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Shannon steps forward for Senate race
Oklahoma’s Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning with a goal to preserve God given values that do not originate from government, he said.
A crowd of nearly 100 supporters packed the Jim Thorpe Association as Shannon spoke with his wife Devon at his side.
“Friends that is the firm foundation on which our nation stands,” Shannon said. “And at the core of those rights is that which I believe the human heart desires more than anything. That’s freedom. Freedom to worship — freedom to speak your mind — freedom to live as you choose to pursue any dream you see fit.”
Soldier’s family receives OC degree posthumously
During Wednesday’s chapel service on the University of Oklahoma Christian campus, there was a poignant moment.
OC journalism Professor Philip Patterson was talking about Kyle Seitsinger, who was one of his students a decade or so ago. Seitsinger would sit in a seat during a service in Hardeman Auditorium, which was nearly filled to capacity today.
In November 2003, 12 months shy of graduating with a dual major in journalism and Spanish, the Edmond resident was called into active duty and the sergeant was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Broken Arrow.
Should Detroit be allowed to issue its own visas to immigrants?
Under the plan, immigrants coming to the U.S. under visas aimed at those with "advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts" would be "required to live and work in Detroit, a city that has fallen to 700,000 residents from 1.8 million in the 1950s."
Oklahoma attorney general files brief in support of Obamacare challenge
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby in its Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare.
Hobby Lobby is challenging a federal mandate requiring employer health insurance to include contraception services for drugs and devices that can prevent embryos from implanting in the womb, making it complicit in a form of abortion.
The company faces an estimated $1.3 million-a-day fine for refusing to comply.
Green has said the fines could force the company to make some difficult business decisions including closing all of its more than 500 stores.
Chris Christie in 2016? Don't count him out yet
His press coverage has been brutal. His poll numbers are dropping. His enemies inside and outside his party are crowing that his presidential ambitions are over, and some journalists agree.
Obama expands on social media for State of Union
President Barack Obama is deploying just about every trendy social media tool to promote a century-old ritual — the annual State of the Union address to Congress.
BancFirst assumes all of the deposits of El Reno bank
The Bank of Union, El Reno, was closed last week by the Oklahoma State Banking Department, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with BancFirst, Oklahoma City, to assume all of the deposits of The Bank of Union.
The two branches of The Bank of Union will reopen as branches of BancFirst during their normal business hours.
Jolley’s goal to rein-in government
State Sen. Clark Jolley pledged to fight for conservative values in Congress as he announced his candidacy for the Congressional 5th District.
“The reason is quite simple because Congress and Washington are broken,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Too much government, too much spending, too many taxes are all destroying our country, our freedoms and our way of life.”
Jolley is the second 2014 Edmond Republican to campaign for the office to be vacated by Congressman James Lankford of Edmond, who plans to run for U.S. Senate. Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas declared her candidacy on Tuesday.
VIDEO: Shooting reported at Purdue University
Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building about noon on Tuesday.
Lankford wants country moving in right direction
Why Congressman James Lankford voted in December to approve the federal budget became an issue at an Oklahoma City town hall meeting Tuesday evening.
Lankford has been adamant during his two terms in office that the $17 trillion federal debt and the $680 billion deficit are not sustainable. He has supported a balanced budget amendment which the White House rejects.
“The entire government is out of control and not on my side,” a woman said. “…And then I look at Sen. Cruz who can stand up with fire and backbone and say, ‘my God this has to stop.’”
Cruz was an architect of the 2013 government shutdown by insisting the federal government defund the Affordable Care Act. Lankford, R-Edmond, and other House Republicans fought in 2013 to delay the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment for one year and to defund the health care law.
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