I doubt if there are many readers of this blog don’t know the outcome of last night Ward 2 election, but here it is again: Physician Ed Shadid won 62 percent of the vote, easily outpacing senior bank officer Charlie Swinton.
With all 39 precincts reporting, Shadid won 3,134 votes (62.41%) to Swinton’s 1,888 votes (37.59%). That’s a difference of 1,246 votes in Shadid’s favor.
That’s a pretty impressive turn-around victory for someone who trailed Swinton by about 8 percentage points, or 342 votes, in the March 1 primary Ward 2 election with six candidates.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted against President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, in a Senate committee, in part because of Inhofe’s concerns that the Lesser Prairie Chicken may be put on the Endangered Species List, which could block wind power development.
Here’s the senator’s statement about Dan Ashe:
“I have great respect for Mr. Ashe-as a 16-year veteran of the Fish and Wildlife Service, he is undoubtedly a committed public servant. I also appreciate his honesty.…
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The Library of Congress this week added 25 recordings for preservation in its National Recording Registry. They’re diverse and interesting. Here’s the list and the Library of Congress descriptions of the significance of each recording:
2010 National Recording Registry
1. Phonautograms, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (ca. 1853-1861)
In late 1853 or early 1854, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville captured the first recorded sounds by etching onto blackened glass plates the movements of a boar’s-bristle stylus, vibrating in sympathy with a guitar and a human voice.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, a member of the House Budget Committee, has been talking for much of the day about the 10-year blueprint unveiled by the committee and its leader, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan.
Here’s Lankford on MSNBC.
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In a speech this morning on the Senate floor, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is supporting Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, lashed out at indifference to African countries. According to news reports, Gbagbo was close to surrender on Tuesday, four months after losing a disputed election. The United States and United Nations have called repeatedly for Gbagbo to leave, saying his refusal to do so has ignited a civil war in the country.
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After hard campaigning and lots of money, residents in Oklahoma City’s Ward 2 get a chance to vote today for either physcian Ed Shadid or senior bank officer Charles Swinton.
However you vote, just vote!
For a primer, check out my previous blogs on the fundraising and money spent. There’s been more than $1 million raised and spend on four city council races.
Here are some other articles to use a primer:
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The Oklahoma City Council approved Tuesday plans to demolish an abandoned city fire station at NW 10 and Quapah Avenue.
The city parks and recreation department recommended the action to improve the appearance of Meadowbrook Park, where the building now stands.
New playground equipment is planned for the park, along with a walking paths and new parking, Parks Director Wendel Whisenhunt said.
Neighborhood groups, who have planted several new trees at the park, also are planning to build a pavilion, he said, adding the park will quickly change and be upgraded.…
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Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council meeting was the last for two council members leaving under different circumstances.
Councilman Sam Bowman, who has served on the council for eight years, is voluntarily stepping down. Councilman Brian Walters, who served one four-year term, leaves office after losing a tightly contested Ward 5 election on March 1.
Bowman spoke for about 10 minutes about his time on the council, thanking those that worked for him and with him. Council members and staff praised Bowman for his diplomatic manner.…
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In a piece in the Washington Post, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, says it’s time to talk about trillions of dollars, not the billions at stake in this week’s budget showdown.…
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Salon.com had an interesting story this week about Sen. Jim Inhofe and the ongoing chaos in the Ivory Coast stemming from the presidential election in November. Look for a follow-up in The Oklahoman and newsok.com in the next few days on the angle in the story about the State Department contacting Inhofe shortly after the election.…
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