“In the auditing world, this arrangement is a nightmare. There are no checks and balances, no internal controls, endless conflicts of interests, inappropriate related party transactions. It’s ripe to misuse taxpayer dollars.”

-State Auditor Cindy Byrd discussing Epic Charter Schools’ board management processes that came to light from her office’s investigative audit [NonDoc]

“These are really extraordinary times. The need to connect people with health coverage is critically important right now.”

-Jesse Cross-Call, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities [The Nation]

“Medicaid expansion is the best economic development opportunity that Oklahoma has ever had and likely ever will have.”

-Paul Shinn, Budget and Tax Senior Policy Analyst with OK Policy [The Journal Record]

“Turning to managed care — which has shown to be infeasible in Oklahoma — is merely an expensive solution in search of a problem. Gov. Stitt and the OHCA administration would be better served carrying out the will of Oklahoma voters by putting their full energies into implementing Medicaid expansion as quickly as possible.”

-OK Policy Executive Director Ahniwake Rose [The Oklahoman

“There’s just no evidence that would suggest adding additional years or decades onto a person convicted for a nonviolent offense does anything in the way of reducing crime.”

-Kris Steele, executive director of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, speaking about SQ 805. [StateImpact Oklahoma]

“To preserve the system, we’re just begging the public to take the precautions necessary to prevent cases.”

-LaWanna Halstead, vice president of quality with the Oklahoma Hospital Association [CNHI via Tahlequah Daily Press]

“By putting this issue front and center, my hope is we can have similar discussions about education, about health, and about jobs and the economy.” 

-Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, during Thursday’s interim study on racial relations and policing [Tulsa World

“We were looking at a five-fold increase potentially over anything we’ve ever done historically at the Election Board, which translates to around 100,000-plus absentee requests.”

-Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman speaking about demand for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election [Tulsa World]

“There’s people in Oklahoma who need help and the Senate has had plenty of opportunities to pass a second stimulus package but they haven’t. They’ve completely failed at that job. Now they plan to rush through a Supreme Court justice nominee and there are still people suffering in our state and in our country. And that’s unacceptable.”

-Bradley Havenar, organizer of a protest about the U.S. Senate’s inaction regarding a second stimulus package [The Oklahoman]

“I just tell my people, if the wheels start to fall off, go find a lug wrench.”

-Stilwell School Superintendent Geri Gilstrap describing the need to improvise in the time of COVID-19 [Tulsa World]