An Oklahoma primary for Independents?

An Oklahoma primary for Independents?

It has been a busy weekend along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, especially for those of the Democratic persuasion.  Friday evening many of the Oklahoma Democratic Party leadership met at the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City for the annual Carl Albert awards dinner. After all the awards for Activist of the Year for each of the state’s congressional districts were handed out, the evening’s festivities culminated with a very passionate stump speech by Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy (D-CT) Early on Saturday morning all delegates to the Oklahoma Democratic Party state convention made their way down to the south end of May Avenue in OKC to the campus of Oklahoma City Community College.  The convention venue was a mass...

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Memorializing a wrong and worn out narrative

Memorializing a wrong and worn out narrative

It was an eventful and amusing week along this exceedingly conservative stretch of Old Route 66 in the run up to the Memorial Day weekend.  The justly earned “Tempest in a Teapot” award goes to the local ABC affiliate KTUL for their coverage of a Politico article posted to the Tulsa County Democratic Party Facebook page last weekend.  As the article points out, demographics are indeed changing as the Republican Party membership is older in terms of median age than that of the Democratic Party.  With GOP membership dying off (literally, per the article), those members are not being replaced.  Now this may very well mean little at the moment in Oklahoma where GOP membership surpassed that of the Democratic Party last autumn for the first time in the...

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Arming our public schools

Arming our public schools

The deeply ingrained firearm culture has expanded yet again, this time to Oklahoma public schools.  Governor Mary Fallin signed off on House Bill 2014 earlier this week.  This new law authored by freshman representative Jeff Coody of HD 63 (Lawton) is intended to provide an extra level of security by allowing a trained school employee to carry a handgun on school property.  The authorized employee will be required to be a reserve peace officer or hold a security guard license.  This piece of legislation moved through the legislative process with relative ease.  The best part of it was the amendment by Senator Don Barrington (R-Lawton) which saves the state from funding the new law.  The cost of the required training will be relegated to the respective school...

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RUSH rocks the BOK!

RUSH rocks the BOK!

Tulsa’s BOK Center was the venue for the opening show of Rush’s 2015 R40 Live tour.  Rush, a three-member hard rock band from Toronto, Ontario, can still pack a stadium sized concert hall with all manner of fans and devotees that hang on every note and stay lost in the sound until the final curtain drops.  This tour, which will likely be their final one, commemorates the 40th anniversary of drummer/lyricist Neil Peart’s permanent addition to the group and will visit some 34 cities in the U.S. and Canada between last night and early August. There were many fans and followers who were counting the days waiting for this show from the minute the tickets went on sale in February.  As it turns out, you didn’t have to be a stoner (active or...

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“the right of the people peaceably to assemble,”

“the right of the people peaceably to assemble,”

Three weeks ago I posted about the breaking “pay to play deputy” scandal which has embroiled the Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his department.  Since then undersheriff Tim Albin has resigned, reserve deputy Robert Bates has been allowed to go on vacation to the Bahamas despite facing charges of second degree manslaughter, Sheriff Stanley Glanz had stated although he will not resign that he will not seek reelection and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is asking pointed questions regarding the use of some $700,000.00 of the jail operating fund to pay attorney’s fees from several law firms that defended Sheriff’s Office officials in federal civil suits amongst other things.  Is it just me or does most of the above not sound right in terms...

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