Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has an important message to registered voters today: YOU MATTER!
YES: Jari Askins (D – Governor)
Like Wayne, OklahomaRock.com is throwing its full support behind Jari Askins. She’s an accessible political figure for Oklahoma music, seen at events like the official Oklahoma Rock Song announcement, the opening of ACM@UCO and the opening of the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown. She’s a hard worker and we believe she can do good things for the state of Oklahoma and its creative class.
NO: Aaron Stiles (R – Rep. 45)
Normally, we would back a venue owner, but not those that allegedly treat local bands and music fans badly. As the owner of The Red Room in Norman, Stiles has allegedly threatened members of a local band with a lawsuit over blogs about their bad experiences there. When bands have replied negatively to the venue’s constant messaging on MySpace for them to play the venue, he has allegedly said things like “Okay. Have fun working at mcdonalds.”
NO: Lloyd Fields (D – Labor Commissioner)
In 2008, Fields was sent to the drunk tank after allegedly trying to steal a full-time bull rider/part-time bad musician’s guitar at a rodeo after party. We at OklahomaRock.com do not endorse stealing guitars. Fields also owes $26,0000 in unpaid child support from 1997.
NO: Mark Costello (R – Labor Commissioner)
In what is truly a lose-lose situation, Fields’ challenger for Labor Commissioner is no better of a choice. Costello is running a campaign based on the Mello Yello jingle and the fact that his opponent stole a guitar. The guitar’s owner – full-time bull rider/part-time bad musician Colby Yates – is also used in Costello’s ads. Nevermind that Yates’ songs have lyrics that would make Hinder shudder. Also, Costello owes a lot of money in unpaid taxes.
HOORAY!: David Holt (R – Sen 30)
Luckily, Holt won his primary and has no Democrat challenger. As Chief of Staff for Mayor Mick Cornett, Holt was involved in having Flaming Lips Alley, Charlie Christian Avenue, Vince Gill Avenue and Wanda Jackson Way named in Bricktown. Like Askins, Holt is accessible and is always seen at Oklahoma music events.
HOORAY!: Joe Dorman (D – Rep. 65) & Mike Schulz (R – Sen 38)
Dorman & Schulz both ran unopposed and will be back for another term. Together, they co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 24 for the Official Oklahoma State Rock Song.
Dorman also recently co-authored HCR1063 in April, commending Leon Russell of his accomplishments and pushing for actions to be taken for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BOOOO!: The Big Flaming Hypocrites
If we could, we would vote against David Derby (R – HD 74), Marian Cooksey (R – HD 39) & Lee Denney (R – HD 33) because of their glory-hogging, hypocritical and spineless actions. Unfortunately, Derby won his primary with no Democrat opponent and Cooksey and Denney ran unopposed.