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Perhaps this needs more thought

But it’s apparently too late now:

White Water Bay will become Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City when the park opens next spring for the 2020 season. The Largest Waterpark in Oklahoma is also debuting an exhilarating, new high-speed racing complex — Wahoo Racer — a multi-lane water racing slide that gives riders two uniquely different experiences. The park will also receive numerous upgrades and bright, tropical theming throughout the 25-acre property.

“We are excited to add the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor name to our park. Six Flags is investing in new thrills and many other park enhancements to offer guests a bigger, better, wetter, waterpark experience,” said Frontier City and Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City General Manager Trevor Leonard.”Wahoo Racer is an exhilarating speed slide that thrill-seekers of all ages will want to race again and again for their chance to be crowned Wahoo Racer champion.”

Should you be curious, here’s the full press release.

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Budding industry

A Page A1 story in the Oklahoman continues to A5, and that’s where I found this:

ZIP codes with highest number of marijuana dealers

The 73107 area, Penn to Meridian and Reno to 30th, covers 7.5 square miles. How does it have 94 dealers in doobie? “Low rent” seems to be the theme. Looking at the rest of the top 10, eight are here in the middle of the state, with one (74145) in Tulsa and one (73401) in Ardmore.

And this is sort of amazing: Ardmore, with a population of 25,000, has 91 pot shops, one for every 275 people. When, if ever, does this market become saturated?

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How to stay rich

The key, apparently, is to avoid spending money on the serfs:

Amazon, a company valued last month at $1 trillion and led by the richest man in modern history, recently declined a request by EMBARK to help fund a new bus route to serve more than 1,500 people being hired at its new Oklahoma City fulfillment center.

The revelation came out during the weekly OKC Central Live Chat at www.oklahoman.com with EMBARK Director Jason Ferbrache and Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon, in which frequent participant John Doyle asked whether EMBARK would consider adding a route to the expanding industrial district developing near Will Rogers World Airport.

Ferbrache said talks are ongoing with one employer by the airport and another proposal was made to Amazon earlier this year asking the company to pay $316,000 a year to extend a nearby route with 30-minute frequency and seven-day service. A similar deal exists with Rose State College and the City of Midwest City, and Hobby Lobby recently donated land to EMBARK for construction of a second “mini” bus transfer hub.

So there is precedent for this sort of subsidy. For Hamon, who lives downtown and owns no motor vehicles, the refusal stung a bit:

“They’re a huge corporation that in so many ways taxpayers at almost every level of government have subsidized,” Hamon said. “But they’re not interested in helping out with their employees by investing in transit infrastructure.”

I’m thinking they could extend Route 013, which currently reaches as far as Oklahoma City Community College at 7777 South May; from there, it’s about two miles to the Amazon facility at 9200 South Portland. Of course, there’s always the question of “What the hell do I know about running a bus system?”

And Amazon hinted that No might not always mean No:

“Amazon has had numerous conversations about extending public transportation to its new fulfillment center,” the statement said. “We continue to evaluate all options, including ones that best support schedules at the building.”

We shall see.

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Bend it like Beckham County

Not all birds, it would seem:

Elk City is a bird sanctuary, sort of

(Via Pergelator.)

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Road to somewhere

Forget your petty potholes. The state has bigger plans:

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a $152 million highway project to upgrade US-69/75 in Calera.

Calera is located in Bryan County in southeastern Oklahoma.

“We are seeing interstate levels of traffic in this area and the massive changes made by this project will transform it into a modern, expanded freight corridor,” said Tim Gatz, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. “This is a critical step forward in Oklahoma’s transportation future.”

The construction, which will take place a little north of the Texas state line, will involve the reconstruction of slightly more than 4 miles of highway from Chickasaw Road in Calera to US-70 in Durant.

I’d bet not everyone down there is enthusiastic over an expanded freight corridor.

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One of those minor details

Top of the page in the Sunday paper:

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern has paid only $30,000 toward a $650,000 campaign loan made last year by a bank that Hern helped create and govern.

The loan was made by Firstar Bank in June 2018 and did not require Hern to pledge any collateral.

Federal election law allows candidates to take out bank loans to finance campaigns if the terms are no more favorable than loans to other borrowers of comparable creditworthiness and repayment is assured.

