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This week on the OK Policy Blog, we offered some suggestions for the Governor’s second-term agenda. We crunched the numbers and found that Oklahoma failed to make gains in electing women and people of color in this month’s elections. In his weekly Capitol Update, Steve Lewis predicted changes in House leadership in the upcoming session.
Following up on a previous post on the topic, we showed how the US Postal Service could return to profitability while meeting a huge need in many Oklahoma communities. A post in our Neglected Oklahoma series examined an Oklahoma woman’s struggles to avoid homelessness. We’ve written before about why Oklahoma needs long-term solutions for homelessness.
On the OK PolicyCast, we feature an informal with the Oklahoma Sustainability Network‘s Montelle Clark on the pros and cons of Oklahoma’s various energy sources – including coal, natural gas, geothermal, and wind energy. Clark delivered the talk to students at the 2014 Summer Policy Institute. We also discuss the week’s headlines. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or RSS.
On Tuesday, Dr. Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota spoke about the future of the Affordable Care Act in the aftermath of Republican gains in the 2014 mid-term elections to a lunchtime audience at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The talk was presented by Oklahoma Scholars Strategy Network and Oklahoma Policy Institute. His presentation is available here. NewsOK’s coverage of Dr. Jacob’s talk can be found here. The Red Dirt Report covered the event here.
In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt argued that Oklahoma seems to have given up on state elections. The Oklahoman Editorial Board weighed in on our recommendations to restore health to our democracy. Our examination of elections in Oklahoma can be found here. In our Editorial of the Week, the Tulsa World discussed how state budget cuts are set to eliminate important juvenile justice services and make government more inefficient.
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