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July 9,

Quote of the Day: “[Dr. Ramona] Paul understood that while pre-K is no silver bullet, the failure to help children destined to start kindergarten far behind their peers is ultimately more expensive. She understood that an early investment in children is a building block for future success.”

-The Oklahoman Editorial Board (Source:

July 8,

Even on the days when you’re not quite sure the decisions you make are the best for everybody, or if it’s that gut-wrenching decision where you’re just like ‘Could this be the best decision? Did I do this right?’ … you go home to your own child, and you’re like ‘Every kid deserves to have the safety and stability that I hope I’m providing for my child.’

-Katie Cooper, a child welfare worker with teh Oklahoma Department of Human Services (Source:

July 3,

Because the wages of DOC employees are so low, we struggle to keep anyone on the job, much less recruit anyone. This is dangerous because our prisons are full and we continue to imprison Oklahomans at a higher rate than just about anywhere in the world. There were large disturbances involving dozens of inmates at three institutions in recent months. One officer caught in a melee at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center in March admitted that the inmates beating him could have killed him if they’d so chosen. He’s thankful they didn’t, and legislators should be, too.

-Sean Wallace, executive director of Oklahoma Corrections Professionals (Source:

July 2,

It is almost impossible to identify one single person who is responsible for the accolades Oklahoma’s early childhood education system has received. But if there was one person who could be identified, there is no question Ramona would be that person. I can’t overstate how extraordinary her contribution has been.

-Steven Dow, executive director of CAP Tulsa, on Dr. Ramona Paul, who passed away Sunday night (Source:

July 1,

Failing to create an Oklahoma Plan will undoubtedly result in increased cost-shifting to businesses and untold damage to our health-care infrastructure as hospitals and health systems are forced to care for the uninsured on even smaller budgets. We urge state leaders to review the Leavitt Report and pursue all available options to assure affordable coverage for all Oklahomans.

-Mike Neal, President of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, on the proposal to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars through Insure Oklahoma (Source:

June 28,

Oklahoma hospitals have had a long-standing interest in decreasing the number of uninsured in Oklahoma, toward a goal of ‘coverage for all, paid for by all.’ We all know that care of the uninsured is currently paid for by everyone who pays their hospital bill or has insurance.

Craig Jones, President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, on accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma (Source:

June 27,

For kids that aren’t even born yet, for generations that don’t even exist yet, that this will be a case that they will know by name. United States v. Windsor will be a case that they know by name.

–Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found it was unconstitutional to deny federal benefits to legally recognized same-sex marriages.

June 26,

It makes little sense to support these students through the common education system, only to either shut the door to higher education or make it so difficult to open that many give up. Oklahoma needs more highly educated citizens. And make no mistake, many of these students are Oklahomans, raised here from a young age.

-The Oklahoma Editorial Board, writing that young people whose parents brought them into the United States illegally shouldn’t be penalized (Source:

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: