Category Archives: Oklahoma politics

Is “Little Dixie” a bad word in McAlester, Oklahoma?

At a medicaid expansion rally in McAlester, Oklahoma it was said that the reason why the Motorcade of Medicaid took the path they took to get to McAlester, Oklahoma was because this is Little Dixie.  One of the ladies in audience sounded like she was offended, and said that they are not suppose to use that word because its associated with KKK and illiteracy.

I have heard the term “Little Dixie” used in describing the politics and culture of McAlester, OK & Pittsburg county Oklahoma (generally).  Actually Ive heard the term “Little Dixie” being used to describe Southeastern Oklahoma & the entire Congressional District 2.  I didn’t realize this until I moved to Southeastern Oklahoma.   Though I have heard the phrase “Yellow dog” & ‘Blue dog” very rarely used in white republican or tea-party circles of Southeastern Oklahoma in reference to their white democrat counterparts in the state; but
the phrase “Little Dixie” is mostly & loosely used by white republicans in Southeastern Oklahoma to categorize white democrats in Congressional District 2 Oklahoma.

I heard what the woman in the video said in reference as to why she disliked the phrase “Little Dixie”, but I’m wondering if she disliked the phrase because it’s a truthful disclosure or a reminder of what she does not want to be said out loud.

Let’s be honest about this Little Dixie thing.. the meaning of the phrase Little Dixie does accurately depict Southeastern Oklahoma.  So please lets not pretend it does not.  I know what “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat mean, as do most African Americans – even though “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat is not a term that most blacks use.  Reason being that most blacks don’t use the phrase is because its associated with the same political party that Blacks are associated with themselves.  It does not  mean that blacks adore Dixiecrats.  Its a rock & a hard place for black folks, when there are only 2 political parties to deal with.

The needs and wants of black democrats is not necessarily the same as a Dixiecrat.  Whereas the Dixiecrat wants states rights, most blacks oppose this because it would mean a death sentence them & they would have no protection when they are already racially discriminated against & are severely outnumbered.  Look what happened to North Tulsa (which is not even Little Dixie).  I’ve spoke with several blacks in Southeastern Oklahoma within the past 6 months about their concerns and it appears that they are paying close attention not only due to how Congressional District 2 voted in the last presidential election; but they are especially paying more attention here recently to the obvious racial disparity they are subjected to in the criminal justice system & in employment – which BY THE WAY is a system within this locality that’s controlled NOT by republicans.  Remember, Southeastern Oklahoma particularly in Pittsburg & Hughes County is a democrat stronghold.   I  have heard many of blacks in the area say that they will cast a “retaliation vote”.  I think you (the reader) know what that means.  But only time will tell as to what black democrats in Pittsburg & Hughes county will actually do on voting day.  I have asked them to choose their political candidate wisely, but to pay attention to the ‘”low hanging fruit”  – AKA:  local & state politicians.

What I have not figured out yet is how did this Little Dixie thing occur in Southeastern Oklahoma (or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter) in the 1st place, considering that Oklahoma was not a slave state.

This video was recorded on July 27, 2013 at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK.

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony (R) Seeks Re-Election. Commission is Overloaded w/Work

Bob Anthony (R-OK) is seeking re-election as Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner in 2012.  Another republican Brooks Mitchell is running against him. Both of these candidates will compete in the primaries on June 26, 2012.   There are no democrats running for this state office.

Anthony says he’s has business experience & is a military veteran (Airforce & Air Defense Artillery).  He explains that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulates big monopoly public utilities such as electric & gas, railroad crossing & cotton gins.  He responded in this interview that the commission however does not regulate rural water districts due to state legislation.  When I suggested that the Oklahoma legislatures place rural water districts under the corporation commission’s jurisdiction, he indicated that the commission already has a lot on their plate.

This interview was done at Oklahoma GOP state convention on May 12, 2012 at Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma.  At this state GOP Convention I did not see his opponent Brooks Mitchell.  Therefore I was unable to meet with Mitchell.

Howard Houchen (R-OK) for State Senate – Wants Bills to Get Fair Hearing at State Capitol (HR1004)

Howard Houchen is running for Oklahoma state senate (District 5) in 2012 to beat out democrat Jerry Ellis (incumbent).  Since both of these candidates are in different political parties, they will be on ballot in general election in November.

When asked Houchen about his position on open meetings (open government rule) at the state capital, he said that he supported HR1004 petition and that his opponent  Jerry Ellis did not.  There were talks amongst Oklahoma State legislatures about allowing all representatives discuss bills so that it was not left up to the chairman to arbitrarily kill it without discussion.  Then suddenly they decided against it.  Here’s the website that explains the HR1004 petition.

Also Houchen informed me that if Jerry Ellis were to win, that he could not fulfill his full term of office.    Since this was the case with Ellis, Houchen added  that he wanted to give the people a voice throughout the entire legislative process.

