Thursday, September 10, 2009

Election Night WTH? Moment

At our watch party, my supporters and I were glued to the television awaiting each change in the polling numbers. We had two televisions going in different rooms; one on KJRH Channel 2 and the other on KOTV Channel 6. At one point, around 8:15 in the evening, KOTV locked up with about 55% of the vote counted. Same for KJRH.

We went to the radio in my office and tuned into KRMG, on which Michael Bates and Dan Potter were commenting on the election. They were reporting me with 37% of the vote, with a chance to still win the race if the numbers that the TV stations were reporting didn't include west, east and north Tulsa. Suddenly, you could hear Dan Potter seem a little perplexed as my percentage dropped to 30%. It was about this time that we thought, that's it, we've lost. Within five minutes, KRMG had called the race for Bartlett and I called Dewey to concede just after that.

Wednesday night, my wife and I decided to watch Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent, which she had recorded on our DVR. While watching the show, the numbers from the previous night's election were scrolling along the bottom of the screen. I was suddenly struck by an odd feeling about one of the sets of figures. I provide a screen capture of those numbers below.

As you can see, it shows that with 54% of the vote in,
I was receiving 6,665 votes to Bartlett's 9,072. I officially received a total of 7,004 votes on the night. That would mean, that in the remaining 46% of the precincts, I would only receive another 339 votes, to Bartlett's more than 3,000! I stopped dead in my tracks and paused the DVR. "In what part of the city would I only get less than 10% of the vote," I asked?

KJRH stayed locked in at 55% for some time after this was reported. Then it jumped to 69%. I froze the picture and took a second screen capture. (See below).

As you can see, I dropped from 37% of the vote, to 31%. That isn't too unbelievable with the passage of an additional 14 percent of returns coming in. But check out the vote totals.

I went from 6,665 votes with 54% reporting, to 5,269 votes with 69% reporting. That is a DROP of 1,396 votes!

I will be contacting KJRH to see if anyone can explain to me what happened. Stay tuned for breaking developments.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bartlett Finds Republican Supporters

I'm very happy that Dewey Bartlett, Jr. has found some Republican support for this candidacy for mayor. I was getting a little worried for him.

At a press conference called Tuesday night, Bartlett, Jr. announced the support of Todd Hiett, Fred Jordan, Mike Mazzei, Brian Bingman, Dan Sullivan, Ron Peters, Terry Simonson and Don Burdick.

This "unprecedented" action, which happens all the time, deserves very little time, but it does deserve a quick analysis. So let's take a look at who stood by him.

  • Four of the endorsers, Hiett, Jordan, Mazzei and Bingman don't even live in Tulsa and can't vote for Dewey.
  • Sullivan and Peters are the two Mid-Town Tulsa state reps. It would be political suicide to not support the candidate from Dewey's source of votes.
  • Former county chairman Terry Simonson now works for the County Commissioners. I'm out there calling for the voters not to renew the Vision 2025 tax when it comes back up for a vote. Vision 2025 is a county tax, so no surprise there.
  • Then there's Don Burdick (aka Little Donny Downtown), a man who lives downtown, moved Republican headquarters downtown for two years and moved the Tulsa Republican Men's Club to the Summit Club downtown.

Throw in that Mazzei represents Bixby, Jordan represents Jenks and Bingman represents Sapulpa, and you get a pretty good idea who they think will support the regionalism that helps the suburbs to the detriment of Tulsa.

There is statewide conservative group that gives Republican legislators ratings on their voting records. To give you some perspective, Owasso State Senator Randy Brogdon scored a 90 rating from this past session. Mazzei scored a 32, while Bingman and Peters rated a much more impressive 40!

But all in all, it's good Dewey has found some friends.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Burying Great Plains

The Tulsa World buried my campaign’ press released story about Dewey Bartlett's enthusiastic vote, while a member of the Airport Board, for Kathy Taylor's $7.1 million giveaway of Tulsan's property taxes to Bank of Oklahoma.

The settlement, voted on in a "Emergency Meeting" on June 26, 2008, was payment of the principal in full for the debt the Airport Board owed to Tulsa Industrial Authority, which in turn owed the money to BOk. The City of Tulsa was in no way a party to that lawsuit, but the mayor chose to make Tulsa a defendant so that she could legally dip into Tulsa's sinking fund, which is paid for by city property taxes.

The World hates to report on anything regarding Great Plains Airlines, so they buried the story. But hey, at least they covered it! We have been unable to find any record that the World reported on the emergency meeting, or Bartlett's vote. Here is the full text from Sunday's story:

Medlock questions Bartlett: Republican mayoral candidate Chris Medlock is questioning why fellow GOP mayoral opponent Dewey Bartlett Jr., as a Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust member, voted for Mayor Kathy Taylor's $7.1 million lawsuit settlement regarding Great Plains Airlines.

"Dewey Bartlett is claiming to be a conservative Republican," Medlock said in a pres

s release, "but he supported a Democrat mayor in one of the single biggest giveaways of taxpayer money in this city's history. Bartlett needs to explain his wasteful actions to the voters.

"This was $7.1 million of city property taxes that Tulsa didn't owe," Medlock said, "but which Kathy Taylor paid in full, to the Bank of Oklahoma."

Taylor, whom Bartlett endorsed, appointed him to TAIT. He just resigned from the board to run for mayor.

Bartlett called Medlock's press release "political rhetoric" and declined to comment further.

Let’s see if we have this straight. Dewey Bartlett is saying that a Republican opponent asking why he joined a Democrat mayor is giving away millions of taxpayer dollars is “political rhetoric?" How interesting.

