"But there is a different story in the DNA of Oklahoma politics. It’s a truly forgotten story in the relatively brief history of this state that people fled the past to create. When the former Indian Territory became Oklahoma in 1907, it had one of the most progressive constitutions in the union, influenced largely by a farmer-labor coalition. Yet small farmers and laborers—75 percent of the population of around two million by 1920—grew less secure and more economically burdened in the early years of statehood, while “New White elites” (bankers, lawyers, merchants and landlords) flourished. These increasingly downtrodden voters gave Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs 16 percent of the Oklahoma vote in 1912, compared with 6 percent nationally. And for a tumultuous moment a decade later, a semi-Socialist grassroots Oklahoma movement elected a governor...

There are echoes of those farmers and laborers in today’s tea partiers and Wall Street occupiers, but also in Democrats and Republicans who long to recover their faith in politics. A faith in politics, and a determination to make politics work anew for common people, finds impassioned and often eloquent expression in the forgotten pages of the Reconstructionist. Its voices, and its lessons, deserve remembering.

Krista Tippett, from "Oklahoma: A Public Radio Host Uncovers Socialism in the Sooner State" in Religion & Politics

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"There is real tragedy hear in the betrayal of voter intent, but even more so in the way these failures of individual character have erased the honesty and principled engagement of thousands of ordinary citizens from histrory"     -Krista Tippett           (she's a good egg).

Interesting. Didn't know that, I've always thought OK was a very conservative state. 

Krista - I would sadly also add David Walters to that list with David Hall.