Jim Inhofe

Politics and Government
4:50 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Differences Between Oklahoma's U.S. Senate Candidates Jim Inhofe And Matt Silverstein

For 27 years U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has represented Oklahoma in Washington D.C. First as a congressman for seven years, and then as a  U.S. Senator since 1994. As he approaches his 80th birthday in November, Inhofe is seeking another six-year term in office. He is being challenged by Democratic nominee Matt Silverstein of Bixby, a newcomer to politics.

OETA explores the differences in these two men running for the U.S. Senate.

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Politics and Government
6:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Inhofe Seeks To Combat Career Politician Label

Democratic Challenger Matt Silverstein (l) and Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (r).
Credit Matt Silverstein for U.S. Senate web page; Senator Jim Inhofe, U.S. Congress

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is a longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics and heavily favored to secure another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

But Inhofe's 47 years of public service and time on the public payroll are exactly what Democratic nominee Matt Silverstein says is wrong with Washington.

Silverstein is a 34-year-old investment planner from Bixby who's criticizing Inhofe for refusing a public debate. 

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Politics and Government
1:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Inhofe Was The Final Hurdle For Money To Fight Against Ebola

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Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

But a House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman said just $50 million of President Barack Obama's $1 billion request has been approved for immediate use under the opaque process by which top congressional panels OK transfers between agency accounts.

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Police Militarization
7:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Militarization Of Oklahoma Police Departments, Sheriffs And Schools

The militarization of Oklahoma law enforcement agencies has spread to universities, state agencies and a school district.

More than 1,500 purchases have been made by those organizations since 1995.  The most purchased items include M-14 and M-16 assault rifles, shotguns and .45 caliber handguns.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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National Defense
2:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Senator Inhofe Wants Resolution To Combat Islamic State Militants

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing to give the president authority to use all necessary force against Islamic state militants in Iraq and Syria.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is circulating a draft of a resolution to authorize military force and is seeking bipartisan support as Congress returns to Washington next week.

The resolution also forces the president to submit a strategy to Congress within 60 days on how to defeat the Islamic State group.

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Oklahoma News
12:00 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Oklahoma Officials Pleased DOD Continues Sending Surplus Military Diesel Vehicles To Local Agencies

Wewoka Fire Department
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State officials are praising the final decision that allows the U.S. Department of Defense to permanently transfer the title of surplus equipment – vehicles with diesel engines -- to local law enforcement and fire departments.

Press releases from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and State Representative Mike Sanders approve the decision “that benefit Oklahoma counties, school districts and rural fire departments.” That that decision also restores the transfer of surplus vehicles for law enforcement agencies.

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Oklahoma News
8:51 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Report: Inhofe's Son Was Flying New Aircraft Solo

Perry Inhofe (right) with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and son Cole.
Senator Jim Inhofe Facebook

A federal report says the son of a U.S. senator was flying a new type of aircraft for the first time alone when he was killed in a plane crash.

Perry Inhofe, the son of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, died in the November 2013 crash near Tulsa. According to a National Transportation Safety Board factual report, Perry Inhofe was flying solo in a 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 from Salina, Kansas, to Tulsa when the crash occurred.

The report released Monday says Perry Inhofe had logged 2,874 total flight hours. Toxicology found no signs of alcohol or drugs except ibuprofen.

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Supreme Court
1:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Congressmen Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
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Members of Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe issued statements Monday in support of the court's decision and praising the company's owners, the Green family. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, and James Lankford also hailed the ruling as one in favor of religious liberty.

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9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.

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