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Capital City: Inauguration Day

Good Monday morning. 

It's inauguration day at the state Capitol for Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt, Lt. Gov.-elect Matt Pinnell and seven other statewide officials. 

Monday's ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on the south steps of the state Capitol. Attendance is free and the weather is expected to be sunny and in the high 30's. 

Stitt's children will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Ella Phillips (Miss Tulsa Teen) will sing the National Anthem and the oath of office will be administered by Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Noma Gurich

Stitt is expected to deliver his inaugural address about 12:05 p.m. 

An inaugural ball will be held tonight in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Today's coverage includes live updates, video and complete coverage at NewsOK.com. 

Businessman clashes with state government ... Stitt ran on a promise to run government like a business, but how well will that work? On Sunday, I wrote an article on what challenges and opportunities Stitt may face given his CEO background. 

“The first thing you learn as governor is you don't always get what you want,” said former Governor George Nigh, reflecting on his own experience as the state's top executive, most recently in the 1980s.

Horn calls on Senate to reopen government ... In remarks to local reporters Saturday, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said she would not act in “lockstep” with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and called on the Republican-controlled Senate to reopen the federal government. (The partial government shutdown has entered day 24 and the House could take up more votes tonight)

“There are 16,000 federal employees across the 5th District alone and thousands of those are impacted by the shutdown,” the Oklahoma City Democrat said. “I'm going to keep doing everything in my power to vote for (funding bills) and I really hope the Senate takes some action. The Senate has bills in front of it they could take up, or propose an alternative to, and I hope we see that very soon.”

Federal employee union sues federal government ... A union that represents hundreds of furloughed federal employees in Oklahoma City sued the government Friday, alleging its workers have been denied their constitutional rights during a partial government shutdown that is now the longest in American history. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association claimed in a Washington, D.C. court that its members, many of whom are working but not being paid during the shutdown, have been deprived of their hard-earned salaries without due process, a Fifth Amendment violation

Gender pay gap at Tulsa City Hall ... Most top-paying jobs at Tulsa City Hall continue to be held by men, but there is evidence that women are making inroads to close the salary gap, the Tulsa World has found.

Of 83 full-time city employees making at least $100,000 annually, 60 are men, a World analysis of November city salary data indicates. The overall median pay for all female city of Tulsa employees was 92 percent of the median pay for male city workers, the analysis shows.

Labeling tops medical pot agenda ... Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, who co-chaired a medical marijuana working group that met last year, said testing and labeling will be the first priority because the state doesn't have a framework for making sure smokable marijuana isn't contaminated.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of the products being sold in Oklahoma, and well, that is obviously not a good thing,” he said.

Mayoral appointments ... OKC Mayor David Holt said he would appoint former Gov. Brad Henry and Mary Melon, chief executive officer and president of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, as the city's representatives on the Regional Transportation Authority.

Ethics commission bans leadership PACs ... The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted 5-0 Friday to ban state legislators from operating leadership PACs. The new rule likely will never go into effect, though, because legislators are expected to reject it once their upcoming session begins in February.

More political news ... 

- Cattle prices rise on demand and trade fears (NewsOK)

- Senate Bill 227 would make the Information Services Division its own state agency instead of a department within the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (NewsOK)

- The state audit is over, but the accounting nightmare is likely just beginning for 13 current and former Grady County elected officials who were found to have been overpaid by a combined $727,343 over a 10-year period (NewsOK)

Thanks for reading. Got questions, suggestions or complaints? Email me at bfelder@oklahoman.com. 

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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