He isn’t denying that he voted for the proposal as we havevideo of him doing just that on YouTube. He isn’t denying that he praised the mayor for her actions, because the video tape clearly shows he did!

So rather than just answering the question and addressing why he did it, he chose to listen to his campaign handlers and came back with the classic “non-responsive response.”

Dewey Bartlett (R) was named to the Airport Board by Kathy Taylor (D). Kathy Taylor thennames former airport Marketing Director Mary Smith (R) to the Airport Board to replace Carl Clay (R) who was an outspoken critic of the Great Plains/BOk settlement. Mary Smith was part of the team that sold Great Plains Airlines to the public, when they went after and secured $30 million in state tax credits. Mary Smith is now Bartlett's Campaign Treasurer!

Please understand, that what Dewey did was to help the current Democrat mayor (Kathy Taylor) brush under the table the single biggest scandal of the previous Democrat mayor (Susan Savage). The Bartlett campaign team made up two-fifths of the vote that needlessly gave away our property taxes to the tune of $28 for every man, woman and child in the city, and he won't even respond to the Tulsa World, who will do everything to put his response in the most positive of lights? Don't you think it's time for KRMG and KFAQ to invite Bartlett back on the air to respond to this action in this giveaway, as well as his support of Kathy Taylor's re-election before the Republicans had selected a candidate?

Don’t we expect more candor from someone who wants to be our next mayor? If he won't answer for his actions as a mayoral appointee, how can we trust that he'll answer for his actions as our mayor?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Separating Oneself From the Pack

With nineteen candidates declaring for the Mayor's race, it's going to be harder and harder to get the kind of attention that can separate one candidate from the others.

The funny thing is, I kept thinking I was getting into the race quite late. We purposely chose to announce late, to make sure I wasn't jumping into a crowded field. Who knew that by announcing my intentions to run a full week before the end of filing, that I would end up being the second of eleven candidates. That's right, nine candidates filed in the last week.

Oh well...can't imagine there being another nine Urban Tulsa Weekly profiles, so I guess I didn't wait too long.

Many thanks to UTW writer Mike Easterling, who very faithfully and accurately recreated our hour long conversation. I think it does a very good job of capturing why I am running and I hope you'll take a few minutes to read it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dewey Liked Rudy 2000 Times!

With all of the controversy about Dewey Bartlett, Jr endorsing Democrat Kathy Taylor before the Republicans chose a candidate to run against her, it is refreshing to find that Mr. Bartlett also endorses Republicans. In 2007, he gave a $2,000 donation to pro-choice presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

While I greatly respect what Mayor Giuliani did in liberal New York City as a mayor, I and many Tulsans were less than enthusiastic about having him as our president.

It does indicate one thing that seems clear. While stating that he is pro-life, Bartlett sure does support a lot of pro-abortion candidates.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Calling a Press Conference

Press Conference

Tulsa, Oklahoma [Tuesday, July 07, 2009]--Former Tulsa city councilor and radio talk show host Chris Medlock will hold a press conference on Wednesday, to announce his intentions regarding the upcoming Tulsa mayoral race.

Time: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Location: Tulsa Press Club
415 S. Boston Avenue (Lobby)

Medlock will make a brief statement and then take questions from the press.


Thursday, July 02, 2009

Is Bill Christiansen Out of the Mayor's Race?

I just got a confirmation from a second reliable source that District 8 Tulsa city councilor Bill Christiansen will not be entering the race for mayor. If this proves true, it is likely that the detailed polling that he conducted over the weekend didn't come back as very promising to his chances.

Stay tuned for more specifics.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bartlett Evades Campbell's Question About Mayor

Dewey Bartlett is now running for mayor of the City of Tulsa. As such, he made an appearance on 1170 KFAQ's Pat Campbell Show on Monday. Bartlett promised Campbell that unlike Kathy Taylor, if elected he would come on Campbell's show and answer tough questions. I have a suggestion for a follow up question Campbell can ask Bartlett the next time he's on his show.

Here is an exchange that occurred between Campbell and Bartlett from the twenty minute interview. To hear the audio, click here.

Campbell: Now during your announcement the other day, you mentioned—and I want you to explain this too—if Kathy Taylor had not dropped out of the race, you wouldn’t have thrown your hat into the ring. Now why is that? Is that because she had such deep pockets, or was it because you were satisfied with the job she was doing?

Bartlett: Well…she…I think the main reason was that she has a strong support in the community. I think her election was pretty much a done deal. And I think….

Campbell: If she had run for re-election?

Bartlett: If she had run for re-election…yes. And I think it would have been very, very difficult for anybody to have a good campaign against her. She has extremely deep pockets and exhibited that in the first time that she ran for office. So I…anyway…that was the reason.

Now compare Bartlett's statement on KFAQ with the quote from Mayor Taylor's re-election campaign web site, which just hours after Bartlett's appearance on The Pat Campbell Show, has been pulled from The link to the page is still on Michael Bates' story on Bartlett on his, but it now leads to an "error page." Click on the photo above to see Bartlett's glowing endorsement of Taylor, which I captured before his KFAQ performance.

Bartlett says,
"Tulsa has always had a history of great leadership from the business community. Kathy's tireless, visionary style is yet another example of non-partisan leadership that focuses on the future of Tulsa. I am proud to support her re-election efforts." Dewey Bartlett Jr., President Keener Oil and Gas Company
Can we infer from the fact that this page has been pulled from Kathy Taylor's campaign site that Dewey is no longer proud of his support for her re-election? Can we infer that Kathy Taylor is okay with his change of heart?

But the most important question now that Bartlett is announced for mayor, why is he trying convince conservative voters that he would've run against Kathy Taylor, as a republican, if she didn't have such deep pockets, when it is clear that he so enthusiastically supported her re-election?

I'll leave that for you to decide.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Are Dewey's and Kathy's Campaigns One and the Same?

Silly question that title, right?

Well Bartlett is praising Taylor and saying he hopes to continue to run things as she has done. But the same campaign? Get serious!

Well, take a look at the composite photo I created of yard signs from the two campaigns. Taylor's and Bartlett's signs are different color schemes, but check out the little graphical element in the upper-left corner. Pretty much the exact same thing!

Earth shattering? No. Intriguing? I think so.

So did Mayor Taylor merely hand over the baton?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Show: TCMS for June 16, 2009

NEW SHOW: The latest installment of The Chris Medlock Show is in the can and ready for listening. Chris spends the entire show discussing the upcoming mayor's race in the City of Tulsa, including where he is on whether or not he'll run. Also discussed is who is officially in, who is out and who still has not made up their mind.

To download, click here.

Or listen directly using the app below:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Randy Brogdon To Appear On Bill O'Reilly

Owasso State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Randy Brogdon will be on tonight's O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, tonight at 7 PM and 10 PM. Brogdon will discuss steps he hopes to take in the case of a McAlister judge and D. A. that gave a convicted child rapist only a one year sentence for the rape of a 5 year old girl.

I will have audio on Tuesday's The Chris Medlock Show.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hudson, Florida Calling Mr. Medlock

Took a political phone poll today out of Florida this afternoon. First question I was asked was did I know when the Mayoral primary would be held? Second question was, "are you aware of the name, Chris Medlock?" Third question was, "Would you say you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Chris Medlock?"

I said I knew who he was and had a VERY favorable opinion of him!

They asked about me, then about in order, Dewey Bartlett, Howard Barnett, Bill Christiansen, John Smaligo and Jim Williamson. No mention of Rick Westcott, Clay Clark or Bill LaFortune.

I'm torn between thinking this might be a poll by Bartlett and/or Barnett, or that it is one of the candidates not mentioned doing the polling to determine who is the strongest potential opposition.

Smaligo's name was a bit of a surprise, as I haven't heard his name mentioned in connection with the race until this poll.

If you see a phone call from Hudson, Florida, take it. It's a poll.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Flattering Results From Two On-Line Polls

Some interesting and flattering results from the very non-scientific Internet polls conducted by the two talk radio stations. Both stations put a listener poll up on Monday morning and I waited at least 48 hours before commenting, but the numbers have remained pretty consistent for the past 24 hours or so.

Obviously I'm as aware as anyone that these are fuzzy snapshots that indicate a percentage of avid supporters and not the more passive voter that isn't a talk radio listener. The numbers can also be skewed by campaigns that actively try to drive supporters to the site to vote. But one can argue that such networking is also an early indicator of a candidate's ability to get out the vote on election day.

I'm not surprised that I am leading in the KFAQ poll. After all, I was on the air on the station relatively consistently for the past five years. However, I must admit to a bit of a happy surprise that I'm doing so well on KRMG, which was my competitor station for two years. I guess it goes to show that a conservative is a conservative, regardless of which station they prefer.

My favorite, non-scientific number from the KRMG poll is derived from adding the numbers for Bill Christiansen, GT Bynum, Rick Westcott, Bill Martinson, all current city councilors. Their combined support in the poll adds up to 18%, six percentage points behind my numbers. Again, worth nothing really, more than just a smile.

Word is that GT Bynum has been meeting with some of Bill LaFortune's people to discuss a run. Most speculated that Bynum, because of age and experience, would hold off for another four years before making a run for the Mayor's office. But Kathy Taylor's departure has obviously caused him to re-look at a race this year, fearing that the winner this time might be a fellow Republican who could prevent him from running from eight or more years.

This rumor about Bynum makes his "deciding" vote to support the money interests behind the downtown baseball stadium look even more disappointing to the cynics out there.

It's going to be interesting to see how the next few weeks shake out with regard to who gets out and who stays in. For my part, I've been actively making calls as time allows and am giving a lot of thought and prayer toward whether or not I should enter the race.

The numbers from these listener polls are encouraging, though.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

TCMS: Susan Savage and St. Sen. Randy Brogdon

The newest edition of The Chris Medlock Show is now available. Is former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage spouting Kathy Taylor's talking points? Audio from an interview with Joe Kelley on KRMG suggests she is.

Is the Tulsa Chamber wanting to change more than just the strength of the mayor, in Tulsa's form of government? Is all the chatter coming out of Mayor Taylor's camp indicative of an attempt to do away with partisan elections in the city? If you can't beat the Republicans, fix it so no one knows the candidates running are Democrats.

All this, plus a half hour with State Senator Randy Brogdon, who is running for governor. He talks about the race, the past legislative session and Governor Henry's vetoes.

To Download, CLICK HERE.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

TCMS: Friday, June 5, 2009

The latest edition of TCMS is available with an extensive discussion of Thursday's announcement that Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor will not be seeking re-election. Why is she not running? What if anything does she have up her sleeve? Will she challenge John Sullivan? Who will be running for mayor now that she isn't.

Plus discussion of Thursday's vote by the City Council on the downtown ballpark assessment district and who lost a great opportunity to prove his conservative chops.

