Cherokee court strikes agreement allowing Freedmen to vote in principal chief election (access required)

With the Cherokee Nation Election Commission still counting votes from a principal-chief election period expanded by an agreement between the tribe’s acting chief and attorney general and lawyers for Cherokee Freedmen, the Cherokee Supreme Court Monday issued an order striking ...

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Senate redistricting challenge dismissed: The arguments (access required)

NOTE: See reaction post below this article  When the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck out an unconstitutional county-based population formula on Sept. 1, its ruling took in language Sen. Jim Wilson was asking the district court to apply to the 2011 ...

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Judge dismisses Wilson lawsuit challenging Senate redistricting plan; attorney promises appeal (access required)

NOTE: This post outlining Judge Davis’s ruling and reactions to it will be followed by a separate article tracing the arguments made by both sides. Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis dismissed Sen. Jim Wilson’s legal challenge to the Senate redistricting plan ...

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WILL BE UPDATED: Oklahoma County judge dimisses Wilson’s Senate redistricting lawsuit–appeal expected (access required)

Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis dismissed Sen. Jim Wilson’s legal challenge to the Senate redistricting plan Monday morning. “My recommendation is that we appeal the decision,” said Mark Hammons, Wilson’s attorney. Attorneys for the State Election Board, Senate and ...

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Winner of Tuesday special election to represent Senate District 43 (however briefly) (access required)

In one of those weird things that occur occasionally in politics, voters will choose tomorrow a new lawmaker to represent Senate District 43, which covers parts of far southern Oklahoma County and northern Cleveland County–for a while, at least. Neither ...

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Income, sales and gross production tax figures for first quarter reflect economic growth, says finance director (access required)

Revenue from state taxes that are particularly reflective of a healthy economy helped fuel double-digit growth in the state’s general fund during the first three months of FY 12, state finance Director Preston Doerflinger said Monday. For the first quarter, ...

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Oklahoma County judge to hear dismissal motions in Senate redistricting lawsuit (access required)

Both sides should know soon whether Sen. Jim Wilson’s lawsuit challenging the Senate redistricting plan will proceed. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in Oklahoma County District Court on motions filed by House and Senate leaders to dismiss the case. ...

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Cherokee principal chief election result being tallied (access required)

The Cherokee Nation Election Commission reconvened this morning to start verifying absentee ballots in the second principal chief election called by the commission this year. Officials said counting may take most of the day. More than 12,000 absentee ballots were ...

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Workers’ comp court lacks jurisdiction in tribal injury case, appellate judges rule (access required)

When a court starts off its opinion with “This is the latest in a series of cases … seeking to invoke the jurisdiction…” it’s usually not a good sign of things to come, at least for the petitioner. That’s certainly ...

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McDaniel heartened by state pension management reports (access required)

NOTE: Here’s a link (large file) to data given to members of the pension oversight committee. Some of the statistics differ from data submitted separately by retirement fund officials. “We still have the goal of making every system sustainable,” Rep. ...

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