Politics and Government
7:47 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Senator-Elect Lankford Speaks To Family Research Council

Senator-elect James Lankford
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Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford says he'll bring his biblical worldview to bear on problems like the national debt.

The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Lankford said the Bible's book of Nehemiah stresses the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding infrastructure.

The senator-elect said he'll also work to protect the religious rights of all Americans, so they can practice their faith in their businesses and every part of life.

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Business and Economy
7:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer Says Revenue Grew In October But Oil & Gas Revenues Lagging

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
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Oklahoma's state treasurer says falling crude oil prices could darken an otherwise bright revenue picture for the state.

Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday that state revenue was up almost 4 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago. Revenue during the past 12 months shows growth of almost 5 percent.

But Miller says collections from oil and gas production exceeded the prior year by only one-tenth of one percentage point and reflects recent lower prices.

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Fallin And Hofmeister
6:22 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Some Republican Wins Not So Sweet

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Republicans steamrolled to a clean sweep of federal and statewide offices in Oklahoma's general election, but the two GOP candidates with the closest ties to public education fared worst among statewide Republican winners.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrats Wait On Attorney General Pruitt To Make Decision On Special Election

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Oklahoma Democrats were still deciding Wednesday whether to call on the governor to set a special election for a congressional race after their candidate died two days before Election Day.

Party Chairman Wallace Collins says he is waiting to hear from the attorney general's office and state election board before deciding on the party's next steps.

State law indicates that in the event of a candidate's death before an election, the governor is to set a special election.

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, one day after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House in more than 60 years.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:33 pm

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:52 pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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Oklahoma Politics
11:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Economy, National Security Top Concerns After Russell Wins In Fifth District

Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana - June 18, 2011
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Republican former state Sen. Steve Russell defeated Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey Tuesday night in the race to fill the seat representing Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Lankford won election to the U.S. Senate to fill the expiring term of Tom Coburn. The open Fifth District includes most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties in central Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:11 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Low Voter Turnout Marks Oklahoma's Election

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Only 40.7 percent of Oklahoma's registered voters filled out a ballot during Tuesday's gubernatorial election Tuesday, according to preliminary results. That makes it the lowest turnout going as far back as 2002.

State data shows 51.5 percent of registered voters participated in the 2002 election. In 2006, 56.1 percent of voters turned out while 50.7 percent of voters participated in 2010.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during Tuesday night's election returns.
Shawntal Brown The Oklahoma Daily

Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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This is NPR
8:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'Morning Edition' Celebrates 35 Years With A Trip Down Memory Lane

Bob Edwards was the host of Morning Edition from its 1979 inception until 2004.
Max Hirshfeld NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:32 pm

On this day in 1979, Morning Edition broadcast its first show, bringing a new style of storytelling to the early-drive-time airwaves.

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