If you’re reading this in your office or cubicle, you should probably get back to work. Otherwise, our Governor is going to have a little talk with you.
Yesterday, the Oklahoma Democratic Party released a video from a town hall that shows Governor Fallin making some comments about the unemployed. No, she didn’t call them terrorists or anything. She just wants them to stop being lazy and get jobs.
Check it out:
I guess we know why Mary Fallin wants to flunk all those third graders who can’t pass reading tests. She must know what it’s like to live in a world with confusing letters and symbols that make no sense.
Earlier this week, the following pic of Mary at a campaign event in McAlester made the rounds on Facebook. I think it proves something we’ve all suspected: Mary Fallin doesn’t know how to read.
Check it out:
We promise. This is the final Mary Fallin related post for the week.
Well, unless she says or does something stupid before Friday. Since that’s a near certainty, I guess disregard my earlier statement and expect a post about Mary Fallin later this week.
Thanks to our Governor, I nearly had to break my promise. Always down for a good challenge, she announced the following day that she’s for the legalization of medicinal marijuana while not being for the legalization of medical marijuana.
Gov. Mary Fallin is supporting legalization of a nonintoxicating component of marijuana on a limited, trial basis for use in treating young people with rare conditions that cause seizures and strokes.
The ingredient is cannabidiol oil (CBD), and an interim legislative study is planned.
Wait a second. That’s not stupid. That’s great! I hope the study leads to new moderns laws that give Oklahomans the freedom and power to treat deadly, life altering seizures without being considered criminals.
I wonder what Mary thinks about the people who suffer from other medical conditions? You know, things ranging from pain, insomnia, muscle tension, anxiety, nausea or loss of appetite to potentially fatal diseases like cancer or AIDs? What type of medical marijuana will they be able to get?
As you know, Mary Fallin released the batch of secret emails related to our Open Records lawsuit yesterday afternoon. Now that we got the prize, you’d think we’d be popping champagne bottles and rolling around in the records on the floor like they were hundred dollar bills.
Well, that’s true. I got drunk and made the documents rain at Night Trips last night. Let me tell you, nothing is hotter than folding a paper copy of an email exchange between Glenn Coffee and Denise Northrup in half and then tucking it in a strippers g-string. It’s too bad the strippers disagreed.
The records release, and the timing of it, was obviously a strategic move by Fallin’s campaign. As we noted, they only had a couple of days left to produce a court ordered log of the records containing important details like the date and time sent, senders, recipients and subject lines. They probably figured releasing the emails was better than a random log. I assume sending a 1:30am email to a think-tank lobbyist can look pretty suspicious without any context.
Also, Mary’s office conveniently released the emails on a Monday afternoon during the early stages of her sputtering re-election campaign. That way, they can attempt to twist the issue into a positive, and falsely tout Mary’s record of transparency for the next few months, despite the fact it took 20 months and a lawsuit to get her to do it.
Obviously, this doesn’t sit too well with us. Why should Mary get to play politics and pick when and why she releases open records that the public is entitled to view? That’s not how our open records laws are supposed to work, and it’s why we’ve decided to continue with our lawsuit. I’ll let Ryan Kiesel, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma ACLU, explain it:
“If the Governor had simply produced these documents nearly two years ago in compliance with the Open Records Act, the people of Oklahoma could have been afforded greater transparency and spared unnecessary legal cost. The precedent the Governor is attempting to create would allow the Executive Branch of our state to hide behind bogus privileges, and only reveal requested documents after months of litigation and before untested legal arguments are reviewed by the state’s highest court. Along with our client, we intend to move forward to ensure that the current and future Governors of our great state do not get a blank check when it comes to following the law.”
So yes, in short, we are pressing forward with our appeal. We’re going to try to make sure that this Governor, and future ones, can’t mute important issues and chose to ignore open record requests until it’s convenient for them.
Of course, some people are asking me this question: why? You got the records. Be content and go home.
I’ll be the first to admit, this wasn’t an easy decision. This whole thing has been controversial. We’ve lost advertising revenue because of it. Plus, there are a lot of people in the journalistic community that don’t want us to pursue this any farther. They’re worried that the Supreme Court will rule in the Governor’s favor, and make it even more difficult to get open records in the future. They want us to drop the case.
You know what, screw those people. We didn’t do this for journalists or boring media outlets or to make money. We are doing this for the people!
Okay, okay, I really did it for the publicity, but give me a second, I’m on a roll here.
Seriously, screw the other media outlets in the state for not having the balls to file this lawsuit. Do you know how sad it is that the only plaintiff the ACLU could land for this case is an “obscure, local social blog” that specializes in crafting fan fiction about meteorologists? Here’s a hint: It’s really sad. It’s like watching Emily Sutton drop a cupcake.
Of course, we’re really not an “obscure local social blog” anymore. Here’s what the AP called us in their wire story:
So you’re saying there’s a chance.
On Friday, Rasmussen released shocking poll results that show the 2014 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race is lot closer than anyone actually thought. How close? Mary Fallin only leads Joe Dorman by a 45% – 40% margin.
Yes, that’s only 5%. I guess blocking affordable healthcare for poor people, giving tax cuts to the 1%, allowing horse slaughter, denying access to public records, coming out against tornado shelters in schools, traveling across the world on the state’s dime, flunking third graders, discriminating against homosexuals, and naming her dog Okie and not Trooper has taken its toll on Mary Fallin’s popularity.
Via Rasmussen Reports:
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