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Oklahoma has denied a request by Russian officials to monitor voters at a polling place on election day, KFOR reports.

The request came from Consul General Alexander Zakharov at the Russian consulate in Houston. The Russians said they simply wanted to observe the U.S. election process.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been making news with his recruitment of so-called “poll-watchers” to ensure that the election system is fair.

Critics have decried the move as a thinly veiled call for voter intimidation at the polls. Meanwhile, many civil rights groups have joined in a broad campaign to prevent voter intimidation by training their own poll monitors.

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If you’re planning to vote on election day, it might be best to leave your phone in your car—especially if you’re in the habit of taking frequent selfies.

Texas law prohibits photography within 100 feet of a polling place, The Huffington Post reports.

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Oklahoma’s State Question 777, better known as the “Right to Farm” initiative, has drawn a good deal of controversy in recent months, reports StateImpact Oklahoma. SQ 777 would amend Oklahoma’s constitution to prevent the state Legislature from enacting laws that limit agricultural technology, livestock production or ranching practices, unless the state has a compelling interest to do so.

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Colorado isn’t just an eclectic state demographically. The Centennial State also boasts  huge diversity when it comes to ballot initiatives this November.

In fact, last week The Los Angeles Times called Colorado “a national laboratory for big ideas.”


Donald Trump may be leading Hillary Clinton in the polls in Kansas, but when it comes to fundraising, the New York billionaire is getting thumped.

As the Kansas City Business Journal reports, Clinton has doubled Trump's donations in Kansas. According to the latest campaign disclosures, Trump has pulled in only a little over $200,000. Meanwhile the Clinton camp has drawn over $400,000. C


Oklahoma’s ballot initiatives can be confusing to those who haven’t studied them. To help voters understand the measures, KTUL has published a guide. Here are some highlights:

State Question 780: Oklahoma Reclassification of Some Drug and Property Crimes as Misdemeanors Initiative


A Texas Panhandle teacher who gained attention as the 2015 National Teacher of the Year has joined the chorus of those calling for a rejection of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president, reports The Amarillo Globe-News. Shanna Peeples, a former teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, signed a letter along with many other teachers, including fellow “Teachers of the Year” from states like New York, Arkansas, Georgia, Utah, and North Carolina. The letter reads, in part: 

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A gathering of prominent political voices said this week that they believe moderate Republicans and Democrats may win a majority of seats in the Kansas Legislature next month, reports The Lawrence Journal World.

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Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling last year, Texas Republicans are not yet ready to give up the fight, reports The Austin American-Statesman.

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Representatives for the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns recently clashed at a forum on agriculture and food issues, The Rural Blog reports.

Clinton was represented by Kathleen Merrigan, a former depuity agriculture secretary, while Trump was represented by Sam Clovis, a professor of economics at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Despite tightening polls in the Lone Star State and Donald Trump’s repeated complaints that the election, Texas elections officials will not be increasing voter security throughout the state,


Oklahoma’s ballot initiatives can be confusing to those who haven’t studied them. To help voters understand the measures, KTUL has published a guide. Here are some highlights:

SQ 776: Oklahoma Death Penalty

Voting yes supports protecting the death penalty in the state constitution.

Voting no opposes amending the Oklahoma constitution to protect the death penalty.

SQ 777: Oklahoma Right-to-Farm Amendment

The Denver Post

If a new Colorado amendment passes, taxes on a pack of cigarettes could go from 84 cents a pack to $2.59 a pack, reports The Denver Post.

Big tobacco is making a big push to ensure that voters reject the measure next month. Tobacco companies have pumped millions into advertising and other get-out-the-vote efforts. Altria, the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris, has contributed over $16 million toward defeating Amendment 72.

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Surrogates for both major presidential campaigns will appear in Colorado today as the race enters the homestretch, reports KUSA. GOP nominee Donald J. Trump has dispatched his son Donald Jr. to the Centennial State, while Bernie Sanders has been sent forth by the Clinton camp. Both will speak in Boulder on Monday night.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is expanding its efforts to traditionally Republican states, including Arizona and Georgia—and now add the Lone Star State to the list.

As The Houston Chronicle reports, Clinton’s campaign has purchased a one-week ad buy in Texas, citing tightening poll numbers and an endorsement by The Dallas Morning News. The ad highlights the editorial by the Dallas newspaper, and will run in the state’s urban centers.


Sometimes it can be hard to know how your elected officials are voting on important issues. Now, a new tool has been created to clear up the confusion in Oklahoma.


As the deadline to register to vote in Oklahoma rapidly approaches, Republican numbers appear to be surging.

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Trump’s lead in Texas has shrunk to within the margin of error, The Austin American-Statesman reports.

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Next Tuesday is the deadline for registering to vote in Kansas. You can click here to print the form: Voter Registration Application. Be careful, your form will be rejected if you don’t answer Yes to the citizen and age questions, or provide your address and birth date. Make sure all of your info is legible.


Democrats are growing more and more confident day by day that they will prevail in Colorado, reports CNN.

Speaking to a gathering in Pueblo yesterday, Hillary Clinton criticized Trump's campaign for its recent negative tone.

The Clinton camp informed The Wall Street Journal that Republicans are using a “scorched-earth” strategy to depress Democratic turnout next month.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

When it comes to Donald Trump, Texas Republican leaders are following the lead of many of their GOP counterparts in the rest of the country.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and US Sen. John Cornyn have gone on record as condemning Trump’s words. But none of these men has gone so far as to withdraw his support for the presidential candidate. Even Sen. Ted Cruz is holding fast. Cruz famously refused to endorse Trump at the Republican Convention in Cleveland but has since done so.

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Colorado voters will go to the polls in November to decide on a measure known as Amendment 71.

As The Denver Post reports, the ballot initiative would make it significantly harder to amend Colorado’s constitution. If 71 passes, it would requiring that signatures for constitutional amendments be gathered from each state Senate district in Colorado.

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Kansas Republicans are standing behind their presidential nominee—for now—reports The Lawrence Journal-World.

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The presidential election is four weeks from today. If you’re planning to vote in Oklahoma and haven’t yet registered, there’s still time.

The Denver Post

It’s twenty-nine days until election day., and there's still time to register.

As The Denver Post notes, County clerks in Colorado will begin mailing out three million ballots on Oct. 17. Every registered voter in Colorado should receive one. After you receive your ballot, you’ll need to return it before seven p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday November 8. Therefore, it’s important to update your registration in order to ensure your ballot arrives at your current addresses.

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The Topeka Capital-Journal has obtained budgetary documents which the Brownback administration sought to suppress.

The documents show the implications of the Sunflower State’s potential 5-percent budget cut. If the cuts go through, they could include $17 million in spending reductions for prisons and a loss of nearly $7 million for children and family programs.