Politics Monday: Stitt relied on a circle of family and friends
During his campaign for governor, Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt relied on a campaign that was mostly made up of his family and friends, an orbit of political outsiders who remain by his side today and likely will play a significant role in how the governor-elect chooses to shape policy and tackle some of the state's biggest challenges.
As Stitt prepares to be sworn in next month, we took a closer look at his inner circle and the individuals who have the most influence over his administration.
Without any previous political experience, Stitt surrounded himself with those who knew him best, close companions who encouraged him to trust his instincts, but each having the freedom to offer their own suggestions in a campaign that was open to all ideas.
US Supreme Court to hear Creek case on Tuesday
One of the most closely watched Indian law cases in recent years will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the high court considers whether the Muscogee (Creek) Nation still has a reservation in eastern Oklahoma.
Carpenter v. Murphy pits the state of Oklahoma and the federal government against the Creeks and a confessed killer, Patrick Murphy, whose conviction was overturned by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Oklahoman's Justin Wingerter has a closer look at this case and its implications.
Mailers tout Lankford
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, spent more than $100,000 nationwide on mailers and online ads touting Republicans, including Sen. James Lankford in Oklahoma.
“Pumpkins grow on vines. Potatoes grow in the ground. Turkeys grow on farms. But thankfully, Senator James Lankford knows: Money doesn't grow on trees,” the mailer states.
Other Oklahoma political storylines ...
Board member passes: Daniel Keating, a member of the state Board of Education and twin brother of former Gov. Frank Keating, died Saturday at the age of 74.
Funding match owed: Oklahoma still owes $150 million in promised funding matches for faculty salaries 10 years after a big push to eliminate the backlog. Almost 60 percent of the unpaid total is owed to the Oklahoma State University system.
Transition team: Jill Castilla, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond, will join Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt's transition team, along with several other business leaders and government officials.
Stitt's transition team chair, Marc Nuttle, stepped down last week from a controversial Christian group following questions of his involvement by Oklahoma Watch.
New councilwoman: Nikki Nice was officially sworn in as the new Ward 7 councilwoman in Oklahoma City. She also joined the Political State show last week to discuss her new role, which you can watch here, or in the video above.