Hern, a Tulsa Republican, is serving his first term in Congress.

In other news, it takes $650,000 to win a House seat in Tulsa.

Under the original terms, full payment on the campaign loan was due by June 26, according to the bank document submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Hern’s campaign made more than $26,000 in interest payments but did not pay toward the principal until May, when it made two payments of $10,000 each; another payment of $10,000 was made in June. All interest and principal payments were made using campaign contributions, which is a legal and typical means of repaying campaign loans.

According to a document provided to The Oklahoman, the terms of the Firstar loan were changed on June 25 to make the principal due in June 2020. The new loan terms raised the interest rate from 5 percent to 6 percent.

Maybe another freshman rep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will support a pay raise for Hern.

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A consistent asshat

This guy can’t be bothered to behave himself:

A former state senator has been ordered to jail for violating his probation just days after pleading guilty to assaulting an Uber driver.

Bryce Marlatt, a Republican from Woodward, will begin his 90-day stay at the Oklahoma County jail Aug. 12.

Party identified in the second paragraph. Not all papers do this, depending on the perp’s affiliation.

His judge on Tuesday revoked his probation in full after Marlatt admitted to driving drunk early March 21.

“It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around,” District Judge Heather Coyle told Marlatt. “That is something that is just not acceptable.”

Marlatt, 42, was charged in 2017 with sexual battery — a felony — after the Uber driver reported he made sexual advances and kissed her on the neck during a 37-minute ride in Oklahoma City. He resigned from the Senate and sought counseling for alcohol issues after being charged.

On March 8, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, assault and battery. Under a plea deal, he was placed on probation for 90 days for the misdemeanor offense and fined $500.

The Oklahoma County Jail is often characterized as a hellhole. I suspect it remains so because few legislators get sent there for some reason.

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Inherit the whirlwind

Boys will be boys, and some people have a great deal of trouble keeping their hands off them:

A storm chaser and photographer accused of engaging in lewd or indecent acts with a teenage boy will face trial, a judge ruled Monday following nearly an hour of testimony from the accuser.

Lawrence McEwen is now facing six felony counts after Cleveland County District Court Special Judge Steve Stice amended one count and added two counts at the request of the prosecutor in the case. McEwen, 38, of Noble, previously worked as a storm chaser for KOCO 5 News and a sports photographer for the Oklahoma Sooners on a freelance basis.

The boy testified Monday that McEwen touched him twice for a “hernia check” which he said made him uncomfortable. “He said his dad had done it for him when he was younger,” the boy testified.

He also said McEwen made him use a sexual device and filmed the boy using the device, telling him it was for a project for a company. The boy said the device, which included sensors and was hooked up to an electric train, pulsated and “hurt” him.

Just the phrase “hernia check” makes me flinch.

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How we do it

State government in these parts seems to perplex outsiders. And yes, we do things a bit differently here sometimes. We do not, for instance, have a Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Public Safety addresses on-the-road issues; licensing, for both drivers and cars, is outsourced — the routine stuff, anyway — to local tag agents, who remit to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. (Non-routine stuff, such as a first-time license requiring a test, requires you to visit the DPS, a place as charmless as other states’ DMV.)

Our story begins yesterday, when I took off a little early to get my driver’s license renewed. (No, my birthday isn’t in July. Differently, remember?) My first mistake was assuming that my agent of choice, at the same location for about twenty years, would still be at that location. I pulled into the strip mall, and found the premises occupied by a Dollar Tree store. Fail for the day. I went home and sulked.

Armed with the new address, I repeated yesterday’s drill. The new agency was about 0.6 mile from the old one. And I was grateful for the fact that it’s no longer on the Northwest Distressway, meaning I stood a chance of getting home in a reasonable time. Number of people waiting in line: one. (This is why I don’t go on Saturday morning, and if I have any working brain cells, I know not to go very late in the month.) In and out time: nine minutes flat. And because Those Damn Senior Citizens vote in vast numbers in this state, the normal $38 fee for a renewal scales downward after one is sixty, and at sixty-five is waived altogether.

