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  • Oklahoma Counter-Terrorism Institute To Close After Losing Funding

    08/11/2014 6:27:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    News 9 ^ | 8/11/2014 | Justin Dougherty
    Terrorism prevention has become a field of its own, but now a vital piece of that work is ending. The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism was created after the bombing in 1995. Based on merits alone, M.I.P.T. could be regarded as one of the top training centers in the country. Twenty thousand officers trained across 450 agencies nationwide. Now, all that work will soon end. "I was dismayed, angry and ultimately saddened by it and their decision," Executive Director of M.I.P.T. David Cid said. In the wake of April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City responded with a three-prong approach...
  • Mullin sounds of on Putin, the Middle East during visit to McAlester

    08/09/2014 6:49:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    mcalesternews.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Beaty
    District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sanctions against the United States and the European Union will backfire. Mullin stopped in McAlester on Thursday, where he addressed the Oklahoma Association of Realtors at The Meeting Place restaurant. Prior to the meeting, the News-Capital asked Mullin about international issues, including the escalating tensions between the Ukraine and Russia, as well as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East. “Putin is a bully who can’t be trusted,” Mullin said. The Congressman said he believes Putin’s objectives include redefining Russia’s borders and redrawing the map...
  • HHS Arguments in Oklahoma Obamacare Case Ignore New Evidence

    08/08/2014 6:34:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/8/2014 | Scot Vorse
    Last week, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to inform a federal judge of “newly-discovered facts” in the state’s challenge of Obamacare. These new facts were two audio tapes in December 2012 of Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare Architect, stating that Obamacare subsidies are tied only to the existence of state exchanges and not a federal exchange. Oklahoma’s motion related primarily to these two video tapes and was filed shortly after the two tapes surfaced. On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) filed its opposition to the Oklahoma motion. The HHS response appropriately limited its opposition to the...
  • Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence wraps up; FBI accused of threatening witness

    08/04/2014 11:04:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | 01 Aug 2014 | Dallas Franklin and KFOR-TV
    The trial over evidence and conspiracy theories from the Oklahoma City bombing wrapped up in Salt Lake City, with a shocking twist. According to KSTU, the trial is over documents and a videotape the FBI allegedly had from the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people ended on Thursday.Jesse Trentadue, who claims his brother was killed in an interrogation by federal agents when he was mistaken for a bombing co-conspirator, is suing for the records.The Salt Lake City man says his requests under the Freedom of Information Act for surveillance tapes from around the bomb site have not been fulfilled.He claims there is a...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • OK Gov. Mary Fallin to Obama: End 'Secrecy' Surrounding Release of Illegals

    07/29/2014 9:28:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | TONY LEE
    On Monday, Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin called on President Barack Obama to end the secrecy surrounding the transfer of illegal immigrant juveniles to states across the country and accused the Obama administration of intentionally burdening states to use their limited resources to care for illegal immigrants. "Provided these reports are true – and I have no reason to believe they are not – your administration appears to be pursuing a course that actively shifts the costs of Washington’s failed immigration policies onto our states," she wrote in a letter to Obama. "You are intentionally placing a greater burden on...
  • Michael Behenna: Once-imprisoned soldier looks to his future

    07/27/2014 8:31:35 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 8 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 7/27/2014 | Adam Kemp
    MEDFORD — A handful of “old-timers” sit in a downtown cafe tucked between vacant buildings as old as they are and gossip over a pot of coffee. With just shy of 1,000 residents, it seems everybody knows everybody in Medford and everybody loves to know everybody’s business. On this day, the caffeine-fueled dialogue among the regulars at Make Your Mark Coffeehouse and Deli on Cherokee Street is about the quiet, young stranger that’s come to town. “He was a soldier,” one man offers. “He was just released from prison,” another chimes in. “I think he’s here to help for harvest,”...
  • Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage

    07/23/2014 6:45:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | 7/22/2014 | KTLA 5
    An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip. The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children. According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch. “This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a...
  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to Fort Sill as shelter for minors

