November 5, 2014

Election Insights and Reaction

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Here are some observations on the 2014 elections from politicians, professors, journalists and others.


“I don’t think anything’s here to stay forever. People respond to what works.” Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Mazzei, on GOP dominance.


Mazzei: “How do we have a better education system for a 21st century economy?”



“The effect of this election will be minimal. The legislature will remain roughly the same.” Prof. Brandon Lenoir, Oklahoma State University


Lenoir: “Absent a large turnover in the legislature, a second term for Gov. Fallin will look similar to her first.”


With a victory by Gov. Mary Fallin and  GOP dominance of the legislature, Fallin will likely attempt to “right-size” government in her second term. “Voters are actually likely to have a tax cut in the next four years.” CapitolBeatOK Editor Pat McGuigan.


McGuigan: At the same time, a closer look at questionable tax incentives and credits could occur.


“This may be the first time we’ve had two Senate seats up for election … This may be a historic first.” Historian Bob Blackburn



An anomaly,” Blackburn says. “Even with a healthy economy, we keep having revenue shortfalls for state services.”


“A reelected governor with no coattails has very little leverage to get things done.” University of Oklahoma political science Professor Keith Gaddie.


 


On guns on college campuses:  “They’ll keep pounding on this until they win. That’s what I’m afraid of.” John Wood, University of Central Oklahoma professor.


Wood: “The legislature is 2/3rds majority in the House and the Senate.  That’s something Brad Henry didn’t have.”




“Roads and bridges will continue to be an issue and corrections doesn’t have the money they need.” Libertarian activist Craig Dawkins


Women are small percentage of the legislature, but two now represent adjacent districts in Cleveland Co.: Claudia Griffith joins Emily Virgin, both Dems.


Dawkins: “(Fallin) will be looking to maintain viability to be a vice presidential nominee.”


“As they address the budget, they’ve got to address the severe teacher shortage we’re seeing in the state.”–frmr Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor