ScissorTales: MSNBC's upside-down world

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: January 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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Adding a city

Oklahoma has a new city the size of Bartlesville, but it doesn't have a name and can't be found on a map. In the year ended July 1, the state added an estimated 34,788 residents, which is roughly the size of Bartlesville. U.S. Census Bureau figures show that Oklahoma is growing faster than the nation as a whole but not nearly as fast as national leader North Dakota. Significantly, Florida is poised to pass New York as the third most populous state, behind California and Texas. Florida and Texas are among the states with no personal income tax. New York has one of the highest tax burdens in the country. Only two states, West Virginia and Maine, lost population. In political terms, red states are generally growing faster than blue states.

New York state

of mind

With their votes for mayor in November, New York City voters said emphatically that they wanted a change from the administrations of the previous 20 years. That change began Wednesday when liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio took the oath of office. De Blasio played the class warfare card to the hilt during his campaign, promising to deliver a “more just, more progressive” New York. That includes raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten and after-school programs. “We do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success,” de Blasio said Wednesday. “We do it to create more success stories.” He also plans, among other things, to change the police department's stop-and-frisk program, which has succeeded in making it safer to walk the streets, and to get 300,000 more workers covered by a sick leave law. “When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it,” de Blasio said. We'll see what's left of the one city four years from now.

No guarantees

A couple of observations regarding final spending figures from the recent Tulsa mayor's race. The first is simply the staggering amount of money expended in a mid-sized city. Mayor Dewey Bartlett and challenger Kathy Taylor combined to spend $5.67 million, a record for any Tulsa mayoral campaign and a huge jump from the $3.75 million spent in the 2006 race between the two. The second is that Taylor had a 4-1 spending advantage this time. She spent $4.25 million and still came up short. The Tulsa World broke it down to $131 for every vote she received (compared with $35.74 per vote for Bartlett). It takes money to win elections, certainly, but as this result showed, having the most money guarantees nothing.

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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