Oklahoma State senate district #5 covers the following 5 counties:  Atoka (eastern portion) , Choctaw (entirety), Leflore (southern portion), McCurtain (entirety) and Pushmataha (entirety).

The general election is November 6, 2012.

This interview was done at Oklahoma GOP state convention on May 12, 2012 at Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma.

Howard Houchen contact:
2012 Campaign website:  http://www.houchen2010.wordpress.com
Facebook site:  http://www.facebook.com/howardhouchen
Blog website:  http://www.howardhouchen.com

Calvin, Oklahoma use non-partisan efforts for political candidate participation at its forum

Joyce Sells – coordinator of the meet-the-candidates forum held at Calvin Senior Citizen Center in Calvin, Oklahoma explains how this political forum was put together. I interviewed her after this forum basically because I was curious why no republican candidates were in attendance. Ms. Sells explained that all candidates were invited regardless of party affiliation. She further explained that deliberate & massive effort and methods were used to reach out to all people to attend & participate in this forum. The methods this coordinator used were: publication in newspapers, invitations were sent to all candidates, and posting of fliers.

At this political candidate speaking forum, there was an estimated attendance of little over a hundred people. It appeared to be standing room only.

The candidates who spoke were running for the following offices: Hughes County sheriff, Oklahoma state house of representatives district 18, and Oklahoma state State district 7. There was 1 other politician who spoke who I do not believe is running – Susan Paddack. All candidates & the politicians who spoke were democrats. As already stated, no republican candidates / politicians were present at this forum.

For the political offices for Oklahoma state house of representatives district 18, there is no republican candidate running. The incumbent is Donnie Condit. Carolyn McNatt is challenging him for that seat.

However, for State Senate district 7, there is 1 republican running for that seat, namely Larry Boggs. Since Boggs is the only republican running, he will not be running opposed in the primaries which will be held on June 26, 2012. But, Roger Shirley & J Paul Lane (both democrats) will run in the June 26th primaries against each other & which ever 1 of them wins in that primary will compete against Larry Boggs. This state senate seat is currently held by democrat Richard C. Lerblance, but he is retiring. So 1 of the 3 candidates (Boggs, Shirley & Lane), if victorious, will be a first timer for this state senate district 7 seat.

According to the Oklahoma Sheriff association website, all candidates running for Hughes county sheriff are democrats.

This political candidate speaking event that was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 was located at Calvin Senior Citizen Center (Calvin Nutrition Center) in Calvin, Oklahoma.

Hughes Co Oklahoma jail inmates in unsanitary conditions? Then Undersheriff want 2 cut back on groceries?

As a counter attack on Sheriff candidate Kenny Snyder, the undersheriff Doug Sipes of Hughes County Oklahoma at a political forum defended the sheriff dept as being timely in its response time to police calls.

Sipes complains that there’s only 2 good computers that he feels need upgrade w/new programing so that they could get information from other agencies. And that the jail needs to sell guns so basement can be cleared out.

The county jail sanitation is a problem, as Sipes mention it needs to be disinfected. Considering that this unsanitary jail is where inmates are housed, there may be health & disease issues. However, Sipes wants to bring in commissary snake food and cut back on the kitchen meals. I would had thought that if he’s going to make inmates live in disease infestation, at least he could allow them to keep their strength up with a nutritious cooked meal to give then a fighting chance of survival. Just saying!!

Regarding his credentials that he feels that qualifies him for job as sheriff is his 23 yrs of law enforcement experience.

The other candidates for Hughes County sheriff were: Kenny Snyder,Todd Hignite and Nolen Grizzle . According to the Oklahoma Sheriff association website, all candidates running for Hughes county sheriff are democrats. Doug Sipes & these 3 other candidate wants to be the new sheriff of Hughes County. The current sheriff, Houston Yeager is retiring.

At this political candidate speaking forum, there was an estimated attendance of little over a hundred people. It appeared to be standing room only.

This political candidate speaking event which was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 was located at Calvin Senior Citizen Center (Calvin Nutrition Center) in Calvin, Oklahoma.

The primary election is June 26, 2012. Run off is August 28, 2012. General election is November 6, 2012.

Sheriff Dept refused to respond to crime calls prompts Kenny Snyder run for Co. Sheriff – Hughes County Oklahoma

Kenny Snyder said he’s running for Hughes County sheriff (Oklahoma) mainly because the sheriff dept has refused to respond when called out on criminal complaints. There has been reports that some county residents have called this sheriff department on criminal complaints, but that the deputies do not show up. Synder said that he has reported this when he was working for the city, but that he was told that Hughes County Sheriff department only responds to emergencies.

Moments earlier prior to my interviewing Snyder after a campaign forum held in Calvin, Kenny Snyder publicly outed the criminal response time failures of the sheriff department. At that forum 2 Hughes county deputy sheriffs (Doug Sipes & Nolen Grizzle) took swipes at Snyder as they both defended their sheriff department as being good responders to all criminal complaints. Out of the 4 candidates running for Hughes county sheriff, Sipes and Grizzle are the only ones who are currently employed by Hughes County Sheriff department.

The names of all candidates for Hughes County sheriff are: Kenny Snyder, Todd Hignite, Nolen Grizzle and Doug Sipes. The current sheriff of Hughes County is Houston Yeager, who is retiring.

This interview was conducted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 – located at Calvin Senior Citizen Center (Calvin Nutrition Center) in Calvin, Oklahoma.

The primary election is June 26, 2012. Run off is August 28, 2012. General election is November 6, 2012.

GOP – Steve Harrison Runs for Mayor of McAlester Oklahoma to Dignify the office

Steve Harrison Runs for Mayor of McAlester, OK speaking at Kiamichi Center on 2/7/2012

(R-OK) Steve Harrison, sitting councilman is running for Mayor of McAlester,  Oklahoma.  He feels council members should at least make a good impression while sitting on bench at meetings for the sake of public appearance.   He said his rival John Brown (another councilman) shows up wearing shorts.   But when  Harrison shows up to city council, he dresses up in suit & tie.

Harrison also answered questions about the McAlester landfill that the council had previously imposed a restriction on its use.   Harrison explained that the landfill was full & that the city had to comply w/DEQ rules.

About the matter of McAlester council passing city law that conflicted w/state law in regulating the sale of over the counter cold medicine, Harrison said that the city council rescinded their ruling after its passing due to ruling from Oklahoma Attorney General.   The initial reason given by the council in trying to regulate the cold medicine was to clamp down on meth labs.  But Oklahoma attorney general Pruitt said towns can’t regulate sale of cold pills.

Steve Harrison, who is a republican, is currently a city councilman for ward 2 McAlester, OK.   He seeks to win the office of Mayor, as the outgoing mayor – Kevin Priddle, is retiring.  John Browne, a democrat is also running for mayor.

Election for the mayor race is super Tuesday – March 6, 2012.

Following is video of Harrison speaking:

Huh!! Ron Paul Sign in McAlester Oklahoma?? In These Neck of the Woods?? Very Unusual!

Tonite, driving from Walmart getting on to George Nigh Exwy, I spotted a Ron Paul sign.  It was the ONLY political sign in the whole area.. just sitting out there all by it’s lonesome.

Before any Ron Paul supporters start jumping my bones, I want to say that I ain’t got nothing against Ron Paul & in fact I like the guy.. But a Ron Paul sign in these neck of the woods is highly unusual. I didn’t think Ron Paul was even on the radar out here.   In McAlester, OK (or surrounding area of District 2) most Republicans I talk to would say they support Santorum or Romney.   But Ron Paul ??????   This is a first.   I need to find out what the hell is going on.   I’m call up Pittsburg GOP to find out if Paul has a headquarters out here.

Oklahoma GOP Voter Leaning Romney, Says Newt is Dirty

Oklahoma Republican female voter reveals who she may vote for in Oklahoma’s 2nd US Congressional & Presidential election 2012. She’s leaning Dakota Woods & Markwayne Mullin for US congress; but since she had not seen all of the GOP candidates she said she could change her mind. But she did say that her liking for Mullin & Woods was because they seemed strong & forceful.

Voter says she prefers Rick Santorum for President, but since he’s unlikely to win GOP nomination, she said she’d probably vote for Mitt Romney. When asked about Newt, the voter strongly replied he was dirty, a big government progressive & lack morals & character. However, voter felt Mitt was not that conservative, but that she would chose him over Newt based on morals & character.

This interview was on January 31, 2012 in McAlester, OK at a GOP event held at Angel’s Diner.

I plan to do more video polling of Republican voters at forthcoming Oklahoma GOP events so as to get a feel for how GOP voters are leaning.

Could (R-OK) Larry Boggs be the Salvation to Rural Oklahoma? Urban Oklahoma Senators vs. Rural Oklahoma

At Oklahoma GOP event, republicans introduced to GOP Larry Boggs who’s running for Oklahoma State Senate seat 7th district.  Democrat State Senator Richard Lerblance is bowing out of forthcoming election, so Oklahoma republicans in the 7th district appear to be backing GOP Larry Boggs to win that seat.  BTW, there’s rumor that District 7 has been remapped to include parts of  Hughes County.

Sometimes Oklahoma rural folks feel alienated & ignored by the urban state senators.  It’s like Oklahoma urban senators give better treatment & a willing ear to the concerns of the folks who live in Oklahoma City, but forsake the rural folks who are all but forgotten, and have to accept the left-overs or nothing at all.  The fix to this social disparagement is the root of Larry Boggs’ platform.

This GOP event was held in McAlester, OK on January 31, 2012 at Angels Diner (conference meeting room).  Larry Boggs was introduced to the republican crowd by Oklahoma GOP State Senator Josh Brecheen.

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