2014 Elections

StateImpact Oklahoma
10:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In the Crosshairs as Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Inhofe at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
Andrew Revkin / Flickr

The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

The political shift in Washington comes at time when — from President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to enforcement of the Regional Haze Rule that’s riled Oklahoma officials— the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of things in the air.

Election night was a rough one in general for the left, but some of the tears spilled on November 4th were over the specific issue of climate change, and what a fully Republican controlled Congress might do to thwart President Obama’s environmental efforts.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Oklahoma Senator Wants Online Voter Registration

Credit Ryan LaCroix of KOSU, with data from ncsl.org

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate plans to introduce a bill to help increase voter participation in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to register to vote online.

State Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton held an interim study on the issue Thursday before the Senate Rules Committee and said afterward he planned to sponsor a bill in the upcoming session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, voters in 27 states have the ability for full or limited online registration, but not in Oklahoma.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Analyzing the 2014 Election

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the 2014 General Election.


Politics
2:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR Reporters To Follow On Twitter For The 2014 Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:51 pm

The NPR social media desk compiled lists of NPR staff and public radio reporters who will be tweeting on Election Day.

Scroll down to find your state and follow reporters covering your area. Keep up with the latest elections updates with NPR News and NPR Politics on Twitter.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

That 'I'm A Voter' App At The Top Of Your Newsfeed Actually Makes A Difference

Facebook's "I'm a Voter" app.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:39 pm

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

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2014 General Election
7:40 am
Tue November 4, 2014

The Race for Governor

Mary Fallin (left), Richard Prawdzienski (center), and Joe Dorman (right)

Oklahomans are heading to the polls today with one of the biggest decisions being who will lead the state as Governor.

The incumbent Republican is facing a Democratic and an independent challenger in today’s election.

It’s early evening on a Wednesday at a comic book shop in northwest Oklahoma City as Representative Joe Dorman walks in to meet with people.

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2014 General Election
7:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Don't Forget to Vote!

Today, Oklahomans are headed to the polls to vote.

KOSU’s Diana Martinez reports.

Early voters cast their ballots at the Payne County Election Board on Friday.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

5 Widgets And Apps For Election Day

Laney Barroll Stark, of Savannah, Ga., took a picture with her cell phone as Rep. Jack Kingston, who ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia, addressed supporters at his primary runoff election night party in July.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:25 am

The 2014 midterm elections are closing in, and time's running out to brush up on the candidates and issues that matter this year. Worried you don't know the essentials? Fear not: We've compiled a list of some apps, widgets, and websites that will arm you with knowledge at the ballot box come Tuesday.

Search "My Ballot" (Google+)

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Sun November 2, 2014

5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Voters participate in early voting this past June at the Oklahoma County Elections Board in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:49 pm

In case you haven't been following this year's election that much (don't worry, we're not judging you), we've rounded up a list of big ideas in play in the 2014 midterms.

Turnout: In a nutshell, it's likely to be lower than in 2012. The Pew Research Center says voter turnout in the midterms has been lower than in presidential election years as far back as the 1840s.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Predictions for the Upcoming Election

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the upcoming election, voter turnout and any predictions.


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