Sunday, April 13, 2014

FINAL LIST: Oklahoma's 2014 Federal & State Candidates

2014 is going to be a very active election cycle in Oklahoma. Here is a list of all the candidates who filed for statewide and federal office in Oklahoma, along with links to their websites. Names in red are Republican, names in blue are Democrat, names in gray are Independent, incumbents are underlined.

1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R), State Auditor Gary Jones (R), Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), and State Treasurer Ken Miller (R) all drew no opposition. Every other federal or state office will be on the ballot, either in the June 24th GOP primary (Insurance Commission and Corporation Commission races), or on November 4th.

FEDERAL OFFICES

U.S. Senate - full term
Jim Inhofe (website)
Rob Moye (no website)
Evelyn Rogers (website)
D. Jean McBride-Samuels (website)
Erick Wyatt (website)
Matt Silverstein (website)
Aaron DeLozier (no website)
Joan Farr (website)
Ray Woods (no website)
U.S. Senate - partial term
Randy Brogdon (website)
Andy Craig (website)
Kevin Crow (website)
James Lankford (website)
Eric McCray (website)
T.W. Shannon (website)
Jason Weger (website)
Patrick Hayes (no website)
Connie Johnson (website)
Jim Rogers (no website)
Mark Beard (no website)

U.S. House - District 1
Jim Bridenstine (website)
U.S. House - District 2
Markwayne Mullin (website)
Darrel Robertson (website)
Earl Everett (no website)
Joshua Harris-Till (no website)
Jon Douthitt (no website)
U.S. House - District 3
Robert Hubbard (website)
Frank Lucas (website)
Tim Murray (website)
Frankie Robbins (website)
U.S. House - District 4
Tom Cole (website)
Anna Flatt (website)
Tae Si (website)
Bert Smith (website)
Dennis Johnson (no website)
U.S. House - District 5
Patrice Douglas (website)
Shane Jett (website)
Clark Jolley (website)
Steve Russell (website)
Harvey Sparks (website)
Mike Turner (website)
Keith Davenport (website)
Tom Guild (website)
Leona Leonard (no website)
Al McAffrey (website)
Marilyn Rainwater (website)
Tom Boggs (no website)
Robert Murphy (website)
Buddy Ray (website)
STATE OFFICES

Governor
Dax Ewbank (website)
Mary Fallin (website)
Chad Moody (no website)
Joe Dorman (website)
Joe Sills (website)
Richard Prawdzienski (website)
Kimberly Willis (website)
Lieutenant Governor
Todd Lamb (website)
Cathy Cummings (website)
Auditor and Inspector
Gary Jones (no website)
Attorney General
Scott Pruitt (website)
Treasurer
Ken Miller (no website)
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Janet Barresi (website)
Joy Hofmeister (website)
Brian Kelly (website)
John Cox (website)
Freda Deskin (website)
Jack Herron (website)
Ivan Holmes (website)
Labor Commissioner
Mark Costello (website)
Mike Workman (website)
Insurance Commissioner
John Doak (website)
Bill Viner (no website)
Corporation Commissioner
Cliff Branan (website)
Todd Hiett (website)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Candidate Filing: Day Two (recap of main offices)

The second day of candidate filing concluded yesterday at 5pm, and here's where we currently stand. Wednesday's information is in italics, Thursday's is in regular font.

U.S. Senate (full term)
Thursday: three more filers. Evelyn Rogers (R) filed to run against Inhofe, rather than the Coburn seat, Rob Moye (R) and Aaron DeLozier (I) also filed. Four filers Wednesday. Incumbent Sen. Jim InhofeD. Jean McBride-Samuels (R), Erick Wyatt (R), and Ray Woods (I).

U.S. Senate (special election)
Thursday: two more filers. T.W. Shannon and Randy BrogdonIn the race to replace Sen. Tom Coburn, four candidates filed Wednesday: Connie Johnson (D), Jason Weger (R), Kevin Crow (R), and Eric McCray (R).

U.S. House, District 1
Thursday: no more activity. One filer Wednesday: Congressman Jim Bridenstine. The 1st District is the only U.S. House seat with only one publicly announced candidate (the incumbent).

U.S. House, District 2
Thursday: no more activity. Two filers Wednesday. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R), and Darrel Robertson (R).

U.S. House, District 3
Thursday: two filers. Robbert Hubbard (R), and last election's Democrat nominee now running as a Republican, Timothy Ray MurryOne filer Wednesday: Congressman Frank Lucas (R).

U.S. House, District 4
Thursday: one filer: Bert Smith (D). Two filers Wednesday: Congressman Tom Cole (R), and Tae Si (D).

U.S. House, District 5
Thursday: one filer: Patrice Douglas (R). Seven filers Wednesday. Steve Russell (R), Mike Turner (R), Harvey Sparks (R), Clark Jolley (R), Tom Guild (D), Al McAffrey (D), and Buddy Ray (I).