Also, if you listen to the show before the next Tulsa World comes out tomorrow, or perhaps on Sunday, you can hear whether I will or will not be considering a run for mayor.

To download, Click Here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kathy Taylor Bows Out

KOTV the News On Six is reporting that Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor will not seek re-election. The station's website reports that Taylor will be making an official statement in a television spot to begin Friday. In it, she states that she is "a business person not a mayor."

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Taylor was interviewed in Tulsa by representatives of the Obama administration for a position in the Commerce Department. Taylor had served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce in the Brad Henry administration prior to running for mayor. In fact, it is something that I had publicly speculated upon as far back as two years ago, that she might be seeking such a post, should a Democrat win the seat.

Obviously, this takes what was considered to be a tight race with few GOP candidates eager to take on Taylor's money, to a race that could draw several Republicans seeking the nomination.

More on this as facts become known.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Rep. John Sullivan Checks Into Betty Ford Clinic

First District Congressman John Sullivan has checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic to treat his "addiction to alcohol." The announcement was made in a relatively brief email statement that went out from Sullivan's campaign address, not from his congressional office.

The statement and corresponding press release went out shortly before 5 pm on Friday. It is a common Washington D.C. practice to release bad or damaging news just before the close of business on the last day of the week, in order to shorten the press cycle.

The statement stat
es that Sullivan will be taking a leave of absence from Congress, but does not state for how long. It merely states that Sullivan looks "forward to returning to serve and work for [his constituents] in the House of Representatives as soon as possible."

It remains to be seen what kind of impact this action will have on Sullivan's political career. Checking into a clinic for rehab never helps, but is far less damaging than if he had been arrested for an alcohol relat
ed offense. Voters are generally very forgiving of those who recognize a problem and seek help.

However, this development will likely have some of the sharks in the Democratic Party pool swimming a little more aggressively, now that they can smell Sullivan's blood in the water. The next few months will be critical ones for Sullivan. First he must successfully complete treatment. Then, he'll have to go about the process of getting before supporters to explain the situation. If he fails to be contrite, it is likely he will lose the lion's share of support he might have from the conservative base of the local party.

Sullivan was already in damage control mode of late, due to his affirmative vote on the first round of stimulus money last fall.

The following text is the complete statement sent out by the Sullivan campaign to supporters:

A Message to the Constituents of the First District of Oklahoma

Today, Congressman John Sullivan released the following statement:

"Last night, I checked myself in to the Betty Ford Center in California to treat my addiction to alcohol.

To ensure my success in this fight, I’ve decided to take a temporary leave of absence from Congress. I value my relationship with the citizens of Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, whom I am privileged and honored to have served for the past eight years. So, I wanted to be open and honest on this tough situation.

I ask for your continued support and prayers as I face the challenges that lay ahead. I look forward to returning to serve and work for you in the House of Representatives as soon as possible.

My family is going through a difficult time right now and I ask that you respect their privacy and keep us in your thoughts and prayers. With God’s help and strength, I will get through this most challenging time in my life."

# # #

[More] Congressman Sullivan's communication's director, John Tidwell, sent me a copy of the press release that was sent out to the media. The text of the document is identical to that sent to supporters and constituents. The media release was sent out by the congressman's D.C. office. As noted above, the notice to supporters was sent via a campaign account.

Friday, May 29th Edition of TCMS

NEW PODCAST: Listen to my lengthy interview with Charlie Biggs, editor and publisher of the Tulsa Beacon newspaper. We discuss the 2009 Oklahoma Legislative Session and statewide politics. Plus my take on the mayoral polling that is going on in Tulsa. Click the link below or iTunes to hear the latest show.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mayoral Polling Going On

I got a call this afternoon from a DC area code. Usually I don't pick up such calls from outside area codes, because they almost always end up being irradiating telemarketer calls. But I had a feeling this time it would be political in nature and I was right.

It was a poll.

The call asked if I had a positive, negative or neutral opinion of four of the six Republican Tulsa city councilors; Martinson, Christiansen, Eagleton and Westcott. I was then asked if each of the four were the GOP nominee against Kathy Taylor in the general election, would I vote for the councilor in question, or Mayor Taylor.

I had received word that Rick Westcott was doing polling and would wait for the results to determine if he would run for Mayor this year. It is unlikely that Westcott would be conducting a poll on his own that also tested the electability of three other GOP councilors. So, it appears to me that the four councilors might be pooling resources to see which of the four would be the best candidate to take on Taylor.

I have placed calls to both the Tulsa County Republican chair, Sally Bell, and state chair Gary Jones to find out if either or both organizations are behind the polling. Jones said my call was the first he'd heard of the polling. He also said something intriguing. "You mean those guys still haven't figured out which one of them they're going to run?" Jones asked?

I would very much doubt that the local party would conduct such a poll, since they already spent more a substantial sum on a poll earlier in the year, which is currently a controversial topic inside the county GOP, since no one knows for sure who authorized the expenditure. That poll included the same four councilors as today's polling, with the addition of South Tulsa Citizen's Coalition spokesperson Michael Covey.

The fact that only the councilors are included in this poll, without any other possible candidates, surely indicates that those elements of the local GOP who are happy with the current council's "mamby-pamby," no public disagreement approach. Looking at the four, there isn't a single reformer in the bunch.

