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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator says the Republican Party's takeover of the Senate gives the GOP its best chance to push back against government regulations and ramp up military spending since Democratic President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has gone soft when it comes to conservative principles. That's according to his state's Republican Party, who sent the former presidential candidate a message on Saturday by voting to censure him for his 'liberal' voting record.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the featured guest at a fundraiser next month for the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The former radio talk show host and one-time presidential hopeful is scheduled to speak at an event Feb. 8 in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Republican Party says the reception and dinner will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

Tickets for the event start at $75 per person.

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House Speaker T.W. Shannon is hosting public meetings this week with Republican members of the House and their constituents.

The Lawton Republican plans to meet at coffee shops Tuesday in Oklahoma City and Norman to discuss some of the highlights of the last legislative session and the upcoming special session that is set to begin on Sept. 3 for changes to the state's civil justice system.

Shannon will be at the Kamp's 1910 Cafe at 10 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City, followed by a 2 p.m. stop at La Baguette in west Norman.

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After a Republican steamroll in Oklahoma in 2010 flipped every statewide elected office to the GOP, very few strong Democratic candidates are emerging to take on entrenched GOP incumbents like Gov. Mary Fallin and others.

With the 2014 elections a little more than one year away and a key campaign finance filing deadline at midnight on Wednesday, most of those on the OklahomaDemocrats' already thin political bench appear to be taking a pass on 2014.