Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined 12 other states in asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a case in which Ohio tried to cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood.
A three-judge panel earlier ruled Ohio acted improperly when it denied payments to the family planning organization because some of its locations offer abortions.
Hunter, who is seeking election to the attorney generalship after being appointed to the position last year, said the appeals court decision “undermines a state’s authority to oversee and appropriate taxpayer dollars. I continue to be an ardent supporter of the right to life and am proud to stand with my colleagues to contest any attempt to abridge laws that protect the unborn.”
Candidates and elections: Republican Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky endorsed state Sen. Nathan Dahm in the 1st Congressional District GOP primary.
Former state Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, endorsed Andy Coleman in the 1st District primary.
Fifth District Congressman Steve Russell endorsed Cathy Costello for Labor Commissioner.
Meetings and events: The Bixby and Jenks Parents Legislative Action Committees are sponsoring a legislative candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jenks High School Math and Science Center, 205 E. B St., Jenks. Candidates from House Districts 16, 30, 67, 68, 69, 71 and 80 are expected.
Steven Martino, vice president of the Tulsa County Democratic Party, will be featured at the Creek County Democratic Party meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Joseph’s, 54580 W. State Highway 16, Drumright.
The Tulsa County Republican Party summer luau will be 6-9 p.m. June 7 at the Five Oaks Lodge in Jenks. See tulsagop.org for tickets and information.
Bottom lines: Tulsa City Councillor Ben Kimbro was appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee. … Sen. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City was chosen Senate minority leader for the 2019 session. She will be the first woman to lead a Senate caucus. … The Cherokee Phoenix reports 27 tribal members are seeking state offices this year. … Hunter is trying to get Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, a former Republican legislator, to allow cameras in his courtroom should Hunter’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers make it to the courtroom. The trial is scheduled for 2019.