    07/23/2014 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    newsok.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Chris Casteel
    WASHINGTON _ Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation said Monday they don’t want Fort Sill, the U.S. Army artillery post near Lawton, used to house unaccompanied alien children past the October deadline. The delegation’s comments came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a request from the Health and Human Services Department to house up to 5,000 more minors on military bases. Hagel had previously approved housing for up to 3,600 children. Hagel also approved a request that bases be used until the end of January. Fort Sill is housing about 1,200 minors, mostly from Central American countries. The children began arriving...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • Oklahoma Governor: ICE Sent Us 1,200 Illegal Immigrant Children – Including 90 from India (Video)

    07/20/2014 3:01:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 21 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that the feds sent 1,200 illegal immigrant children to Oklahoma to hold for 120 days. 90 of those illegal children were from India. “Because they are children, we want them to be fed, and have appropriate medical care, certainly be safe within the facilities, and they’re segregated. But, one of the things I’ve heard since they’ve been there and it was reported while I was there actually, that there were not only El Salvadoran children, and Honduras, and Guatemala, but there were 90 children reported to be from India...
  • US Appeals Court Tosses Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban [Consequences of Kennedy Opinion]

    07/18/2014 11:14:43 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    ABCNews ^ | July 18, 2014
    US Appeals Court Tosses Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban OKLAHOMA CITY — Jul 18, 2014 By SEAN MURPHY and NICHOLAS RICCARDI A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a federal judge's ruling striking down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, which had been approved by more than 75 percent of voters in 2004. Friday's decision marks the second time the...
  • Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

    07/15/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | July 15, 2014
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. ... Conservative groups maintained that the standards represented federal intrusion into Oklahoma's public education system, and Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law legislation repealing the standards last month.
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn to Newsmax: Illegal Minors Pawns in Obama's 'Game'

    07/15/2014 1:32:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    Thousands of illegal immigrant children who have been arrested for crossing the U.S. border are merely pawns "in a political game" by President Barack Obama, Rep. Marsha Blackburn charged to Newsmax on Saturday. "I find it just horrific that these children would be used for a political point," the Tennessee Republican said after touring a detention center at Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma. .... Blackburn spent about two hours at the Fort Sill center with Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who appeared on Newsmax TV on July 3 to tell "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner how he was denied access when...
  • Rep. Mullin's statement on border crisis developments

    07/15/2014 2:26:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    grandlakenews.com ^ | July 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement in response to recent developments regarding the increase of foreign minors illegally entering the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request to extend usage of military facilities as detention centers, and the President’s $3.7 billion funding request. “Because of this Administration’s lack of transparency or a clear plan forward, I simply cannot support these requests.” As a response to the increased foreign minors illegally entering the United States, the Administration decided to use military facilities as temporary holding facilities until a long-term strategy could be...
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine: Media Exacerbated Border Crisis by Amplifying Obama Amnesty Push

    07/15/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) said the mainstream media, by promoting and amplifying President Barack Obama's calls for more amnesty, was also to blame for the flood of illegal immigrant children from Central America coming across the border. In a CNN appearance on Wednesday, Bridenstine, whom many conservatives wanted to replace Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), said that "crime is not worse" in Central America today than it was when he was a Navy pilot. He mentioned that he "did counter-illicit trafficking operations as a Navy pilot" and "was there just two years ago doing counter-illicit trafficking operations." "The only...
  • Student says she was expelled from college after gay marriage

    07/14/2014 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 42 replies
    KATU.COM ^ | 14 JULY 2014 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner. Christian Minard, 22, said she received a letter last week from Southwestern Christian University notifying her of the expulsion after returning from her honeymoon in Las Vegas. Minard said she did not know how the university learned of her March 17 marriage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, though she did say she posted her marriage license on Facebook. "I'm not friends with anyone from my university. And there have been pictures of us because...
  • Oklahoma lawmaker wants state to quarantine migrant children

