Oklahoma Politics http://kgou.org en Oklahoma Forum: Primary Election Wrap-up http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-forum-primary-election-wrap <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" seamless="" src="http://videos.oeta.tv/viralplayer/2365281310" width="590"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">We analyze Tuesday’s Oklahoma Primary Election results and discuss campaign strategy and issues for the 2014 election season with:</span></p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">​</span><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://psc.ou.edu/ronald-keith-gaddie">Keith Gaddie</a>, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma</span><br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Sheryl Lovelady, former political pollster and campaign strategist</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Nate Webb, political analyst and former Congressional Chief of Staff for Mary Fallin</span> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:52:00 +0000 KGOU Staff 32376 at http://kgou.org Countdown To August 26 Runoff Elections http://kgou.org/post/countdown-august-26-runoff-elections <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">Democrats in&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">&nbsp;who already face an uphill battle against Republicans in this increasingly red state for the fall 2014 election now are preparing for two more months of inner-party conflict in races for nominations in three major political contests, two of which are state-wide races. Republicans have more runoffs in state house and senate districts.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">Democratic candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat, open 5th District U.S. House seat and state schools superintendent all were forced into an August 26 runoff when no one was able to capture a majority of votes in last week's primary election.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">John Fox and Freda Deskin&nbsp;are competing for the Democratic nomination for the state schools superintendent slot. Connie Johnson faces Jim Rogers for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Tom Guild and Al McAffrey will continue to fight for the nomination in the U.S. Congressional District 5.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:50:13 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 32329 at http://kgou.org Countdown To August 26 Runoff Elections Lankford Win Highlights Stunning Rise To Power http://kgou.org/post/lankford-win-highlights-stunning-rise-power <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Rep. James Lankford's victory over a well-funded tea party challenger highlights a stunning rise to power for a 46-year-old who was a church camp director and political unknown just four years ago.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:07:47 +0000 Associated Press 32045 at http://kgou.org Lankford Win Highlights Stunning Rise To Power Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard http://kgou.org/post/lankford-wins-gop-nod-us-senate-faces-dems-johnson-or-rogers-independent-beard <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma's</font>&nbsp;open U.S. Senate seat.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:53:04 +0000 Associated Press 32015 at http://kgou.org Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard Early Results: Fallin, Inhofe, Cole, Lucas, Mullin All Capture GOP Nominations http://kgou.org/post/early-results-fallin-inhofe-cole-lucas-mullin-all-capture-gop-nominations <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Mary Fallin has defeated two pro-marijuana challengers to win the Republican nomination in her quest for a second four-year term as&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma's</font>&nbsp;chief executive.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:51:17 +0000 Associated Press 32013 at http://kgou.org Early Results: Fallin, Inhofe, Cole, Lucas, Mullin All Capture GOP Nominations Polls Open For Oklahoma Primary Election Voters http://kgou.org/post/polls-open-oklahoma-primary-election-voters <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Polls are open for&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;voters to cast ballots in this year's primary election.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><a href="https://services.okelections.us/voterSearch.aspx"><strong>Find Your Polling Place, Confirm Your Voter Registration, And View A Sample Ballot</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:45:45 +0000 Associated Press 31972 at http://kgou.org Polls Open For Oklahoma Primary Election Voters In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-senate-race-choice-between-two-deep-shades-red In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.<p>The winner of the GOP primary will all but certainly become Oklahoma's next U.S. senator — the state is among the reddest of red states, as red as the meat served at the Cattlemens' Steakhouse. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:30:31 +0000 Brian Naylor 31912 at http://kgou.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/primary-preview-four-oklahoma-races-watch-tuesday <p>The retirement of U.S. Sen. <a href="file:///C:/Users/Brian/Dropbox/coburn.senate.gov'">Tom Coburn</a> (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.</p><p>KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director <a href="https://twitter.com/eCapitol_Shawn">Shawn Ashley</a>, Watchdog.org Oklahoma bureau chief and <a href="file:///C:/Users/Brian/Dropbox/capitolbeatok.com">CapitolBeakOK</a> writer <a href="http://watchdog.org/author/patmcguigan/">Patrick McGuigan</a>, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO <a href="http://soonerpoll.com/author/bill-shapard/">Bill Shapard</a> to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:06 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press & Keith Gaddie 31892 at http://kgou.org Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday Election Records: ‘Dark-Money,’ Campaign Groups Have Close Connections http://kgou.org/post/election-records-dark-money-campaign-groups-have-close-connections <p>Key individuals involved in a so-called “dark-money” group supporting T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate this year have had close ties with the campaign or its main consulting firm,&nbsp;according to state, federal and other public documents.</p><p>Those same individuals helped lead a separate independent political group in 2012 that had close connections to the consulting firm representing some state candidates also supported by the political group.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:47:54 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 31883 at http://kgou.org Election Records: ‘Dark-Money,’ Campaign Groups Have Close Connections Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month http://kgou.org/post/barresi-loans-campaign-910000-personal-funds-last-month <p>The most recent campaign finance reports show State Superintendent <a href="http://www.janetbarresi.com/">Janet Barresi</a> loaned her reelection campaign nearly $1 million in personal funds last month. Barresi's campaign manager <a href="http://newsok.com/janet-barresi-loaned-her-campaign-nearly-1m-in-last-month/article/4927181">told <em>The Oklahoman's</em> Nolan Clay</a> the loans are necessary to counter negative attacks by her opponents.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 31577 at http://kgou.org Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month