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Thunderstorm over the plains of Oklahoma

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While America was watching the Trump-Russia drama, Democrats flipped two deep-red state districts

  • As national media focused on the Trump Jr.-Russia scandal, Democrats and progressives in Oklahoma were busy flipping two deep-red state legislative seats.
  • Democrat Michael Brooks-Jimenez edged out Republican Joe Griffin in the special election for the state senate seat in Oklahoma’s 44th district. Meanwhile, Democrat Karen Gaddis beat Republican Tressa Nunley in the race for the Oklahoma’s 75th state house district.
  • According to the Democratic organizing group Flippable, Republicans took those two seats by 10 and 19 points in the 2016 general election. Read more (7/12/17)
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An Oklahoma State trooper opens fire through his windshield during the pursuit of Michael Vance, a murderer and cop shooter. Unconventional scenarios sometimes require unconventional action. Vance was later killed in a firefight with troopers after his vehicle was finally stopped.
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Oklahoma Republican wants to turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids in to ICE to save money

  • A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker is being hotly criticized after proposing the state cut spending by rounding up its 82,000 non-English-speaking students and turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Republican Rep. Mike Ritze is also being criticized by members of his own party for suggesting Oklahoma isn’t obligated to provide an education to undocumented immigrants.
  • The state is facing a $900 million budget gap and Ritze told local CBS affiliate KWTV that turning the kids over to ICE could save $60 million.
  • “Identify them and then turn them over to ICE to see if they truly are citizens,” Ritze said in a Wednesday news segment, adding, “Do we have to really educate non-citizens?” Actually, yes, you do.
  • In its 1982 Plyler v. Doe decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can’t deny students a free public education based on their immigration status, according to the Washington Post. Read more (5/12/17)

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Shelf cloud over Oklahoma last week

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  • An intense protest resulting in police in riot gear storming the streets erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday after the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Joshua Barre, Tulsa World reported.
  • According to Tulsa World, police were serving a civil “pickup order” for Barre at his home in Tulsa after a judge ordered a mental health evaluation for Barre. 
  • Friday was the fourth time since June 1 that police had been sent to pick up Barre. Each time, they failed to bring Barre in for mental health treatment. Read more. (6/10/17, 10:10 AM)