H 88° L 59°
  • clear-night
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 88° L 59°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    Cloudy. H 88° L 59°
  • clear-day Created with Sketch.
    Sunny. H 83° L 61°

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00


Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00


Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Oklahoma’s new attorney general confirms he’ll run in 2018

Oklahoma’s new attorney general confirms he’ll run in 2018

Oklahoma’s new attorney general confirms he’ll run in 2018
Photo Credit: David Vandever
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, FOX23 Anchor Shae Rozzi, and KRMG's Russell Mills (April 17, 2017)

Oklahoma’s new attorney general confirms he’ll run in 2018

He’s been a state representative, Secretary of State for Oklahoma, and now he’s the state’s top law enforcement official.

Monday, Attorney General Mike Hunter sat down with KRMG and our partners at FOX23 for an extensive interview on a wide range of topics.

[Hear our entire interview with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter HERE]

He left no doubt that his plans include running for election to the same office in 2018.

“This is a job that I’m trained for, and I’ll have to work very hard to earn people’s vote,” he said.

So while he’ll be a candidate, he’s also got a lot on his plate serving out the term of former AG Scott Pruitt, who was appointed Administrator of the EPA by President Trump.

Early in the conversation, KRMG asked about the lawsuits filed by Pruitt against the EPA.

“We anticipate that our involvement with the federal government is going to be much more collaborative, much more cooperative,” Hunter said. “The lawsuits that are pending, we believe, are going to be settled in a way that’s favorable to the state, and restores what we think the traditional boundaries of the states and the federal government are.”

And he says, that doesn’t mean tossing out all oversight on the oil and gas industry.

“I’m convinced that we can have clean air and clean water without destroying the economy,” he said, “without costing this state hundreds of jobs.”

But he’s planning on continuing to push Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Colorado over that state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

“Our view is that the trafficking out of Colorado is very damaging to the state. We think that we have made our case. So far we have not gotten relief, but I’m optimistic that working with the State of Nebraska in a similar lawsuit, that we’re going to be successful.”

One problem plaguing state agencies is drastic budget cuts, but Hunter says happily, his office draws money from several sources that don’t involve appropriations.

“We’re in an unusual situation because we’re not 100 percent self-funded, but we’re primarily self-funded through legal activities on behalf of the state,” he explained. “We’re allowed to, when we win a judgement, we’re allowed to keep a small percentage of that judgement and keep that in a revolving fund to fund operations. We also get a percentage of the tobacco settlement monies every month.”

Hunter was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1984 and served for six years.

He was General Counsel for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission from 1993-94, and served as Chief of Staff for Oklahoma Congressman J. C. Watts from 1995-99.

He became Secretary of State under Governor Frank Keating from 1999 to 2002, and again for Governor Mary Fallin from November of last year until February of this year, at which time he was appointed as AG.

He also served as Secretary of the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office in 2009-10.

Hunter also worked with former Gov. Keating as EVP and COO of the American Council of Life Insurers.

He worked with Keating again as COO of the American Bankers Association before returning to Oklahoma again - “for good,” he told KRMG.

