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Dec 06, 2014 Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

QUOTE: unprecedented, secretive alliance that Mr. Pruitt and other Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda...Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year. They share a common philosophy about the reach of the federal government, but the companies also have billions of dollars at stake.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2012 Chesapeake Energy Cheat Sheet: What’s Been Uncovered So Far

QUOTE: Reuters took aim at [Chesapeake]’s flamboyant chief executive, Aubrey McClendon, in a series of articles, prompting his ouster as company chairman (he remains CEO) last month...The company was rocked anew last week when the news agency disclosed a series of email exchanges in which McClendon and other Chesapeake executives appeared to collude with officials at EnCana Corp., Canada’s largest natural gas company, to suppress the price of land leases in Michigan.

ProPublica
Oct 09, 2009 Too Much Information, Not Enough Common Sense

QUOTE: A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jan 27, 2008 Fairness On the Ballot

QUOTE: defenders of racial preferences, such as the politicians who administer and benefit from Missouri's racial spoils system. The crux of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (MoCRI) would amend that state's constitution to say: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting."

Washington Post
Oct 15, 2007 States' Immigrant Policies Diverge: In Differences, Some See Obstacles For a National Law

QUOTE: As the Bush administration and Congress sit gridlocked on an immigration overhaul, states are jumping into the debate as never before. In the process, they are creating a national patchwork of incongruous immigration laws that some observers fear will make it far more difficult to enact any comprehensive, federally mandated bill down the line.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2007 Professors Sue Oral Roberts President

QUOTE: A suit filed by three former professors charges financial, political and personal irregularities by the president of Oral Roberts University, including a claim that he illegally mobilized students to campaign for a Republican mayoral candidate.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2007 Longhorn arm of the law: Rangers like John Cummings and Joe Rector crisscross Oklahoma and Texas, trying to stem cattle rustling, which is on the rise.

QUOTE: A lot of people think cattle rustling and horse thievery went out with the Conestoga wagon. They didn't. In fact, the problem has been increasing in recent years...

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 28, 2006 Pollution in the Water, Lawsuits in the Air: With Damage to Ecosystem Jeopardizing Tourist Industry, Oklahoma Fights Back

QUOTE: Frustrated that nearly four years of talks failed to produce a solution, Oklahoma is now suing eight firms on the grounds that the chicken waste applied to crops near the river contains hazardous chemicals...Across the country, states and localities are suing polluters...in efforts to curb air and water contamination that respects no borders.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2001 Mexican Killer is Refused Clemency By Oklahoma

QUOTE: ...Gov. Frank Keating of Oklahoma yesterday turned down a request for clemency from a Mexican citizen ...

New York Times