    07/14/2014 8:16:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 14, 2014 | By Heide Brandes, Reuters
    An Oklahoma state lawmaker called on Monday for the quarantine of unaccompanied immigrant children housed at an Oklahoma military base, but U.S. health officials said such a move was unnecessary. Republican State Representative Mike Ritze sent letters to Governor Mary Fallin and other officials asking them to take steps to "ensure the protection of Oklahoma citizens from contagious diseases following the federal government's decision to house illegal immigrant children at Ft. Sill." "As a physician ... I am concerned about the possibility of communicable diseases being carried by a population that does not have the same vaccination requirements as in...
  • Bridenstine Says Tour of Fort Sill "Eye-Opening"

    07/14/2014 11:57:08 AM PDT · by gwjack · 14 replies
    KTUL.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Zak Patterson, Web Editor
    Congressman Jim Bridenstine stopped by KTUL Saturday evening to weigh in on the conditions at Fort Sill following his recent tour of the facility. He said his tour was "eye-opening" and that the tour confirmed concerns he had regarding how children are getting to the facility and the abuses they incur while being trafficking there. Today, State Representative Mike Ritze said he believes the immigrants at Fort Sill should be quarantined to prevent contagious diseases from spreading to Oklahomans. “More than 1,100 unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are currently being housed at Fort Sill,” said Ritze, R-Broken...
  • CONGRESSMAN ASKS: HOW MANY MIGRANTS CROSSING THROUGH DESIGNATED ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS (Shorten)

    07/14/2014 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R) wants to know if federal environmental protection laws are making it easier for illegal immigrants to unlawfully enter the country.
  • Seven Facts for Fracking Deniers

    07/10/2014 6:38:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    At a recent town hall meeting in Edmond, Oklahoma, local citizens gathered to discuss the possible connection between fracking and increased seismic activity in their area. According to one published report, members of the audience left “disappointed” that no consensus had been reached linking fracking and seismic activity. According to the same report, many in the audience appeared to be “hostile to the oil and gas industry.” Even in this most oil-friendly of states, it seems, there is a rush to judgment linking fracking to every conceivable sort of damage.
  • The Obama Admin Forces Okla.To Overturn Anti-Sharia Bill & To Pay $303,333 To Muslims

    07/06/2014 6:53:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 61 replies
    gopthedailydose.com ^ | Posted on 27 May, 2014 by AmyElizabeth
    The US government has forced the state of Oklahoma to overturn its anti-Sharia bill, after a Muslim man named Muneer Awad sued the state for supposed violations against “freedom of religion.” CAIR also played a role in subverting the bill. Adam Soltani of CAIR said: Sharia is the moral code of conduct for Muslims, and that includes certain aspects of laws, like marital laws, divorce, inheritance, wills…it encompasses part of that, but it’s also the moral code of conduct The state of Oklahoma must now pay $303,333 to Awad for legal fees, costs and nontaxable expenses. The money is going...
  • Archbishop Condemns Satanic 'Black Mass' at Okla. City Civic Center as ‘Sacrilegious’

    07/03/2014 5:22:22 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | Lauretta Brown
    Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley, head of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, condemned a scheduled Black Mass by a satanic group, for which tickets are being sold at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, as “sacrilegious,” a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.” The archbishop also called upon community leaders and board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “remedy this situation,” stressing that he hoped they did not want to “enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event.” The Black Mass of Oklahoma, being offered by the group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, is scheduled to take place in the Civic Center...
  • Suspect Arrested in Serial Rape Case

    07/03/2014 1:45:18 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 18 replies
    KRMG ^ | 07/03/14 | Brittany Harlow and April Hill
    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan indicated the suspect was able to be linked to the assaults after evidence examined in the Tulsa police lab was forwarded to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for additional examination. “Campbell has no arrest record in Tulsa but a Google search by one of our investigators found that he was involved in a serious one car collision on I-44 and Sheridan last Sunday morning," Jordan said. The crash occurred just a few miles from the latest victim's home and ten minutes after the latest sexual assault was reported.
  • U.S. Congressman Blocked From Entering Child Immigrant Facility

    07/02/2014 11:31:10 AM PDT · by Reagan79 · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/02/2014 | Chuck Ross
    An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility. “There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.
  • What Oklahoma’s Senate Primary Tells Us About Why Eric Cantor Lost