Read More

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are already feeling pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, which also puts a time squeeze on other major initiatives on Capitol Hill. There are no votes scheduled this week in the Congress; the Senate returns to legislative session on June 5, while the House is back in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Here’s some of what faces Republicans in the Congress: 1. Everything keys off of the GOP health care bill. Because the GOP is trying to use the expedited “budget reconciliation” process, which allows them to avoid a filibuster in the Senate, nothing involved with next year’s budget – or with tax reform – can move until health care is settled. GOP Senators have been meeting regularly in recent weeks to decide what to do on health care – but they don’t have a deal as yet, and no one is quiet sure when they might have a vote. “We’re a long ways from that,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-ND) told reporters this week. “Damned if I know,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said about when a deal might be reached. Writing their own bill takes time. Senate laying groundwork for own health care replacement bill — Rusty Arrison (@RustyArrisonXVJ) May 26, 2017 2. Why do you keep saying there isn’t much time? Two things are at work here – the Congressional calendar, and the limits on the “budget reconciliation” process. The authorization to use reconciliation for a health care bill expires on September 30 – the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. So, the GOP has four months to figure out a bill, and get it approved and sent to the President. But, lawmakers won’t be here much of that four month period. In fact, between now and the end of the fiscal year – there are 43 scheduled legislative work days in the House, which mirrors the Senate schedule. That’s 43 legislative days in session spread out over 18 weeks. You could always get extra time by scrapping the August recess, or working some weekends. 3. The budget is way behind schedule – more than usual. This past week, President Trump delivered his 2018 budget to the Congress. Normally that is done in February. The House and Senate only started having hearings on spending bills this past week. Lawmakers were supposed to approve the blueprint known as the “budget resolution” by April 15. As of now, that plan doesn’t even exist. Congress is supposed to pass all spending bills by October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, but that has not happened since 1996. With the schedule still showing five weeks off during the summer, there is no way that lawmakers are going to meet that spending deadline, which will pave the way for stop gap budgets, and then most likely a year-end omnibus spending deal. Sound familiar? @TheDCVince the congress cannot walk and crew gum at the same time. They haven't begun the FY18 budget.We will get more CRs and then omnibus — Bulldog 6 (@MC22554) May 24, 2017 4. Tax reform still hasn’t taken shape. Despite the Sunday tweet by President Trump about his tax plans, it was obvious in budget hearings last week involving Secretary of Treasury Stephen Mnuchin that a Trump tax plan is not ready to be rolled out any time soon. Remember – all we have right now is a one page document with some bullet points. Even if the White House put out the details this next week, Republicans couldn’t take it up under budget reconciliation rules until they get finished with health care legislation. And, as stated above, the GOP does not seem to be near a deal. Senate Republicans probably cannot let June go by without some kind of agreement on health care. The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule. Big benefits to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017 5. You can’t pass bills when you aren’t in DC. Whenever I point out how the Congress is going to be home for an extended break, I always hear from people who say, “If they’re not in DC, they can’t screw things up.” Yes, that’s true. On the other hand, it’s also true that when they aren’t working on Capitol Hill, they can’t pass any bills to fix things, either. And for Republicans right now, if you aren’t at work on the floors of the House and Senate, you aren’t passing any of President Trump’s agenda. Those Republican lawmakers having town hall meetings this week will get a lot of attention. If Republicans in the House and Senate were doing their job, Pres Trump could be returning home to sign laws for taxes, health care, etc. — Pat (@Pat170017001) May 26, 2017 It’s not even the end of May. But time is already running short for Republicans in 2017.
  • A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport. U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it.  >> Read more trending news  At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend. Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money. “He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.
  • Being the U-S Defense Secretary is a tough job, but Marine General James Mattis certainly sounds up to the task. He lit the social media world on fire after he was asked on CBS's Face the Nation what keeps him awake at night. He answered, 'Nothing, I keep other people awake at night.' While that quote has gotten the most attentions, the interview covered a wide range of important topics. He says President Trump standing alongside fellow NATO leaders last week shows he supports NATO. He says war with North Korea would be catastrophic. And he says he was humbled the commitment made by the younger generation of military personnel to carry out decisions made by leaders like himself.
  • Clear water laps at the white sand along crescent-shaped Siesta Beach, helping the Florida shore rank as the best in the country, according to a coastal expert. Dr. Stephan P. Leatherman, known as “Dr. Beach,” released his list of the 2017 best beaches Thursday.  Water and sand quality, as well as environmental management and beach safety efforts, are some of the 50 criteria Leatherman uses to develop the rankings. Here is the Top Ten:
  • For Memorial Day, it was the perfect sign of respect. The photo of a sandwich board outside Mayberry’s Bar & Grill in the northern Kansas city of Washington that pays tribute to the American servicemen who have lost their lives fighting for their country has gone viral.  >> Read more trending news  “We have 619,300 reasons to be closed on Monday,” is written in chalk on the sign, referring to U.S. service deaths from World War I, World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The sign was the idea of Mayberry’s employee Kelly Ray, the Wichita Eagle reported. Ray moved from Missouri to northern Kansas earlier this year, and he brought a sign he made while working at a previous restaurant. Mayberry’s would be closed on Sunday and on Memorial Day, but the sign posted outside the restaurant would be photographed and shared across social media. By late Sunday it had been shared more than 109,000 times. “I just love the message,” Ray told the Wichita Eagle on Sunday. “You don’t have to like our president or like some of the things our government is doing, but you sure better respect those who have laid down their lives for us to be able to live here.” According to official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs numbers, and depending on how deaths are calculated, the sign totals are not completely accurate, but the message is still relevant. Ray told KWCH that many patrons have thanked him for putting up the sign. One veteran thanked him in person, but Ray, who is the restaurant’s manager and chef, stopped him. “I said, ‘No, thank you,’” Ray told KWCH. “You guys are the reason we’re here and we appreciate that. “He said ‘Damn shame more people don’t think like that,’” Ray said. Ray said the idea for the sign was formed when he worked at a Missouri restaurant. “I mentioned to the owner that we should be closed for Memorial Day, and he said, ‘I can’t think of one good reason why we would do that, because people are going to be out and they’ll want to eat,’ ” Ray told the Wichita Eagle. “I saw a post on Facebook with the number of people who have died in our wars, so I basically just put that on a sign and showed it to him.” The owner closed the restaurant. “People talk about Memorial Day being the start of summer and that sort of thing,” Ray told the newspaper. “But what it’s really about is those people who died. I hope people think about them.”