2018 Elections

President Trump made the trip up Pennsylvania Avenue to close the deal with members of his own party on a bill that, on the face of it, does what Republicans have been promising to do for years: Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

He came with a tough love message for members of his own party.

"Looks like you'd be ripe for a primary if you don't keep your promise," the president told the group of lawmakers in a closed-door meeting, according to Rep. Blake Farenthold. "He did say that," the Texas Republican adds.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb is announcing his resignation from his position as Oklahoma's small business advocate on Gov. Mary Fallin's cabinet, citing a disagreement with Fallin over her plans to broaden the sales tax.

Lamb - who's considered a likely candidate for governor in 2018 - says he felt it was best to step aside from his cabinet post because he's unwilling to be an advocate for the tax proposals.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about President-elect Donald Trump naming Governor Mary Fallin as vice-chair for his transitional team and possibly considering her as Interior Secretary. Trump is also talking to other Oklahomans like Attorney General Scott Pruitt and former State House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Poliical Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 790 to remove a section of the Oklahoma Constitution banning public funds for religious purposes, a Sooner Poll of all the state questions facing voters November 8th and a new report showing registered Republicans outnumbering Democrats in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma's two-term Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said Friday he is strongly considering running for state treasurer in 2018, when his current term expires.

The Republican from Cache said he hasn't made a final decision, but plans to do so after the 2016 general election.

"I think I have a reputation for being willing to stand up and do what's right and in the best interest of Oklahoma," Jones said. "So many times you get people who are influenced by campaign contributions or even just the limelight of being an elected official.

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