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  •  Better than a sharp stick in the eye (2+ / 0-)
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    How clear/unclear is Oklahoma's term limits language?

    I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

    by OGGoldy on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:44:18 AM PDT

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    •  He Could Probably Run (6+ / 0-)

      There's pretty good legal reasoning, as mentioned in the article, that he could probably run again because the law couldn't retroactively apply to him. Perhaps the most prominent example of this is Jerry Brown of California. Despite there being a strict two-term limit for life in California now, Brown served his first two terms before the new term limit was established, so he was allowed to run for Governor again and will probably hold the title of longest serving Governor of California forever unless California changes its term limit laws again. In any event, as the article also notes, the Oklahoma Supreme Court is filled with Democratic judges, particularly ones appointed by Brad Henry, so there's probably a good chance that they would back him up on this if he pursued the issue in court.

      I'm not quite certain how I feel about Henry possibly making a comeback in 2014. He's certainly accomplished a lot in Oklahoma and he's still pretty young, relatively speaking. I've generally been hopeful that he would run for one of the Senate seats if they ever became open, though it seems doubtful he could pull it off considering how red the state has become at the federal level and considering some of his policy stances, most of all the fact that he's pro-choice. I would probably prefer for him to run for Governor in 2018 when it's an open seat, but if he finds reason to believe that he has a solid chance of beating Fallin in 2014, then by all means, I think he should go for it.

      •  Coburn had pledged to serve only 2 terms, (4+ / 0-)
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        Jorge Harris, jncca, walja, MichaelNY

        and he actually kept his 3 term pledge while in the House, so I don't see why he would renege on his current pledge. If Henry waited just two more years he could run for an open Senate seat. Against someone like Bridenstine, and with a less toxic national Democratic ticket, I would imagine Henry would at least make it a very competitive race.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:29:54 AM PDT

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