
Fallin calls for tax cut, hikes in education, DHS and mental health budgets (Tulsa World, 2/5/13)
Fallin explains her alternative to health-care law, endorses ability of cities to set own smoking regulations (Tulsa World, 2/5/13)
Governor’s budget proposal includes tax cut, some funding increases (Tulsa World, 2/5/13)
Crowd holds rally at Capitol in favor of ‘Obamacare’ (Tulsa World, 2/5/13)
State of the State: Doin’ fine, just OK, or not so good? (CapitolBeatOK, 2/5/13)
Oklahoma Democrats respond to Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State, 2014 budget (KJRH, 2/5/13)
Oklahoma Senate panel supports covenant marriage bill (AP, 2/5/13)
OK Gov. Mary Fallin seeks personal income tax cut, money for Capitol (NewsOK, 2/4/13)
Oklahoma County DA makes new allegation about Okla. Parole Board (NewsOK, 2/4/13)
Fallin proposes quarter point tax cut (Tulsa World, 2/4/13)
Legislature preview: New speaker hopes to capitalize on diversity of Republican caucus (Tulsa World,2/4/13)
Targeting new laws: Oklahoma legislators have more than 70 bills filed on gun rights (Tulsa World,2/3/13)
Legislative preview: New session brings on new set of solutions (Tulsa World, 2/3/13)
Overall health, not ‘Obamacare,’ to be focus on Fallin’s health plan (NewsOK, 2/3/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin: More prosperous state, more responsible government keys to 2013 agenda(NewsOK, 2/3/13)
Okla. House speaker downplays talk of fringe element in his GOP caucus (NewsOK, 2/3/13)
Oklahoma Senate Dems hopeful about coming session (NewsOK, 2/3/13)
COMMENTARY: Fallin hopes to KISS tax issue goodbye (Tulsa World, 2/3/13)
Legislature preview: Gov. Mary Fallin year in review (Tulsa World, 2/3/13)
Legislature preview: Taxes on the table once again (Tulsa World, 2/3/13)
Legislature preview: Targeting new laws (Tulsa World, 2/3/13)
State GOP leaders wrangle with growing caucuses (Muskogee Phoenix, 2/2/13)
Cautious optimism in Oklahoma on new health mandate (Muskogee Phoenix, 2/2/13)
Parole Board members refuse to step down (Tulsa World, 2/1/13)
Former director of Gov. Fallin’s Tulsa office sues over her firing (Tulsa World, 2/1/13)
Oklahoma treasurer wants lawmakers to cut his budget (AP, 2/1/13)
OK House Republicans release agenda for session (Tulsa World, 2/1/13)
Gov. Fallin names Michelle Day as interim sec of state (Tulsa World, 2/1/13)
Fallin says no plan to revisit Medicaid rejection (AP, 2/1/13)
Tulsa Chamber’s OneVoice agenda includes Medicaid expansion (Tulsa World, 2/1/13)

