Thursday, November 02, 2006

Oklahoma State Question and Oklahoma County Judge Voting

Here's my take on the state questions and Judge races. Let me know what you think, I'm not adamant on any of these positions.

SQ 274 -- State lawmakers can't get paid while in jail if found guilty of a crime. I'd say vote yes.

SQ 275 -- Gives committee of Gov. and head of state senate and house more leeway to use Rainy Day Fund money to help keep business in Oklahoma. There are some restrictions so the fund doesn't get overspent. I'd say vote yes.

SQ 733 -- Currently liquor stores must be closed on election day while polls are open (7am - 7pm). This questions wants to repeal this so that liquor stores can be open during election voting. I'd say vote no.

SQ 734 -- This question gives a tax exemption to property brought into the state if it stays less than 90 days. This is also called the Free Port exemption to encourage import businesses bringing in stuff from out of the US and then selling it to people out of state. If the stuff stays in the state more than 90 days or is sold to someone in state then the exemption goes away. I'd say vote yes.

I'm not sure how many of these judges will be on our ballot but they all list as being in Oklahoma County so I'll list them.

District 7, Office 1 -- Malcolm M. Savage vs. Kenneth C. Watson
I would say vote for Savage. News articles about the candidates rate him higher than Watson.

District 7, Office 7 -- Vicki Robertson vs. Pat Crawley
I'm inclined toward Robertson but I don't have strong feelings one way or the other.

District 7, Office 10 -- Susan Caswell vs. Bill Graves
I'd say Bill Graves This is a strong recommendation as I see Ms. Caswell as a menace to the judicial process.

District 7, Office 12 -- Carolyn R. Ricks vs. Kenneth Linn
I'm inclined toward Ricks but I don't see any controversy here either way.

Associate District Judge Oklahoma County -- Richard Kirby vs. Nan J. Patton
I'm inclined toward Patton but again, I don't see much difference between the candidates.

Here's a news article about the OKC judge races ( http://news.pajamasmedia.com/2006/10/30/11670087_Judicial_hopeful.shtml ).

So there you have it. If you have any other information or opinions on any of these judges or state question, please let me know what you think.

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