Dems dare to challenge Okla GOP, at political risk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In the reddest of red states, some
Democratic legislators who disagree with the GOP majority's take on
abortion, guns and federally arranged health care fear Oklahoma
policy is being dictated by some who "put their finger in the
wind."
Even for a left-leaning Democrat, a vote against politically
charged issues can spell doom in an election year. Especially in a
conservative state like Oklahoma, where President Obama failed to
win any of its 77 counties.
Republican leaders in the House and Senate say Second Amendment
issues and the federal health care bill reflect genuine concerns
they hear from Oklahoma voters.
Seminole Democrat Ryan Kiesel says he thinks it's a shame when
Democrats feel they have to "put their finger in the wind" and
govern by poll numbers.


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