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How to compete with Florida

You have to do things not even Florida Man has dreamed of:

I can’t argue with TLO’s Patrick:

Oklahoma has its faults, but at least you can drive around with a rattlesnake in the back seat and a canister of uranium in your cup holder and not violate any laws. We’re like the Wild West, I guess.

Now, about that whiskey…

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Burn marks

No better than a D-minus, if you ask me:

Investigators say an Oklahoma woman who torched an abandoned house next door to her was ultimately burned by her own home security system.

Annie Durham, 59, was arrested by the Del City Fire investigators and charged with second-degree arson charges after authorities say she “intentionally set” fire to her neighbor’s already condemned home on June 10.

The key evidence? Surveillance footage from her password-protected outdoor camera that she’d given officials permission to look at.

“She caught herself on camera setting the fire,” Del City Fire Dept. Chief Brandon Pursell told KFOR.

“Not the brightest bulb on the crazy tree,” observed Bill Quick.

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How low can you go?

I just have a feeling that this chap is not exactly bound for Limbo, if you know what I mean and I think you do:

A Bryan County man arrested for embezzling money from the Durant Kids Baseball League was arraigned Tuesday.

Police say Justin Alberda embezzled over $14,000 from the little league, spending the money on vacations to Las Vegas and Branson, Mo. as well as online shopping.

Court records state Alberda was using the money on Amazon, Sam’s Club, Auto Body Shops and restaurants among other places.

Police reports say Alberda borrowed money from the league, with plans to pay it back with entree fees for tournaments he wanted to host. However, Alberda says the tournaments never made enough money to pay back what he borrowed.

They charge fees for entrees now? Damn.

(Pointed out to me by Fillyjonk.)

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These circles aren’t lazy

It took a couple of bars for it to sink in that Ado Annie was in a wheelchair, and a couple more to realize that it didn’t make one bit of difference:

Oklahoma! never won a Tony Award, for the simple reason that the Tonys didn’t exist back in 1943. (It won a Tony in 2019, last week in fact, for Best Revival of a Musical.) And I learned the songs before ever living here, by dint of having somehow inherited the 1943 original-cast album — on 78s, of course. (Decca Black Label, as I recall.)

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Strictly noncommercial

Frank Zappa’s last public appearance, back in 1992:

If your first thought is “Damn, I wish I could hear that live,” you’ll be pleased to know that this very piece will open the Oklahoma City Philharmonic program on the 11th of January, along with the First Violin Concerto by Philip Glass, featuring violinist Jennifer Loh, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major.

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Water log

You have to wonder if he’s ever seen this much water:

Following President Trump’s declared state of emergency for Tulsa, Wagoner, and Muskogee Counties, Vice President Mike Pence will be coming to Tulsa on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) and Vice President Mike Pence will be touring flood damage.

There’s lots to see in Tulsa, but it’s even more fun when it’s dry.

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Schlock around the block

Now here in Oklahoma, we don’t wait around for giant boulders to take out a roadway. We just turn on the Spigot in the Sky and watch as the ground gives way.

Sinkhole in Blackburn Oklahoma 5/29/19

This happened Wednesday in Blackburn, a town of 100 or so on the Arkansas River in Pawnee County. The driver was apparently in a hurry, and drove around not one but two barricades to get to the sinkhole. Said driver was bruised a bit but will live. The scary part: there was a dog crate in the truck bed, and yes, it contained a dog. (Dog got damp but is otherwise okay.)

This incident should at least get a (Dis)Honorable Mention from the Darwin Awards.

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Your basic 75-year flood

I’ve already grumbled about the tornado that buzzcut its way across town Friday night, but no matter how bad things get, they’re always worse somewhere else.

Here’s somewhere else:

Flood depth at the Arkansas River near Muskogee

That record goes back to 1943. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that after ten days in or near flood, the Arkansas River is within two feet of the record for this area, or that it’s going to be well into June before it drops below flood stage.

(Track this gauge here.)

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Let’s rob someone with no money

Oklahoma City Public Schools find themsekves beset by computer vandals of the shoddiest kind:

Oklahoma City Public Schools on Tuesday continued to deal with a ransomware attack that “significantly compromised” the district’s computer network, officials said.

