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Kevin Stitt and Drew Edmondson got salty with each other in a candidate forum on rural and transportation issues in what could be a preview of the November election. From The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel: 

NORMAN — Oklahoma's county commissioners got a possible preview of the fall gubernatorial race here Wednesday when a brief partisan skirmish broke out during a forum focused mainly on transportation and rural issues.

Answering a question about business recruitment, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt said Democratic policies were better for him because they hindered competition.

Stitt, the CEO of a Tulsa-based mortgage company, said, “Once you're already established, you've already got your company, you're already in the game, then yeah, create more barriers to entry and more regulation.

“But that is harmful for the middle class. It's harmful for growth and entrepreneurship.”

Drew Edmondson, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, responded to Stitt's remarks, saying, “It wasn't Democrats who got us into this mess.”

He said, “It has not been Democratic policies being a bar to growth. It has not been Democratic policies over the last eight years that have driven us into billion-dollar holes two years in a row and caused our bond rating to be reduced.

“And that's about all I'm going to say on a partisan basis because I think we have to work across party lines to get things done.”

More here.

Shoppers make purchases at the Walmart store at 100 E. I-240 Service Road in south Oklahoma City, OK, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. This upcoming weekend will be sales tax free for purchases involving back-to-school supplies. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Shoppers make purchases at the Walmart store at 100 E. I-240 Service Road in south Oklahoma City, OK, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. This upcoming weekend will be sales tax free for purchases involving back-to-school supplies. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Tax free weekend coming soon 

Shoppers, start your savings engines because the 2018 Oklahoma sales tax holiday is set to occur this weekend.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and ending at midnight Sunday, Oklahomans will be able to shop for many items with a temporary exemption from sales tax.

The weekend is one of the busiest shopping events of the year for some retailers.

“It's second to Black Friday,” OKC Outlets General Manager Jeannette Smith said. “It's very heavily trafficked, and right now our traffic is trending up so we are expecting more than last year.”

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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