Recall round-up

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I had hoped to squeeze in a few minutes here and there to gloat-blog, at least a little, or to post some more serious reflection on yesterday's victories, but today turned out to be a 12-hour-plus work day.

Here is a very quick round-up of comment on the recall elsewhere on the web. Maybe I'll be able to catch my breath tomorrow and add my voice to the mix.

Rick Westcott of Tulsans for Election Integrity is happy:

We, the People, won today! We, the People, beat the Good Ol' Boy network! We, the People, beat the big money interests!

Congratulations to YOU! And thank you!

MeeCiteeWurkor says "YAY!" and has his eye (here and here) on NewsChamber 8's coverage of the result, which is focused on the sad waste of money when precincts where no one will vote have to open anyway.

Steve Roemerman celebrates victory, and salutes KFAQ, the Tulsa Beacon, Councilors Turner and Henderson, and the everyday people who make up "a new community of Tulsa citizens who are standing up for what is right."

Charles G. Hill, the Charles Kuralt of the blogosphere (this week, anyway), writes, "In Tulsa, it's now Bloggers 2, Old World Order 0."

I've already linked to this, but it's too good not to link it again: Dan Paden risks a five-yard penalty for excessive celebration.

Dan Lovejoy is pleasantly surprised by the outcome and disappointed to learn that his bank, Arvest, was "right in the middle of the recall."

Bitweever has a good synopsis of what this recall thing was all about, and the rejection of recall gives him hope for Tulsa's future:

With victories for the councilors in both elections (one by an overwhelming margin), I believe the people of Tulsa stood up, and finally said Ďenough is enough.í I will be looking forward to seeing how the next city government elections go, and seeing by how wide of margin we can eject Mayor LaFortune from office. ...

Tulsa was more vibrant in the late 90ís when I first moved here out of college, but Iíve seen more and more young former-coworkers move to greener pastures. Letís be honest here, people: Tulsaís not doing that well, and the city government is not helping at all. Itís time for some new blood in the government, and the rejection of the recall may be the dawning of a new hope for Tulsa.

(He also gives me way too much credit.)

MadOkie has a recycling idea for those FOR signs.

My cousin, "Mr. Fisher," who Will Blog for Guinness -- who wouldn't? -- says the victory was About (Tulsa) Time. Thanks for the kind words, Cuz!

I'll wrap this up with a reminder from Rick Westcott:

I also want to encourage you to stay informed, stay connected, and continue to help fight for what you believe is right. This was a great victory, but the fight isn't over. The good ol' boy network is not going to just go away. They'll continue to try to do what they've always done. But now, we know who they are. We know the way they operate. And we've proved that THE PEOPLE CAN WIN!!

2 Comments

MrFisher said:

Just wanted to say you certainly DO deserve a ton of credit. Your hard work, and diligence has showed some tangible results. You should be proud. So should everyone out there fighting for what's right. It's not an easy path. And sadly, most people are simply uninformed. So we are not an army of many. (re: recall voter turnout) But, I know that because of the effort of the recent explosion of Bloggers, Tulsans are able to see what else is going on and not just take someone elses Whirled for it, and that the truth is getting out there.

We B log Together!

bitweever said:

I just said it to get some valuable face time on batesline.com. ;)

No, seriously, people in their 20's don't really read local newspapers (biased) or watch local news (deplorable) anymore. Most of our news comes off of the internet or radio. If it wasn't for your site and Michael DelGiorno's show, I know I wouldn't have heard the details of this event. I imagine there's quite a few others that can say the same. I probably would have heard Channel 2's 30-second blurb on the election the day after, and thought, "I wonder what that was about?"

Seriously, good job guys.

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