Edmond city council members want to move the Public Safety Center project to the vote of the people for a second time.
There are a number of unanswered questions about the center that would house police headquarters, a holding jail, public safety communications and emergency management operations.
How will be center be funded, what size will it be and where will it be constructed are tough questions before city leaders.
Voters turned down a $31 million proposal to build a new center that would have increased property taxes.…
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If you’re interested in the public interactions among government, technology, social networks and freedom of information, you might want to check out the Gov2.0a conference at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City on May 6-7.
I’ll be presenting on a panel about the media’s role in the Government 2.0 movement.
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The White House drug czar announced a public service ad campaign this week aimed at discouraging meth use among Indians. It’s getting bipartisan support from Oklahoma congressmen. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, praised it yesterday.
Here is a comment from U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, whose district includes many tribal members:
“As an elected official who has fought meth both through legislation and by bringing law enforcement funding back to eastern Oklahoma, I am pleased to see this announcement by the administration.…
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Times columnist Gail Collins says “dreadful laws” coming out of Oklahoma and Arizona.…
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The mail part of the Census for 2010 has ended, and the results aren’t pretty for Oklahoma.
The U.S. Census Bureau said today that Oklahoma’s mail participation rate came in at 66 percent, down from 69 percent in the 2000 census. You can check out a Google map of the latest participation rates at the Census’ [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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City officials are encouraged about residential building permits are on the increase.
Edmond has experienced a four-year cumulative decline of 65 percent in residential permits from 2006 through 2009.
For the past seven consecutive months, city officials reported that the sell of building permits are on the increase.
Since August, building permits have increased from 115 to 158, a 37 percent increase.
City officials saw a 52 percent increase in the number of building permits during the first two months of 2010.…
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This is Sen. Tom Coburn’s statement as prepared for delivery at the hearing today on investment banks and the financial meltdown:
I want to thank Sen. Levin for holding this fourth and final hearing into the financial crisis and the role of investment banks. I also want to thank the witnesses for making themselves available to answer our questions.
This hearing is particularly important because this week the Senate is considering major financial reform legislation that could have profound effects on our economy.…
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It’s not as sexy as the Senate hearing on Goldman Sachs, which is going on right now, but the first hearing by the president’s commission on fiscal responsibility is streaming live. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, is at the fiscal commission hearing but is planning to go to the Goldman Sachs hearing later today.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, is going to have a busy Tuesday and some tough choices on how to spend his time. At 9:30 a.m. he’s supposed to be at the White House for the first meeting of a special commission on the nation’s debt.
But at 10 a.m. some Goldman Sachs executives are scheduled to testify to a subcommittee on which Coburn is the top Republican.
Coburn is expected to spend some time at each event.…
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J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman from Norman who decided a year ago not to run for governor
this year, threw his support today behind a political newcomer in the 5th Congressional District GOP
Watts, who lives in Washington and operates the J.C. Watts Cos., endorsed James Lankford of Edmond.
Political figures usually stay out of primary battles, but Watts, a former University of Oklahoma football star
who served in the 4th Congressional District from 1995-2003, said. “This is the moment we must send
someone to Congress who will represent the ideals and values of Oklahomans.…
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