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Mayor McModern

How Mick Cornett handles the challenges of modernizing a city in a rustic state will determine his legacy.


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Keith Gaddie
Any Oklahoman who ever flew on Delta knows Bill Hartsfield. The airport in Atlanta exists because of Hartsfield, who as a councilman aggressively promoted aviation. As mayor, he was first and foremost a booster of innovations and of Atlanta business.
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Strangers on a train


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Keith Gaddie
My friend Scott Buchanan says, "When we rode trains, we were more civilized." I recently tested his proposition, riding a train home from a conference in Houston. If you're in a hurry, don't take the ...
 
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blogs by the numbers, fin


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Keith Gaddie
Over the past month, I've run a pair of columns on political blogs in the state. I noted the limited penetration of those blogs; the tendency of blogs on the right to get engaged in internal ideologic...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Liberal blogs by the numbers


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Keith Gaddie
When last we visited, I discussed conservative Oklahoma blogs, how small and narrow their readership was, and how much blog conflict takes place in a largely empty echo chamber. I also observed that t...
 
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Conservative blogs by the numbers


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Keith Gaddie
There's an old saw in campaign politics that goes "politicians think everyone knows them because they only go to places where they know people." Fragmentation allows readers to consume information nar...
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Policy ideas for the tea party crowd


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Keith Gaddie
The "tea party" crowd can be a force in Oklahoma politics. To do so, they need to do more than protest the status quo, which inexplicably emerged before their eyes this past May after eight years in t...
 
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Not necessarily the year 2010


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Keith Gaddie
Jan. 1, 2010: 31,000 University of Oklahoma football fans show up at the El Paso International Airport asking for their charter to Los Angeles. Sun Bowl promoters sold out the game by telling Sooners ...
 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Back to the public space


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Keith Gaddie
MAPS 3 passed. Now, what does this vote tell us about Oklahoma City? The first lesson is that voting majorities in Oklahoma City continue to be willing to invest in the public space. If you look at...
 
Thursday, December 17, 2009

E.Z. Quixote


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Keith Gaddie
There is an old Southern tradition that says you should have your opponents speak at your funeral, because they know you better than anyone, and they will try to do you justice in your passing. I come...
 
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shoot the moon ... or quit


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Keith Gaddie
Driving down the highway, I engage in a sorting and shuffling exercise. I review concerns, irritations, hopes, priorities and projects in order to decide where to put energy and assets. The powers tha...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Red state changing


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Keith Gaddie
What a difference a decade or so makes. Thirteen years ago, Kim and I left New Orleans for Norman. I wanted out of Tulane University. The University of Oklahoma offered me a chance to start over, ...
 
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dominoes, anyone?


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Keith Gaddie
Mary Fallin is running for governor, and the 5th Congressional District is once again open. The consequences are many, as political ambitions again get released and posturing starts. The fires of ...
 
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mallseum


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Keith Gaddie
The decline of the giant shopping mall is in full swing. There are 1,100 shopping malls in the US, and they are not doing so well. Crossroads Mall, which is now without a single anchor store, will soo...
 
Thursday, February 5, 2009

Okla'bama' Thunder


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Keith Gaddie
Michael Tomasky, American editor of London's The Guardian newspaper's U.S.-centered Web site, made a set of three suggestions to guide the Obama administration's effort to broaden its support. The fir...
 
Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sportswriter B(ull)CS


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Keith Gaddie
The Oklahoma Sooners made the BCS title game. The path was criticized by sports writers, who think OU going to the Big 12 championship is nothing less than a Red River sellout. Lord knows what they'll...
 
Thursday, December 11, 2008
 
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