Saturday, March 15, 2003

Urban Senators Flip Off constituents

As the Tulsa World points out in a recent editorial, the Oklahoma Senate has "flipped off state voters" by voting 29-17 to approve Senate Bill 835 by Sen. Frank Shurden, D-Henryetta, which is "intended to neuter the cockfighting ban passed overwhelmingly by Oklahoma voters last November." Shurden, the darling of cockfighters/gamblers, argued his opposition to the new law on the fact that the November vote to ban cockfighting failed to get a majority vote in some rural counties.

As the Tulsa World points out, "of the 48 state Senate districts, the ban failed to get a majority in only 14. That means that 15 senators who voted Tuesday to gut the law represent districts where it passed and thus voted directly in opposition to their constituents."

The World goes on to finally name names by pointing out that in the Tulsa area "Democrats Stratton Taylor of Claremore, Ted Fisher of Sapulpa and Kevin Easley of Tulsa, and Republicans Charles Ford and Jerry Smith of Tulsa all voted against the wishes of their constituents. So did Senate President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson."

All of these Senators are term-limited - for good reason. Good riddance.

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