In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.
With about six weeks left before the general election, state Rep. Joe Dorman and Gov. Mary Fallin have launched new TV ads for their campaigns. KGOU shared audio from a panel at OK Policy’s Summer Policy Institute, which discussed the state’s fiscal policy challenges and how massive education cuts may cost the state jobs. The state will ask the Oklahoma Supreme Court to validate the legality of a $120 million Capitol repair bond measure after an attorney challenged its constitutionality.
In an interview with Huffington Post Live, state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) said he stands behind his comments that be believes Islam is a cancer, and he argued that Islam is not a religion. Meanwhile, the director of an Oklahoma Muslim group said he received a threat calling for his death and the death of all Muslims in America. Heavily armored military vehicles purchased this summer by Tulsa police and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are each expected to be operational within the next 30 to 60 days. The Oklahoman previously reported on how Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are stocking up on military-grade equipment through a Defense Department program that offers the equipment at a small fraction of its original price.
Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who is accused of committing sexual misconduct while on duty. The OK Policy Blog discussed how a push by lawmakers to expand the taking of DNA samples from anyone who has been arrested could end up sending innocent Oklahomans to prison. A Pittsburg County district judge will hear arguments today from attorneys seeking to force the state to release a report that allegedly recommended closure of the Narconon drug rehabilitation facility after three patients died. The lawsuit claims that the state concealed the report because they did not want to get involved with litigation involving the Church of Scientology, which runs Narconon.
On the A View From The Edge blog, Jenks principal Rob Miller showed what it might look like if we discussed doctors the same way we discussed teachers in Oklahoma. This Land Press examined how Tulsa and other U.S. cities have struggled with the legacy of race riots and massacres of African-Americans. Oklahoma City Public Schools officials are considering pre-employment and post-employment drug testing for teachers, administrators and support staff. Oklahoma’s Alcoholic Beverage and Laws Enforcement Commission said they may become “more aggressive” over funds diverted from the agency by the federal government if the money is not reimbursed. A potential water emergency faces the City of Cleveland in Pawnee County, after a drought has caused a lake that is the town’s only water source to drop 11 feet below normal.
The Number of the Day is the percentage of Oklahoma nursing homes with “severe deficiencies,” defined as violations of state or federal law that resulted in resident injury, abuse, neglect or death. In today’s Policy Note, the Economic Policy Institute discusses what we can do about the stagnating wages for most Americans.
continue reading In The Know: Dorman, Fallin launch TV ads in governor’s race