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The "penny sales tax" for education didn't pass, but voters here in the Sooner State did back criminal justice reform; the "Right to Farm" State Question was rejected, yet Republicans won big all over Oklahoma on Election Day, as, indeed, they did nationwide. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are joined by David Blatt of the OK Policy Institute , an non-partisan, non-profit think tank. Blatt talks with us about how Oklahomans voted last night on a variety of issues, questions, and candidates...

(Note: This show originally aired back in January.) Our guest on ST is Edward B. Foley, the Ebersold Chair in Law and Director of Election Law at the Ohio State University School of Law. Professor Foley tells us about his new book, "Ballot Battles: A History of Disputed Elections in the U.S." As was noted of this title by Tamara Keith, a correspondent for NPR News: "It's hard not to feel outrage and a little dread reading Edward Foley's retelling of ballot battles dating back to the nation's...

One of the more closely watched electoral races coming up in the June 28th primary is the surprising campaign for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District. In this race, incumbent Congressman Jim Bridenstine seeks what he says is his "final term." But Tulsa oilman Tom Atkinson has challenged the incumbent in a very competitive race. Tom Atkinson is our guest today. He is the founder and president of Okie Crude Company, a Tulsa-based energy company. Atkinson is a...

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the citizens of Tulsa will vote on a $415 million bond for Tulsa Public Schools. This bond -- which would not raise taxes -- is focused on four areas: facilities and classrooms, books and classroom technology, transportation, and libraries. As we learn on today's show, the bond is part of TPS's 20-year capital improvement plan to transform and expand aging facilities while also making schools safer throughout the district. Our guest is Bob LaBass, Director of Bond...

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Democrats are reflecting on what happened in Oklahoma and across the nation in the wake of the election day Republican rout. Not unexpectedly, the GOP won big in the Sooner State, but Oklahoma Democratic Chair Wallace Collins says they were expecting a better showing in a couple of races…the Governor’s race and that for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Collins believes that out of state money poured into Republican coffers had a big influence on the outcome. He also says the failure of...

Taylor Seeks Another Term as Mayor

Jan 23, 2013
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Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is re-entering politics. She has announced she will seek her old office on the 15 th floor of City Hall. She will challenge incumbent Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Junior. Former City Councilor Bill Christiansen has also announced plans to enter the race. Taylor served as Tulsa’s Mayor from 2006-through-2009. She did not seek re-election in 2009, saying at the time, she needed to focus on the pending economic crisis rather than run a campaign. As Mayor, Taylor oversaw...

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

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District is being knocked by his Democratic opponent for backing out of several chances to debate heading into the election. Democrat John Olson's campaign manager says Republican Jim Bridenstine is "hiding from voters" by turning down at least four high-profile opportunities, including a chamber of commerce event in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, an AARP-sponsored debate and a forum at the B'nai Emunah...

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All three congressional candidates speak at a forum in Wagoner County. Hear the stump speech of each candidate. We begin with Independent candidate Craig Allen.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Congressional candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st District are expected to meet this week in an election forum sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Republican Jim Bridenstine and Democrat John Olson are slated to meet at Wednesday's forum. Bridenstine is a political newcomer with tea party backing who defeated five-term incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the primary election. Bridenstine has knocked Sullivan's votes that he said weren't conservative enough for...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board is denying a state group's attempt to place Libertarian presidential candidates on Oklahoma's November ballot. Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Wednesday the agency's legal counsel issued a legal memorandum advising against placing the Americans Elect Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates on the ballot. The group Americans Elect gathered enough signatures in Oklahoma to qualify for a spot on the ballot, but the...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican National Convention will have a distinct Oklahoma flavor, with both Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett scheduled to speak. Party officials announced Monday that Cornett is expected to address the convention in Tampa, Fla., at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Fallin is scheduled to speak between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday. Cornett is currently the president of the national Republican Mayors and Local Officials organization and is serving his third...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in eastern Oklahoma's sprawling 2nd District will cast ballots in two top political races Tuesday — both to determine the nominees in the battle to succeed the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation. Republicans want to stamp out the last bit of blue on Oklahoma's congressional map, while Democrats are looking to hold on to the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, Boren announced last summer he wouldn't seek another term. For GOP voters, three...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early voting begins Friday for voters casting ballots in Oklahoma's primary runoff election. The top race is in the 2nd Congressional District, where two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties' nominations. That seat is being vacated by Democratic congressman Dan Boren, who is not seeking re-election. In counties with a state or federal office on the ballot, voters can cast absentee ballots in person at their county election board office from 8 a.m. to...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) When Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced last year he wouldnt seek a fifth term in office, Democrats started scrambling for an ideal candidate who could hold on to the seat in the increasingly conservative district. With a tough-on-crime resume and deep roots in the Oklahoma Democratic Party, longtime prosecutor Rob Wallace emerged as the top contender. The 49-year-old has been endorsed by arguable two of the most popular Democrats in the state former...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The race for eastern Oklahomas U.S. House seat is drawing the most attention in this years primary elections, as Republicans look to take a seat now held by the only Democrat in the states congressional delegation. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Six Republicans and three Democrats are running to represent the sprawling 2nd Congressional District, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren is stepping down after four terms. Voter registration there favors...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A tea party-aligned Edmond pastor seeking to oust a two-term state senator has filed a defamation lawsuit against his opponent and a political action committee that has funded ads critical of his business dealings. Paul Blair filed the lawsuit Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court against Senator Clark Jolley and the Coalition for Oklahomas Future, a PAC funded by contributions from some of the states largest corporations. Blair alleges in the suit that radio and...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The head of a nonprofit organization has won the House District 71 seat in Tulsa by only three votes. According to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board, Democrat Dan Arthrell received 1,416 votes to 1,413 for Republican Katie Henke on Tuesday. They were vying for the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Dan Sullivan, who is now chief executive officer of the Grand River Dam Authority. Henke could challenge the results. If the count holds up, Arthrell will...