OKC Mayor Mick Cornett won reelection handily over Dr. Ed Shadid on Tuesday. Cornett promised to continue doing what he is currently doing, and Shadid promised to take the organization he has built and devote it to supporting progressive causes locally. Most importantly, we all stop getting campaign fliers in the mail. Everyone wins!
Efforts to develop passenger rail between OKC and Tulsa encountered some friction when Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett overruled the city council’s unanimous decision to support continued public ownership of the rail line. The council plans to overrule the veto next week.
A group of 48 large companies, including Apple, Starbucks, Google, and Phizer filed a friend of the court brief in the court case reviewing same sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. The companies say that the bans cause them problems by forcing them to treat their employees unequally.
Stage Center’s final death row appeal has failed, and the iconic John Johhansen building is going to be demolished to make way for the new headquarters of OG&E. Flooding and wire theft left the building heavily damaged and hard to rehabilitate. It will likely be demolished later this year.
Hopewell Baptist Church in Edmond, a creation of renowned archetect Bruce Goff is also in need of serious help. The roof of the building has been repaired, but materials to completely fix the building are expected to cost about $360,000. That does not include labor costs.
In other important news, some hipster socialites did something stupid.