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  • Special elections reveal state Republican vulnerabilities

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    It was one race under unusual circumstances, but Democrat J.J. Dossett’s victory in last week’s state Senate District 34 special election hit Oklahoma Republicans like a bucket of ice water. And it got Oklahoma Democrats thinking maybe they are a factor in state politics again. Dossett, a...

  • David Boren says he'd support son for governor, but wishes he'd postponed announcement

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Friday he will support his son Dan Boren if he runs for governor in 2018, but reiterated an earlier statement that he thinks it’s too early to make such a decision. “I’m very proud of him, of course,” David Boren said in response to a high...

  • A tune for Trump: Haskell teacher, a friend compose song for presidential candidate

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced in September that he would make an appearance at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, Coweta native Justin Jackson told his best friend, Wesley Michael Hayes, that they should write something to catch the frontrunner’s eye....

  • Petitioners seek to ban Trump from ORU campus

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    An online  petition  was started this week to keep Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from speaking next week at the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus. A Facebook post under the name Vianey Gonzalez stated: “Hi everyone! Donald Trump is  coming next...

  • Oklahoma Legislature: Bill filed to restrict use of restrooms by 'biological gender'

    Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, is the author of Senate Bill 1014, which reads, "It shall be unlawful for a person to use a gender-specific restroom when that person's biological gender is contrary to that of the gender-specific restroom."

  • First Democrat elected to state Senate since 1990

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Owasso schoolteacher J.J. Dossett on Tuesday became the first Democrat since 1990 elected to the state Senate from District 34 in north Tulsa County. Dossett finished with 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Republican David McLain in a district that typically goes 65 percent to the GOP....


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