James Lankford

2014 Election
7:40 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Looking For a New Representative in CD5

Steve Russell (left) and Al McAffrey (right)

Starting tomorrow during early voting, Oklahomans in Congressional District Five are deciding on their fourth Congressman in eight years.

The Democrat and Republican in the general election are each veterans and small businessmen who served in the State Senate.

Former State Senator Steve Russell is meeting with constituents at his headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Russell retired from the U-S Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and even wrote a book about his experiences called, “We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.”

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2014 Elections
7:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Three Candidates Seek to Fill Coburn's Seat

James Lankford (left) and Connie Johnson (right)

For the first time since statehood, voters are picking both of the US Senate seats to represent Oklahoma in Washington, DC.

We already knew incumbent Jim Inhofe was going to seek reelection, but things got exciting a year ago when Tom Coburn decided to retire with two years left on his term.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports this opened a seat, many didn’t expect until 2016.

When Dr. Coburn announced plans to step down from his Senate position, the race to fill it began.

By April, seven Republicans, three Democrats and an Independent filed to run.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Reaction to Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma

In This Week in Oklahoma Poltics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the move by the U.S. Supreme Court which allowed for same sex marriages in Oklahoma.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

No Child Left Behind Waivers: This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Oklahoma schools dealing with the fallout of Common Core's repeal, Governor Fallin takes two other Republicans with her on the campaign trail, Congressman James Lankford tours Central American countries and the Republican Party defends a fellow lawmaker's statements on Facebook against American Muslims.

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PoliticsIt's All Politics
6:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:49 pm

Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.

That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Joining us now to talk more about yesterday's elections and what the results may tell us is NPR Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving. Hey there, Ron.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Audie.

CORNISH: So there were primaries and runoffs in seven states. What's most striking to you about the results.

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Election 2014
8:36 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard [CORRECTED]

Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford (House Republican Conference), KGOU News

  EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story did not credit KGOU News for their photos and independent reporting that appear in this story.  We apologize for the error.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (left) talks with U.S. Rep. James Lankford following a June 6 Republican candidate forum for the open U.S. Senate seat in Lawton, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:07 pm

In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.

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Politics
11:11 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Rising GOP Star Fights To Survive In Oklahoma

James Lankford
Credit facebook.com/lankford.for.america

It's not easy to get to the right of U.S. Rep. James Lankford, a staunch conservative from a state that prides itself on being "the reddest of the red." The Baptist minister and onetime leader of one of the nation's largest Christian youth camps came to Congress three years ago and has preached a hard-right doctrine heavy on gun rights, abortions and the evils of Obamacare.

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6:04 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

GOP Hopeful Finds Tribal Tie Cuts Both Ways

The New York Times published a story today on T.W. Shannon's campaign for U.S. Senate and the growing political power of tribes.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - T. W. Shannon will be Oklahoma's first black senator if he wins the Republican nomination and is elected this November, but the quiet campaign stirring here about Mr. Shannon's racial loyalties is not aimed at the African-American branch of his family tree.

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