State Offices
Thursday: Chad Moody (R) and Joe Sills (I) are running for Governor). Freda Deskin (D) is running for State Superintendent. Bill Viner (R) is running for Insurance Commissioner. Todd Hiett (R) is running for Corporation Commissioner. All three announced gubernatorial candidates filed Wednesday: Governor Mary Fallin (R), Joe Dorman (D), and Richard Prawdzienski (I). For the Lieutenant Governor post, incumbent Todd Lamb (R) and Cathy Cummings (D) filed. State Auditor Gary Jones, Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), State Treasurer Ken Miller (R), Labor Commissioner Mark Costello (R), Insurance Commissioner John Doak (R) all filed for their current office, with no current opponents. Cliff Branan filed for Corporation Commissioner. Closing out the statewide offices, four candidates filed for State Superintendent: incumbent Janet Barresi (R), Joy Hofmeister (R), Jack Herron (D), and John Cox (D).


The full (and updated) list of announced statewide and federal candidates is here, on my blog. The list of filed federal, state, legislative, and judicial candidates is available here, on the State Election Board website.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Candidate Filing: Day One (recap of main offices)

The first day of candidate filing has concluded, and here's where we currently stand.

U.S. Senate (full term)
Four filers today. Incumbent Sen. Jim InhofeD. Jean McBride-Samuels (R), Erick Wyatt (R), and Ray Woods (I).

U.S. Senate (special election)
In the race to replace Sen. Tom Coburn, four candidates filed today: Connie Johnson (D), Jason Weger (R), Kevin Crow (R), and Eric McCray (R).

U.S. House, District 1
One filer: Congressman Jim Bridenstine. The 1st District is the only U.S. House seat with only one publicly announced candidate (the incumbent).

U.S. House, District 2
Two filers. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R), and Darrel Robertson (R).

U.S. House, District 3
One filer: Congressman Frank Lucas (R).

U.S. House, District 4
Two filers: Congressman Tom Cole (R), and Tae Si (D).

U.S. House, District 5
Seven filers. Steve Russell (R), Mike Turner (R), Harvey Sparks (R), Clark Jolley (R), Tom Guild (D), Al McAffrey (D), and Buddy Ray (I).

State Offices
All three announced gubernatorial candidates filed today: Governor Mary Fallin (R), Joe Dorman (D), and Richard Prawdzienski (I). For the Lieutenant Governor post, incumbent Todd Lamb (R) and Cathy Cummings (D) filed. State Auditor Gary Jones, Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), State Treasurer Ken Miller (R), Labor Commissioner Mark Costello (R), Insurance Commissioner John Doak (R) all filed for their current office, with no current opponents. Cliff Branan filed for Corporation Commissioner. Closing out the statewide offices, four candidates filed for State Superintendent: incumbent Janet Barresi (R), Joy Hofmeister (R), Jack Herron (D), and John Cox (D).


The full (and updated) list of announced statewide and federal candidates is here, on my blog. The list of filed federal, state, legislative, and judicial candidates is available here, on the State Election Board website.

Campaigning while Legislating: Lankford and Shannon

Cong. James Lankford                   State Rep. T.W. Shannon

The top two candidates to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn are both current elected officials. James Lankford is a U.S. Congressman, and T.W. Shannon is a State Representative. How are they handling their responsibilities as legislators in this season of intense campaigning? The Tulsa World has taken a look at their voting records in each respective House.

The article was published on Sunday, April 6th. Here's what they found out about Congressman Lankford: "Until missing 10 votes on Thursday and Friday, Lankford had answered 129 of 131 roll call votes taken since he decided to run for the U.S. Senate."

Lankford told the Tulsa World, "I still have a job to do. I'm still going to do that job." Later in the article, he also said, "The people of central Oklahoma have one voice in the House. Me. If I stop doing my part, they have no voice. I'm not going to do that."

Here's what they found out about State Rep. T.W. Shannon: "Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who still represents District 62 in southwest Oklahoma, has missed 305 of 385 votes this session, which began just after Shannon declared his candidacy for the Senate."

In an email response, Shannon said, "This campaign is about something larger than a few votes at the state Capitol. It's about the future of our country."

The U.S. House and Oklahoma House do operate differently, a fact discussed in the article. The State House tends to have more roll call votes, and a shorter and more intensive legislative session.

Read the rest of the article here.

Candidate filing begins


This morning, the filing period for federal, state, legislative and judicial offices began. Candidates from all across Oklahoma are traveling to Oklahoma City to officially file their candidacy at the State Election Board.

You can view the current list of candidates at this link. Filing closes at 5:00pm on Friday.

Candidates for county offices file at their county courthouse, during the same time period.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Finally: Connie Johnson becomes first Democrat Senate candidate


State Senator Constance Johnson (D-Forest Park) today announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee). She becomes the first announced Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate this year.

Johnson at her announcement press conference this morning

Back in January, Sen. Johnson told KRMG she thinks her push to legalize marijuana in Oklahoma could help her win the seat.

A crowd of Republicans are running for the seat as well, led by Congressman James Lankford, State Rep. T.W. Shannon, and former state sen. Randy Brogdon.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hailstorm! Welcome to Spring, Oklahoma...

It's springtime in Oklahoma, and with that comes our (in)famous thunderstorms, and associated weather activity. Today, a line of severe thunderstorms rolled through eastern Oklahoma, and left behind a lot of those little white ice-balls called "hail".

At my house, it hailed for a good twenty minutes, starting with tiny BB-sized balls, and ultimately working up to 1.5" in diameter. Here are a few shots of the bigger hailstones:




Video:


This was the biggest hailstorm I've personally experienced.