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  • Supreme Court to hear Oklahoma death row inmates' case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to determine whether Oklahoma’s execution procedures violate the Constitution’s guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment. In a one-sentence order, the court announced that it had accepted the case filed by 20 death row inmates earlier this...

  • Roe v Wade: Excerpts from the 1973 Decision

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court released its 7-2 decision in the Texas abortion law case Roe v Wade. On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people who oppose abortion marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building, and the U.S. House approved a bill barring taxpayer funds...

  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide same-sex marriage issue

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to determine whether state bans on same-sex marriage violate 14th amendment protections. The court will decide _ probably this summer _ whether states must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages from out of state. The...

  • New Rep. Steve Russell defends Boehner vote on Facebook

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Freshman Rep. Steve Russell, an Oklahoma City Republican sworn into  office on Tuesday. took to Facebook Tuesday night to defend his vote for House Speaker John Boehner. Russell was heavily criticized on his Facebook page from some who wanted him to vote against another term for Boehner, the...

  • Bridenstine leading cheers for effort to sack Boehner as speaker

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Tulsa Republican, is cheerleading for the effort to replace Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House. Since Friday, the soon-to-be sophomore has issued four separate press releases about his opposition to Boehner and the alternatives to the Ohio Republican,...

  • On Throwback Thursday: Sen. Tom Coburn and the Bridge to Nowhere

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau For an upcoming piece I’m doing on departing Sen. Tom Coburn, The Oklahoman’s awesome archivist and researcher Linda Lynn pulled this 2005 story (below) on Coburn’s floor fight with his colleagues over pork barrel projects, including the Bridge to Nowhere. Look...

  • Oklahoma's U.S. House members split on spending bill

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    In the cliff-hanger vote late Thursday night to fund most of the government through September, three of Oklahoma’s House members backed the Republican bill and two opposed it. The bill passed 219-206 and is now before the Senate. Voting for it were Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore; Frank Lucas,...

  • Sen. John McCain pays tribute to Departing Sen. Tom Coburn

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, paid tribute Wednesday afternoon to departing Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, in a speech on the Senate floor. Coburn and McCain worked closely together on several issues, including the elimination of pork barrel projects. Coburn made several campaign appearances for...

  • Sen. Tom Coburn criticizes federal tax giveaways in new report

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In his last report on government waste before leaving Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn on Tuesday detailed hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax giveaways, including ones for some of the nation’s richest corporations and individuals. Coburn, R-Muskogee, even took on tax breaks for the oil and...

  • High court rejects case of Tulsa police officer who refused to attend Islamic event

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Tulsa police officer who sued the city after a controversy over attending an event held by an Islamic group. Without comment, the high court declined to review the case of Paul Campbell Fields, who refused to attend or assign others to...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Tom Cole respond to Hagel resignation

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Sen. Jim Inhofe,  of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being made a “scapegoat” by the Obama administration. Inhofe strongly opposed Hagel’s nomination last year and worked hard against it. But in a statement...

  • Oklahoma County's shocking — or at least surprising — vote results

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who is expected to run for governor in four years, had a good night on Tuesday. He won every county and  had a better winning percentage (68.5) than any other Republican on the statewide ballot. Pat McFerron, Republican pollster, consultant and expert on nuts-and-bolts...



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