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August 13,

An older offender came up to me … and he said, ‘Just remember, we let you work here.’  We’re so outnumbered. They could take this place over anytime if they wanted to, any time, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Lt. Jai Batson, an officer at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington Oklahoma (Source:

August 5,

There’s any number of ways that this could have been done, but everybody had an objection with one of the ways to get it done. Rather than put the interest of public safety first, they’ve put how we get it done ahead of the families that can’t get autopsy results.

-Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, on lawmakers’ continuing failure to replace Oklahoma’s decrepit State Medical Examiner facility (Source:

August 2,

If they can’t be profitable without a tax giveaway, there are other problems.  We generally don’t use tax policy to continue to subsidize permanently what the private sector should be able to do on its own.

-David Blatt, director of Oklahoma Policy Institute, on Oklahoma continuing to subsidize oil & gas companies with state tax credits for horizontal drilling (Source:

August 1,

If Mr. Pruitt’s lawsuit were to prevail, all he would achieve is making health care unaffordable to over 300,000 Oklahomans. … The reality of a legal victory is a terrible loss for the low-income people of Oklahoma, whose taxes pay the attorney general’s salary.

-Congresswoman Jackie Speier, on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s lawsuit attempting to block the federal government from offering tax credits to low-income Oklahomans to assist with the cost of insurance (Source:

July 31,

If state officials put as much energy into educating the public about the [Affordable Care Act] as they do into denouncing it, folks might understand the law.

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, program minister for OKC’s First Unitarian Church (Source:

July 30,

The citizens mandated our state to offer health care access to low-income, working Oklahomans back in 2004. Not only did they support the program, but they also supported increasing tobacco taxes to pay for it. We need to obey the will of the people and develop a state plan to provide for health care access after we lose Insure Oklahoma.

-Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove (Source:

July 29,

I have actually transformed a closet where we house our anthropologist. I actually have her in a closet. There’s literally no place for me to put people.

-Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the state Medical Examiner’s Office, which continues to struggle with inadequate funding and out-of-date facilities. The office has a backlog of more than 1,300 cases, with Oklahomans left waiting months or years to find out the reasons for the death of loved ones. (Source:

July 26,

Somewhere in all the talk about being open for business and all the policy discussions about health care and tax incentives and education reform, the desire to fight poverty and help the least fortunate of society has, somehow, been pushed aside.

-M. Scott Carter, writing in the Journal Record (Source:

July 25,

There are thousands in the Tulsa area who have difficulty getting to and from work places. Crucially, directly affected folks have no other assured access to the workplace.”

-Tulsa city planner Dawn Warrick, on a proposed Bus Rapid Transit initiative that voters may consider in November (

July 24,

While the overall appropriation to corrections has increased 32% over the last 10-years, our violent crime rate continues to increase. 36 other states have experienced a decrease in their violent crime rate while in Oklahoma, ours remains high. In fact, it is increasing.

-Former House Speaker Kris Steele, who criticized Governor Fallin for refusing to implement reforms to Oklahoma’s criminal justice system (Source: