T.W. Shannon

State Capitol
11:21 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oklahoma House Speaker Steps Down From Top Post

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) shakes Gov. Mary Fallin's hand shortly before Monday's State of the State address.
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Listen to House Speaker T.W. Shannon's entire announcement on the House floor Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is stepping down from one of the most powerful positions in state government as he runs for a U.S. Senate seat.

Shannon announced Tuesday on the House floor that he was stepping down from the speaker's post immediately.

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U.S. Senate
9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Lankford Campaign Cash Exceeds $500,000

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford reported having more than $514,000 in his congressional campaign account at the end of 2013 before launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

End-of-year federal campaign finance reports due at the end of last week show Lankford raised nearly $430,000 in 2013.

After current U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said last month he would give up the final two years of his term, Lankford said he would run for Coburn's seat. Lankford can use the funds in his House account for a U.S. Senate bid.

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Seeking House's Top Seat
6:27 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Trio Of Republicans Want To Lead The House If Current Speaker Steps Down

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At least three House Republicans are trying to line up support from their GOP colleagues to become the next leader of the House in case current Speaker T.W. Shannon steps down.

Reps. Jeff Hickman of Dacoma, Mike Jackson of Enid, and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City all confirmed Wednesday they are interested in seeking the House's top spot should Shannon resign.

Shannon announced Wednesday that he is running for the U.S. Senate.

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State Capitol
11:40 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses reporters during Tuesday's Associated Press Legislative Forum at the State Capitol.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.

Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.

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U.S. Senate
9:53 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Bridenstine Says He Won't Run For Open Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) speaking during a 2013 town hall meeting.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says he won't run for the Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Bridenstine said Wednesday in a statement that he has been "honored and overwhelmed" by people encouraging him to run ever since Coburn announced his resignation earlier this month. But Bridenstine said he decided not to enter the race after "serious consideration and prayer."

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U.S. Senate
4:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Content Of House Speaker T.W. Shannon's Email

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Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon told Republican colleagues Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate, sending them an email Tuesday afternoon. The text of the email under the subject line: "Big news tomorrow ..."

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Members,

I want to let you in on some exciting news, so you will be among the first to know.

Tomorrow, I plan to announce that I will be running for the United States Senate.

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U.S. Senate
12:43 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

UPDATE: Oklahoma Speaker Formally Announces Senate Candidacy

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Updated January 29, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

Oklahoma's Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon officially kicked off his U.S. Senate campign at the Tulsa Historical Society Wednesday morning, criticizing Washington for what he says is a failure to effectively address the national debt.

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9:03 am
Tue January 28, 2014

More Signs Point To U.S. Senate Run By Shannon

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Video crews in Lawton and removal of framed photos from the state Capitol all increase speculation that state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) may want to fill U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.
The Journal-Record reports House Speaker T.W. Shannon is doing things that make it more likely he will run for U.S. Tom Coburn's seat. Shannon, according to a source, spent the weekend in Lawton shooting footage for a TV commercial. Members of Shannon's staff were also seen taking framed photos of the Speaker out of the state Capitol.
Energy
12:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Oil And Gas Tax Breaks Leaving Millions On The Table In Oklahoma

An oil rig in Edmond, Okla.
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It's not looking good for Oklahoma's budget.

State leaders expect a $170 million shortfall. This year's budget was just half a percent larger than five years ago, without adjusting for inflation. And projections estimate a deficit of up to $2 billion by 2035.

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U.S. Senate
7:38 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Will They Run? GOP Eyes Focused On Shannon, Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa)
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The dust still hasn't settled on Oklahoma's 2014 political landscape after U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn triggered a landslide within the state Republican Party with his announcement that he planned to forego his final two years in office.

All eyes are focused on whether Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and first-term U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine decide to enter the race for Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.

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