Color me skeptical about the whole lot of them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TCMS: Wednesday, May 27

Hear the latest edition of The Chris Medlock Show...fresh off the uh...the uh...microphone. Topics include the Wall Street Journal implying Oklahoma AG Drew Edminson is involved in a racket, and the growing scandal around the downtown baseball park. Click on the link below to listen.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Is Tom Coburn Not Going to Seek Re-Election?

There's been much speculation as to whether or not Oklahoma's junior senator, Tom Coburn, will seek to run for his seat again this year. The one term senator, who also spent six years in the House, has been surprisingly mum about his plans. An announcement made earlier this week, indicated that Coburn would declare his intentions some time in the next couple of weeks.

However, there are interesting indications from other politicos that makes it look like Coburn might return to his medical practice. Word is out today, that J.C. Watts is considering a run for Coburn's senate seat, rather than making a run for Governor as speculated. Also, former governor Frank Keating is said to be eyeing a run for Coburn's seat, as well.

This begs the obvious question. Why would either high profile Republican be considering a run for the Senate, if they believed Coburn was going to seek re-election? As such, it is obvious that rumors that Coburn won't run have reached a level where prospective candidates now feel comfortable letting their interest in a senatorial run leak out to the public.

I for one, will be very disappointed if Coburn doesn't run again. Color me a big fan.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"DJ Jazzy Clay" Clark Is Running for Mayor

No, I'm not putting a picture that I photoshopped of Tulsa mayoral candidate Clay Clark, in order to make him look foolish. The photo to the left is one that Clark himself posted as part of a web site touting his vision for the City of Tulsa. And this isn't one of the more unusual photos Clark's campaign is using to get attention for their candidate.

I met Clark Tuesday night at the meeting of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly. He seemed like a very likable, if not overly caffeinated young
man, very eager to please and to be seen as a viable and serious candidate for mayor.

Every mayor's race seems to draw the eccentric, with names in the past such as Paul Tay and Accountability "Boss Einstein" Burns ( a candidate with two eccentric names). Currently, the announced field for mayor on the GOP slate is pretty bare. Joining Clark are Dave ("and Chris Medlock's out there running his fat mouth" O'Connor and Kevin Boggs. It remains to be seen if Clark falls into the category of eccentric, out-of-his-league, over reaching, or serious contender.

O'Connor, you might remember led the effort during the recall effort against Councilor Jim Mautino and myself, to recall Mayor LaFortune and the city councilors who were seemingly in support of recall, despite my protestations that such an effort was doomed and would draw resources away from the defense of the two councilors O'Connor purported to support.

Boggs ran unsuccessfully for the District 6 city council seat, with the support and assistance of Mautino. Word I got from those close to the campaign was that Boggs was a less than enthusiastic campaigner who didn't like door knocking and the type of retail campaigning necessary to win a local election. So what better way to top off a failed run for city council than to seek the Mayor's office?

My point is that there is a chasm of difference between running for and winning a city council seat and that of the office of Mayor. In Tulsa's "strong mayor" form of government, the mayor's office replaces the city manager of, say Oklahoma City's governmental structure, as the chief operating entity of the city. While smaller municipalities like Muskogee and Stillwater can get by successfully with teen aged to twenty-something mayor's with little practical or life experience, such an experiment given the power and responsibility of Tulsa's mayor, could prove very dangerous to the well being of a city that is down.

I am well documented as being in favor of a change in our form of government. We should've started years ago the process necessary to change the charter to shift to a Weak Mayor/Strong Council/City Manager style of government like OKC's. But the next mayoral election will put someone into a "strong mayor's" office, and who we elect must be viewed through the prism of that reality. We can't afford to support trendy candidates.

So back to Clay Clark. He certainly seems, if you can get past the schmaltz of his web site, to have credentials that might belie a life experience beyond his tender years (he is, I believe, in his late twenties). But the problem any serious young candidate of such an age has is, well, being taken seriously. When I spoke with Clark on Tuesday, he assured me that he is a serious candidate who believe he can win. Words are cheap. They need to be backed up by actions, and the only public actions Clay Clark has taken to date, indicate he is anything but serious.

Take a look at his web site. It is well constructed by someone who technically knows what they're doing. Technically in the technological sense of the term, not in the political. Does the picture to the right, taken from Clark's mayoral web site, leave you with the impression that the candidate is asking you, "Can I be your next mayor," or "Would you like paper or plastic?" When I see candidates stooping to such a sophomoric level, I find myself wondering if he has a UPC code tattooed on his keester, rather than whether or not we might agree on infill development or police department staffing levels.

Obviously, Clark's site is more fitting for candidate seeking to be student body president, rather than mayor of a city facing one of its worst financial crises in decades. I am left with the impression that Clark and his friends, in an Andy Hardy moment of exuberance suddenly shouted out, "Hey kids, let's run for mayor! Wouldn't that be a gasser?"

The last thing this city needs is someone to come along and try to hijack the electoral process to advance his motivational speaking business. I'm sure adding a bullet item of "former candidate for mayor of Tulsa" might be a great career move on Clark's current career track, but people I know are seriously considering supporting the guy! This morning, KFAQ's Pat Campbell announced Clark as an obviously "serious candidate." Such is the woeful state of the field Tulsa's GOP has to choose from.

Please note the unscientific poll I'm taking in the green inset box on the right of this blog.

Obviously, my five minute conversation with Clark isn't enough for me to truly judge whether or not he could make a good mayor. I offered to spend an hour or so with him, sharing my concerns and advising him on how best to move forward. In that regard, let me suggest the following.

