The sounds of construction reverberate through the building as workers restore the courtroom where the state Supreme Court previously heard cases and update offices for Oklahoma’s governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, House lawmakers and a slew of Capitol staffers.
Replacing the 45,000 square feet of copper will cost the state $9.3 million, but Project Manager Trait Thompson said he won't have to ask the Legislature for more money.
Educators said they are in the fight for the long haul until the Legislature does more.
It is no surprise that Oklahoma legislators do not support education.
The Capitol building turns 100 on June 30.
Joel Harder’s job isn’t to give political advice, he said, but rather to counsel lawmakers and staff on matters of faith and scripture. He is not a state employee, but his work is sponsored by a state lawmaker.
“We can no longer (just) complain on Facebook, and here is a chance to actually do something,” said Lindsey Kanaly, an Oklahoma City attorney who is helping to organize the Women's March on Oklahoma at the state Capitol.
He says if State Question 790 passes, he will pursue installing a statue of Lord Hanuman at the Capitol grounds. SQ790 would remove from the state constitution the so-called Blaine Amendment that prohibits the use of public money or property for the direct or indirect benefit of any religion or religious institution.
It’s been an eventful year so far for Senator J.J. Dossett (D), taking on his first legislative session that adjourned Friday, May 27.
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The man says the 6-foot pole is wrapped in the colors of the gay pride rainbow flag and topped with a disco ball.
Weeks after a Ten Commandments monument was removed from its foundation at the Oklahoma Capitol under a court order, a bipartisan pair of state senators is pushing for a display they hope will be much less controversial — the Bill of Rights.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons says authorities believe the alarm was triggered as a result of construction in the building.
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The action comes in response to a court order that the privately funded monument violates the Oklahoma Constitution.
The Oklahoma Republican Party has a home for the Ten Commandments monument once it leaves the state Capitol, but it’s not at all clear that’s where the controversial statue will end up.
The ACLU of Oklahoma on Thursday filed its response to Attorney General Scott Pruitt's request that the Oklahoma Supreme Court revisit its decision to order the privately funded Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds.
U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron dismissed the lawsuit in Oklahoma City federal court on Tuesday, finding that plaintiffs didn't have legal standing to bring the legal action.
Michael Tate Reed, 29, was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail over the weekend on complaints of destruction of state property, indecent exposure, making threatening statements, reckless driving and operating a vehicle while his license was revoked.
State Rep. Mike Shelton said it's important not to paint everyone with a broad brush, but to stand up for injustice.
Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn said newsreel cameraman Benny Kent, of Chandler, was involved in documenting the groundbreaking.
In January, the New York-based Satanic Temple proposed a privately funded monument for the same Oklahoma Capitol grounds that display a Ten Commandments monument.