On Friday, fellow reporter John Estus and I wrote an article regarding campaign financing for the Oklahoma City Council primary election on Tuesday. Check out the comments on that article. There are several people upset not to know where the money comes from. And though I usually don’t voice an opinion on things I write about, I think they are rightly upset.
I thought I could do something to allow people to check out the public documents we used to report our story.…
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Not exactly stop-the-presses news. Maybe more surprising is that Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, ranked only 9th in the latest rankings by the National Journal magazine _ behind eight senators who tied for 1st _ and that Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, didn’t make the top ten.
None of Oklahoma’s House members made the National Journal’s Top 10 list of the most conservative for 2010.
The magazine evaluates votes in three categories for its rankings _ social, economic and foreign.
Here are the magazine’s top tens:
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It’s less than week until Oklahoma City voters will go to the polls to decide if three city council members should keep their jobs and who will replace outgoing Councilman Sam Bowman.
According to political consultants the races have been unusually intense — a lot of money and a lot campaigning, just ask anybody in wards 6 or 8 about the amount of candidate mail they’ve received.
Voter turnout in city council races is historically low. A few hundred votes can swing a race.…
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The Oklahoma City Council approved nearly $2 million for to rehab the Ed Lycan Conservatory at Will Rogers Park in northwest Oklahoma City.
The conservatory houses the largest cacti and succulent collection in Oklahoma. The conservatory was originally erected in Douglass Park in 1924 and relocated to its current location in the Will Rogers Gardens in 1936.
The rehab project will mainly be structure work, along with adding new heating, electrical services and rebuilding some of the plant display beds.
“With the conservatory being done at Will Rogers it just continues the rehabilitation of that park,” noted Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs.…
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U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, has scheduled two town hall meetings for Thursday.
The first is at 2 p.m. at Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23rd St. in Oklahoma City.
The second is at 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Community Center, 28 East Main St., in Edmond.
At 9 a.m. that day, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Lankford is a member, will hold a hearing on the next transportation bill at the Oklahoma City Community College, College Union Rooms 1 & 2, 7777 South May Avenue.…
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The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is holding field hearings in cities across the country, has scheduled a Feb. 24 hearing at Oklahoma City Community College.
The hearing, entitled, “Improving and Reforming our Nation’s Surface Transportation Programs,” is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Freshman Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, serves on the committee.…
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The American Bar Association, which rates federal judicial nominees as either Well Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified has given Oklahoma U.S. District Court nominee Arvo Mikkanen a unanimous rating of qualified, according to a posting on the ABA website. Mikkanen, a longtime federal prosecutor in Oklahoma City, was nominated by President Obama for a judgeship in the Northern District, based in Tulsa.
However, Jim Myers of the Tulsa World reports today that Sen. Tom Coburn has declared the nomination dead.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, Congress’ leading skeptic that human-induced carbon emissions are causing the planet to warm, was questioned in a Senate office building today by author/activist Mark Hertsgaard.
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett had a bit of temporary scarring on his forehead at today’s city council meeting. He recently had a growth removed from his forehead. The growth was cancerous but not life threatening, he said.
Cornett offered the explanation and held a cardboard cut out of his head in front of his. A gift from his staff, he said, so the mayor would look better in front of the cameras.
The growth was caused by about 30 years of being out in the sun playing golf, Cornett said.…
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Here are statements from some members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation about the budget submitted Monday by President Barack Obama:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee:
“The President and Congress will never close our fiscal deficit until we close our leadership deficit. Our debt and deficit crisis cannot be solved without strong presidential leadership and this budget does not come close to reflecting the severity of the problems before us.
“The only way to solve this problem is for the president and Congress to first educate the American people about the urgency of the problem, and then outline the shared sacrifices and hard choices that will be necessary to put us on a sustainable path.…
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