"Pull this web site down NOW! If you're a serious candidate, show that you're willing to run as a serious candidate. Marketing strategies like you're employing at might be a great way to sell DJ services (a great small business, by the way), but insult the voter and kill any chance you have to be taken seriously. If you're going to run for such an important office, then you have to recognize that your youth requires you to go the extra mile to show the serious side of your nature, not juvenile whimsy."

Until that site is gone and replaced with one more fitting for the endeavor you purport to be on, I will find it impossible to tell people they can trust you with their vote.
More: Is Clay Clark running for Mayor, or running a restaurant? I've heard of "selling the sizzle and not the steak," but the YouTube link below goes too far. More indication that Clark needs advisers that know what they're doing, if he is to be the GOP standard bearer in the Fall.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Temporary Blog Look

Recently, I have been having some trouble with template that I've been using for this site. There have been unexplained inconsistancies with fonts and font sizes, as well as difficulty adding functionality that allows me to take donations, or post my podcast links. As such, I've opted to upgrade to Blogger's new layout tool, which will allow me much more freedom to add and edit page elements and gadgets.

So for the time being, those of you that have been frequenting my site will notice a substantially different look to Medblogged. Just pretend you're visiting one of your favorite stores or restaurants where you are greeted by a sign that reads...

"...forgive the mess, we're redecorating."

Jim Mautino To Run For City Council

Former District 6 Tulsa City Councilor Jim Mautino told the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly on Tuesday night that he will challenge Councilor Dennis Troyer for the seat Mautino held for two years.

Mautino, who was defeated by Troyer in a close election in 2006, sat out the 2008 election cycle, choosing instead to try to help get Kevin Boggs elected to the post. An unenthusiastic campaigner, Boggs was easily defeated by Troyer, who won his second term on the council.

Boggs announced at the same meeting that despite losing his race for city council, he was going to seek the Mayor's office this year.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TCMS: Tuesday, May 19th Edition

NEW SHOW: The Tuesday, May 19th edition of TCMS is now up. Very eventful day which is somewhat explained in the last segment kept the show from being out earlier. Topics include the Mayor's race, the OKC NRA employee who shot at an intruder, and the proof that the BOk Center will never pay for itself, no matter how much the Tulsa World spins that it will.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Podcast: An Interview with Michael Bates on Downtown Tulsa Issues and More

The latest podcast is up and it includes my first interview. My guest Michael Bates and I talk about downtown Tulsa issues, including his article in Urban Tulsa Weekly on Downtown Tulsa Unlimited. Other topics include the governor's race and Kathy Taylor's "recusal" from any dealings with the new development proposed for across the street from the BOK Center.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Second Edition of The Chris Medlock Show

The second ever edition of The Chris Medlock Show is now available for download. Topics include the Governor's race, TPS dropping its law suit against charter schools, Bixby's city manager fight and the Tulsa World's take on all the vetoes Gov. Henry has been filing against GOP legislation.

To download click here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hot Rumor: State Rep to Announce for Light Gov.?

The word I'm hearing is that Broken Arrow state representative John Wright(R) is about to drop his name into the race for Lt. Governor. Wright, who is considered by many to be one of the House's most conservative members is expected to make his announcement in the next week to ten days.

Can't wait to hear the Daily Fishwrap begin to refer to him as an "arch conservative."

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Pop Quiz: Is the Duncanville, Texas Mayor a Fascist?

Fascist is not a word I throw around lightly. In fact, Godwin's Law states that the first person in an argument to use the word Nazi, loses. But to have a city councilor dragged by the Sherrif from a council meeting while he is trying to discuss his reasons for voting against a project supported by the mayor, Duncanville's Mayor David Green crossed a disturbing line.

I don't care how big a pain in the butt this councilman, Paul Ford is. He is a duly elected official of the city and represents those that elected him. Those citizens that he represents deserve more respect than was shown by this small town tyrant, Mayor Green.

God knows there were a lot of people that would love to have seen me dragged from the City Council chambers during my three years on Tulsa's city council, but even with the famed dissent that our council had, it never came close to the shameful display put on in Duncanville, Texas.

Mayor Green, if you should ever read this, know there is at least one citizen in a neighboring state that believes your actions soil the dignity of our republic. This kind of thing should NEVER happen in America.

You sir, are in my opinion, a fascist.

Medblogged Down for Awhile

I am going to be working on trying to transfer this blog from Blogger's server to that of my service provider for As such, the site will be potentially down while I'm attempting the move. I've had some difficulty getting this to work, and may need to let the site remain down for several hours to see if it is successful in completing the transfer. Sorry for the inconvenience.


[Note for Geeks: Blogger appears to be having a well documented problem with its FTP publishing. Cynics would say that it is an attempt by Google to force Blogger users to store all of their content on Google's servers. They're even discussing discontinuing the FTP publishing service. For me, the major problem is I have paid for a website server with GoDaddy. Blogger isn't allowing the Internet to see files that I save on my server. As such, I can't store my podcast files on my own site.

Blogger suggests that I use a third party (one of their corporate buddies) to store my files. That effectively means that I would have to waste a year's worth of hosting fees to GoDaddy. Not going to happen.

So it looks like I've finally been given the impetus to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress, which of course is one more headache I have to work on that will keep me from podcasting and keep me from going to the gym.

So let me just say, for now, GOOGLE SUCKS!!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Fox 23 Tulsa: Interviewed for Story on Illegal Immigration Process

Kaci Christian of Fox 23 News interviewed me for a story on the process for deporting illegal immigrants convicted of other crimes. I'll leave it to you to watch the segment, but I am amused by our friend, the Rev. Victor Orta, who in one breath says, "the law is the law," and in another breath intimates that illegal aliens should be given amnesty. Do you think he realizes how foolish he sounds?

