Local & Regional
9:27 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Taylor Seeks Another Term as Mayor

Former Mayor Taylor and Current Mayor Bartlett at a joint news conference in 2009.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is re-entering politics. She has announced she will seek her old office on the 15th 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.

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6:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Morning After: A Complete Local Election Recap

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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7:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tulsa GOP Candidate Accused of Dodging Debates

Jim Bridenstine
campaign photo

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.

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6:56 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Hear the Three Candidates for 1st District Congress

  • Note: Jim Bridenstine walked away from the microphone on the podium.

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.

6:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Candidates to Meet in Coweta for Forum

John Olson and Jim Bridenstine
Campaign photo

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 Oklahoma.

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11:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Oklahoma Election Board Denies Group Spot on Ballot

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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.

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1:27 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Fallin, Cornett Both to Speak at GOP Convention

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.

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8:44 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Oklahoma's 2nd District Race Draws Focus on Tuesday

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.

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7:05 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Early Voting Begins for Oklahoma Runoff Election

Tulsa County Election Board is on North Denver
KWGS News File photo

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.

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9:25 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Demos Battle for Second District

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced last year he wouldn't 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 Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren.

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