    07/01/2014 11:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2014 | Henry Olsen
    Representative James Lankford’s 23-point victory margin in last week’s Oklahoma Senate primary caught most pundits off guard. He had been opposed by leading “tea party” groups and leaders such as SCF, FreedomWorks, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin. He did not, however, get outside support from “establishment” groups like American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Neither fish nor fowl in this year’s “tea party versus establishment” trope, pundits quickly decided that Lankford must have been helped by his long association with a large Southern Baptist summer camp (Southern Baptists are easily the largest single denomination in the state) and...
  • Child Saved After Being Snatched in Walmart (Perp Killed by Fast-Thinking Cop- VIDEO)

    07/01/2014 7:13:00 PM PDT · by equalator · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | 7-1-2014
    A man was shot and killed after he snatched a two-year-old girl out of a shopping cart and held her hostage in an Oklahoma grocery store. The surveillance video shows the dramatic moments as wanted felon Sammie Wallace grabs a two-year-old girl inside the store in Midwest City. The man grabbed the child from the shopping cart for no apparent reason and then began to hold a knife to her throat as he began to ramble and make crazy, incoherent demands. As her mom screams for help, other shoppers call 911 and begin surrounding Wallace. Officers spent 30 minutes negotiating...
  • OKC archbishop decries Civic Center 'Black Mass'

    07/01/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Edmond Sun ^ | 7/1/2014 | Mark Schlachtenhaufen
    Archbishop Paul Coakley has called on Catholics to pray that God might change the minds of the organizers of a “Black Mass” scheduled for later this year in Oklahoma City. On Tuesday, Coakley expressed his astonishment and disappointment at this event and called on community leaders to reconsider whether it is an appropriate use of public space. “The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians,” Coakley said. Coakley, leader of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said for...
  • Oklahoma man's home hit with stray artillery shell fired from cannon 3 miles away

    06/26/2014 12:33:22 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 114 replies
    Daily News ^ | 06/26/2014 | Jenna O'Donnell
    Gene Kelley’s home was hit with the artillery shell after it was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show. No one was hurt in the incident, but the cannon’s owner has agreed to pay for Kelley’s damages. Homeowner Gene Kelley heard a huge crash and was shocked to find a 14-and-a-half-inch-long 105 howitzer artillery shell lying on his bedroom floor.
  • Police Arrest Suspect In Hit-And-Run Death Of OK Inventor

    06/26/2014 11:39:20 AM PDT · by Lacey · 15 replies
    New9 (Oklahoma City) ^ | 6/26/14 | news9.com
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Police have arrested a man in the hit-and-run case that killed famous inventor Jack McClung. Oklahoma City Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow tells News 9 the man arrested is 21-year-old Wilfredo L. Gomez. He was arrested Wednesday night near N.W. 16th Street near Meridian Avenue. Jack McClung, 79, was walking back home from getting groceries last weekend when he was hit by a car, and killed. McClung made millions off "Blue Stuff" selling it online and through infomercials. 6/23/2014 Related Story: Famous Oklahoma Inventor Killed In Hit & Run In NW OKC It was a popular...
  • Oklahoma residents seek answers on quakes

    06/26/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 26, 2014 8:09 AM EDT | Emily Schmall and Kristi Eaton
    Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want to know what’s causing the temblors—and what can be done to stop them.Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the issue. […] Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 between January and the start of May. Though most have been too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives, they’ve raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the...
  • The Tea Party Blew It

    06/25/2014 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 06/25/2014 | Molly Ball
    National conservatives came up short Tuesday in Mississippi and Oklahoma. Maybe the Republican base just isn't as angry as they thought. Tuesday's Republican primaries were the Tea Party's last chance. And the Tea Party struck out. In Mississippi, challenger Chris McDaniel failed to dethrone six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran in the second round of their hard-fought contest. In Oklahoma, Representative James Lankford won by a massive margin over conservative favorite T.W. Shannon. The Tea Party industrial complex—groups like the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, figures like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz—invested heavily in both races and came up short. Now...
  • A bad night for Democrats

    06/25/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT · by topher · 105 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 25-June-2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS If you can divine a national trend from a runoff election in Mississippi, be our guest. But rather than pondering the motives of 3,188 Mississippi voters who made the difference in a bitter, hyper-local election, there’s a more useful consideration today. What’s at stake nationally this year is control of the U.S. Senate, and Republican chances of taking the majority went up significantly Tuesday night. [During New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory speech, the stage nearly collapsed. Rangel asked “heavier people on the stage… to take safety over ego” and step down.]
  • (article from March 18, 2013) New face of GOP: T.W. Shannon, first black speaker of OK Statehouse...

