2014 Runoffs

8:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

This Week in Oklahoma Politics: Elections, Education and Executions

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the primary runoffs on Tuesday, the State Board of Education starting the process of creating new school standards and a lawsuit by media groups over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

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State Superintendent Race
7:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Education Professionals Vie for State Superintendent Democratic Nomination

John Cox (left) and Freda Deskin (right)

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

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House District 89
3:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Runoff Winner Takes House Seat in OKC

Mary Sosa (left) and Shane Stone (right)

A runoff election in Oklahoma City will decide the winner between two Democrats as no Republican is challenging.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on House District 89.

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff is replacing term limited Democratic Representative Rebecca Hamilton.

Building Superintendent Shane Stone is keeping busy on the campaign trail after garnering 32% of the vote in the primary.

He says one of his favorite things he’s been able to do is park clean ups.

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Election in One of Largest House Districts
8:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Republican Ranchers Campaign for Runoff Votes

Kenny Bob Tapp (left) and Casey Murdock (right)

A couple of ranchers are hoping to win a state house seat in one of the largest districts in Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the two Republicans hope to be the voice of the panhandle and northwest Oklahoma.

Fourth generation rancher Kenny Bob Tapp has been hitting the campaign trail since coming in second in the primary for House District 61.

Tapp says he’s been heavily involved in the Republican Party for the past ten years.

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GOP Candidates Face No Democratic Challenger
7:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

OKC Metro State Senate Race Ends on Tuesday

Stephanie Bice (left) and Mark Thomas (right)

The race to fill an outgoing state Senator ends on Tuesday during the runoff.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Oklahoma City metro area Republicans are running with no Democratic opponent.

Stephanie Bice of Edmond works as the Business Development Director at Smirk New Media in Oklahoma City

She says she’s been knocking doors in the new district redrawn in 2010 which includes parts of north Oklahoma City, Deer Creek, Piedmont and Yukon.

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The Race for HD88
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Another Democrat to Take OKC House Seat

Paula Sophia (left) and Jason Dunnington (right)

An Oklahoma City House District runoff between two Democrats will decide the new representative for the area with no Republican opponent.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the upcoming election in House District 88.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Paula Sophia and Oklahoma City University sociology professor Jason Dunnington are vying for Kay Floyd’s House seat.

Sophia, a transgendered candidate, says she spent the past two decades as a part of HD 88.

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Runoff Election
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Two Republicans Vying for Tulsa County Seat

Chuck Strohm (left) and Melissa Abdo (right)

A Republican runoff election for House District 69 in Tulsa County will determine a new Representative at the State Capitol.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports with no Democratic challenger, both candidates are touting their conservative principals to voters.

Electrical Engineer Chuck Strohm got 31% of the vote in June’s primary, but since then he has been endorsed by several different state conservative groups.

He says since the election he’s been getting out and meeting the voters.

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Vying to Replace Rep. Dale DeWitt
10:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

A Race for Northern OK's House District 38

Retired Marine Corporal John Pfeifer (left) and retired educator Harold LeValley (right).

Facing no Democratic challengers, a couple of northern Oklahoma Republicans will face off to see who will be elected as a new state representative.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the men who will replace outgoing term limited lawmakers, Dale DeWitt.

The large House District 38 includes mostly rural area with the biggest city, Blackwell, having under seven-thousand people.

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Congressional District 5 - Republican Runoff
7:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Two Candidates Vying for GOP Nod in CD5

Patrice Douglas (left) and Steve Russell (right)

Candidates for Congressional District Five in Central Oklahoma are making a final push to get out the vote for the runoff election in about a week.

The winner hopes to replace Congressman James Lankford who is running for Senate.

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced the two Democrats in the race, today we look at the Republicans.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the candidates with experience in both the private and public sectors.

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U.S. Senate
7:40 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Two Very Different Democrats Running for US Senate

In just a couple of weeks, Democrats across Oklahoma are voting in the primary runoff for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.

The winner of the runoff faces a tough challenge in Congressman James Lankford who won the Republican Party nomination in June.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the two people vying for a seat which hasn’t been held by a Democrat since the 1990s.

It’s early morning in Midwest City and a 79-year-old man in a red sweatshirt and cap stands on the corner waving to passing motorists.

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