Tulsa & Oklahoma politics and elections

President Trump's Tweets - Annotated

Jan 27, 2017
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President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. NPR's politics team and reporters across the newsroom are looking at the president's tweets and annotating them to put them in a broader political and policy context.


Donald Trump's Annotated Inaugural Address

Jan 20, 2017

Donald Trump gave his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States on Friday afternoon. NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, live-annotated his remarks.


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Donald Trump will give his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States on Friday afternoon. NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, will be live-annotating his remarks.


Live 2016 Election Coverage

Nov 7, 2016

NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time as results come in across the country. Follow @NPRPolitics on Twitter and Facebook and NPR on Snapchat (@NPR) for more reports from the field. Listen to NPR's live coverage by clicking the down arrow next to the speaker icon in the grey bar above and selecting Public Radio 89.5.


Live coverage of the second 2016 general election Presidential Debate began at 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 19 over Public Radio 89.5. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump debated at Washington University in St. Louis. NPR's politics team live-annotated the debate.


Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night, October 4.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

State of The Union 2013

Feb 12, 2013

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What happens now?

Mayor Bartlett has contended Vision-2's passage was crucial at keeping aerospace jobs in Tulsa. Voter's rejected the plan earlier this week.

During our 7:35AM News Maker Interview on KWGS, the Mayor did not change his tune. He says Tulsa could now lose high paying industry jobs.

From the KWGS 6AM newscast, get a recap of the local political races from Congress to Vision 2 to the Berryhill Fire District.

This evening, Public Radio 89.5-1 features continuous national NPR and local coverage. Stay tuned (click Listen Live at the top of this page) or catch the local Oklahoma reports right here.

These election results are live from the Tulsa City-Country Election Board:

• Live Oklahoma Federal, State, Legislative, and Judicial results

• Live Tulsa County Results (including Vision-2)


It's NPR Elections Big Board. This board shows the same results that hosts and election staff are watching in NPR's Studio 4A and it updates every 15 seconds.

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Tulsa County Results  (including Vision-2)



WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy.

The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.

About 4 in 10 say they think the nation's economy is on the mend, but more say that things are getting worse or are bad and stagnating.

Election 2012 team to provide coverage, analysis from D.C., national campaign headquarters, 16 key states, and northeastern Oklahoma

On-air and online, from 7 pm to 2 am over Public Radio 89.5-1 and publicradiotulsa.org

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Today Americans go to the polls for an historic vote: will it be a second term for Barack Obama or a first term for Mitt Romney? Join the BBC's Bridget Kendall and James Naughtie live from Washington D.C., and their team of correspondents and experts from across the United States for America Decides – US Election 2012. As the polls close, join us for live coverage of the results.

It Is Here. Election Day 2012.

Nov 6, 2012
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The polls are now open in Oklahoma. It does appear that the voter turnout in the state will be heavy today.

It is estimated that 6,500 people cast ballots early at the Tulsa County Election Board during three days of early voting. The board was processing about 400 ballots per hour during the early voting period.

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It's here - at last - the presidential election of 2012. 

The Metropolitan Tulsa League of Women Voters has produced this election guide detailing informational about the presidential election, Senate and Representative races, Tulsa County Propositions, state questions and city councilors.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of an anti-death penalty group are calling on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to halt the execution of a convicted killer.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will hold a rally at the state Capitol on Monday seeking to spare the life of 56-year-old Garry Thomas Allen. Allen is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.

Allen was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1986 murder of his fiancée, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City daycare.

Immigration Impact

As voters go to the polls tomorrow, there is at least one unknown factor. Tulsa’s Latino population has exploded since the last Presidential election. How will those folks vote?                 

Hispanic Community leader Ed Martinez feels most Latinos will line up with the Democrats. He says however, most are more conservative than they actually realize.

While most feel the presidential election in Oklahoma is a foregone conclusion, it is unknown what the Latino vote will mean in the First District Congressional race.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a Sooner state essentially controlled by Democrats for nearly a century, Republicans are hoping to capture all five U.S. House seats on Tuesday and wrap up a devastating decade for the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

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Early voting is under way in Oklahoma.

Voters could begin casting in-person absentee ballots Friday morning at all 77 county election board offices across the state.

4,000  voters lined up Friday outside the Tulsa County Election Board office to cast a ballot.

On Saturday morning, voters were lined from the Election Board, down Denver Avenue and then back east on West Edison.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  says voting runs   until 1 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday.


The Tulsa County Election Board is prepared for big crowds as early voting gets underway today in Oklahoma.

Four ars ago in the last presidential election, lines ran all the way to the street and down the sidewalk. Early in-person absentee voting is allowed today , Saturday, and Monday…but you must go to the Election Board on North Denver Avenue to cast your ballot.

Board Secretary Patty Bryant says while some states have been early voting for weeks, Oklahoma law only allows early in-person absentee on the Friday, Saturday, and Monday before a state or federal election.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wednesday marks the deadline for Oklahoma voters to request an absentee ballot for next week's general election.

Absentee ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The completed ballots must be submitted to the county in which a person is registered to vote.

State election officials said last week that they'd mailed more than 66,000 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters, with requests from registered Republicans outpacing Democrats.

Early voting begins Friday in Oklahoma and continues Saturday and Monday.

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Democratic and Republican candidates seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat have met in their only debate of the political campaign and seemingly agreed on a range of issues.

Democrat Rob Wallace and Republican Markwayne Mullin met in a televised debate Monday night at Rogers State University in Claremore. The two agreed that Iran's ability to obtain a nuclear weapon should be limited and that Social Security and Medicare should be protected.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans are leading Democrats in the number of absentee ballots submitted for the Nov. 6 general election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says that as of Friday, nearly 32,000 Oklahoma voters have mailed absentee ballots to county election boards.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma is the top political prize in next week's general election for both parties, but the top candidates in the race are downplaying party affiliation.

Republican Markwayne Mullin stresses business experience as he tries to appeal to Democrats while Democrat Rob Wallace tries to distance himself from President Obama — who failed to win a single one of the district's 26 counties in 2008.

The two will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with independent Michael Fulks of Heavener.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A conservative think-tank has released a study suggesting the University of Oklahoma gave preferences to African Americans in admissions to its undergraduate, law and medical schools — a claim university officials dispute.

The Virginia-based Center for Equal Opportunity study was released Monday — two weeks before Oklahoma voters are set to decide a state question on whether to abolish all affirmative action programs in state government.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the nation's highest court ponders the use of race in college admissions, Oklahoma voters will decide next month whether to prohibit any affirmative action programs in state government.

State Question 759 is a Republican-backed proposal approved by Oklahoma lawmakers last year that would ban any government programs that give preferred treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.