    06/24/2014 11:08:44 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2013 | Brendan Thomas
    “People focus too much on race,” says T.W. Shannon, a sixth-generation Oklahoman and member of the Chickasaw Nation. What’s more important, he says, is “what you believe and how you’re going to govern.” (SNIP) When asked about other political figures who inspire him, Shannon names Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor. That would not have been the first response of most attendees at CPAC, where libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) won a straw poll as the preferred next presidential candidate. Shannon says he likes Bush’s stance on education. It’s a tragedy, he adds, that the number one determinant of a...
  • GOP picks Lankford for open Oklahoma Senate seat

    06/24/2014 7:45:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 6-24-14 | SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford emerged from a crowded primary field Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat, avoiding a runoff despite a well-funded challenge from a tea party-backed candidate. By getting more than 50 percent of the vote, the 46-year-old Lankford advances to face the Democratic nominee and one independent in November. The seat became open when GOP U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced in January he planned to step down with two years remaining on his term following a recurrence of prostate cancer.
  • Primary/Runoff Official Live Thread (CO, FL, MD, MS, NY, OK)

    06/24/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 370 replies
    Should be another intersting night! Hopefully we'll build some more momentum!
  • With Coburn Boost, Lankford May Pull Off Outright Win over Shannon (Oklahoma Freeper Surge!)

    06/24/2014 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/24/14 | Tony Lee
    fter Ben Sasse's primary win in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary last month, it seemed like former conservative Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon was next. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), all of whom had backed Sasse, campaigned for Shannon, helping him erase a 35-point deficit in the GOP Oklahoma Senate primary against Rep. James Lankford (R-OK). Shannon had the wind at his back and Lankford, the 5th-ranking member of House GOP leadership, seemed vulnerable in a state that has not elected someone from Oklahoma City to the Senate since 1960. But Lankford's...
  • Horizontal drilling fuels latest Oklahoma oil boom

    06/24/2014 5:07:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    More than 4,600 oil and natural gas wells were completed in Oklahoma last year as part of a domestic boom that is affecting many parts of the nation, according to reports filed with state regulators. Corporation Commission records indicate companies applied for more than 6,000 drilling permits for the second consecutive year. That figure is up from about 4,100 permits in 2009, The Oklahoman reported Sunday. Mike Terry, president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, said horizontal drilling has opened vast new resources across the country and has renewed activity in Oklahoma’s historic oil fields. “The Mississippi Lime in northern...
  • Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum

    06/24/2014 4:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state's children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education "experts." In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with "reform math." Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on "abstract thinking" instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with "informational" texts, such as...
  • T.W. Shannon Hits James Lankford on Young Illegal Immigrant Influx

    06/23/2014 9:07:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama designated Fort Sill, Okla., as one of the military installations that would house the surge of young illegal immigrants coming to the United States, and the decision could be a factor in the homestretch of another Republican primary, just two weeks after immigration helped sink House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R., Va.). Former House Speaker T.W. Shannon has primarily faulted Representative James Lankford for voting to raise the debt-ceiling, but the recent spate of border crossings by minors has given him another weapon to use against his campaign to replace retiring Senator Tom Coburn.
  • The Oklahoma Senate race: A twist on the tea party vs. establishment fight (primary tomorrow!)

