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Trump diehard Jackson Lahmeyer is shaping up to be incumbent Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s main challenger next November, and at a rally Thursday night in Broken Arrow, he and supporters focused their attacks on their fellow Republicans.

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CARTER, Okla. (AP) — A Democratic Oklahoma City attorney is the latest candidate to announce his plans to challenge Republican James Lankford for Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022.

Jason Bollinger, 29, announced his candidacy Wednesday before a small group of supporters in his hometown of Carter in western Oklahoma.

Bollinger worked previously for the U.S. State Department in Washington before returning to Oklahoma City to practice law, according to a press release announcing his candidacy. It’s Bollinger’s first time running for political office.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Broken Arrow said Tuesday that he would run for the GOP nomination against incumbent U.S. Sen. James Lankford. 

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Oklahoma Republican lawmakers are speaking out against a recent plan announced by the White House to require employers with more than 100 workers to test unvaccinated employees for COVID-19 weekly.

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Two prominent Republican voices in Oklahoma said Wednesday the state should and will welcome Afghan refugees who assisted the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and are now seeking safety from the new Taliban government. 

"Governor Stitt welcomes Afghans fleeing the terrorist Taliban regime to come to Oklahoma and live in the freedom we hold so dearly," Stitt spokeswoman Carly Atchison said in a statement. "Our office is exploring every possible avenue to help to ensure no American citizen nor any of our allies are left behind."

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While Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator has announced millions of dollars in direct funding requests, his colleague remains steadfast in opposition to earmarks.

"Senate Republicans still have in our conference rules that it is not appropriate to do earmarks — for any Senate Republican. That is still in our rules, should be in our rules, as we know what has happened in earmarks in the past is they quickly became a way to leverage individuals to vote for a bad bill," Sen. James Lankford said last week during a discussion hosted by the nonprofit Citizens Against Government Waste.

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Following the ice cream maker's announcement that it would no longer sell its products in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Wednesday called for a ban on the sale of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Oklahoma, before walking back his remarks shortly thereafter.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican Party members have rejected a resolution to censure the state’s two GOP U.S. senators for not objecting to the Electoral College votes that certified Democrat Joe Biden as president on Jan. 6.

In the vote Saturday, 122 members of the Republican State Committee opposed the nonbinding resolution to censure U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, while 93 supported it. The resolution also called for them to resign.

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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Wednesday he has opposed and will continue to oppose all nominees President Biden names to Department of Homeland Security posts as a protest against Biden not pursuing the completion of the previous administration's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Wednesday evening that he will vote against the House-backed formation of an independent, bipartisan commission to examine the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection. 

In a Facebook Live video, Lankford said the proposal passed with bipartisan support in the House is too "political."

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Senate Republicans unveiled their own $568 billion infrastructure plan Thursday, about one-fourth of the amount President Biden proposed spending earlier this month.

That announcement came the day after several GOP senators took to the floor to say they have questions about Biden’s plan, including Oklahoma’s James Lankford.

As the Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the Equality Act, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford laid out his case for opposing it on religious grounds.

The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity while expanding the definition of public accommodations. Lankford said the new definition will cover churches in some cases and expose them to liability.

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While the majority of Senate Republicans voted Wednesday against the confirmation of Merrick Garland to serve as President Joe Biden's attorney general, Oklahoma's Jim Inhofe and James Lankford broke ranks and joined Democrats to vote in favor.

Lankford's office declined comment and Inhofe's office did not return a request for comment on the 70-30 vote. In a Facebook Live video posted Wednesday evening, though, Lankford discussed nominations, generally.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 29-year-old pastor from Tulsa confirmed Tuesday he plans to launch a Republican primary challenge to U.S. Sen. James Lankford in 2022.

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In separate statements over the weekend, Oklahoma's two Republican senators slammed the Saturday Senate passage of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. 

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Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford was among the elected Republicans participating in the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Orlando over the weekend.

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Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford has signed onto a letter from dozens of Republican lawmakers asking President Joe Biden to withdraw his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, saying Xavier Becerra is "unfit for any position of public trust, and especially for HHS Secretary."

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Oklahoma Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, both Republicans, voted Saturday to acquit former Republican President Donald Trump at the close of his impeachment trial for the insurrection he incited at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

"I cannot support removing someone from office who is no longer in office. An impeachment trial after someone has left office is unconstitutional," Lankford tweeted.

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Oklahoma Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe were among the 44 Senate Republicans who voted again Tuesday to declare former-President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial unconstitutional.

"You cannot vote to remove someone from office who is not even in office. This is nonsense and sets a terrible precedent for the future," Lankford wrote on Twitter.

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Oklahoma Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford expressed displeasure early Friday morning after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote to pass a budget resolution that would allow passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 COVID relief package on a simple majority vote.

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An ethics watchdog group is calling on Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), vice chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, to recuse from any investigation into fellow senators for their roles in the Jan. 6th insurrection.

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Oklahoma Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, both Republican, voted Tuesday against proceeding with a Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Lankford and Inhofe were on the losing side of a 55-45 vote on a procedural point of order raised by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to declare the trial of a former president unconstitutional.

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Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators, Republicans James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, participated in committee confirmation hearings Tuesday for several of President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees. 

Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, Biden's nominee for secretary of defense, about several policy priorities including the U.S. nuclear triad and American military operations in Africa. He also commented on Austin's recent retirement from the Army and the subsequent need for a Congressional waiver to serve in the civilian post.

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Okla. GOP Sen. James Lankford spoke by phone with Public Radio Tulsa's Chris Polansky on Wednesday about the deadly pro-Trump insurrectionist attack on the Capitol, whether he feels at all responsible for the violence, and his thoughts on impeachment.

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[Click here to hear and read the transcript of the full, unedited 21 minute interview with Public Radio Tulsa and Sen. Lankford.]

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Calls are mounting for Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) to resign his seat on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission after his role in sowing doubt about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Condemnation of Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) for failing to debunk false conspiracy theories and President Trump's lies in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's insurrectionist attack on the Capitol building are coming from both the left and right of the political spectrum.

Oklahoma’s congressional delegation appeared to be OK late Wednesday after an invasion of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists as the House and Senate debated a group of Republican lawmakers’ challenge to Electoral College votes.

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford was giving a speech to justify his objection to election results from Arizona when the mob forced its way into the building.

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Oklahoma's senior U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a Tuesday statement that he will not join fellow Republican Okla. Sen. James Lankford and other Republicans in objecting to the certification of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

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Despite the Electoral College's formal vote confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory over incumbent President Donald Trump in the November election, Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators are not among the growing ranks of Senate Republicans acknowledging that reality.

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