Republican Kevin Calvey beat James Lankford in the biggest part of the 5th congressional district last month, Oklahoma County, getting 17,024 votes to Lankford’s 16,803, according to state election board figures. Mike Thompson got 9,639 votes and has endorsed Lankford.
Lankford beat Calvey in Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties by healthy margins and finished just ahead of him overall in the primary. The two will meet again in the Aug. 24 runoff.
On the Democratic side, Billy Coyle beat Tom Guild in all three counties in that two-way race.…
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has rescheduled the town hall meetings he had scheduled for Tuesday because the House has been called back from summer recess to vote on $26 billion for states. The new schedule is below. Lucas is planning to go ahead with the meetings he had scheduled for Monday.
“It is unfortunate that Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi has decided to call the House back into session, disrupting my town hall meetings,” Lucas said today.
“These meetings are very important to me and I know that the people in these towns have always been avid participants in their annual town hall meeting.…
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In a statement today about emergency school aid to Oklahoma and other states, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, blasted the National Education Association and State Question 744, which will be on the ballot in Oklahoma in November and would require a guaranteed level of funding for education in the state.
“Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution give Congress the authority to be responsible for teacher pay in Oklahoma. Teacher pay is a state and local function that should be performed at the state and local level,” Coburn said.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, spoke Wednesday evening against confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is Part 1 of his speech:
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Sen. Coburn spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday evening against the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Here is the second part of his speech:
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Oklahoma’s U.S. senators backed different candidates in the Kansas Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate seat, and Sen. Tom Coburn’s candidate came out ahead on Tuesday.
Rep. Jerry Moran narrowly defeated congressional colleague Todd Tiahrt for the nomination to replace Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican running for governor.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, backed Moran, as did U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
Inhofe, along with Sarah Palin, were backing Tiahrt.
Moran has reportedly lived at the C Street House in Washington, where Coburn shares digs with other lawmakers in a townhouse linked to the Christian group that helps organize the National Prayer Breakfast each year.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, spoke on the Senate floor today against the nomination of Elena Kagan to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said today that he knows and likes Kevin Calvey and James Lankford, the Oklahoma City Republicans who will face each other in the Aug. 24 run-off for the GOP nomination for the 5th District congressional seat.
Coburn said he has known Calvey for years. Coburn and Calvey have been endorsed by Club for Growth PAC, the organization that supports candidates calling for limited government. He said he knows Lankford through his church.
Coburn has been attending the First Baptist Church of Muskogee.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who has fought for years to bring jobs to Oklahoma’s military bases, released this statement about Boeing’s decision to move airplane work to Midwest City and Tinker Air Force Base.
“This is great news for the Oklahoma City area, our state’s economy and for Tinker Air Force Base,” Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said. “Our state’s quality work force, standard of living and strong aviation sector are all solid factors in drawing these new Boeing jobs.”…
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Last week, in discussing his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Sen. Tom Coburn said the health care law requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fee, was by far the most expansive use of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to impose a national policy in regard to economic activity on people of all states.
On Monday, a U.S. district judge in Richmond, VA, agreed in a very preliminary ruling on Virginia’s challenge to the mandate.
“The congressional enactment under review _ the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision _ literally forges new ground and extends Commerce Clause powers beyond its current high watermark,” U.S.…
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