Last Friday, NBC’s Chuck Todd named four “Rising Stars” in Oklahoma politics on his weekday MSNBC talk show “The Daily Rundown.” It’s part of his “TDR50″ initiative, which names four up and coming young politicians from each state.
The list for Oklahoma includes two Democrats and two Republicans. I guess that means Chuck’s research interns have a sense of humor. You’re more likely to find Bigfoot in Idabel than a rising Oklahoma Democrat.
Here’s the clip and a brief breakdown of who was honored:
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:
Over the weekend, The Oklahoman issued an editorial that was probably written by Janet Barresi’s best friend’s husband regarding charter schools, education savings accounts, taxpayer scholarships and other programs that I really don’t care all that much about.
In the piece, “The State’s Most Trusted News” complained that polling data show Oklahoman voters want these educational programs implemented across the state, but state lawmakers are not doing anything about it and apparently that’s something to be mad about.
Here’s a snippet:
Oklahoma lawmakers run counter to constitutents’[sic] wishes
Many Republican lawmakers in the 2014 legislative session opposed efforts to increase educational opportunities for students. In doing so, those lawmakers voted against the wishes of their constituents.
A new poll of Oklahoma Republican primary voters, commissioned by the Oklahoma Federation for Children, shows overwhelming support for education savings accounts (ESAs), charter schools in rural communities, taxpayer scholarships for children with special needs to attend private schools, and tax breaks supporting scholarship programs that help needy children attend private schools.
I’ll admit it. Half the reason I’m writing this is so I can include a [sic] in Oklahoman editorial headline. I don’t know what a “constitutent” is, but I assume most of them probably voted for Janet Barresi.
Here are the poll results. They really make you question The Oklahoman’s constancy when it comes to dealing with polling data.
According to latest SoonerPoll results, Oklahomans are ready to consider marijuana for medicinal purposes and decriminalization. The poll had support for medical marijuana at 71% and support for decriminalization at 57%. The poll did not ask about legalization.
When considering arrest for a marijuana offense, nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they should be treated instead of jailed. Under current Oklahoma law, possession of any amount can earn one up to a year in jail for a first offense and from two to 10 years for a second offense. Marijuana sales—of any amount—can earn a sentence of up to life in prison.
The state’s largest cities were the most in support. In metro Oklahoma City and Tulsa, support for medical marijuana was higher than 75%, and support for decriminalization was at 67% in Tulsa and at 63% in Oklahoma City.
Even Oklahoma’s notoriously conservative Republicans are ready for change. Support for decriminalization came from 53% of Republicans interviewed, lower than the 60% of Democrats and 65% of independents, but still surprising.
Oops. That’s actually a 2013 Sooner Poll report that shows an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans, including 51% of Republicans, support the legalization of medicinal marijuana. Apparently those polling numbers didn’t matter to The Oklahoman Editorial Board. Instead of criticizing our incompetent state legislature for ignoring “the wishes of their constituents,” they issued a snide editorial against legalization for legitimate medical use.
Here’s the polling data on the education stuff:
Earlier this week, The Tulsa World reported that Governor Mary Fallin’s approval rating hit an all time low of 52%. To put that in perspective, The Phantom Menace has a 57% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. So basically, people approve of shitty movies more than our bad governor.
From The Tulsa World:
The past year has taken a bite out of Gov. Mary Fallin’s approval rating, polling over the past four years indicates.
Fallin’s favorability with Oklahoma voters dipped to 52 percent in early June, according to an Oklahoma Poll conducted for the Tulsa World by SoonerPoll.com.
That represents a new low for Fallin in Tulsa World polling, and a 19-point drop from her high of 73 percent in September.
Falling’s rating stood at 71 percent a year ago.
Bill Shapard of SoonerPoll.com said some difficult political situations have likely cooled the enthusiasm of both conservatives and moderates. He specifically mentioned Fallin’s continued resistance to the Affordable Care Act’s expanded Medicaid program, and a revolt against important elements of the governor’s education agenda.
Yeah, this isn’t too big of a surprise. As Bill Shapard mentioned, there are several good reasons for people not to like Mary Fallin. He did miss some obvious ones, though.
First of all, she’s a woman. That definitely can’t help her cause. Whether we’re putting them in prison or simply telling them what they can or can’t do with their body, Oklahoma has a long, storied history of doing everything possible to make life miserable for women. The fact that we even have a female Governor is kind of a surprise.
Second, there’s that whole open records thing. How could you approve a Governor who wants to keep open records secret? If you’re going to turn down federal dollars that provide healthcare coverage for poor Oklahomans in order to advance your own political career, at least let us see the emails that helped you decide.
Third, she’s the George W. Bush of governors. Whenever she gives a speech, you can tell that she literally doesn’t comprehend a word of what she’s saying. Thank God a state can’t declare war, otherwise we’d be occupying Alberta, Canada to protect the interests of Continental Resources. I can’t wait to see her paintings once she retires.
Anyway, these new polling numbers have to be good news for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Smokin’ Joe Dorman, right? According to The World, maybe not.
He’ll always be a little Trooper in our hearts.
Mary Fallin has finally named her cute little puppy. She didn’t go with Trooper, Tubby, Frack, Coffee, or Grotto like we suggested. She went with something much worse and, oddly enough, insulting to all Oklahomans.
From an AP story via The Oklahoman:
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