JANUARY 2013

Barresi wants lottery proceeds to fund school technology (Tulsa World, 1/31/13)
OK House Speaker on taxes, ‘right-sizing’ spending, and budget challenges in the 2013 session(CapitolBeatOK, 1/30/13)
Speaker says state should sell surplus sites (Tulsa World, 1/30/13)
Art funding the latest target of Oklahoma budget trimmers (NewsOK, 1/29/13)
Gun group offers free classes to Oklahoma teachers (AP, 1/29/13)
OETA losing support for state funds, lawmaker says (Tulsa World, 1/29/13)
Kansas’ self-inflicted shortfall a cautionary tale for Oklahoma (Kansas.com, 1/28/13)
Opposite Okla. bills seek nullification of Obamacare, mandated participation in Medicaid expansion(Tulsa World, 1/26/13)
Oklahoma can limit federal health-care rules, AG says (Tulsa World, 1/26/13)
Coburn: Senate rule changes allow majority to bypass filibuster (Tulsa World, 1/25/13)
Oklahoma needs more prison beds, corrections director says (The Oklahoman, 1/25/13)
Pruitt filing says health care rules trample on Oklahoma’s rights (Tulsa World, 1/25/13)
Barressi to request $37.7M in supplemental funding for schools (Tulsa World, 1/24/13)
Democrats to ignore tax cuts until state funds basic needs (Tulsa World, 1/24/13)
Fallin lays out plan for mental health increases (Tulsa World, 1/24/13)
Governor to ask lawmakers for more money for mental health (Tulsa World, 1/23/13)
Oklahoma legislative leaders spar over tax cut plan (AP, 1/23/13)
School security budgets should be priority, state commission told (Tulsa World, 1/23/13)
Oklahoma lawmakers begin agency budget hearings (AP, 1/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Changing Fallin’s mind on Medicaid won’t be easy (Tulsa World, 1/20/13)
By the numbers: 2455 pieces of legislation; GOP & Independent registrations surge (CapitolBeatOK, 1/19/13)
In wake of school shooting, area school personnel attend free handgun class Saturday (Tulsa World,1/19/13)
Gun control off-limits in Oklahoma school security talks (Tulsa World, 1/19/13)
VIDEO: One on one with Gov. Mary Fallin (KFOR-TV, 1/19/13)
Oklahoma lawmaker’s bill would defy federal gun laws (Tulsa World, 1/18/13)
More than 2,400 bills filed for 2013 Oklahoma session (AP, 1/18/13)
Experts slam A-F grading system for evaluating Oklahoma public schools (Tulsa World, 1/18/13)
Oklahoma governor applies for handgun permit (AP, 1/17/13)
New study: Oklahoma’s A-F school report cards ‘neither clear, nor comparable’ (Tulsa World,1/17/13)
Record sales-tax revenue erroneously reported by state (Tulsa World, 1/17/13)
Fallin embraces ‘all options’ for Capitol repairs (Tulsa World, 1/17/13)
First ‘personhood’ bill of session is filed (Tulsa World, 1/16/13)
EDITORIAL: ‘Personhood’ bill makes a return (Tulsa World, 1/16/13)
On the shoulders of giants — T.W. Shannon and black political power in Oklahoma (CapitolBeatOK, 1/15/13)
Oklahoma governor sings letter urging funding for Sandy victims (Tulsa World, 1/15/13)
Lawmakers may get another chance at ‘personhood’ legislation (Tulsa World, 1/15/13)
Former Oklahoma governor says Pakistan allegations are baseless (Tulsa World, 1/15/13)
Proposed measure would depoliticize Oklahoma superintendent office (Tulsa World, 1/14/13)
OK Watch: Governor’s decision on Medicaid leaves fate of health care in question for 200,000 in Oklahoma (The Oklahoman, 1/13/13)
OK House Democrats organize for 54th Legislature (CapitolBeatOK, 1/13/13)
OK Watch: Health care options for uninsured (The Oklahoman, 1/13/13)
Federal fiscal outlook is wild card in Oklahoma income tax dealings (The Oklahoman, 1/13/13)
Medicaid rejection prompts look for new options (AP, 1/12/13)
EDITORIAL: Gov. Fallin delivers wrong message in Washington (Tulsa World, 1/11/13)
Framing the picture: Speaker Shannon makes history, as outline of 2013 legislative session emerges(CapitolBeatOK, 1/11/13)
State to hire consultant to figure Medicaid costs (The Oklahoman, 1/11/13)
Bridenstine defends his controversial first votes (Tulsa World, 1/10/13)
Fallin faults federal fiscal fight in National Press Club speech (Tulsa World, 1/10/13)
GOP lawmaker files bill to replace state’s current income tax with flat tax (Enid News and Eagle,1/10/13)
Fallin, others sued over Oklahoma Youth Expo money (The Oklahoman, 1/10/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin says states should be partners in federal deficit reduction (The Oklahoman,1/10/13)
Fallin warns federal deficit could hurt state budgets (AP, 1/9/13)
Fallin: Don’t shift federal budget problems to states (Tulsa World, 1/9/13)
Gov. Mary Fallin waiting to announce position on guns for teachers bill (Huffington Post, 1/9/13)
TW Shannon formally elected as House speaker, calls for pro-business reforms from House (Tulsa World, 1/9/13)
Ex-Oklahoma Senate leader gets probation for bribery (AP, 1/8/13)
Flight time reviewed (The Oklahoman, 1/6/13)
The governor’s health insurance (The Oklahoman, 1/6/13)
Oklahoma legislator has plan to save on state employees’ health costs (Tulsa World, 1/6/13)
Insurance Commissioner Doak making use of state-owned planes (Tulsa World, 1/5/13)
Tom Colbert becomes Oklahoma Supreme Court’s first black chief justice (Tulsa World, 1/5/13)
Federal agencies slow to create health insurance exchange (Tulsa World, 1/4/13)
EDITORIAL: Juvenile justice support eroded in recent years (Tulsa World, 1/3/13)

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