Political Diary: Debates in the US Senate seem unlikely | Local News

Let’s talk: Even before the polls closed on Tuesday and Markwayne Mullin officially became the Republican nominee to complete U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s unexpired term, Democrat Kendra Horn was trying to lure Mullin into a debate.

Unsurprisingly, Mullin seems indifferent. Underdogs like Horn always want debates because they have nothing to lose; favorites like Mullin usually avoid them because they have nothing to gain.

“Real Oklahomans aren’t afraid of tough conversations, real Oklahomans show up when the going gets tough,” Horn said in a press release.

Expect to hear this, or something like it, a lot over the next couple of months.

Mullin, meanwhile, told Newsmax he expects a “pretty lousy” campaign.

Campaigns and elections: Several school voucher/school choice organizations, including the American Federation for the Children of Betsy DeVos and yes. each child. congratulated Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters after winning last week’s Republican runoff for the state superintendent of public instruction.

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State Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews, meanwhile, said Walters is focused on “siphoning” money from public education to private schools.

“When you are a leader responsible for the education of every child, not just a few, your responsibility is to ensure that all children receive quality public services and resources,” she said. declared.

Republican campaign consultant Fount Holland has filed a second libel suit against a client’s opponent.

The second suit, in Osage County, says Republican candidate for Labor Commissioner Sean Roberts made malicious and false statements about Holland.

Roberts lost Tuesday’s Republican runoff to incumbent Holland client Leslie Osborn.

Earlier this month, Roberts sued State Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa, who was also Holland’s client, over remarks she made about his fitness for office in light of 20-year-old domestic violence allegations.

A week ago, Holland filed a Tulsa County libel suit against state senate candidate Jarrin Jackson, who ultimately lost to Dutch client Ally Seifried in a runoff.

Capital punishment: A former chairman of the state Pardons and Parole Board expelled for his opposition to capital punishment was among those who announced the formation of Oklahoma conservatives concerned about the death penalty.

“The death penalty is far too costly for taxpayers, does nothing to make us safer, and is prone to error,” said the group’s state coordinator Brett Farley. “Oklahoma can instead use these funds to solve cold cases and actually improve public safety.”

Farley is also executive director of the Oklahoma Catholic Conference.

Damnation: No, 3rd District Congressman Frank Lucas was never a sergeant major, but Sergeant Major Frank Lucas’ new flood control dam in western Oklahoma is named after him.

Formerly Sergeant Major No. 2, the dam is named for Sergeant Major Creek, which runs through the site of the 1868 Battle of Washita in Roger Mills County, and now Lucas, a longtime defender of the many small Oklahoma upstream flood control dams. .

Meetings and events: Nathan Phelps, president of the Tulsa Classical Academy sponsored by Michigan’s Hillsdale College, and Janice Danforth of Moms for Liberty will speak to the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Tulsa Country Club, 701 Union N. Ave.

Bottom lines: State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, said he would reintroduce legislation banning gender reassignment procedures for anyone under 21. … Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony continued to disapprove of the decision to let investor-owned utilities cover their huge losses. from the February 2021 deep freeze with investor-backed bonds.

—Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

Video: Tulsa Humane Society invites adopters to help clean up shelters.

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