Sure, it’s two years away, but it’s never too early to set up political action committees if you’re considering a run for president. So far, three potential Republican candidates have started Oklahoma PACs that are tied to the national ones they’ve already established at the Federal Elections Commission. The state PACs allow them to donate to various candidates or issues in Oklahoma.
A look through the registered PACs at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission website shows that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (who came in second in the state’s presidential primary vote in 2008) set up his Oklahoma PAC earlier this year.…
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The New York Times has an interesting interactive on its website that lets you compare tweets by and about various candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor. Here’s the one for Oklahoma’s gubernatorial race:
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With the budget deficit, state lawmakers are taking another look at the wisdom of granting tax credits to various industries. Our Capitol reporters have several stories on the subject in today’s paper:
Oklahoma House panel wants tax credits more transparent
Oklahoma lawmakers discuss ending tax credits for small business venture capital companies
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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 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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In a case that could have repercussions here in Oklahoma, online bookseller Amazon has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina’s tax agency, accusing it of wanting personal information about Amazon’s customers in the Tar Heel state.
The Associated Press has more here.
Amazon filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in its home state of Washington. (Read [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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A floor amendment to Senate Bill 1753 was posted late Monday night by Rep. Randy Terrill. That means a vote on what Terrill calls compromise language for the disclosure of birth dates of public employees could come by Wednesday or Thursday on the House floor. A previous version of the bill passed unopposed in the [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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It’s been a couple of weeks since we wrote about the Oklahoma Public Employees Association and its special mailing list deal set up by a state lawmaker last year.
This week, the second of OPEA’s two mailings have begun arriving the mailboxes of more than 30,000 state employees. OPEA has said that the second mailing was [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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(d)1.a. The home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of active or former law enforcement personnel, including correctional and correctional probation officers, personnel of the Department of Children and Family Services whose duties include the investigation of abuse, neglect, exploitation, fraud, theft, or other [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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From Sunday’s paper:
BY JOHN ESTUS, PAUL MONIES – THE OKLAHOMAN and GAVIN OFF – Tulsa World
2010 Copyright © The Oklahoman
The state of Oklahoma makes tens of millions of dollars selling personal information about people that some lawmakers and labor organizations want kept secret for government employees, The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World have learned.
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