In The Know: State officials rebuff deadline; counties wrap up election totals; state office independents team up
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State education officials rebuff Fallin’s deadline to report: With its attorney raising challenges, the state Board of Education did not comply by a Sept. 1 deadline with Gov. Mary Fallin’s order to identify for possible consolidation school districts that spend less than 60 percent of their funds on instruction. In a six-page memo dated Aug. 30, attorney Brad Clark said that Fallin’s Nov. 21, 2017, order doesn’t clearly define “instructional expenditure” and the governor’s staff has so far been unwilling to clarify or modify the order. [Oklahoma Watch]
All 77 counties wrap up election totals: Election officials in Oklahoma’s 77 counties have completed counting the votes in the Tuesday primary runoff election. Officials on Friday considered nearly 400 provisional votes that were cast, finding about half are from eligible voters. The still unofficial results show Kevin Stitt received 54.5 percent of the vote to defeat Mick Cornett for the Republican nomination for governor. Stitt faces Democrat Drew Edmondson in the November general election. [Public Radio Tulsa]
State office independents running as a team on open government: The five independent candidates for statewide office will run a coordinated campaign based on open government, they announced Thursday. Led by lieutenant governor candidate Ivan Holmes, the “hard working, middle-class” quintet have agreed to support open records, open meetings, open audits and a fully funded, independent Ethics Commission. [NewsOK]
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