Oklahomans are participating in several special elections to fill legislative vacancies. And a number of federal offices are also being filled by special elections. The results look to be tight, but winnable for Republicans.
Democrats were sensing a chance to discredit President Trump, when they poured over $10 million into a Georgia congressional race. Tom Price had served the Northern metro Atlanta district before being picked to run the federal HHS cabinet post. Dems bullied and threatened anyone who ran against their anointed 'pajama boy' candidate. But Ossoff was deeply discredited in the final days and Karen Handel cruised to a 6-point win.
Closer to home, Zack Taylor won a bell-weather district race. The Seminole County GOP chairman went to the House by having a few dozen more votes than his Democrat opponent. If that is any indicator, the republicans will have to work hard and smart in order to continue their dominance of the legislature.
But the failures of the 2017 legislature have created a backlash against GOP leadership from within the party ranks. The emergence of a Platform Caucus is an indictment for needed reforms in the OKGOP.
In 2002, the tribes wanted to expand to full casino operations. They poured money into Brad Henry's efforts. Both of these Democrats moved into the Governor's mansion and signed tribal compacts to sanction the scourge of gambling under the claim that this would cure our education funding problems.
Gov. Henry even added a state-run lottery to undo the dynamics of social welfare. Whereas our income tax sets up a graduated scale so that the very wealthy pay way more taxes so that the poor have a meager sustenance;
The lotteries draw massive sums back from those poor & uneducated masses so that one lottery winner can become very wealthy. But the truth is that the poor become poorer and massively addicted... leading to crime and child neglect.
Yes, I'm generalizing. But multiple studies demonstrate that the poor and uneducated are far more active in gambling schemes.