OBAR News Roundup: Wednesday August 21, 2013

It has been a slow news week this week, but I managed to find a few interesting stories.

Otter Limits Interview With RJ Harris

Steve Long, the host of the Otter Limits, had as a guest on his show Democratic Candidate for Governor RJ Harris. They talked a lot about various policy issues as well as ballot access. You should certainly listen in on the interview. It happens toward the middle of the program if you want to skip right too it.

Should Tulsa Mayoral Race Be Partisan?

One Tulsa World reader finds the new non-partisan nature of the Tulsa Mayoral elections to be rather pointless. He believes that because it is so easy to find out what party each candidate is a member of, making the race non-partisan does not mean anything.

Three Studies On California’s Top-Two Primary

Three separate studies have been performed on California’s new top-two primary. The primary change was meant to bring in more moderate candidates to office. However, the studies show that has not happened and may have further polarized politics.

Tulsa Mayor Vetoes Change In City Attorney Appointments

The mayor of Tulsa vetoed a policy change that would have increased the city council’s ability to oversee the appointment of city attorneys. He feels that it is not a change that would result in better governance of Tulsa.

Tulsa County Residence May Be Hit With Two Sales Tax Raises

The City of Tulsa and Tulsa County are both looking to have a sales tax increase of 0.167 cents on the November 12 ballot. They had tried to work out a compromise that would have staggered the proposals between two seperate elections, but no compromise was found. So many Tulsa County voters will likely have two seperate questions asking for a sales tax increase.

Norman To Raise Water Rates

Having not raised water rates since 1996 and facing a $63 million modernization fee, Norman is looking to raise the water rates. However, the city council is unable to work out how they want to increase the rates Norman residents pay.

Supreme Court Behind The Technological Times

Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan has stated in an interview and most of the US Supreme Court Justices do not fully understand modern technology and still use paper memos to communicate with one another.

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