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The ‘Teachers Caucus’: Game Changer or Quixotic Quest? As the election approaches, one of the big questions is whether many of the educators running for the Oklahoma Legislature for the first time will win or lose. These candidates, part of the so-called “teachers’ caucus,” jumped into the race saying they were fed up with low teacher salaries and wanted more funding for schools. In this Oklahoma Watch radio report, Brad Gibson spotlights the campaigns of three of these political rookies [Oklahoma Watch].
Vote yes on all judicial retention nominees: Two judges on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, two on the Court of Criminal Appeals and three on the Court of Civil Appeals appear on November’s retention ballot. While we haven’t been pleased with every decision that has come out of the state’s court system in recent years, we support retaining all the judges. We were disappointed when the Supreme Court ordered a privately funded Ten Commandments monument off the state Capitol grounds [Editorial Board / Tulsa World]. Here’s what you need to know about judges on the ballot in Oklahoma [OK Policy].
Penny Sales Tax For Education Spurs Debate: Voters on Nov. 8 may feel like they are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to State Question 779, the proposed 1 percent sales tax increase for education. If enough votes are yes, Oklahoma’s public education will get a critically needed infusion of funds, said David Boren, one of the main crafters of the initiative, who said he was speaking to The Lawton Constitution as a private citizen, not as University of Oklahoma president. Enough yes votes will also add 1 percent to every municipality’s sales taxes, raising Lawton’s total sales tax rate to 10 percent, which can seriously affect the city and its citizens, said Fred Fitch, who said he was speaking as a private citizen rather than Lawton’s mayor [Lawton Constitution]. See OK Policy’s fact sheet about SQ 779 here.
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