The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 21, 2012

Apathy and term limits make for a boring election

NORMAN — While many states are enjoying a robust national political debate complete with newspaper and television advertising, Oklahoma is once again left out of the picture.

Longtime political strategist Pat Hall of Norman concedes the state’s electoral votes will go to Mitt Romney. Oklahoma hasn’t voted for a Democrat for President since Lyndon Johnson ran in 1964.

“We’re not a flyover state,” Hall told a business group. “Heck, we’re not even a drive-by state.”

The lack of contested races is embarrassing, he said. Of 27 state Senate seats, only 13 are contested. Of 101 House of Representatives seats, only 34 are really competitive races.

The six state questions have wide-ranging implications but voters may not get that far down the ticket and may just as well vote no.

“Term limits and apathy have decreased the number of competitive races,” Hall said. “This election is boring to some people.”

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Skay McCall grew up running through downtown Norman. His family’s clothing store on Main Street gave him a birds-eye view of downtown.

He could stop by the TG&Y for lots of cool stuff, grab a sheet of taffy at the Sooner Theatre snack bar and then hunker down for a double Disney feature.

He’s back downtown now as a manager of Das Boot Camp, a new Main Street restaurant in the spot of Norman’s first TG&Y at 229 E. Main Street.

The restaurant, owned by the Gmeiner family of Royal Bavaria on Sooner Road, opened this weekend.

It’s a German theme with handcrafted beer and authentic food. The new restaurant is the latest on Main, which is becoming quite the dining destination.

Between University and Porter, we count more than a dozen eateries, ranging from Thai to Greek.

That’s a long way from coffee shops, Denco’s, Levi’s, Eddie’s and The Chicken Shack.

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