Oklahoma News

What to watch in primaries in Colorado, Illinois, elsewhere

Seven states are set to host primary elections Tuesday as the nation comes to terms with last week’s stunning Supreme Court ruling eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. The slate of nominating contests could offer the first clues as to whether the political landscape has shifted. Abortion is a particularly relevant issue in Colorado, where GOP voters are deciding whether to nominate a rare pro-choice Republican in the state’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest. The primaries will also offer new insight about the state of the Republican Party. The central issue in virtually every GOP contest remains fealty to former President Donald Trump and his baseless conspiracy theories.

2nd arrest made in Oklahoma festival shooting that killed 1

Police have arrested a second person on in a shooting at an Oklahoma festival last month in which one person was killed and eight others were wounded. Officers arrested 25-year-old Kendall Alexander on Friday at his home in Muskogee, about 125 miles east of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. He is jailed without bond on one count of first-degree murder and eight counts of shooting with intent to kill. Alexander is the second person detained in the Memorial Day weekend shooting in Taft, where about 1,500 people were attending an outdoor festival. Days after the shooting, Skyler Buckner surrendered to police and is currently in custody. Arrest warrants were also issued for two other people.

Oklahoma lawmakers consider tax cuts during special session

The Oklahoma Legislature has returned for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The session convened Monday. Gov. Kevin Stitt wants lawmakers to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries and reduce the individual income taxes by 0.25%. It's not clear whether the GOP-controlled House and Senate have the votes to approve both items. Some Republicans have urged caution about tax cuts since it takes a three-fourth's vote from the Legislature to increase taxes. Bills were introduced in the House on Monday to cut corporate, individual income and grocery sales taxes.

District attorney confirms investigation into governor's ad

Oklahoma County’s top prosecutor says he’s investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Gov. Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater confirmed Thursday he launched an investigation after a bipartisan group of House legislators suggested the ad violates state law. The 30-second spot titled “Track Record” touts Stitt’s appointment of Attorney General John O’Connor, who is prominently featured in the second half of the ad. State law prohibits a candidate from knowingly making or accepting a contribution of more than $2,900 to another candidate committee. Concerns about the ad were first reported by the nonprofit journalism organization Oklahoma Watch. Stitt’s campaign says it will pause airing the ad.