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Sharia law state question could cause legal problems
Religious concerns are not the only issue surrounding the approval of the state question that bars courts from using Islamic Sharia law in decisions.
Tribal relations and international trade within the state could be damaged if courts decide to uphold State Question 755, according to law experts.
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Decent voter turnout expected
A historic top-of-the-ticket race and a deluge of state questions could boost voter turnout for Election Day.
Joyce Smith, an election official in Grady County, said early in-person absentee numbers have ranged from “more moderate” to “high.” She said the steady stream of voters who submitted their ballots Friday and Monday were on pace to outnumber many recent non-presidential contests.
Trevor Brown covers the Oklahoma Statehouse for CNHI. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Immigration reform, three years later
The exodus of immigrants from the state began in the summer of 2007. Legislators had just passed sweeping anti-immigration reforms and worries ran rampant of how it would affect the Hispanic community.
Edgar Lucero, Hispanic minister at Tahlequah’s South College Church of Christ, said he saw many people in his congregation and the area elect to leave rather than deal with the new laws.
Voters, candidates say experience plays big role in election
On the campaign trail and at their two debates, Democrat Jari Askins and Republican Mary Fallin largely echoed each other on general themes that are at the focus of the election. Both have stressed the need to eliminate waste in order to close the state budget gap, vowed not to raise taxes and spoken of their shared opposition to the federal health care legislation and other mandates from Washington.
Officials: Education needed to advance water issues
Advocates for protecting the state’s water quality and availability want the public to better understand the importance the resource plays in everyday life.
Hundreds of state workers, environmentalist and concerned residents attended the annually two-day Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference in Norman. Among the key message from the event was that education of the demand for water is needed to develop the political will to sustain efforts to protect the state’s critical resource.
Use of potential new education money debated
The debate over a state question has put Oklahoma’s near-to-last in the country ranking on education spending under the microscope.
State lawmakers want to pass ‘anchor babies’ bill
An Oklahoma lawmaker is joining a nationwide movement to gives states the authority to deny citizenship and state aid to children of illegal immigrants.
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