Iowa and New Hampshire Need to Go

Not from the Union, but as the "first in the nation" tests in the electoral process that leads to the selection of the Republican nominee for President.

Iowa just passed a law legalizing same sex marriage. New Hampshire's governor has a bill that passed the legislature on his desk. Even if Governor Lynch doesn't sign the bill, New Hampshire is a state with a legislature willing to legalize gay marriage. As such, it shows that both states are out of touch with the values of the "red states."

By definition, all of the Republican nominee's electoral votes, come from "red states." Since the goal of nominating a candidate for president is to get said nominee elected to the presidency, why would we want "blue states" that don't vote for Republicans getting to decide which candidates have all the momentum in the process, prior to that process getting to the red states?

Are you following me?

The problem is, the blue state republicans come from states with greater population, for the most part, than the red states. Their size allows them to throw their weight around whenever talk comes around about changing the system.

Such republicans trend more to the center than their compatriots in states that actually vote Republican. In fact, the blue state members of the Republican National Committee are for the most part the very republicans who are currently calling for the national party to move to the middle. They think their reality is the nation's reality. As such, they want the red states to get behind moderate candidates that red staters view as soft, so that we might have a chance to win in the blue states.

But the GOP will never carry New York, Massachusetts or even California. So why do the representatives to the RNC from these states holding ANY sway over the process. They should be deferring to the representatives from the red states, or at the very least, from the GOP representatives of swing states like Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Indiana.

As such, if we're looking for a candidate that can win in a national election, the states chosen to fire up the process and thus get the lion's share of the candidates' early attention should be those very swing states mentioned above. Come out of those states with the lead, and there is a good chance that the rest of the country will be happy to follow suit. Come out of Iowa and New Hampshire with a commanding lead, and thus the nomination, and you're pretty much guaranteeing those states that you count on most come election day, will be less than enthused.

In other words, Iowa and New Hampshire need to go.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Michael Savage Ban An Obama Strategy?

The bizarre ban against radio talk show host Michael Savage which precludes Savage from being able to enter Great Britain, has got a lot of people scratching their heads. Why would a man who is admittedly opinionated and bombastic, be lumped into a category with racists, terrorists and killers?

To anyone who has ever listened to Savage's show, the announcement by the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, that country's top homeland security official, that Savage's rhetoric exemplifies "the sort of things that mean you won't be welcome in this country," seems to indicate that Britain has fallen over a precipice of political correctness. Smith explained her actions by citing that entry into Great Britain is a privilege.
"Coming to this country is a privilege," she said. "If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded."
What is dangerous about Smith's inclusion of Savage is this talk of values, standards and rules, as a criteria for admission to a supposedly free nation. It is consistent with the move away from the rule of law toward the rule of arbitrary opinion that seems a favorite tactic of the left. For me, this decision is a major stain on my personal perception of a country I have always thought of as America's best friend in the world.

But what if it is more than political correctness gone mad? What if it is a well thought out tactical move in a game of cynical politics? What if the inclusion of Savage was based less on what Savage in particular has said, but rather on what conservative talk show hosts as a group have said, and will say in the future? Think about it for a second. It's not so far fetched.

Both the United States and Great Britain are currently governed by the left. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown seemed overly solicitous of Obama during the President's recent trip to England. Earlier snubs by Obama when Brown was in Washington, D.C., seemed to fan the desire of Brown to gain Obama's public acceptance.

But aside from the relationship of the two top guys, it is easy to conclude that the staffs of the two world leaders would have a lot of common ground to talk about. It isn't hard to imagine that the "political" types from each administration have put their heads together to discuss some of the strategies and tactics they might pursue to further the cause of progressivism throughout the world. If you don't think such talks occur, then you need to get out in the real world a bit more.

So imagine one meeting where in the spirit of quid pro quo, somebody from Obama's team asks somebody from Brown's team if they could get some help making the case for the re-imposition of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."

"Gee, what could anyone in Britain do to aid in such an endeavor," they might be asked?

"Well, if you could determine that one of America's right-wing talk show hosts was too dangerous to enter your country because of the hate he spews," they might respond, "then I think it would go a long way in assisting us in convincing the independents and moderates of our country that what is being said on Talk Radio is dangerous in our country, too."

Of course, going after Limbaugh, Beck or Hannity would be too obvious. Better to target someone near, but not at the top of the radio world. Seems more credible that way, you know.

Who knows what the British liberals might want in return? Perhaps it could be something as simple as a better gift for the Brown's than a bunch of DVDs in the wrong format to be viewed across the pond. Who knows?

But this action by Brown's subordinate needs to be viewed with a very cynical eye, and should not be tolerated by the American public.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Chris Medlock Show First Podcast

Better late than never. Audacity rendered it as a huge stereo file and I had to compress it for size, but here it is, just a little over an hour late. But still within a year to when the first show on KFAQ was STILL ON THE AIR. My excuse and I'm sticking to it.

The Chris Medlock Show Inaugural episode. Download here.

A Slight Delay

I have finished recording my INAUGURAL podcast edition of The Chris Medlock Show, and Audacity is now rendering the MP3 file. Much to my chagrin, Audacity has the audacity to be taking its sweet time in doing so. The rendering time is nearly as long as the show itself!

Obviously, I have yet another thing to learn with regard to being a podcast producer.

