Many Felons Can’t Vote, But They Can Lobby at the Capitol

Nothing prohibits felons from becoming lobbyists. The different treatment of former state Rep. Gus Blackwell and former state Sen. Kyle Loveless illustrate how being allowed to go from lawmaker to lobbyist — even after being convicted of a crime — depends largely on prosecutors’ demands.

Teacher Shortage Forces Schools to Rely on Aides, Assistants

The statewide teacher shortage is forcing many districts to rely heavily on teaching aides and assistants. The classroom helpers handle many tasks that teachers used to do but are less able to now because of larger classes and more special-education students. But should some of that cost go toward hiring new teachers?

Breaking Down the Impact of the 2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 session of the Oklahoma Legislature, which ended Thursday, was one of the most contentious in recent history. But lawmakers’ actions went well beyond teacher pay and tax increases. Here’s a look at how various groups will be affected by what the Legislature did, and didn’t do, this year.

County Commissioner Sued over Dispute at Charity

The former director of a nonprofit charity has sued Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, who founded the charity, accusing him and the group of failing to pay severance, berating the director publicly and making questionable deposits into Maughan’s personal bank account.