“During Oklahoma’s runoff primary elections on Tuesday night, six more state representatives lost their bid for re-election as Republican voters continue to oust lawmakers who opposed a tax hike to fund teacher pay raises.
…”Back in June’s primaries, the Oklahoma House of Representatives saw five lawmakers sent packing after being voted out of office by conservative constituents. Those representatives had also been opponents of the tax hike on fuel, cigarettes and energy production that was used to pay for teacher salary increases.
…”The tax rise resulted in an average teacher pay raise of just over $6,000 annually and is the first salary increase for Oklahoma teachers in a decade. Even after more than a dozen Republican representatives challenged the bill, it was eventually passed by the state’s Senate in late March.
…”But before the legislation was passed, 19 House Republicans voted against it. Now, after the latest round of elections, eight of those lawmakers have been defeated, the Associated Press reported. Seven others involved in the controversy decided not to run for re-election at all. Only four of the representatives have managed to advance to the general election this November.”
That’ll teach ‘em.