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Deeds, not words

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

When state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, was elected House speaker this week, House Democratic leader Scott Inman said he hoped Shannon could quiet the fringe elements of the GOP caucus and focus on policies benefitting the state.

That statement took some gall since Inman routinely allied House Democrats with Republican fringe elements over the past two sessions.At some points, it even appeared that now-former state Rep. Randy Terrill (R-indicted for felony bribery) was de facto leader of House Democrats.

Although Inman, D-Del City, said he would be Shannon’s “willing ally” to promote issues important to the state, that same day the Inman-led Democrats voted against a basic procedural motion authorizing postage and office supplies. So much for big-picture focus.

As has typically been the case, Inman fails to back his bipartisan words with action.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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