Long and short of it is, once the file is available, I will upload it so that everyone can download it. It's looking like it will be some time between 2:15 and 2:30, unless I encounter another life lesson in technology's limitations.

Thanks for your interest and your patience.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Innugural Chris Medlock Show on the Internet

Despite the loss of our dog early this morning, I'm still planning on uploading the first ever Chris Medlock Show podcast Tuesday, May 5th at 2 PM. The show will not stream, but will be in the form of an .mp3 file, which can be listened to on your MP3 player or on your computer.

I'm not sure at this time how long the show will be, but know it will be at least forty minutes, which will make it about the length of an hour of my old show on KFAQ. As I climb the learning curve and also address some technical issues with my hosting service, bandwidth restrictions, my blog provider and a myriad of other things, I will hopefully begin to do more and longer shows.

Hope you will take some time Tuesday, when you get the chance, to "tune in." I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"I'm Telling You What He Meant To Say."

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs elicited laughter from the usually pro-administration White House press corps, by uttering the words "I'm telling you what he meant to say."

What who meant to say, you ask? Why the human gaffe machine Joe Biden, aka the Vice-President.

Representatives of the travel industry were aghast when Biden said on Thursday's Today Show on NBC that he wouldn't travel in enclosed spaces like airplanes and subways. Listen for yourself what Biden said, and determine for yourself what you think he meant to say.

Seems pretty clear to me that the Veep has been telling friends and family to not travel while the H1N1 virus is lurking about. If you're an executive for American Airlines (Tulsa's #1 employer) you can't be very happy hearing this from "Oh That's Just Joe."

You can even hear at the end of the CNN report the male anchor suggest that they will await a "clarification" from the administration. No kidding?

So now listen to the inept spin doctor stylings of Robert Gibbs as he takes questions from ABC's Jake Tapper.

Instead of trying pitifully to explain what Biden "meant to say," why doesn't Obama just send Gibbs onto Today so that he can tell the entire nation "what the Vice-President would say, if the President let him come out to play."

David Souter's Retirement the Left's Strategy?

Supreme Court justice David Souter, one of the committed liberals on the nation's highest court is stepping down. No illness, just a growing distaste for D.C., is the apparent reason. At only 69 years of age, Souter's retirement is coming at a very young age. So could there be a more tactical reason for his departure?

There are four reliable votes on the left and Souter is one of them. But history and polling trends may have the so-called progressives wondering if they're going to maintain control of the White House for more than one term. Gallup recently reported that President Obama's popularity at the 100 day mark of his term is the second lowest for an American President over the past 40 years. Only Bill Clinton, fresh off of his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military was lower, by just one point.

So, could Souter's exit be the start of an exodus into retirement for the other liberals on the high court? Ruth Bader Ginsberg is reported quite ill and might be force by her health to step down. That would leave Stevens and Breyer as liberal members on the court.

Souter's announcement, coupled with the surprise defection of Sen. Arlen Specter from the Republicans to the Democrats early this week, leads the pessimist in me to see a not so subtle pattern here. Specter sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. His defection also all but strips the Republicans in the Senate of any ability to hold up judiciary nominations, including that of Souter's and possibly Ginsberg's replacements. So what better time would there be than the next two years to stack the high court with young, committed liberals?

Clearing the aging progressives from the court and replacing them with jurists that can hold their spots on the bench for decades gives the left a very good chance of retaking control of the Supreme Court, should one of the conservatives have to step down in the next few years. Even if the GOP retakes control of the White House in 2012, it is unlikely that the GOP will get solid control of the Senate for several election cycles, meaning that the Democrats could force the appointment of a more moderate jurist by any new Republican president.

Only time will tell if Souter's early departure is about a growing distaste for Beltway politics, or a calculated attempt to wrest control of the court back to the left.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Louis Caldera: White House Scapegoat

Now that the MSM is more interested in discussing Arlen Specter's jump back to the Democrat party than they are Air Force One buzzing the people of lower Manhattan, it's time to put our thinking caps on. Do you really think that Louis Caldera, the low-level apparatchik in the Obama White House is the highest ranking official to have signed off on this wasteful and insensitive stunt?

Give it some thought.

1] This guy, Caldera, has the stroke to order Air Force officials to spend $300,000 of tax payer money to send one of the president's highly protected personal jets, worth tens of millions of dollars, to fly to NYC for a photo op?

2] If Caldera does have the stroke, he caused one Hell of a stir. He panicked people on both sides of the Hudson River, causing people to run in the streets, scream in fear and even evacuate office towers in both New York and New Jersey. How much productivity was lost? What is the economic impact of all of the time lost on the job by the thousands who took note or took action when Air Force One came by to buzz them? Given the monetary and psychological cost of this stunt, why has Caldera only been privately reprimanded? If this isn't a fireable offense in the Obama White House, what is?

It is the fact that Caldera hasn't been fired that makes anyone with a scintilla of sense smell a rat. Caldera is falling on his sword on this one, probably at the behest of his superiors, who want to maintain the illusion that Obama, or anyone close to Obama, knew nothing about this. Sure the buck stops in the oval office, but Obama was supposed to the the sensitivity president. How could someone who was going to raise politics to a level that transcended partisanship and divides have anything to do with something so callous and thoughtless.

Believe me, they don't want any of this to stick on "the Big O."

If Caldera truly acted alone, he should be fired. But I'm of the opinion that they will never fire Caldera, because he knows the truth and is willing to take the hit for the administration.

Look for him to get a big promotion of some kind, in or out of government. Maybe as an air traffic dispatcher.