U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, plans to deliver a speech on the Senate floor at around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday about his views that the Environmental Protection Agency is targeting oil and gas companies that do hydraulic fracturing in the region that includes Oklahoma and Texas. His speech can be viewed here or on C-SPAN2 on television.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has fought losing battles on the Senate floor to cut the amount of money spent on government travel and conferences. So maybe the scandal over the General Services Administration’s conference in Las Vegas will help his cause?
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Long before the viral video Kony 2012, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, was trying to raise awareness in this country about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army and trying to steer U.S. policy toward engagement against him.
Inhofe is featured in Kony 2012, the Invisible Children-sponsored video that has been viewed by more than 100 million people. Now he is also featured in a video about the efforts of the U.S. Senate in regard to capturing Kony.
Below is the interview from which Inhofe’s comments were taken for the senators’ video:
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U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, spoke on the U.S. House floor on Thursday, the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
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World War II veterans from Oklahoma made their first Honor Flight trip to Washington on Wednesday to see the World War II Memorial and other sites. This trip, out of Tulsa, was one of five the program will sponsor this year. Bryan Painter is writing a story for The Oklahoman on Sunday about three generations of a family, all of whom have served in the military, who made Wednesday’s trip. An accompanying video is also planned.
Below, Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, right, greets some Oklahomans who accompanied the WWII veterans on the trip.…
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Actor Alec Baldwin spoke at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday about arts funding in the United States, arguing that the country does not spend enough. He listed some of the Capitol Hill friends and foes of government funding for the arts and mentioned Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, as one who is “not as wonderful as we would like him to be on the issue of the arts.”
Baldwin then read some of the funding received last year by Oklahoma City-area arts organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts:
_ Two grants totaling $40,000 for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition;
_ $45,000 for the Lyric Theater;
_ $773,000 for the Oklahoma Council of the Arts;
_ $20,000 for the Oklahoma Historical Society
Baldwin said, “I just want to mention, we find it not enjoyable but ultimately necessary to point out to some of these folks that there are constituents of theirs in their own congressional districts _ or statewide in the Senate _ who the NEA is bringing some wonderful, wonderful arts-related programming, and events, shows, what have you, and educational opportunities for young people there under the umbrella of the National Endowment for the Arts.”…
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President Barack Obama on Monday nominated U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange to the board of trustees for the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Miles-LaGrange has been the chief judge in the western district of Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, since 2008. She has been a federal judge since 1994. She has also served as U.S. attorney and as an Oklahoma state senator.
The foundation, established by Congress, awards scholarships for graduate studies to students committed to a career in public service.…
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Two candidates filed late Friday afternoon for U.S. House District 3 against incumbent Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne. There are now five candidates in that race.
Filing on Friday were William Sanders an independent candidate from Stillwater and Frankie Robbins, a Democrat from Medford.
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William Stump, 45, of Drumright filed Friday against U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas for the third congressional district.
Lucas had been the only congressman without an opponent until Stump filed this afternoon.
Stump considers himself a constitutional conservative. While he thinks Lucas’ voting record is fine, he isn’t satisfied with the way he’s supported his district.
Lucas, who chairs the House agriculture committee, focuses too much on agriculture while ignoring the needs of the oil industry which also plays a key role in the district, Stump said.…
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Craig Allen, a pilot from Tulsa, filed for U.S. House District 1 as an independent candidate against incumbent U.S. Rep. John Sullivan.
He was the fourth candidate to file in that race and said he wants change in Washington D.C.
“We need fresh ideas, fresh thoughts,” Allen said. “We need to clean house.”
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