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Fallin's inauguration top Okla. political story

By SEAN MURPHY
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin's inauguration as Oklahoma's first-ever female governor was the state's top political story in 2011.

Fallin was joined on the south steps of the Capitol in January by eight other Republicans who also were sworn into offices previously held by Democrats.

Democrats took another blow in June when U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in the state's congressional delegation, announced he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office.

But former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry had one last political move to make in 2011, and he made a record-setting sixth appointment to the Oklahoma Supreme Court just days before his term ended.

With complete control of state government, the GOP focused on pushing business friendly changes to the state's workers' compensation and civil justice systems.

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