Oklahoma

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  • Okla. GOP House Candidate Has No Problem with Death Penalty for Gays

    Despite taking an anti-gay position so extreme it puts him in a category with Uganda's infamous "Kill the Gays" bill, Republican hopeful Scott Esk is running to represent the people of Oklahoma House District 91. The Moore Monthly uncovered Esk's shockingly radical views from a series of Facebook posts in which he said he "didn’t have a problem" with stoning gay people to death as punishment for their sins, adding "I think we would be totally in the right to do it."

  • Okla. GOP bans minimum wage increases

    As if to prove their indifference to giving hard-working constituents a fair living wage, Oklahoma's Republican-led legislature has banned all municipalities in the state from raising minimum wages within their own boundaries. From The Oklahoman:

    Oklahoma’s cities and counties are banned from setting their own minimum wage standards under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

    “Senate Bill 1023 protects our economy from bad public policy that would destroy Oklahoma jobs,” Fallin said in a prepared statement. “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers...”

    State Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, argued against the bill on the House floor, contending it was “immoral” to have a minimum wage so low that a person could work full time and still be classified as living in poverty.

    Fallin, however, said that raising the minimum wage would hurt Oklahomans.

  • Okla. Republicans Pass Ban on Minimum Wage Hikes

    Republican legislators in Oklahoma took an extreme stand against the state's working families this week by passing SB 1023. The bill, which bans all state municipalities from setting their own minimum wage laws, was promptly signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin. The law's other provisions also ban the establishment of mandatory employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.

    Gov. Fallin’s action appears to thwart efforts by an Oklahoma City group that had been circulating a petition calling for a local vote on whether to increase the city’s minimum wage from the national standard of $7.25 an hour up to $10.10 an hour.

    Oklahoma City attorney David Slane, who serves as spokesman for the group circulating the petition, said his coalition is contemplating its next move.

    “Of course we’re disappointed that the governor and the Republican Legislature stood in the way of the people having the right to vote on whether they want to raise minimum wage,” Slane said. “We’re looking now at the possibility of a constitutional challenge to the law that was signed because we think that it abrogates the people’s right to have an initiative petition. ... We’re going to explore all options, including the possibility of a statewide initiative petition.”

  • Meet Oklahoma's accidental "terrorists with guns" bill

    From February 15, 2013:

    Which is worse: a state legislator proposing a bill to automatically restore gun ownership rights to those convicted of "bombing, possessing child pornography, child prostitution, drive-by shootings and all drug offenses, which include trafficking and distributing?"  Or a legislator inexplicably offering such legislation by accident?

    Oklahoma is grappling with just such a dilemma thanks to Republican state Representative Todd Russ, whose proposal to let some convicted felons carry guns (yes, that really was his intent) turned out to be far broader than he thought it would be when drafting his bill.