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GOP state senators delay election for next pro tem

GOP state senators delay election for next pro tem

They will wait until after November's elections.

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Tulsa World

Published: 2/2/2010 2:29 AM
Last Modified: 2/2/2010 5:57 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY
— A Senate president pro tem-designate will not be selected until the first Tuesday after the November election, said Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville.

Half the 48-member Senate is up for election.

"We will spend this session concentrating on the business of the state, and the significant fiscal challenges that face us today," said Ford, chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.

Those vying to succeed Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, for the 2011 session are Sens. Harry Coates, R-Seminole; Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa; Brian Crain, R-Tulsa; and Cliff Aldridge, R-Midwest City.

"You are stuck with me for one more year, apparently," Coffee told reporters Monday during a briefing to discuss his thoughts on Gov. Brad Henry's State of the State speech... FULL ARTICLE

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