In a unique campaign which took many turns over the last 6 months, the Oklahoma House of Representatives has taken a step toward naming a successor to Speaker Jeff Hickman, whose final term ends this year.
The majority party of Republicans met behind closed doors to select their nominee for the next speakership. The Democrats will also forward a name for next January's formal election of House leadership.
The final numbers are not published, but Rep. Earl Sears of Bartlesville is the other big name being touted. Rep. John Bennett of Stilwell was said to be combining his weight to that of Sears, but it was not enough.
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Al Gerhart, of the Sooner Tea Party, has written of this matter over the past several months. You can read his take, here: http://ymlp.com/zE3nfy