Something on your mind? Share your thoughts on our blog

Last week we posted a guest blog on a legislative proposal to change the treatment of military retirement income, which set off a small firestorm of controversy in our comments section. In the six months or so that we’ve been running this blog, this was the third time people have accepted our open invitation to submit guest contributions – the other two posts addressed protecting our natural resources and last session’s proposal to repeal education mandates in SB 834.

We look forward to running guest contributions more often. We believe this blog can serve as a forum for honest and lively debate. We encourage you to submit guest blog posts on subjects that are important to you or in response to points of view that others have expressed in this space. We just ask that everyone treat the OK Policy blog more like a front porch conversation than like a heated argument. This is a discussion of issues with the intent of making Oklahoma better for all of us. The first step to coming to agreement is to have a free exchange of ideas in a respectful way.

Here are our blog guidelines:

–We will post entries that make an argument on public policy issues of importance to Oklahomans, whether we agree or disagree with the author’s point of view. However, we reserve the right not to post any blog entry submitted to us.

–Contributions addressing OK Policy’s core policy areas of state budget, revenues, and expenditures; poverty and wealth creation; or the economy will receive strongest consideration.

–Blog entries should be between 250 and 550 words. They should be original contributions and not pieces that have been published elsewhere.

–We will run a short disclaimer before guest posts stating that the post reflects the opinions of the author and not of OK Policy.

–We might, in some instances and without revealing the content of your post, solicit a contrasting opinion to yours on your issue in advance of publishing it.

–Please remember to include a title for your post and brief (20 words maximum) biographical or background information that can appear in the introduction to the post.

Send your submissions to David Blatt ( or Matt Guillory ( We hope to hear from you!


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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