Secretary of Commerce Natalie Shirley was taken to the hospital this morning after she apparently fell off her scooter. Word from her staff this afternoon is that Shirley suffered minor cuts and bruises, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Nothing is broken, said Beth Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Commerce.
Shirley was riding her Vespa-type scooter to work and took a spill near NE 10th Street and Stiles Avenue. Shirley was wearing a helmet and no other vehicles were involved, Schmidt said.…
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Kevin Calvey said today he is the first among the four announced candidates for the 5th Congressional District to have more than 1,000 donors contribute to his campaign.
Calvey, who ran for the post in 2006, said the contributions come from people from all walks of life “because they are tired of business as usual in Washington, and they want a true conservative who will help get our country back on track.”
Calvey, a former Republican state representative from Del City, finished fourth among six Republicans in the 2006 GOP primary.…
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As the discussion on the national health care debate continues with our U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn in the forefront, I thought I’d dust this one off just for comic relief. And it’s Friday afternoon and football season is fast approaching. It seemed appropriate.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, sings an Elton John song after losing a bet with Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida. Apparently the two bet on their teams in last season’s national championship. I don’t have to remind those of you in Sooner nation of what happened.…
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With the early favorite in the 5th Congressional District race deciding to skip the 2010 contest, state Rep. Mike Thompson continues to pick up momentum in putting together a strong fundraising team.
Fundraising is just one element in putting together a successful campaign, but a steering committee assembled by Thompson, R-Oklahoma City, certainly has a lot of clout. The final say, of course, is up to the voters and the primary is still 11 months away.
More candidates still could announce, but this week’s announcement by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett that he will seek re-election instead of running for Congress also helps Thompson.…
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Democrat Oden Grube has announced her candidacy for the state representative seat in district 21.
Grube is seeking the seat held by Rep. John Carey, D-Durant, who is not seeking reelection. Grube is the president and chief executive officer of the Gen-Star of Oklahoma Inc., which rebuilds starters and alternators.
She is also president of Southeastern Trailer Transport and the owner of Star Signs and All Star Storage facilities. Grube has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia Southern University.…
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It may be anti-climatic when Sen. Todd Lamb confirms/announces his bid for lieutenant governor tomorrow at locations across the state.
Throughout the legislative session, Lamb, an Edmond Republican, was coy when asked what his plans were for 2010. Of course, reporters in the press corps asked at every press conference. Maybe he just wanted to string us along? He plans to make his announcement in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Enid.
Lamb, served as the majority floor leader in the Senate this past legislative session, and is expected to announce his candidacy at 10 a.m.…
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Dr. Johnny Roy, a political newcomer in 2006 when he ran for Congress, is back on the campaign trail.
Roy has scheduled a news conference today to announce he is running for the 5th Congressional District seat. Roy finished last in a six-way Republican primary in 2006 when Republican Ernest Istook opted to run for governor instead of seeking re-election. U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, who won the seat in 2006, is not seeking re-election in 2010 to run for governor.…
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican who has been holding town hall meetings in Oklahoma this week, will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning. Coburn has offered his own comprehensive health care plan that would subject employees’ contributions to their health care plans to taxes and give everyone a tax credit to buy insurance. His plan would also get rid of the part of Medicaid that provides health insurance for the poor and instead offer subsidies for low-income people to purchase private health insurance.…
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State Rep. Ken Miller today announced the formation of a steering committee to help him prepare for a statewide campaign for treasurer.
Miller, R-Edmond, made the announcement while House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, and state Treasurer Scott Meacham still are undecided about seeking the post. Owen Laughlin, a former state Republican senator from Woodward, said earlier he was looking at the race and would make a decision in late summer whether to seek the treasurer’s post.
Meacham, a Democrat, is looking at seeking a second four-year term or returning to the private sector.…
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If Scott Meacham decides not to seek re-election, his having a diminished role at the state Capitol will be a primary factor.
Regardless of who wins the 2010 gubernatorial election, Meacham, a Democrat, would see his role in state government significantly diminished because a new governor likely would select his or her own budget adviser.
Meacham, who has said two years ago he might not seek a second four-year term, is Gov. Brad Henry’s chief budget adviser and negotiator. In addition to being one of the governor’s closest friends, Meacham also is called upon the governor for his counsel on other issues.…
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