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To all Kossacks:  Please take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable.  They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.  

There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds."  To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback.  We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.

We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

This isn't going to be much of a diary.  You can add anything you want about Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District.  Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes.  Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not.  Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.

What issues directly affect people in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 1st Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Jim Bridenstine.


U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1 General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate    Vote %    Votes
        Democratic     John Olson                       32%    91,421
        Republican    Jim Bridenstine               63.5%    181,084
        Independent     Craig Allen               4.5%    12,807

Total Votes:  285,312

Source:  http://www.ok.gov/...

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.

So far, we only have the basic information.  What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?

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Impressed or not impressed with Jim Bridenstine?

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Comment Preferences

  •  yay! (0+ / 0-)

    my representative!

    he makes me proud.

  •  i don't have time right now (0+ / 0-)

    to post about mr. bridenstine or the district. maybe tomorrow though!

  •  Well he's Pretty damn Conservative for one (0+ / 0-)

    He voted for Eric Cantor for speaker over Boehner.

  •  Oh and he's also voted the Freedom Works Line 100% (0+ / 0-)
  •  District 1 (0+ / 0-)

    we are considered "urban" but we are in reality a  rural rural mentality.  i don't care what the population density says.

    67% of us are white
    9% black
    9% hispanic
    7% native american

    and in Oklahoma it's a 50/50 split for the Native Americans on voting Democratic and Republican.

    Last Democrat elected was was in 1987.

    Bridenstine defeated incumbent republican John Sullivan (happily discussing key missed votes due to Sullivan's alcohol rehab) in the primary by running as a teaparty favorite that was essentially recruited by local businesses.

    The hot topics for Bridenstine in the last election were:

    defeating Obamacare (of course)
    defeating Obama's socialist agenda (of course)
    keeping Oklahoma water out of Texas (don't sell our water during a year's long drought!)
    getting that darn Keystone pipeline through Oklahoma because of jobs
    abolish the IRS and have national Sales Tax
    protect sanctity of of marriage
    and never ever ever raise taxes (shame on you boehner!)

    for the most part the average Okie wants washington to stay our of their lives. no taxes please. no spending. strong national defense. drill baby drill. no obama care. gays are bad. mexicans make great food, but get out. but the biggest most important think lately is GUNS!

    For a democrat to be elected to washington DC here he/she needs to:

    be against gay marriage
    never say a kind thing about Obama
    be pro-life
    be pro-gun
    tax cuts!
    be connected (see Dan Boren, Markwayne Mullen's predecessor. He got elected because his father runs the University of Oklahoma...and he's on the board at the NRA too)

    It will be very difficult for a Democrat to win here in the foreseeable future.

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