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Oklahoma GOP Leaders Wrangle with Growing Caucuses
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Fueled by tea party enthusiasm and bitter opposition to President Obama, Oklahoma voters in November pushed Republican control of the statehouse to historic levels.
Armed now with veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, Republican leaders will continue pushing their pro-business agenda while wrangling with increasingly conservative GOP caucuses that are determined to exert state's rights and reject federal mandates.
For the legislative session that begins on Monday, Republicans enjoy a 72-29 advantage in the House and a 36-12 majority in the Senate.
New House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman both downplay any suggestion of a divided caucus, but it's clear the increased majorities come with a broader spectrum of political ideology.
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Posted: Saturday, February 2 2013, 04:46 PM CST
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Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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