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1:49 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Republicans Lead Democrats in Oklahoma Absentee Votes

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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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7:24 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Candidates Downplay Party in 2nd District Race

Markwayne Mullin (R) and Rob Wallace (D)
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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.

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7:35 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Study suggests racial preferences in place at OU, University says "No"

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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9:59 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Voters to Decide on Racial Preferences in Oklahoma Hiring

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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.

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8:28 am
Sat October 20, 2012

More than 20,000 Vote Absentee in Oklahoma Election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Election Board officials say more than 20,000 Oklahomans have already cast their ballots for the November 6th general election.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  said Friday that county election boards have received 20,016 absentee ballots mailed by Oklahoma voters. The county election boards have sent 53,132 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters who requested them.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election is October 31st.

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7:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tulsa GOP Candidate Accused of Dodging Debates

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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.

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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.

8:48 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Oklahoma Parole Ballot Issue Drawing Opposition

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Opposition is mounting against a proposed amendment to Oklahoma's Constitution that would grant more authority to the state Pardon and Parole Board.

The measure is State Question 762 and will be decided by voters in the November 6th general election. It would remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. Oklahoma is the only state in the nation that requires the governor sign off on every inmate parole recommendation, even those for nonviolent offenders.

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12:03 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

US House Speaker Taps Mullin for Weekly Address

Markwayne Mullin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has selected a congressional candidate from Oklahoma to deliver the Weekly Republican Radio Address.

Boehner said in a statement Thursday that he's selected Republican Markwayne Mullin to deliver Saturday's address in response to the president's weekly address. Boehner said that — as a small business owner — Mullin understands the need to shut down the "jobs-destroying red tape factory in Washington, D.C."

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11:42 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Vice-Presidential Debate: Danville, Oct. 11

NPR presents live coverage of the 2012 vice-presidential debate at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. The debate takes place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and the moderator is Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News. Follow the simultaneous live blog here and submit your questions and comments to the NPR reporters.