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  • 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....

  • Lankford group goes negative against Shannon

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    A dark money group backing U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn paid more than $126,000 to air an ad blasting state Rep. T.W. Shannon, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. Foundation for Economic Prosperity Inc. launched its new ad just...

  • Coburn says report will expose more problems at VA

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Sen. Tom Coburn, a key lawmaker in the effort to overhaul medical care for veterans, will release a report next week exposing more weaknesses in the system, including disappearing doctors and staff members at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals. Coburn, of Muskogee, delivered the national...

  • Inhofe: Iraq is U.S. problem and Obama's fault

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent critic of President Barack Obama’s defense and foreign policy, slammed the president Friday after Obama said no U.S. combat troops would be sent to Iraq. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back...

  • Coburn blasts ads about Lankford; T.W. Shannon responds

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Sen. Tom Coburn said Thursday he was “sickened” and “disturbed” by negative ads being aired against U.S. Rep. James Lankford, the Oklahoma City Republican who is running to replace Coburn. In an interview, Coburn, R-Muskogee, said the ads being run by outside groups and one of Lankford’s...

  • Turner gets boost from outside group in 5th District race

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    A political action committee has spent about $111,000 on behalf of state Rep. Mike Turner, who is running for the Oklahoma City congressional seat, according to filings made Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC, called Democracy Values Fund, spent nearly $93,000 for broadcast...

  • Have negative ads tightened U.S. Senate race?

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, which has spent more than $1 million in the effort to elect state Rep. T.W. Shannon to the U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that a new poll shows Shannon and U.S. Rep. James Lankford in a dead heat for the Republican nomination. According to a polling memo released...

  • Two more outside groups report aiding T.W. Shannon effort

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Two more outside groups are spending money to help state Rep. T.W. Shannon win the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday show a political action committee called Now or Never spent $100,000 on television advertising ,...

  • Shannon says outside groups should stick to issues in Senate race

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON _ State Rep. T.W. Shannon said Wednesday that he would prefer outside groups stick to the issues in the U.S. Senate race. His prepared statement came a day after The Oklahoman ran a story about a negative television ad financed by a dark money group...

  • Cole, Bridenstine criticize exchange for soldier

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Oklahoma Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore, and Jim  Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, released statements on Monday critical of the Obama administration’s decision to exchange five former Taliban leaders who were being held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt.  Bowe Bergdahl. Cole,...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe: Berghdahl transfer violated law, policy

    ccasteel | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement on Saturday after Sgt. Bowe Berghdal was freed by the Taliban. “Like all Americans, we...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers respond to Shinseki resignation

    ccasteel | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, released the following statement on Friday’s resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Inhofe is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Shinseki has honorably served his country through his service in two wars and through...