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June 25,

He made a mistake way back when, and he paid the price and learned from that mistake, and now he’s helping other people.

-Former Gov. Brad Henry, who commuted Aaron Cosar’s life sentence after he had spent 25 years imprisoned for a murder committed when he was 19. Cosar was released two years ago and now teaches life skills to other former inmates at The Education and Employment Ministry (Source:

June 24,

If I’m uninsured and it’s October, I won’t be able to go anywhere without escaping a message. I turn on my TV and there’s an ad. I go on the Internet and there’s another ad. Someone shows up at my door to talk about it. I go to church and my pastor is talking about it.

-John Gilbert, who field operations for the non-profit Enroll America, which is working to alert uninsured Americans about new opportunities to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Source:

June 21,

I’ve been working on this the last three days with DEQ and it’s been frustrating because so many miles of the river are dead now. There are no fish in the water, no gar, nothing.

-Spencer Grace, Kay County’s Game Warden, on an abrupt and ‘catastrophic’ die-off of thousands of fish in the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River in north-central Oklahoma (Source:

June 20,

The top five industries with workers who fall into the newly eligible Medicaid population are those we interact with on a daily basis. They are the workers who serve our meals, build our homes, care for our children, and assist our aging loved ones. Do they not deserve health insurance?

-OK Policy analyst Tiece Dempsey, author of a fact sheet showing why accepting federal funds to extend Medicaid would be good for Oklahoma workers and businesses (

June 19,

What should scare the hell out of Oklahoma’s economic development crowd is that only 15 percent of Hispanics here have completed a postsecondary education. … If Oklahoma wants a workforce that will bolster the economy and attract corporate towers, the state will have to get the poor and minority populations into the classrooms.

-Journal Record Editor Ted Streuli (Source:

June 18,

You know, just because it is legal doesn’t make it ethically and morally right for shareholders to make a profit off of incarceration of our fellow citizens. I guess with my Christian upbringing, there has always been a conflict with that.

-Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones, who has run afoul of policymakers who want to put more state inmates in private prisons. Jones announced his resignation yesterday (Source:

June 17,

As millions of families are struggling to put food on the table, now is not the time to cut SNAP. Feed The Children daily witnesses the success and efficiency of this program in meeting the basic needs of the most vulnerable. SNAP works, reaching those greatest in need.

-Kevin Hagan, president of the Oklahoma-based non-profit Feed the Children, which is fighting to stop a federal Farm Bill that would cut $20.5 billion from SNAP (food stamps) over the next 10 years. He said all of the food provided by charities in the United States only amounts to about 6 percent of the food distributed by federal food programs (Source:

June 14,

The day has been a red-letter day for the people of Arizona.  It was a win, win, win all the way around.

-Republic Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer, on the state’s approval of the Medicaid expansion after a lengthy legislative fight (Source:

June 12,

It’s a person. It could be your mom, your dad. Imagine going to the hospital and feeling they are treating you differently once the moment you say you don’t have insurance or you don’t have a Social Security number.

-Oklahoma City resident Deisy Escalera, whose father is struggling to afford dialysis treatments for kidney failure without insurance, because his undocumented immigrant status bars him from federal aid (Source:

June 11,

I’m just doing this pro bono. They ask me why I do this. Well, I don’t play golf or anything like that.

-Attorney Jerry Fent, on why he continues to file lawsuits challenging questionably constitutional bills approved by the Legislature.