Did an improper “friendship” lead to the OSDH leadership exodus?

Through all the chaos and turmoil our state has experienced over the past few years, it's nice to know that some things – like The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) being in shambles – remains the same.

Late Friday afternoon, just minutes after I left town for a little weekend getaway, word hit the Oklahoma social media sphere that Dr. Lance Frye – the good old boy Kevin Stitt hand-picked to lead our state's awful response to the pandemic – had resigned.

In addition to that, it was announced that Jennifer Lepard – a well-known local politico who was the COO of OSDH – had also resigned to accept a job working for Stitt's political rival, and likely Democratic gubernatorial opponent – State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

The news seemed to take the local media herd completely off-guard.

The quick knee-jerk analysis was the resignations had to do with the big news story about the OSDH allowing a non-binary person to change their birth certificate from M to X.

KOCO, The Oklahoman and even noted TLO super-fan Barbara Hoberock all made sure to mention it in their write-ups. Oklahoma Watch's Paul Monies went so far as to directly connect the two in his story lede:

Although the OSDH quickly pushed back on the birth certificate fallout being the cause, it still seems like a pretty good excuse.

Stitt was very salty about the OSDH ruling, and since appeasing and pandering to his Derplahoman brethren on divisive social issues is more important than, say, making sure his state adequately responds to a pandemic, I can see how he could consider something as harmless as someone change a letter on a birth certificate to be a fireable offense.

That being said, the Ogle Mole Network is telling me a different story…

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TLO Restaurant Review: Szechuan Story

Once upon a time, deep in the fair heart of Oklahoma City’s Asian District, on the ashes of an ill-fitting Italian eatery sits the spicy bones of Szechuan Story, 2800 N. Classen Blvd., the latest edible warrior to do culinary battle among the area’s legendary dining greats.

Even though, only a week or so ago, I sampled the fine wares of a restaurant not more than a street over, as I was checking my mailbox at the nearby tag agency, it was firmly decided that it was time for this dining story to finally be told; with my former neighbor Amy aiding me in this delicious conquest, we stopped in to finally taste what has been calling out to me for months.

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10 fun shapes Oklahoma could be gerrymandered into!

Once every ten years, Oklahoma lawmakers are given the task of gerrymandering the shit out of congressional districts redrawing district lines to reflect population changes across the state.

Like a toddler entertaining himself with a sharpie and truck stop map, our esteemed lawmakers go out of their way to draw crazy-ass lines through neighborhoods and around whole suburbs to make sure their political party all voters are fairly represented.

While some news sources are making predictions as to how the district changes will affect elections, we at TLO know that some things will change for the better. In fact, here are 10 fun new shapes Oklahoma will soon be gerrymandered into!

District 13: Slowly Morphing into a Sideways Azerbaijan

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