The state’s largest school district, however, provided few details in a late afternoon statement, issued 24 hours after the malware attack was reported publicly.

“OKCPS continues to address the recent ransomware attack,” spokeswoman Arely Martin said in a statement. “We are grateful to our staff for their flexibility and for continuing to put students first as our IT Services Teams work with our third-party experts to resolve the issue.”

Martin said the district will provide updates when “we have significant progress to report.”

This could take a while. And I’d hate to be the person who allowed that infection into the network in the first place; it’s not at all hard to imagine that person getting a set of walking papers. (Heck, we once sacked someone for setting up a LimeWire connection at the shop.)

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The post-Gaylord era

E. K. Gaylord thought it was important for you to know what he thought about things, so the editorial page of the Oklahoman was kept sprucely maintained, even if some of the attitudes seemed to date to the 19th century or before. (Edward King Gaylord was born in 1873, and while he wasn’t the guy who actually founded the paper, he was the guy who kept it coming to your porch every day until 1974, on a day when he went to work and never made it home again.)

But those days are pretty much gone. Kelly Dyer Fry told us after the GateHouse takeover that cutbacks were inevitable, and she wasn’t kidding; I didn’t actually go out and find a newsstand copy to verify, but both Print Replica and PDF versions today were utterly devoid of editorials. The Opinion page was more conspicuous than usual, simply by its absence.

The Opinion page on NewsOK.com was at its usual level of activity. There is, though, a column of Featured Links off to the side, and the first item in that column is “THE OKLAHOMAN: See all recent editorials.” I hit it, and got 404ed. I’d estimate that 404 is also the rotational speed of Ed Gaylord, six feet beneath the surface of the planet.

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Be sure to see Room 101

Tucked into yesterday’s real-estate section:

Using the Orwell floor plan

We have always lived in east Edmond.

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Like four hours is tolerable

And though he’s not really ill, there’s a little bluish pill:

A former Oklahoma inmate who filed a $5 million lawsuit accusing jail authorities of refusing him treatment for a painful erection that lasted four days might be about to settle.

Court records show a settlement conference is set for May 7 in the lawsuit filed by 33-year-old Dustin Lance against the current and the former Pittsburg County sheriff, the county and others. If an agreement isn’t reached, trial is to begin July 9.

Lance was in the county jail about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City on burglary and drug charges on Dec. 16, 2016, when he says he took a pill provided by another inmate that led to the condition.

The lawsuit says Lance was denied medical care until Dec. 19. The defendants deny the allegation.

Hard to argue with TLO’s Patrick:

I’ve never been to jail, so I don’t know what the customs are, but I’d probably pass on taking a little blue pill offered to me by another inmate, especially on my first night.

Consider that a hard pass.

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Going like eighty

At least some of the time, anyway:

Don’t hold your breath waiting:

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that would allow the governing bodies of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and Oklahoma Department of Transportation to increase speeds on some roadways.

The Transportation Commission could increase maximum speeds to 75 mph from 70 mph after a traffic or engineering study, according to House Bill 1071, by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton. The measure applies to rural segments of the interstate highway system.

The measure would allow the Turnpike Authority to raise maximum speeds to 80 mph from 75 mph.

“No matter what, you are not going to see 80 mile per hour speed limit signs tomorrow,” said Jack Damrill, Turnpike Authority spokesman.

When the signs do go up, the motorists who were already doing 85 will start pushing 90.

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Coming soon to a ballot near you

The Secretary of State has accepted for filing a ballot initiative which would expand Medicaid coverage in this state:

Attorneys with Crowe & Dunlevy today filed a Medicaid expansion ballot initiative Friday on behalf of two Oklahomans, one from Tulsa and one from Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Secretary of State Michael Rogers’ office posted the seven-page filing online [pdf] and distinguished it as State Question 802. The ballot initiative would make a change to the Oklahoma Constitution, thus requiring 177,958 signatures for it to make the ballot. Signature collection would extend for 90 days after any challenges have been resolved or addressed.

The money quote:

This measure adds a new Article to the Oklahoma Constitution. The new Article would expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include certain low-income adults between the ages of 18 and 65 whose income does not exceed 133 percent of the federal poverty level, as permitted under the federal Medicaid laws.

