Here is a look back at some of the stories that caught my attention and will continue to garner attention in 2011:
Republican Sweep: 2010 brought a Republican sweep in the House, the Senate and statewide offices. The defeat of even Senator Jay Paul Gumm in what is arguably one of the most Democratic Districts in Oklahoma shocked and surprised everyone. A dentist is now the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republicans own the Corporation Commission. Oklahoma has its first woman governor - a female governor. In 2011, the Republicans will have an opportunity to fulfill their promises or in 2012, there will be another shift in power.
|District Attorney Prater|
Randy Terrill, Debe Leftwich: Another high profile case that has drawn and will continue to make headlines is the charges of corruption and bribery of two elected officials. The defendants have made it clear that they believe District Attorney David Prater is on a political "witch hunt," and Prater believes very strongly that this is not only a case of bribery, but underscores the need for strong responses to what the public perceives to be corruption.
State Question 744: Shot down in flames to the point of mandate, the people of Oklahoma are sickened by the condition of our education delivery mechanism and wholesale changes will be made in 2011 as a result. Much like the gasoline tax the Attorney General's spokesbabe pushed a few years ago that failed, this state question will be the catalyst for positive change.
MAPS3: The Tea Party opposed MAPS3, the establishment and Chamber of Commerce supported it and the tax increase (continuation) passed. Rumor has it that an independent taxpayer watchdog group is paying attention and will be creating a fuss as to how the revenues are spent.
2011 is already shaping up to be a spectacular year for reform and revelations about more and more of our elected officials who have been playing fast and loose with the truth. The Terrill/Leftwich investigation will more than likely blossom to uncover other issues with other legislators.
It's going to be a lot of fun, kids.