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Attorney general candidate steps down amid strangulation charge; Democrats plan a replacement

The Nebraska Democratic candidate for attorney general who was accused of attacking his father has stepped aside, citing health reasons.

Van Argyrakis had faced calls to remove himself from the ballot because he was charged with felony strangulation following an altercation with his 82-year-old father on April 8.

Party leaders can choose a replacement Democrat to appear on the ballot.

Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb said in a statement that she plans to find a substitute candidate.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/politics/elections/attorney-general-candidate-steps-down-amid-strangulation-charge-democrats-plan/article_4a370de7-8e4a-51e3-a13a-61a26a0a5849.html

Nebraska Democrats consider ditching 'difficult' presidential caucuses

LINCOLN — Nebraska Democrats are weighing whether to scrap their decade-old practice of holding presidential caucuses.

The Nebraska Democratic Party’s platform committee voted with no dissent Friday at Southeast Community College to advance a resolution calling for the elimination of presidential caucuses before the 2020 election.

When the resolution was introduced, there were cheers from the group, and several people exclaimed that they dislike the caucuses.

The resolution now will come before all the delegates at Saturday’s state party convention.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/politics/elections/nebraska-democrats-consider-ditching-difficult-presidential-caucuses/article_21c2e547-b26b-56b6-882a-fd0aee24c693.html

Colyer attacks Kobach on abortion, pardon. Kobach calls governor desperate

SALINA -- Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer launched several attacks on Saturday against Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who in turn accused the governor of dishonesty.

The fight marked a new, meaner phase in the Republican race for governor.

Colyer went after Kobach’s record on abortion and spending and said Kobach had sought a pardon for a campaign donor. Kobach said Colyer was lying and accused him of repeated deceptions.

The exchanges came during a boisterous debate among several Republican candidates for governor in Salina. The candidates have less than two months to win over voters before the Aug. 7 primary election.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article213684459.html

Tulsa Council proposes ordinance prohibiting minors from purchasing, possessing aerosol spray paint

City Councilor Connie Dodson thinks Tulsa can help address two problems with one ordinance.

In an effort to combat both huffing and graffiti she proposed on Wednesday that the city prohibit minors from buying or possessing aerosol spray paint. The proposed ordinance would also prohibit minors from possessing or purchasing spray fabric dye and spray metal coating.

“Huffing” refers to intentionally inhaling fumes to get “high.”

Minors could possess or purchase aerosol spray paint if in the company of a parent, guardian, employer or teacher.

The proposed ordinance would impose a fine of up to $200 on individuals younger than 18 who violate the local law.

Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/council-proposes-ordinance-prohibiting-minors-from-purchasing-possessing-aerosol-spray/article_d4fc4a9c-bc98-5328-a531-32c424f26c19.html

Passenger rail between Tulsa and OKC? Company seeks another Eastern Flyer operator

A railroad company is seeking a new operator to run a passenger rail service linking the Tulsa and Oklahoma metro areas, leaving longtime advocates for the train project “cautiously optimistic” about its future.

The Stillwater Central Railroad, an indirect subsidiary of the Kansas-based Watco Cos., issued a request for proposal Thursday to begin securing a private rail carrier. The operator would provide passenger service for an initial period of 10 years between Sapulpa and Del City.

The Eastern Flyer project will extend through the cities of Bristow, Stroud and Chandler along the old Sooner Sub track.

Although the track owned by Stillwater Central runs only from Sapulpa to Del City, the plan is to work with city officials to expand the route to downtown Tulsa and Oklahoma City, said Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa.

Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/passenger-rail-between-tulsa-and-okc-company-seeks-another-eastern/article_2d3358ac-7639-5d5c-841f-9f39cfe45b40.html

Alabama musician's shows cancelled after he 'volunteers' on Facebook to 'shoot' immigrants

Birmingham musician Phillip McCain has brought on the wrath of social media users who are upset about an expletive-laced Facebook post he made offering "to shoot" immigrants.

The post, which McCain appears to have taken down but lives on in screenshots spreading swiftly across social media, has even resulted in him being kicked out of his band Buck Wild and three venues canceling solo shows he had scheduled for the coming weeks.

"I'll tell ya what I'll volunteer to shoot their a**es when they approach the border. Problem solved. No more illegal f**ks coming in here. Period," McCain's Facebook post stated.

"I don't give a s**t about them, their kids, their s****y life or asylum. I care about American kids and American families. You've got to be a complete idiot to not get it, but then again we are talking about the libtard agenda. Liberalism is a mental disorder and I'm d**n sure glad that I'm not dumb s**t."

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/venue_cancels_alabama_musician.html

Marijuana advocate sues Rogers County Sheriff after being forcefully removed from public forum

A man filed a lawsuit against the Rogers County sheriff after the sheriff forcibly removed him from a public forum about medical marijuana.

Charles “Chip” Paul filed the suit Wednesday against Sheriff Scott Walton in Rogers County District Court. Paul, co-founder and chairman of Oklahomans for Health, is seeking a judgment in excess of $75,000. Paul, in the suit, alleges Walton assaulted him. The suit further alleges that Walton used his official capacity as sheriff to suppress Paul’s speech, retaliate against him and seize him.

“Walton was acting in conspiracy with state actors, including law enforcement by attempting (to) limit public participation in a meeting ... and imposing unlawful time, place and manner restrictions and engaging in prior restraint,” Paul states in the petition.

Paul further alleges that Walton, who was named in the suit individually and in his official capacity, subjected him to an “unreasonable seizure” and retaliated against him for “exercising his rights of free speech, association and assembly.”

Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/marijuana-advocate-sues-rogers-county-sheriff-after-being-forcefully-removed/article_6ddbb16c-4a8e-5e6e-a755-927feb49a752.html

Special session considered as medical marijuana debate heats up in Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin intends to call a special session to develop legislation for the practical implementation of new medical marijuana laws if voters approve State Question 788 on Tuesday, a spokesman for the governor said.

"The governor is concerned that the state would not be able to have a system established in 30 days after passage as called for in SQ 788," Michael McNutt, the governor's communication's director, said Tuesday.

"The governor still plans to talk with Senate and House leadership about a possible special session," he said.

With Tuesday's vote on medical marijuana fast approaching, the conflict between advocates and opponents has been heating up.

Read more: https://newsok.com/article/5598713/special-session-considered-as-medical-marijuana-debate-heats-up-in-oklahoma

No GOPride

The Oklahoma Republican Party hasn’t been an ally to the state’s LGBTQ+ community over the years, which was again highlighted in the most recent session as the GOP-controlled Legislature put a law into effect allowing faith-based adoption agencies to deny prospective parents based on their religious beliefs.

Oklahoma County Republicans inquired about space in the upcoming Pride parade, which is akin to extending an olive branch that is burning on one end.

The GOP was denied entry, but not because of political reasons; they simply applied too late in the process, and the parade route was full, OKC Pride president Lori Honeycutt told News 9.

In a later Facebook post, Honeycutt clarified that the Democratic Party and a few other nonprofit organizations were denied entry for the same reason, but that didn’t stop News 9 from only mentioning the GOP snub, even in its online story.

Read more: https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/chicken-fried-news-no-gopride/Content?oid=3755926

You got ratio'ed!

On Twitter, there is a phenomenon called “the ratio,” and depending on the balance of that ratio, any given tweet can be mathematically judged as an overwhelming success or a crashing failure. For example, if rapper Meek Mill tweets that he is “taking over” BET on the weekend of the BET Awards and he gets 4,000 likes, 1,100 retweets and 165 responses, that is a healthy freaking ratio.

On the flip side, Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel tweets that “Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.” For McDaniel’s promise of pogroms for Democrats, she gets 6,600 likes; 2,100 retweets; and a whopping 28,000 responses. Why is that ratio bad? Because Twitter only responds en masse to a tweet when it is pissed off beyond all semblance of composure.

During the week of June 10, Oklahoma Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, discovered what it’s like to join the Bad Ratio Society.

Yen, a cardiac anesthesiologist, authored Senate Bill 1120, a bill that put tight restrictions on the licensure of medical marijuana, winnowing down the potential recipients to those suffering neuropathic pain, muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis or paralysis, chemotherapy-linked nausea, loss of appetite due to cancer or AIDS or the terminally ill who will die within one year.

Read more: https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/chicken-fried-news-you-got-ratioed/Content?oid=3755972
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