Several states have already done this in response to the ACA; Oklahoma balked because the potential costs seemed daunting. Jonathan Small of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, in an email received here:

Rather than spend Good Friday contemplating one of the most consequential events in history, as most Oklahomans did, expansion supporters engaged in a political stunt. The petition is meant to bluff state lawmakers into passing an expansion program they know is a bad idea. Lawmakers should stick with their gut and continue opposing this plan. The Obamacare Medicaid proposal is a massive expansion of welfare that will add 628,000 able-bodied adults to Oklahoma’s welfare rolls and could put working families on the hook for a state share of $374 million annually.

Make no mistake, expanding Obamacare in Oklahoma will result in the state seeing the same problems as every other state that has gone down this path. Enrollment levels will be far higher than what expansion supporters predict, at significantly higher costs, to achieve significantly lower outcomes than promised. If you doubt it, just look at states comparable to Oklahoma that expanded Medicaid. Cost overruns in Arkansas have topped $1.4 billion, and Kentucky’s ranking on health outcomes remains low, despite Kentucky spending far more taxpayer money on Medicaid.

Expensive stuff, health care. Still, I’ll probably sign the petition when it’s presented to me, simply because if we’re going to do something like this, it would be nice to have the electorate sign off on it.

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Presumably at a low rate of speed

Zombies, according to everything I’ve read, just aren’t all that fast, which makes this story just a tiny bit less implausible:

According to a police report, a man called 911 Tuesday morning to report that a woman had jumped into his truck, locked the doors, and was attempting to drive away. The truck, carrying Sparkletts water bottles and jugs, was parked outside a Walmart in Sapulpa, a Tulsa suburb.

The suspect, identified by cops as Tamanda Billings, 27, reportedly told driver Devonte Harris that she needed his wheels to flee zombies. Harris, who was delivering an order to Walmart, said that when he asked Billings to get out of his truck, she replied, “No, there are Zombies after me.”

But Billings, a mother of two young children, had her escape from the undead stymied when she could not get the Freightliner truck moving. Cops responding to the 911 call eventually had to break the vehicle’s window to remove Billings from the cab.

Oh, and just one more thing:

Billings was charged with auto theft, trespass, and receiving stolen property. She was arrested hours after bonding out of the county jail following an April 6 bust for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hayley at TLO observes:

Like my niece’s $60 toys that never include batteries and Walmart only having one checkout lane open at a time, it can readily be assumed that methamphetamine played a “contributing factor” in Ms. Billings’ zombie escape plan. The meth may not have been allowing her to think clearly by sober people standards. But you have to admit, on meth she has the perfect rationale, guts, and problem-solving ability to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Yep. Says it all.

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Spirited douchery

You might expect this sort of thing from a seven-year-old. But from a state senator?

One morning back in February, Paul Scott tippy-toed into the Senate before session and unscrewed a roller on Carri Hicks’s chair. He also hid her microphone. There’s no word on if he put tape under her mouse, or encased her stapler in Jell-O.

Later that morning, when Hicks arrived for work and attempted to take her seat, the chair gave way, causing Carri to fall to the floor. Startled, confused and hoping she didn’t just flash the world in her dress, she left the Senate chambers to compose herself like a Bachelor contestant who learned she didn’t receive a rose.

Usually, after playing a stupid prank like that, the culprit will come forward, help the victim laugh it off, and then everyone will go play on the big toy at recess. As least that’s how things worked when I was in elementary school.

Paul Scott, on the other hand, does things a little differently. As opposed to admitting that he committed the prank, or even (gasp!) apologizing, he went silent and didn’t fess up. Classy, huh?

The Senate, not unreasonably, launched an investigation, and yes, they had the whole incident on video; Scott, on the spot, issued an apology with about as much sincerity as y0u’d think.

District 43 is stuck with Scott through next year. Let’s hope the opposition takes note of this.

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Fund us, please

Apparently OG&E doesn’t think an insert in the monthly bill is sufficient warning to the customers, so I got this in email:

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (“OG&E” or “Company”) is seeking an annual increase of approximately $76.6 million, which reflects a 4.4% increase over rates set in July of 2018, to recover increased business costs and electric infrastructure investments including costs associated with the Sooner Scrubber and the Muskogee Conversion projects.

