Katy’s story OKGOP dilemma

Katy and David Arnett, Tulsa Today during interview.

Katy and David Arnett, Tulsa Today during interview.

Katy would prefer to avoid the drama, but her ex-boyfriend-housemate issued a press release soon after his appointment to one of the most powerful positions in the Oklahoma Republican Party. Katy is a Republican activist that attended county and state conventions since her ex, Thomas Clint (TC) Ryan, inspired her to become active in politics and even after he bit and beat her in a domestic assault and battery. He pled guilty to assault and battery in the presence of a minor and to interference with an emergency telephone call.

Katy says Ryan and his “companion” employer and recently elected OKGOP Chairman Randy Brogdon have attempted to diminish and dismiss the incident that occurred in 2012, but in an exclusive interview with Tulsa Today, Katy says she will not be silenced and her story is true. Further Katy said the call by attorney Corbin C. Brewster, son and employee of one of Oklahoma’s most visible attorneys, Clark O. Brewster, was the final straw in her decision to speak on the record with this writer.

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Cherokee Election: Reader Responses

Photo: cherokeephoenix.org

Cherry Springs Golf Course: cherokeephoenix.org

Many reader comments have been posted to our series on the Cherokee National Elections. Most post to the story, but some email the editor. One of the most compelling and election critical follows, but first in response to the story on the Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) purchase of the Cherry Springs Golf Course, Amanda Clinton wrote that the story contained “Incorrect, libelous and/or misleading” information.

Tulsa Today stands by the story.

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Republican Leadership Conference begins

SRLC15Follow  the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center courtesy of NewsOK.com and Jones Public Relations on Tulsa Today. An embed of the video stream follows below.

Eleven GOP hopefuls are scheduled to speak to Republican activists and elected officials from 14 states.

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DA requests another prosecutor

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has asked the Oklahoma Attorney General to appoint another prosecutor to coordinate any investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and any potential grand jury “in order to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”

On April 2, 2015, Tulsa County Sheriff Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris. The Tulsa County DA filed Second-Degree Manslaughter charges against Bates in case CF-2015-1817. The defendant is presumed to be innocent under the law.

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Senate advances plan on OKPOP Museum

Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture,  Rendering, Historical Society

Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, Rendering, Historical Society

The state Senate today approved legislation that would provide funding for construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP.

Authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, Senate Bill 839 would provide a $25 million bond for construction of the museum, which will require no new state appropriations to fund operations.

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