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My schedule is never the same from one week to the next. I can’t plan anything. I used to have another part-time job but I just couldn’t work out the schedules. And ordinary stuff like knowing when I can be home to take care of the kids and the house while my wife works or studies? – Forget it!

-Fast-food worker Maurice, whose story is told in the OK Policy Blog’s “Neglected Oklahoma” series 


I know the sound of terrorism. I felt the Murrah Building Bombing shake my body; I will never forget. My grandfather, a doctor, provided free medical care for those wounded. I was chosen to paint a tile for the memorial. Calling non-violent, peaceful protesting “terrorism” is an insult to all of those who suffered due to the indiscriminate violence that ensued April 19, 1995.

-OU graduate student Moriah Stephenson, who is one of two activists facing potential “terrorism hoax” charges for hanging a banner in the Devon Tower to protest fracking (Source:

The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.

-Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the New York-based Satanic Temple, on a monument the group is proposing to build near the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma Capitol (Source:

The bottom line is Jesus teaches us to care about everybody, and this is a pathway to follow his teaching.

-The First United Methodist Church of Edmond’s Senior Pastor Bertha Potts, speaking about the church’s efforts to help uninsured Oklahomans enroll in the Affordable Care Act marketplace (Source:

“To help Black male student-athletes coming from disadvantaged schools and neighborhoods adjust and thrive in the college setting, the NCAA and its member institutions should utilize some of their billions in new TV revenue to adopt and pay for specific policies and programs that would provide much needed resources and support.”

Damario Solomon-Simmons, managing partner of SolomonSimmonSharrock law firm and Legislative Liaison for Oklahoma Policy Institute

The fact that we are obviously OK with kicking this can down the road of our officers working 60-hour-plus workweeks while someone at 7-Eleven is working a 40-hour workweek and making more money is unacceptable, and they should be ashamed.

-David Ramsey, president of the Oklahoma Corrections Professionals, responding to a statement by Governor Fallin’s top lawyer saying the governor is not concerned that Oklahoma prisons are staffed at under 60 percent (Source:

I know the budget outlook is kind of shady right now.

-Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, who said another income tax cut will be on the agenda in 2014, even though officials are expecting a $171 million decline in funding for state services (Source:

I think it’s something our legislators need to think about. We have very low bond indebtedness in the state of Oklahoma … and (bond) prices have been very, very good. And by 2018, 85 percent of the state’s debt with bond issues drops off the books.

Gov. Mary Fallin, encouraging legislators to consider a bond issue to pay for repairs to the crumbling Capitol building []

State leaders are failing us. We are asking too much of our heroic corrections employees, many of whom are now working mandatory 60 hours a week, and it is going to get someone killed.

-Sean Wallace, executive director of Oklahoma Corrections Professionals, who released a survey showing Oklahoma’s correctional officer to offender ratio is the worst in the nation, and they have the 3rd lowest average starting pay (Source:

Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent.

-One of the science standards developed as part of the Common Core that does not appear in Oklahoma’s new science standards. The state’s new standards copy verbatim most of the Common Core standards, except for deleting references to evolution and climate change. (Source: