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Julius Jones Commutation, Hiett Survives Legal Challenge, COVID-19 Funding Consultants and More

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the Pardon and Parole Board sending a recommendation to Governor Stitt for the commutation of inmate Julius Jones from the death sentence to Life with the Possibility of Parole and Corporation Commissioner Todd Hiett surviving a state Supreme Court challenge trying to remove him from his position.

The trio also discusses the state hiring two firms to oversee the spending of more than $3 billion in COVID-19 federal funds through the American Rescue Plan and two members of the Oklahoma Virtual Charter School resigning abruptly after coming under scrutiny for their involvement with Epic Charter Schools.

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Michael Cross has been with KOSU since 2008, working as the state capitol bureau chief for seven years, as well as KOSU's student coordinator. While he still keeps up with the capitol and does some reporting, his roles have changed. As of October 2014, he's now the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
For more than two decades, Neva Hill has been a political commentator for KOSU.
Ryan Kiesel is a civil rights attorney and political consultant.