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  • Split decisions rendered on Obamacare tax subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON _Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory decisions Tuesday on whether the Affordable Care Act allows people to get tax credits for health insurance purchased on federal exchanges. The circuit court based here ruled 2-1 that the tax subsidies are available only on policies...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to Fort Sill as shelter for minors

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation said Monday they don’t want Fort Sill, the U.S. Army artillery post near Lawton, used to house unaccompanied alien children past the October deadline. The delegation’s comments came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a...

  • Bridenstine to bring Tennessee congresswoman on Fort Sill tour

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, plans to bring a colleague along Saturday for his tour of the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the southern U.S. border. Bridenstine, who has been in a week-long struggle with the Department of Health and Human Services over...

  • Inhofe secures equipment deal for rural firefighters

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe has brokered a deal to allow rural fire departments continued access to surplus military vehicles that don’t meet Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, began working with the EPA and the Department of Defense after The Oklahoman...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: White House not telling truth about illegal minors

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said Tuesday he would listen to the Obama administration’s arguments for needing nearly $4 billion to deal with the current wave of illegal aliens. “I recognize that we have a real problem,” said Cole, a key member of the House Appropriations Committee. “What I...

  • Bridenstine demands "unfettered access" to Fort Sill facility for children

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Jim Bridenstine has put the Obama administration on notice that he plans to make recurring visits to the Fort Sill facility housing some of the unaccompanied alien children who have been streaming across the U.S. border from Central America. Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, released a...

  • Bridenstine: I couldn't get in to see illegal minors at Fort Sill (updated)

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, said he was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border. Bridenstine made a visit to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma and was...

  • Hobby Lobby case wasn't just about 4 contraceptives

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Much of the coverage about Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act detailed the retailer’s specific objections to four birth control methods. David Green, the co-founder of Hobby Lobby, and his family considered four of the mandated...

  • Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Hobby Lobby and other closely-held corporations can deny health insurance coverage for some contraceptives if they object to them on religious grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices ruled 5-4 that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the...

  • Who is James Lankford?

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    A profile of U.S. Rep. James Lankford from his first race four years ago. Lankford, of Oklahoma City, easily won the GOP nomination Tuesday night for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn and appears to be headed for the U.S. Senate.

  • 10th Circuit Court Says States Can't Ban Gay Marriage

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    In a ruling that strikes down gay marriage ban in Oklahoma, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said today that the 14th Amendment protects same-sex couples’ right to marry. The decision is in the Utah case, which  was considered on a fast track with the Oklahoma case. In both cases,...

  • Jett, Robertson haven't filed financial disclosure reports

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Two Republican congressional candidates  in Oklahoma  have not filed financial disclosure reports even though they have met the campaign spending threshold. Shane Jett, of Tecumseh, who is running for the 5th District seat being vacated by Rep. James Lankford, has not filed the required...

  • Outside groups help Lankford, Shannon, Russell in last days

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Outside groups continued to pump money into trying to influence Oklahoma elections on Friday, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. _ A political action committee called America’s PAC purchased nearly $10,000 of radio time for Steve Russell, an Oklahoma City Republican...

  • Defense bill clears with AWACS funding intact

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. House passed a $570 billion defense spending bill on Friday that would prevent the Air Force from scrapping a quarter of the AWACS planes at Tinker Air Force Base. The legislation, which rejects a number of the Pentagon’s cost-saving proposals, was approved by a vote of...

  • Shannon, Lankford against self-imposed term limits

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The two Republicans leading the open U.S. Senate race in Oklahoma made clear Wednesday they differ from the conservative icon they’re trying to replace in a very key way. In a debate on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City,  state Rep. T.W. Shannon and U.S. Rep. James Lankford said they were...

  • Outside group backing Mike Turner funded by Turners

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    State Rep. Mike Turner, who has put $625,000 of his own money into his Oklahoma congressional race, is being backed by a political action committee that has received $135,000 from other Turners. The Democracy Values Fund _ a recently-established super PAC _ received $125,000 from a trust held by...

  • Lankford features Coburn in new ad; Coburn calls out pro-Lankford group

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    U.S. Rep. James Lankford’s latest ad in his U.S. Senate campaign features comments from Sen. Tom Coburn praising Lankford and criticizing the negative ads being run against Lankford. The ad shows pictures of Coburn, R-Muskogee, and quotes from an interview last week with The Oklahoman and from...

  • Lankford and Shannon: Their donors and their expenses

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, have recently filed campaign finance reports covering their contributions and expenditures for April, May and the first week of June. The two are vying for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen....

  • White House opposes Cole's rescue of AWACS planes

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The White House came out strongly on Tuesday against the defense spending bill set to be considered by the full U.S. House and specifically cited a provision that would protect AWACS planes stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. A statement from the White House budget office says a section of the...

  • Lankford reiterates opposition to negative ads

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    U.S. Rep. James Lankford doesn’t like negative ads running against his opponents any more than he does against himself. So said the U.S. Senate candidate on Tuesday as a dark money group backing him retaliated against groups backing state Rep. T.W. Shannon. The pro-Lankford group, Foundation...



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