Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, has been named to a position with the national Republican Party. He will coordinate activities between states and the national party. His title will be Republican National Committee state party director, and he will report directly to RNC chairmman Reince Priebus.
“As the RNC moves forward with the recommendations of the Growth and Opportunity Project, I am very pleased to announce outgoing Oklahoma Chairman Matt Pinnell will serve as the chief liaison between the RNC and state parties,” Priebus said Tuesday.…
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The Hill newspaper has a piece today about an interview with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.…
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has a lifetime rating from the free-market conservative group Club for Growth of nearly 70 percent. But it’s not 70 percent; it’s 68 percent. So Lucas, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and a strong advocate of farm and rural subsidies, is being targeted by the group in a new campaign called PrimaryMyCongressman.com.
According to the group, the purpose of the website is “to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats.”
Club for Growth, whose campaign arm helped Sen.…
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Senate Republicans have agreed to a vote on one of the federal judicial nominees from Oklahoma but are still holding up proceedings on another.
Republican senators have been blocking votes for nearly six months on Robert E. Bacharach, a U.S. magistrate judge in Oklahoma City who has been nominated for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and John E. Dowdell, a Tulsa attorney nominated for a federal district judge position in Tulsa.
Republicans will allow a vote on Dowdell, expected to come Tuesday afternoon, but they still haven’t agreed to a vote on Bacharach.…
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The two petitions filed on the White House web site last month seeking Oklahoma’s peaceful withdrawal from the union have been removed for not garnering enough support in 30 days. The rules for the We the People petition site require that a petition get at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days. One of the petitions seeking Oklahoma’s withdrawal was started on Nov. 10 and the other was started on Nov. 11. At one time after the Nov. 6 election, there were petitions from all 50 states.…
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Just in case you ever wondered, James Taylor’s favorite self-penned song is “Sweet Baby James,” which he wrote for a nephew named after him.
Taylor appeared Friday at a National Press Club luncheon, where he sang and talked politics and music and thoroughly entertained the crowd.
The appearance, recorded by C-SPAN, will likely be shown again. It is now on the station’s home page.
Taylor, who campaign for President Barack Obama and sang at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, is a self-described liberal but said he sees the need for a strong Republican Party.…
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Politco has a story Monday about the possibility of former Oklahoma congressman (and football star) J.C. Watts running for chairman of the Republican National Committee.…
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Markwayne Mullin, a Westville Republican who was elected to replace Rep. Dan Boren in Congress, plans to hit all 26 counties in the 2nd congressional district next week to hear from people before he takes office in January.
“I’m very proud of the campaign we ran and am eager to begin the work I was elected to do,” Mullin said. “As I traveled the District during the 18 months of campaigning I found many people who were as fed up as I was.…
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, gave a sobering speech _ pretty much the only kind he gives _ on the nation’s fiscal future this week at a dinner for the conservative magazine, the American Spectator.
Here’s a line that captures the tone:
“Where the left sees a demographic advantage I see a generation of Americans about to be drowned in debt. When that happens, our solutions will be like an ark in the storm.”
And here’s the prepared text, courtesy of Coburn’s office.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is planning to run for chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, a leadership position, when the House reconvenes next week. He is currently unopposed for the spot, which is now held by Rep. Tom Price, of Georgia.
Lankford is still a freshman. He won a second term on Tuesday. He would be the first Oklahoman on the leadership team since Rep. Tom Cole, R-Norman, ran the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The policy committee helps develop House Republican positions on various issues.…
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