It’s election day. Please vote.
Oklahoma Democrats, in particular, need a strong turnout to win the governor’s race and other state races if recent polls and political predictions are anywhere close to valid this year. But it’s also important to retain safe Democratic Senate and House seats, such as those held by state Sen. Andrew Rice and state Rep. Al McAffrey in Oklahoma City.
One the major reasons-and it’s just one-to vote for Lt. Gov. Jari Askins for governor is that as a Democrat she will bring balance to state government, which some are predicting will be dominated by Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Think about Gov. Brad Henry’s vetoes, and how he was able to stop some of the most radical GOP-proposed legislation in recent years. Askins would do the same. It’s doubtful U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, if elected, would oppose the extreme elements of her party’s agenda. Why even take the chance? Let’s have some balance.
The ballot this year is filled with state questions. The most important is State Question 744, a measure that would bring educational funding in Oklahoma up to the regional average. I’ve supported this measure, and I urge people not to buy into scare tactics of those organized interests who oppose SQ 744. The state government will not shut down if SQ 744 passes. Life will go on, even if there’s a budget crisis, and we will, finally, have adequately funded schools. Here’s an op-ed piece I published in the Tulsa World about the ballot initiative.
Here’s a great breakdown of all the state questions that recently appeared in The Oklahoma Gazette.
Finally, many GOP candidates here-including Fallin-ran against President Barack Obama’s policies more than they did on any specific issues in Oklahoma. This may well be a short-term winning strategy, and that’s just politics. But keep in mind, the president could easily rebound in popularity across the country as the economy improves over the next two years, and the anti-Obama hysteria here will seem even more off-key than it is now.