Gov. Rick Scott’s anti-science purge begins: State employee banned for uttering ‘climate change’ A Florida state employee has been reprimanded and told not to come to work after Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) administration banned the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” Earlier this month, reports said that officials in the Scott administration ordered Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administrators not to use the terms in documents or meetings because they asserted that the climate science behind global warming was not a “true fact.” More
Portman among 47 GOP senators to sign letter to Iran WASHINGTON — In a move Democrats denounced as trying to sabotage the Obama administration’s foreign policy, Sen. Rob Portman and 46 other Senate Republicans yesterday warned Iran’s leadership that any agreement to limit Tehran’s apparent efforts to build a nuclear bomb would need Senate approval to stay in effect beyond 2016. More
Republicans to back Obama's student loan plan House Republicans are willing to give President Barack Obama a rare win, the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee said Thursday in outlining a deal that would let college students avoid a costly hike on their student loans. More
GOP boycotts health care advisory board House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
Bernie Sanders raises $15M after launching bid - St Augustine Herald Republican Mitt Romney, for example, raised $18.4 million in his first three months of the 2012 campaign. 07/3/2015 - 3:15 pm | View Link
Bernie Sanders raises $15 million. Chump change or a lot? - Yahoo! News Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America? - Huffington Post 07/3/2015 - 5:03 am | View Link
Sanders Raises $15 Million Since Starting His Run - Lakeland Ledger Republican Mitt Romney, for example, raised $18.4 million in his first three months of the 2012 campaign. 07/2/2015 - 1:40 pm | View Link
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THE LID: Money Money Money - NBCNews.com 4 million of that was earmarked for the general election.) Future GOP nominee. Mitt Romney's ... TOMORROW'S SKED Hillary Clinton raises cash in 07/2/2015 - 5:38 am | View Link
Bernie Sanders raises $15 million. Chump change or a lot? Yes, it’s a pretty good haul. Look at it this way: That’s fairly close to the $18 million that moneybags Mitt Romney raised for his general account in the first three months of his declared presidential run in the 2012 election cycle. Plus, Senator ... 07/3/2015 - 11:27 am | View Link
US Sen. Sanders raises $15 million after launching bid Republican Mitt Romney, for example, raised $18.4 million in his first three months of the 2012 campaign. The Sanders campaign said it had received nearly 400,000 contributions for an average donation of $33.51, and most online donations were made through ... 07/2/2015 - 2:04 pm | View Link
Sanders raises $15 million after launching presidential bid Republican Mitt Romney, for example, raised $18.4 million in his first three months of the 2012 campaign. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, raised $25.8 million in his first three months as a Democratic candidate for president in 2007. Obama's appeal ... 07/2/2015 - 9:35 am | View Link
Romney raises $111.8 million in October Mitt Romney's campaign announced this morning that the GOP ticket and the Republican National Committee raised $111.8 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17. (PHOTOS: New newspaper endorsements) It's an impressive number, especially given how many months they ... 10/25/2012 - 7:53 am | View Link
Romney raises $170 million in September, not far behind Obama WASHINGTON — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney enjoyed a surge of donations in September, raking in $170 million for the month -- a major cash infusion that is helping finance a deluge of advertising by his campaign in the final weeks of the ... 10/15/2012 - 6:20 pm | View Link
RomneyCare As the above table illustrates, the plan Romney proposed was a much more conservative, business friendly law than what the Democrats passed under President Obama. 07/4/2015 - 4:50 pm | View Website
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Mitt Romney's Maids' Salary Raises Questions WASHINGTON -- For a woman with three houses and sixteen grandkids, Ann Romney doesn't have very much help around the house, according to her 2010 tax return. 07/4/2015 - 8:43 am | View Website
The Dark Side of Mitt Romney | Vanity Fair After Harvard, young Mitt Romney rose rapidly in the Mormon Church and made a fortune at Bain Capital. Michael Kranish and Scott Helman report on the collateral damage. 07/4/2015 - 1:33 am | View Website
Retirement Deal Keeps Bain Money Flowing to Romney Mitt Romney’s retirement deal with Bain Capital has been worth millions of dollars each year since 1999. 07/2/2015 - 12:56 pm | View Website
Schock resigned in March after mounting questions and news reports about his spending of taxpayer and campaign funds.
The election Tuesday in heavily GOP territory features a classic Republican primary with party-backed candidate state Sen. Darin LaHood facing conservative writer Michael Flynn, who's received tea party support.
BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.orgOfficials plan to set off explosives Tuesday afternoon in an effort to prevent future rock slides along Interstate 35 in the Arbuckle Mountains near Turner Falls.
Extended traffic delays are expected, state Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said Monday at a state Transportation Commission meeting.
Officials are urging motorists to choose alternate routes.
The blast will be delayed if the weather doesn't cooperate, state transportation officials said.
Drivers have been warned to expect traffic congestion in the area ever since a June 18 rock slide forced officials to reduce traffic to one lane in either direction for a four-mile stretch through the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma.
At times, traffic has backed up about five miles in either direction, said Brenda Perry, a transportation department spokeswoman.
Officials have received complaints of delays ranging from a few minutes to up to two hours, depending on the time of day and traffic flow, she said.
Tuesday could be especially bad, because officials will have to completely block traffic in both directions while the explosives are detonated and the rock debris is hauled off afterwards.
Bob Rose, field division engineer, said steps are being taken to try to minimize delays.
The actual blast and removal of the loosened rock is expected to take 20-30 minutes, Rose said.
Law enforcement officers will set up rolling road blocks about 10 miles from either side of the blast site and slowly drive toward the work site to keep vehicles from having to spend as much time at a dead halt on the interstate, he said.
Experts have told state transportation officials there is a 35 percent chance only one blast will be needed, Rose said.
There are other methods that could potentially be used for additional rock removal, including inflating air bags between crevices in rocks to jar them loose or dragging a giant steel bucket down the face of the rock surface, Rose said.
"Every effort will be made to blast as little as possible," he said.
BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer email@example.comOklahoma transportation commissioners on Monday approved a contract to install a 7-mile-long cable barrier to separate northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 along a stretch of highway where four softball players died last September in a crossover accident.
Had the barrier been in place last September, it likely would have prevented the deaths of four members of the North Central Texas College women's softball team.
The accident occurred in the Arbuckle Mountains, just south of Turner Falls, in the same general area where traffic currently is slowed while workers seek to stabilize rock formations that led to a June 18 rock slide.
Transportation officials said that prior to the crossover accident, they thought there was enough separation between the northbound and southbound lanes that such an accident was unlikely.
By Amy Dillon For The OklahomanKingfisher Rep. Mike Sanders and his wife, Nellie, are supporters of Friends of the Capitol who recently had their names engraved at the Memorial Plaza at the state Capitol.
The couple are donors to the tax-exempt organization, which provides private funds to maintain and improve the beauty of the Capitol building and its works of art.