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  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine won't run for U.S. Senate

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Tulsa Republican aligned with the tea party, said Wednesday morning that he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn. “Since Dr. Tom Coburn’s retirement announcement, I have been honored and overwhelmed by encouragement to...

  • Oklahoma City businessman entering U.S. Senate race

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    In 2012, plumbing company owner Markwayne Mullin, a Republican with no political experience, won an eastern Oklahoma congressional district. Now, a heating and air contractor from Oklahoma City hopes to capture the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn. Eric McCray, a mechanical...

  • Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas says farm bill agreement "is almost a miracle"

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Rep. Frank Lucas, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said Tuesday that the farm bill agreement struck after months of tough negotiations “is almost a miracle.” Given the budget constraints and political divisions over food stamps and farm programs, “we have a really amazing...

  • House Speaker T.W. Shannon plans Senate announcement tour on Wednesday

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, a Republican from Lawton, plans a three-city announcement on Wednesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee. A source close to Shannon said he will make separate announcements in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and...

  • Oklahoma same-sex marriage appeal will be put on fast track

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the appeal of Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case on an expedited basis. In an order, the court also said the Oklahoma case would be assigned to the same panel of judges hearing an appeal from Utah. In both states, a federal judge struck...

  • Former Gov. Frank Keating says he won't run for U.S. Senate

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Former Gov. Frank Keating on Monday ruled out a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee. U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is running for Coburn’s seat, and Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is expected to enter the race this week. Keating,...

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine invites father of slain Navy SEAL to State of the Union speech

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, announced Monday that he has invited the father of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Benghazi to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Charles Woods, father of Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods, will be Bridenstine’s guest, the congressman...

  • Republican rancher to challenge Rep. Frank Lucas for seat in Congress

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Robert Hubbard, a Canadian County rancher who is chairman of his county’s Republican Party, plans to announce Monday that he is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne. Hubbard also owns a construction company. Lucas, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee,...

  • Sen. Tom Coburn co-sponsors Obamacare replacement

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and two of his Republican colleagues have offered a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with health coverage incentives focused on the tax code. The plan would reinstate some of the protections of Obamacare. People could stay on their parents’...

  • Former Gov. Frank Keating not leaning toward U.S. Senate race

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating said Friday that he’s not leaning toward making a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn. Politico reported that Keating, a Republican who is now President and CEO of the American Bankers Association in Washington, was considering the...



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