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September 5,

We really view the teen pregnancy prevention program as a drop out prevention program. This is really going to help students stay in school, finish school, go onto college, get good jobs, make Tulsa a better place to live.

-Kim Schutz, Director of the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, on Tulsa Public Schools’ decision to expand a comprehensive sex education program for 7th, 9th, and 11th graders (Source: 

September 3,

The shocking thing is, every time these things come up, we say give us a list of frivolous lawsuits or a list of suits outside the bounds of reasonableness. Inevitably, it is some example from out of the state. There is no litigation crisis.

-Tulsa attorney Guy Fortney, on a special session beginning today to restore tort reform laws that the Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional (Source:

August 30,

Oh, boy.

-Paul Bronson, Oklahoma City’s assistant public works director, on seeing oil in the Oklahoma River the morning after lightning struck a tank battery spilling 385 barrels of oil and saltwater (Source:

August 28,

We know that we haven’t been able to fund our schools adequately, and our corrections systems, child welfare and services for the developmentally disabled. So when you have a tax break in place that is costing the state such substantial revenue, it has real consequences.

-OK Policy Director David Blatt, on why Oklahoma needs to rein in skyrocketing tax breaks for horizontal drilling which totaled $148 million this year (Source:

August 27,

I’m very excited about the thought that we might be able to give our teachers raises, but being in the business I’m in, I certainly worry about a funding source, and a dedicated funding source, so that we could keep the raises funded every year.

-Rep. Lee Denney (R-Stillwater), chair of the appropriations subcommittee for education, on state Superintendent Janet Barresi’s suggestion that schools give all teachers $2,000 raises without any extra funds from the state (Source:

August 26,

I’m not doing this because I’m Hispanic. I’m doing this because I’m a Christian.

-Rev. Felix Cabrera, pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church, on why he recorded a radio ad for a national campaign by evangelicals urging Congress to pass immigration reform (Source:

August 23,

States can … use their resources in a zero-sum battle with each other to provide incentives to lure companies to one state or another. But all the resources that states waste on those efforts are resources they don’t have to make their people more productive.

-Noah Berger, co-author of study showing that high wages and productivity in states is closely correlated with having a well-educated workforce, but there is no significant link between a state’s tax rates and its wages (Source:

August 22,

The drug testing of SNAP recipients is yet another ideological sideshow that disfigures substance-abuse policy. It falsely implies that substance use disorders are a widespread cause of welfare dependence. It also implies, again falsely, that these disorders are highly concentrated among recipients of public aid.

– Harold Pollack and Sheldon Danziger, writing in the Washington Post (Source:

August 21,

We turn people away every day who need help because they aren’t ill enough, and we just don’t have enough money to pay our contractors to hire enough therapists and provide enough medication to reach people. So then they get sicker, and finally, they do meet the criteria.

-Terri White, director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (Source:

August 19,

Requiring a woman to show her identification before purchasing the pill seems designed to intimidate or humiliate consumers.  State legislation requires everyone to show identification to purchase over-the-counter medications that include pseudoephedrine. That’s because it is a key component in making methamphetamine. Requiring consumers to show ID for pseudoephedrine is designed to curtail criminal activity.  State legislation seems to equate the two — contraception and manufacturing drugs.

-Muskogee Phoenix Editorial Board (Source: