Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, will be a guest tonight on CNBC’s Mad Money, hosted by Jim Cramer. Boren will discuss his legislation to encourage the production of natural gas-powered vehicles.
The show airs at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. central time.
Cramer is planning to tape his show Friday at the University of Oklahoma (where Dan Boren’s father is a notable figure).…
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Two more contenders – a Republican and an independent – say they are running for the congressional seat held by Mary Fallin. Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, is passing up seeking a third term to run for governor.
Today’s announcements bring to seven the number of those considering running for the 5th Congressional District seat, which covers most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Potawatomie counties. An eighth is thinking about it.
Clark Duffe of Edmond plans to announce his candidacy at 7 tonight at Mr.…
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Russ won 56 percent of the vote in a largely Democratic district.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn made GQ’s list of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, one of the few lawmakers to make the cut.
And it didn’t even mention that he’s always well dressed.
The comparison to Jesse Helms seems unfortunate since, despite whatever else Helms stood for and accomplished in his Senate career, the late North Carolina Republican is typically remembered now for his racial politics and anti-gay agenda.…
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Mainjustice.com has a story this morning about the Oklahoma politics stalling a nominee for the U.S. attorney position in Tulsa.…
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A state labor commissioner is cautioning legislators about privatizing the state’s workers’ compensation insurer, saying the transaction could result in higher insurance rates.
Jason Reese, a Republican, said the Republican-controlled House of Representatives proposal to privatize CompSource Oklahoma in order to recoup as much as $200 million in the state budget shortfall could have unintended consequences. A legislative task force that is studying privatization of CompSource was urged last week to sell the state agency to the highest bidder.
“Let’s not break our small businesses’ budgets in an attempt to balance our state government budget,” Reese said.…
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Rep. Colby Schwartz, who flirted for a time this year with running for lieutenant governor until dropping out last month, is seeking re-election.
Schwartz, R-Yukon, issued a statement this morning seeking his intent to seek a third term for House District 43, which includes parts of Oklahoma and Canadian counties. Filing period for the 2010 races is in June.
“I have spent the last month visiting with constituents in the Yukon and Mustang communities, and have been humbled and overwhelmed with their support of my efforts to run for a third term,” he said.…
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The Department of Transportation wants to hear from you. Last week the department submitted its application for high-speed rail funding for a proposed route between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Now as part of the application, the department needs average folks to weigh in on the application. Comments must be recieved by Oct. 19.
Oklahoma is competing with other states for a portion of $8 billion set aside for high-speed rail. Oklahoma requested $2 billion. The Federal Rail Administration could make a decision on the applications by the first of the year.…
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Could Henry Bellmon, a plain-spoken, no-frills candidate get elected today in this time when many candidates seem to rely mostly on quick sound bites and campaign consultants?
Yes, says Larry Stein, who worked for the Oklahoma Republican Party when Bellmon sought his second gubernatorial term in 1986, served as a deputy press secretary for Bellmon during that term and also covered him as a reporter.
“If he was 50 years old, 55 years old today, he could win a governor’s seat in Oklahoma because of the wealth of experience and knowledge that he brings,” said Stein, who now is chief deputy for Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan.…
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Henry Bellmon’s life will be celebrated today during funeral services in Edmond and in Perry.
Bellmon, Oklahoma’s first Republican governor, died Tuesday at the age of 88. He was elected governor in 1962 and in 1986. The Billings farmer served two terms as a U.S. Senator, winning election in 1968 and in 1974. He started his political career in 1946 by being elected to the state House of Representatives.
Bellmon served in the Marines during World War II; he was a tank commander during fighting at Iwo Jima. He returned to his farm after serving in the Legislature.…
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