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The 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans (5-1)

Today is the last installment of our special countdown of the “50 Most Powerful Oklahomans.”  We would like to thank all the powerful people who made the list for not yet suing us, and we’d also like to thank the people who helped us compile the rankings.  You all know who you are.

Anyway, the top 5 are located after the jump.  To view the rest of the series, click the links below.

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30-21

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And no, that’s not a young Steve Lackmeyer in the YouTube video above.  It’s a vintage 1990′s Trapper Keeper commercial.

The 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans (10-6)

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Originally, this was going to be the final installment of our countdown of the 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans.  But when I started writing tonight, I turned on the TV and The Godfather just happened to be on. That’s never good, because every time The Godfather’s on I have to stop whatever I’m doing and watch it.  Hell, I even watch it when it’s edited and on AMC like it was tonight.  That means there’s no cussing, no nudity, and way too many commercials.  Basically, the three reasons that make movies on basic cable so boring.  But who cares, it’s the f*cking Godfather.

Anyway, after the jump you can find the 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th and 6th Most Powerful Oklahomans.  And if you notice references to Luca Brasi, Khartoum and “increased performance and size,” you now know why.

The 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans (20-11)

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Yeah,  I was all ready to publish this post, and then it occurred to me that I didn’t have an intro.  Anyway, so that’s our intro. Check out number 20 and 19 below.  The rest are located after the jump.

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20. Drew Edmondson, State Attorney General

Drew Edmondson has been the Attorney General of Oklahoma for about as long as I’ve been able to drive.  For those of you who have no clue how long that is, lets just say it’s too long. That’s probably why Edmondson has already announced he is going run for Governor in 2010.  Who really wants to be Attorney General for 16 years?

Anyway, during his run as AG, Edmondson has made a lot of powerful friends.  He also sued Arkansas.  That’s pretty damn cool.

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19. Glen Coffee. State Senate Pro-Tem

Fever blisters and stupid political philosophies aside, Glenn Coffee is one of the rising young politicians in Oklahoma.  Right now, he either has his sights set for Governor or Attorney General in 2010.  We’re not sure which, but if he wins either one, we hope herpes reform is a key component of his campaign.

The 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans (30 – 21)

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We have reached the half way point of our 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans countdown.  Before we continue with 30-21, lets look at some people who didn’t make the list:

“¢  Clark Matthews
“¢  Elyse Downs
“¢  Keith Gaddie
“¢  Biker Fox
“¢  Drew Braum

Surprised?  I am.  Check out 30 – 21 after the jump.

The 50 Most Powerful Oklahomans (40-31)

With each installment of this countdown we are going to post a picture from Clark Matthews’ Trapper Keep Collection.  We believe this one to be from 7th grade.

Anyway, the first couple of people on this week’s countdown are found below, the rest are after the jump.  Enjoy.

40. Dave Bialis, CEO, Cox Oklahoma

Dave didn’t make the list because he’s in charge of the local communications behemoth Cox, whose specialty seems to be overpriced products, long hold times and crummy customer service.  No…he’s up here because of the power he held as the host of his hard hitting talk show “Generally Speaking with Dave Bialis.”  Sure, the show doesn’t seem to even be on the air anymore, but if you want to strike fear in a local celebrity’s heart, tell them Bialis and his tiny eyes are looking for them.

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39. Vince Orza, Businessman & Academic Collegian

Vince Orza is the Dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.  How did he get this job??? Simple, by opening up a chain of  stale casual dining  restaurants ““ restaurants whose signature dish consisted of a brown paper tablecloth and crayons “” and making millions at it.   He also ran for governor a couple of times and likes to jump between political parties.