PO­LIT­I­CAL NOTE­BOOK

Tulsa World - - Datelines - — Randy Kre­hbiel, Tulsa World

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's pop­u­lar­ity in Ok­la­homa may be wan­ing.

The Morn­ing Con­sult, which main­tains a 50-state track­ing poll of pres­i­den­tial ap­proval rat­ings, said last week that Trump's net ap­proval in Ok­la­homa de­clined 6 points from July to Au­gust and is 25 points lower than at the time of his in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary 2017.

Even so, Trump's net ap­proval rat­ing is still plus-9, 11th high­est for the 50 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia.

Trump's ap­proval rat­ing has dropped from 61 per­cent to 53 per­cent since he took of­fice, while the share dis­ap­prov­ing has jumped from 27 per­cent to 44 per­cent.

Trump is most pop­u­lar in Wy­oming (65 per­cent ap­proval) and least pop­u­lar in the Dis­trict of Columbia (17 per­cent, al­most half the next-low­est rat­ing).

Cam­paigns and elec­tions:

The Ok­la­homa Academy an­nounced it will hold a gu­ber­na­to­rial de­bate in­volv­ing Repub­li­can Kevin Stitt, Demo­crat Drew Ed­mond­son and Lib­er­tar­ian Chris Pow­ell at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity-Tulsa au­di­to­rium.

The academy has also sched­uled a de­bate for Oct. 18 at the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa, but that one will in­volve only Ed­mond­son and Pow­ell.

Ed­mond­son was en­dorsed by the Ok­la­homa Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pow­ell com­plained that he had been ex­cluded from a Sept. 24 can­di­date fo­rum spon­sored by The Oklahoman.

An abor­tion rights cam­paign, Ok­la­homa Call for Re­pro­duc­tive Jus­tice, is to be an­nounced Mon­day.

Long­time Repub­li­can Party ac­tivist Steve Byas will be hon­ored by the Tulsa Area Repub­li­can Assem­bly at 7 p.m. Tues­day at the Golden Cor­ral, 9711 E. 71st St., Tulsa.

A “meet the can­di­dates” night is sched­uled for the Creek County Demo­cratic Party meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day at the Bris­tow Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, NE 10th Av­enue and Chest­nut Street in Bris­tow.

State Rep. Randy McDaniel, REd­mond, the GOP nom­i­nee for state trea­surer, will speak to the Tulsa Repub­li­can Club at 11:45 a.m. Fri­day at the Sum­mit Club, 15 W. Sixth St.

The Ok­la­homa In­surance De­part­ment said the loss cost es­ti­mate for work­ers com­pen­sa­tion in­surance in the state de­creased 2.3 per­cent for the com­ing year. Loss cost is the amount in­sur­ers ex­pect claims to cost mi­nus over­head ex­penses.

Meet­ings and events: Bot­tom lines:

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