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Democrats to honor journalist, late congressman

Michael McNutt Published: May 15, 2009

Oklahoma Democrats gather tonight to acknowledge contributions made by Frosty Troy and the late Mike Synar.
Troy is the founding editor of the Oklahoma Observer and has been a fixture at the state Capitol covering politics for more than 30 years.
Synar was a Muskogee Democrat who represented the 2nd Congressional District for 16 years. He died in 1996.
Troy and Synar’s family will be given the Carl Albert Award, the state Democratic Party’s most prestigious award for service and leadership. It is named for the late U.S. Rep. Carl Albert of McAlester and former speaker of the House.
About 300 are expected to attend tonight’s dinner at the Centennial Building in State Fair Park, said Ivan Holmes, chairman of the state Democratic Party.
House Democrats planning to attend tonight’s dinner will be nervously watching the clock. Both the House and the Senate are holding a Friday session. Friday sessions are rare, but common in the waning days of a legislative session as lawmakers try to wrap things up.
House Republican leadership said earlier this week they would be meeting late tonight, causing some to fret they would be working into the evening and would miss tonight’s dinner.
House Democratic leader Danny Morgan of Prague said he’s been assured by House floor leader Tad Jones, R-Claremore, plans are conclude today’s proceedings about 5:30 p.m.
To ensure they can get today’s list of bills heard, the House is going in at 8:30 this morning, a half hour earlier than normal.

- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau