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HYPOCRISY WATCH: Prater Calls Parts of Sex Offender Law "Almost Unenforceable"

February 27, 2007

“A hundred registered sex offenders live closer to schools than the law allows. Lane does nothing, despite repeated complaints from police.”From 2006 Prater campaign commercial, “Ask a Police Officer”

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says language in the state’s current sex-offender law make parts of it “almost unenforceable.”

Prater says the law — which prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park or day-care center — requires prosecutors to prove that an offender knowingly moved into a restricted area.

That’s something he says is “incredibly difficult” and it has kept Oklahoma County prosecutors from charging anyone under that section of the law.

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HYPOCRISY WATCH: Tulsa World Questions Cargill on Fundraising?

February 23, 2007

Paper still has head in the sand when it comes to real scandals

We almost made it through the week without the need for issuing a “Hypocrisy Watch.” Mick Hinton of the Tulsa World, has written the talking points memo for Oklahoma Democrats’ today, under the guise of “objective journalism.” The piece reports that Speaker Cargill is “summon[ing] key lobbyists” to “special meetings” outside the capitol for fundraising activities. Now usually when one thinks of a summons, you think of a court of a law and a judge mandating you appear. Was this a deliberate choice of words Mick?

We’ve copied every quote from a lobbyist in the piece. You’ll notice a familiar, recurring theme in every comment. Remember, this is every lobbyists quoted in the piece, so we’re not purposely omitting positive quotes:

“Lobbyist Bobby Stem confirmed that he met with the speaker on Tuesday at an office outside the Capitol.”

“It was the friendliest fundraising meeting I’ve ever had, and you can quote me on that,” said Stem, a prominent lobbyist during Democratic administrations.” (What would you expect from a Democratic lobbyist?)

“Stem said there was no strong-arming for contributions, although he said it was “very pro-active” with money raising emphasized in several ways.”

“One lobbyist said he felt uncomfortable going to the “un-neutral” site, while another said it was “cheesy.” Both spoke on the condition that they not be identified.”

“After leaving the office, lobbyist Jim Walker acknowledged that he had just talked with the speaker, but said “it is no different than what used to occur at the Capitol, from time to time.”

“But others said they felt compelled to comply with the speaker’s wishes. They said that has been the case in the past, but the methods were different this time around.”

Hey Mick, how about investigating the attorney general and the poultygate scandal going on “five minutes from the Capitol?” What about the Chairman of your newspaper contributing money to the AG while his paper is endorsing him. We’ll re-use the analogy we made earlier this week regarding your paper’s lazy reporting. This piece was akin to a reporter covering the Superbowl and only writing about Prince’s new shoes! What about the fact that it was held in plain view away from the Capitol? What about the angle that it illustrates the reforms Cargill is looking to initiate?

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Glass Houses

February 16, 2007

It is rare that we feel compelled here at the Oklahoma Political News Service to issue two “hypocrisy watches” in the same week, but the Reese Brothers – our old friends at Demookie.com – have warranted this dubious honor. Those paragons of truthfulness, recently posted this on their website regarding our editor and OKPNS:

“I hear that urps computer has a special feature…. if you type “T R U T H” the entire website disappears.”

Are you kidding me????? This is from the same clowns who post edited recordings and offer such fine, upstanding citizen journalism as this and this? Give us a break!

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Bad Gorilla… Bad, Bad Gorilla

February 14, 2007

This editorial was submitted to us from a reader this morning. OKPNS encourages our readers to submit tips, suggestions, and editorials.

On Monday, everyone’s favorite Sooner Simian (Black has long called himself the “Bad Gorilla” of Oklahoma politics, just to clarify for any new readers who might be wondering about all the ape-speak) published in his daily rant a missive titled “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” Stephen King has spun less ridiculous tales than some of the lines I found in this blog, and so, having a little extra time on my hands, I decided to respond. Why? Because it’s my way of reminding Black we care.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “As a pseudo-political consultant, one of my most glaring weaknesses is that I tend to be pretty loyal and those loyalties transcend mere partisan politics, but cuts to the very essence of who I am as a person.”

TRUTH: No one’s arguing that Black’s a pseudo-consultant (okay, forgive me for swinging at that one… but I had to), but isn’t Ron Black calling himself loyal a bit like the Titanic continuing to call itself unsinkable? The Denise Bode lead-flack lost his race, moved to Cornett for a week, and then spent the rest of the campaign undermining Cornett and his team, whom he’d gotten a look at from the inside. And as for transcending partisan politics, maybe that part is true, considering that he worked for one Republican (Denise Bode) and one Democrat (David Prater) last election cycle.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “For many people, politics is deeply personal because their whole existence is dependent upon the political process and it is within the political realm where they eat, sleep, drink, and draw a paycheck.”

TRUTH: Gonna hafta disagree with you here, Ron. What you see as personal is perhaps more a competitive spirit. What you didn’t like about the Bode campaign was losing, and perhaps it wasn’t the others who were taking it personally. Perhaps it was you. And Denise. And maybe Kevin Calvey. Everyone else pretty much just moved on. As for drawing a paycheck, it’s called “having a job” Ron.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “One candidate in the last election cycle awakened to find their opponent’s yard signs all over their front yard – imagine that for a moment.”

TRUTH: This story gets better every time you tell it. Post the picture you have on your website. It was two signs! It was a third campaign that put them there. Imagine instead one candidate having his commitment to family values called into question by Denise Bode? Or another candidate being accused of ordering a church to be torn down? And the most you can complain about is a candidate suffered the horror of a couple yard signs in her yard? Put the hash-pipe down, Ron, you’ve had your fill.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “I call myself a “pseudo-consultant” because I still have a soul and I consult with candidates I like, I know, and I believe would be great for the job they desire.”

TRUTH: David Prater did an excellent job defending cop-killers, did he? Thanks for helping put a Democrat in office Ron.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “I know that what I am about to share with you may seem arrogant but I give you my word that it is not. You see, I have been approached by a significant number of potential candidates for public office and a few political action committees to work with them on campaigns. Thus far, I have agreed to work with only one – Jerry Foshee and his campaign for Senate District 45 in 2008. There are one or two others I am considering right now, but I have turned down and walked away from a ton of cash because frankly, I want to be able to wake up in the morning, look at my family and know that I haven’t yet sold my soul.”

TRUTH: Ah, who knows? To each his own, and to some soulless consultant that “ton of cash” Ron just couldn’t manage to accept.

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “I refuse to work with anyone whose idea of winning includes unwarranted attacks on their opposition that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the office their opponent seeks.”

TRUTH: When you attacked Mary Fallin for alleged (and unproven) personal indiscretions, what did that have to do with the office she was seeking? When you attacked Mick Cornett on a local library book issue, what did that have to do with Congress? Is this a new standard you’re setting, Ron?

BAD, BAD GORILLA: “Perhaps we will learn from our past and dare not make the same mistakes – particularly those of us who call ourselves Republicans.”

TRUTH: Lesson One, according to a friend at the State Republican Party: stop helping elect Democrats. Learn that, and perhaps you can get a promotion from “pseudo-consultant” to full-fledged consultant. And then, one day, we’ll call you the “Good Gorilla of Oklahoma Politics.”

Dare to dream, Ron. Dare to dream.