Reaping the bitter fruits of rotten governance

Reaping the bitter fruits of rotten governance

The second session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature adjourned this past Friday amid an abundance of sunshine pumping from those in the majority party of how they passed a budget before their deadline. The outlook for a great number of the state’s citizens is increasingly more grim as so many less affluent bore the brunt of state budget cuts.  As I wax philosophical while reflecting on the results of the Republican majority legislature’s work this past session I long for a policy like the catch phrase of popular vacation spots such as Las Vegas, you know, something like “What happens under the Capitol Dome stays under the Capitol Dome.”  Sadly, we non-conservatives have to suffer the consequences of the last few elections along side those...

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An abortion bill veto and the big picture theatrics

An abortion bill veto and the big picture theatrics

As the local legislative candidates have been organizing and meeting to discuss ideas of what messaging might work in our favor on specific issues, I have been able to impart some things I have learned in my dozen or so years of working on various political campaigns.  One thing I have taken due note of in that time is the abundance of one-issue voters, whatever issue it may be.  I have a rhetorical question I have posed on more than one occasion in the course of these discussions: If you had a goose that laid 24 carat gold eggs every election day, would you wring it’s neck and roast it for Thanksgiving dinner?   Well, would you?!?  Most reasonable respondents categorically reply “NO!”  Of course not.  There is nothing like a gift that keeps on...

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Sweat equity and supporting local candidates

Sweat equity and supporting local candidates

As one who has been directly involved in campaign politics for nearly a decade now, I have spent my fair share of time manning phone banks.  I can empathize with those who call total strangers on behalf of political candidates to ask for things they normally would not ever ask anyone for like votes or money. Particularly money.  I know all about the awful feelings that churn up inside your stomach when someone slams the phone down in your ear or tells you to go to hell or worse before doing so.  Being one who at this point has received more calls from phone bankers and other fundraisers than I have made as such, I need to speak up on this matter.  I understand the nature of the job of political fundraising and its mission but there needs to be some checks imposed...

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Adults reading their awkward teenage diaries

Adults reading their awkward teenage diaries

It may be a little known fact outside this most conservative corridor of Old Route 66 but there is a thriving community of aspiring story tellers, budding comedians and stand-up comic artists in my beloved home town.  The Comedy Parlor in Tulsa’s Blue Dome district played host to OK, So Tulsa Storyslam Saturday evening for a three-time-a-year event of Adults reading their Awkward Teenage Diaries.  Yours truly was actually a participant in this particular evolution.  Myself and six other diary readers graced the stage at the aforementioned venue and read our awkward teenage diaries.   Saturday evening’s readers included some stage veterans, among them Shaun Perkins from Locust Grove, OK who has been involved with the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry....

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