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Transitions: OK Policy hiring a new Director of Communications

Oklahoma Policy Institute is now accepting applications for an experienced and effective Communications Director to replace Gene Perry, who has accepted a position as manager of government relations for the Cherokee Nation. Gene has been a valuable member of Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: New data tool tracks OK’s prison population; 2019 Fall Internships; & more…

This week, Open Justice Oklahoma launched a new data tool that provides up-to-date looks at the state’s incarceration rate and prison overcrowding crisis. The Oklahoma DOC Tracker will be updated weekly with data from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, giving policymakers and the public timely information about trends in our justice system. [More...]

Join our team as a paid fall intern!

OK Policy is now accepting applications for paid, part-time internships in our Tulsa office during the Fall 2019 semester! We are a non-partisan think tank working to promote adequate, fair, and fiscally responsible funding of public services and expanded opportunity… Read more [More...]

Track Oklahoma’s prison population with Open Justice Oklahoma’s new dashboard

The Oklahoma DOC Tracker, a tool released today by Open Justice Oklahoma, aims to bridge the gap in information by providing convenient access to the most current data about our state's incarceration crisis and allowing comparisons to other states and to benchmarks like the national average. [More...]

Preview of an attack on Oklahoma’s judicial nominating process (Capitol Update)

I heard Professor Andrew Spiropoulos of the OCU Law School speak last week about the need to restructure the way we select our supreme court justices in Oklahoma. In 2005-2006 Spiropoulos was Senior Counselor to Oklahoma House Speaker Todd Hiett. Hiett was elected Speaker after the Republicans gained control of the House in 2004. Spiropoulos is also associated with the Heritage Foundation and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. His ideas are worth noting because they will likely influence what will become known as "court reform" when the next legislative session rolls around. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: New OK Policy leader; interim studies; how to improve child well-being; & more…

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Mental Health Policy Analyst / Mental Health Policy Fellowship Coordinator Lauren Turner

Oklahoma Policy Institute has grown a lot in the past few years. From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 19, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers. [More...]

OK Policy selects Ahniwake Rose as new Executive Director

Oklahoma Policy Institute announced today that Ahniwake Rose, an Oklahoma native who is currently serving as Deputy Director and interim Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., has been chosen to lead the organization as its next Executive Director. She will replace longtime director David Blatt, who earlier this year announced his intention to step down this fall. [More...]

House lawmakers request a wide range of interim studies (Capitol Update)

This could be an active interim if House interim study requests are any indication. The deadline for representatives to request studies was last Friday, June 21. Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, will announce the approved studies and related committee assignments no later than July 19. House members have requested 145 studies on a variety of topics. In the past the Speaker has combined requests that appeared to be on the same or compatible topics and approved them as a single study. It is within the Speaker's discretion which studies to authorize and, with 145 requests, it's doubtful they will all be approved. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: How Oklahoma ranks for child well-being; progress on child care; crumbling OKDHS oversight; & more…

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. [More...]

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