    06/23/2014 5:25:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 6/23/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Four years ago, James Lankford was a Baptist minister making a long-shot first foray into politics and T.W. Shannon was a little-known state legislator. Now, they are rising Republican stars who will square off in a competitive primary for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma Tuesday. The campaign is the latest pressure test for a coterie of national tea party groups with an eye on shaking up the midterm landscape. The national tea party machinery is squarely behind Shannon. The contest, which could be headed to a runoff, also carries broader implications for a Republican Party looking to shed its image as...
  • Poll: Lankford holds narrow lead over Shannon (Oklahoma alert)

    06/22/2014 11:56:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | June 22, 2014 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    Fifth District Congressman James Lankford held a narrow lead over former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon heading into the final week of their U.S. Senate primary campaign, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll. Lankford led Shannon 41 percent to 38 percent in a survey of 415 likely voters in Tuesday’s election. The survey was conducted June 14-18 by SoonerPoll.com and has a 4.81 percent margin of error. Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon was at 3 percent, with the other four candidates on Tuesday’s ballot totaling 2 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided. The poll results indicate a runoff between...
  • Ted Cruz Stars in New Ad for T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma

    06/20/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7:39 a.m. on June 19 | Alexis Levinson
    Cruz is a Republican from Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has largely stayed out of the primary fray this year, stars in a new ad from Senate Conservatives Fund backing T.W. Shannon in the Oklahoma GOP primary for Senate.Shannon faces Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., and several lesser known candidates in Tuesday’s primary. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is resigning at the end of this Congress, leaving the seat open.“In Oklahoma, there are a number of good Senate candidates, but T.W. Shannon is a conservative fighter,” Cruz says in the ad.“He has the courage to look Washington insiders...
  • Randy Krehbiel: "Dad" Coburn tells the youngsters to straighten up

    06/19/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | June 18, 2014 | Randy Krehbiel
    Don't make me come back there, is more or less what U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said on the eve of Wednesday night's debate between the two men most likely to succeed him. Lankford presents himself as problem-solver who immerses himself in the details of policy and government. He is dismissive of politicians who show up for press conferences but don't do their homework. He sees himself as a realist with ideals. Or maybe an idealist contending with the realities of governing. His critics say he's just a little too soft on spending. Shannon has signed on with the Ted Cruz-Sarah...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • Common Core Not OK

    06/17/2014 6:32:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 15, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    After months of intense, grassroots push-back, opponents of the White House’s Common Core program won another big prize: Oklahoma. This week, the Sooners became the third state to officially dump the President’s education standards, complaining of federal overreach. mary fallin oklahoma governor “President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core,” Gov. Mary Fallin (R) explained, “in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing, and teaching strategies.” And this time, the administration — the...
  • Tom Coburn rips outside conservative groups

    06/16/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | BURGESS EVERETT
    Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn lashed out at outside groups’ ads attacking Rep. James Lankford in the Oklahoma GOP primary to replace him next year, calling them untruthful and representative of politics in its “very worst form.” Coburn singled out negative ads by Senate Conservatives Fund and Oklahomans for a Conservative Future aimed at boosting the candidacy of tea party darling T.W. Shannon, the former state House speaker who’s drawn the support of national conservatives like Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
  • Oklahoma poised to become top oil producer, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm says

    06/15/2014 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    newsok ^ | June 5, 2014 | Jay F. Marks
    Oklahoma poised to become top oil producer, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm says Surging crude production in Oklahoma has the state on the verge of becoming the nation’s third-largest source of oil, according to officials at Continental Resources Inc. by Jay F. Marks Modified: June 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014   Oklahoma is poised to cash in from the ongoing U.S. oil boom, according to one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic.Continental Resources Inc. CEO Harold Hamm said tax incentives meant to encourage horizontal drilling have done their job, as Oklahoma’s oil production is...
  • Obama's HHS Forbids Congress from Talking to Kids in Border Crisis Shelters

    06/13/2014 9:26:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 107 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | by Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas--The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking select Members of Congress on a secret tour of the temporary children’s shelter set up to house the children who entered the country illegally as part of the Texas border crisis. The tour will visit the temporary shelter set up at Naval Base Ventura County later this afternoon. The Congressional delegation will be given a 40-minute tour of the facility where they will witness the interior of the shelter and the care being provided for the unaccompanied minors while they are being housed in their facilities. An email obtained...
  • Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball

    06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley
    Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader. "This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who...