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President Donald Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic cancelled large gatherings across the United States in Tulsa.

The Tulsa World reports it is unclear where the June 19 event will take place, but Trump described it as a "beautiful new venue, brand new."

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Campaign signs are appearing along roadways and advertisements are popping up on screens of all kinds as voters prepare to decide on expanding Medicaid coverage in Oklahoma. The June 30th election for State Question 802 was a long time coming.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved gaming compacts Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt entered into with two tribes in April.

The 45-day deadline for the Department of the Interior to approve the gaming compacts between Stitt and the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe ended on June 7. The department took no action, which means the agreements can take effect once they're published in the Federal Register.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the governor activating the National Guard in response to the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the State Health Department reverses its course on limiting certain data on COVID-19 and a petition to create an independent redistricting commission gets approval from the state supreme court, but its future remains uncertain.

 

More than one month into Governor Kevin Stitt's reopening plan, Oklahoma is moving into Phase 3 on Monday.

Under Phase 3, summer camps can open, hospital visitation restrictions are loosened and businesses that have been operating by appointment only can now allow walk-in visits. Staffing restrictions at businesses will also be lifted, with CDC protocols of social distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices recommended.

Governor Kevin Stitt and nine Oklahoma gaming tribes filed paperwork last Friday telling a federal judge why he should rule in their favor in the dispute over gaming compacts in the state.

It hinges on one statement, "this compact shall have a term which will expire on January 1, 2020," as well as "the compact shall automatically renew for successive additional fifteen-year terms."

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed legislation late last week that would have allowed home delivery of medical marijuana.

Home delivery within a 10-mile radius was just a portion of House Bill 3228, which addressed several reforms in Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the decision by lawmakers to end the legislative session two weeks early, Governor Stitt vetoes a bill on rural broadband and lawmakers pass a bill giving a Cost of Living Adjustment for State Retirees.

The trio also discusses a constitutional challenge to the new law requiring notarization of absentee ballots and remembering Oklahoma City Republican Senator Brooks Douglass.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt laid out a timeline for local governments to start getting payments from the federal CARES Act at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

CARES Act funds totalling $1.2 billion will be dispersed to local governments throughout Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed House Bill 4018 on Tuesday, writing that the Secretary of Digital Transformation David Ostrowe has already created a broadband task force and creating a Rural Broadband Expansion Council would be unneccesary and redundant.

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