The increase, as proposed by OG&E, would raise a residential customer’s bill by approximately 7.7% when compared to current rates. This equals about $7.55 per month on the average residential customer bill. As proposed by OG&E, General Service customers would receive a rate increase of 4.4%. For the industrial rate classes both Power and Light customers (PL) and Large Power and Light customers (LPL) would receive rate increases ranging from 4.6% to 9.8%.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“Commission”) is scheduled to begin hearings before an Administrative Law Judge on OG&E’s request for a rate increase on May 29, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., and continuing each business day thereafter until the hearing concludes, in Courtroom 301 on the 3rd floor of the Jim Thorpe Office Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. After the hearing, the Commission will issue its final order and any rate changes will become effective after the final decision is issued.

The only really bothersome aspect of this is the timing: if the hearing is right after Memorial Day, the increase, or whatever percentage the Corp Comm allows, will hit in mid-summer.

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Dead guy loses election

It wasn’t quite a landslide, though:

In Edmond, voters chose to elect Dan O’Neil as their next mayor. On the ballot, O’Neil faced off against deceased mayor Charles Lamb.

Lamb, who died in December at age 72, had filed for another term shortly before his death. His candidacy was promoted by some Edmond residents who opposed other candidates for mayor, with the hope that if he was re-elected, the city council would pick his successor.

O’Neil garnered 4,385 votes, or 67.01%, while Lamb had 2,159 votes, or 32.99%, according to unofficial results.

The late Mr. Lamb’s showing was better than the last dead candidate I recall, circa 1998:

Remember this name: Jacqueline Morrow Lewis Ledgerwood.

The estimable Ms Ledgerwood filed in July to become a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, hoping to unseat Senator Don Nickles (R-Okla.), the three-term incumbent. To borrow a line from an earlier, more famous, candidate, if nominated she will not run, and if elected she will not serve. The reason for this is simple: she’s dead.

Ms Ledgerwood, it seems, died soon after filing for the office, but not soon enough to meet the deadline for having her name removed from the ballot. So in the Democratic primary on the 25th of August, her name appeared alongside the names of three other wannabes. A chap named Don Carroll garnered about 46 percent of the votes, not enough for a majority, so the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on the 15th of September — Mr Carroll and the late Ms Ledgerwood, who bagged about 21 percent. Jerry Kobyluk, who finished third, complained loudly and bitterly, but the secretary of the state Election Board would not be moved.

In the general election in November, Nickles won 76 of 77 counties. Haskell County, in the east, is generally reliably Democratic, to the extent that any part of Oklahoma is reliably Democratic; its voters, about three-fifths Democratic, backed the Democratic presidential candidate every year from 1976 through 2000.

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Fark blurb of the week

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A formidable Scrabble player

Well, I don’t actually know that she’s a formidable Scrabble player, but she’s already demonstrated one of the core competencies for the game: she can spell.

Rachel Hamilton is a fourth-grader from Pauls Valley, an hour south of this desk. She attends Whitebead Elementary, a rural school about two miles out of town. (Whitebead is what we call a Dependent School District, mostly because it offers no high-school curriculum; the nearest high school is in Pauls Valley proper.) And she won the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee on the 16th of March, beating out 25,000 competitors; she’ll go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins on Memorial Day.

Spelling seems to run in the family: brother Luke placed second in 2016, and her dad won in 1978.

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Poor immigrant

This actually showed up on Quora yesterday: What are the things I need to get to have a 100% assurance that I’ll be given a visa to Oklahoma?

The proper way to handle this, I suggest, is complete and utter deadpan, and that’s what happened here:

The best thing to do would be to contact the Oklahoma embassy to request a visa be expedited. Include the arrival and departure dates and where you intend to stay during your visit. Applications for an Oklahoma visa may only be made in person, at the Oklahoma embassy in your country.

Be aware that Oklahoma only issues a limited number of visas every year so requesting your visa from the Oklahoma embassy should be done before third quarter of the year.

You’ll know the Oklahoma embassy when you see it: directly under the flag, there’s a second one, with a stylized chicken-fried steak.

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