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05/15/03 - You Asked For It

How Are The Missing Democrats Paying For Their Oklahoma Stay?

   Our "You Asked For It" e-mail box continues to fill up. The latest viewer question is about the Texas Democrats in Oklahoma protesting the Republican's redistricting plan.

   Thomas Stauss of Gilmer asks, "Who is paying for the hotel that the Democrats are staying in? Is it tax money?"

   We spoke to the press officer for House Speaker Tom Craddick. She says every indication is that the Democrats are paying for their stay in Ardmore, Oklahoma out of their own pockets. That is also what Jacksonville Representative Chuck Hopson's office says. He's one of the Democrats up there.

   Hopson's office also says the group will not collect their normal daily pay for state service while they're away. The Democrats may be headed back to Texas tonight... following the midnight deadline for voting on house bills.

   Morgan Palmer, reporting.

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