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Fresh update on "oklahoma" discussed on WBZ Morning News
"Um and get ready to put on auction mask and then attempted to open. Adorable plane. Delta Airlines confirms it was an off duty flight attendant who was subdued by the flight crew. Passengers say the pilot even called for help. This comes as the FAA reports a disturbing rise in passenger disruptions. This year Delta flight diverted to Oklahoma City where the man was arrested, police informants continued to search for a suspect in connection with an attempted abduction. Happened about 10 30 Friday night when a man confronted a 16 year old girl as she walked home on Clinton Avenue. The man said, To be 40 to 50 years old. He was in a black SUV. Anyone with information has to contact Falmouth Police. A memorial service helped last night to remember the 49 people killed in the pulse nightclub massacre. In Orlando five years ago this weekend, an opening prayer become in love and because.
Delta flight diverted to Oklahoma City: Off-duty worker said 'he would take the plane down,' police say
"A Delta flight last night to divert to Oklahoma City was an off duty Delta flight attendant airline confirms he never tried to break into the cockpit or open the aircraft door. Passengers and crew restrained him.
Fresh update on "oklahoma" discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"The third seed on the capsule that will bring Jeff Bezoza and his brother to the edge of space sold Saturday and an auction after more than month long online auction were 7500 people sent bidding up to $4.7 million. A live auction took it from there and a high roller will be taking the seat next to billionaire Jeff Bezoza and his brother into space on the maiden passenger flight of the new Shepard rocket. The winning bid sold $28 million Number one host server Bezos company Blue Origin not yet disclosing the winner's name We should know in a few weeks, the quick 11 minute flight from West Texas on July 20th the 52nd anniversary of the first moon landing. Dave Packer, ABC News Man of Cause a disturbance on a Delta flight Friday night, forcing it to divert to Oklahoma City has been identified as an off duty Delta flight attendant. ABC is Kenneth Martin has more. The FAA says it's seen a record number of unruly passenger incidents. Out of the 2900 reports since January, 1st 2200 refusing to comply with the mask mandate. And.
Delta Flight Diverted After Passenger Becomes Unruly
"Corbyn Carson KFT News. A Delta Airlines flight from LAX to Atlanta had to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City because of an unruly passenger. The passenger apparently attacked two flight attendants and said he was going to take down the airplane. Passengers and an off duty pilot on flight. 17 30 were able to control the guy last night until the plane landed. He was arrested by FBI agents when the plane
Fresh update on "oklahoma" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"The aircraft to spokesperson tells Fox News Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta flight, 17 30, who assisted in detaining and Ruling passenger as the flight diverted to Oklahoma City. The aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. Oklahoma City police took the suspect into custody and then conducted a thorough search of the aircraft to make sure there were no other issues before allowing the flight to resume. Fox says Jonathan Serrie. On Thursday, another Delta fly from L. A to New York was forced to land in Detroit because of an unruly passenger 10 minutes for $28 million. That's how much someone is willing to pay to briefly ride into space alongside Amazon founder Jeff Bezoza and his brother Blue origin the rocket company founded by basis Plans to kick off its space tourism business next month from West Texas during an online bidding period that lasted more than a month. More than 7500 people registered to bid the winner will be announced in a couple of weeks..
The Tulsa Race Massacre: Where Are the Reparations?
"Week was one hundred years right. Since the tulsa race massacre occurred this is when a mob of white people with support from local politicians and the police killed an estimated. Three hundred black americans burned down over one thousand two and fifty homes destroyed businesses. And all of this in the greenwood district of tulsa oklahoma. Which by the way was known as black wall street because it was so thriving so dynamic so filled with life and economic potential. Well okay no surprise. None of the white attackers were ever convicted for this crime which happened after a false report of a black teenager attacking a white girl. The girl later dropped the charges but white local media ran a racist article with an inflammatory headline which essentially incited the mob attack. So okay the role of media and journalism historically in this country. Let's take a look at that. Also white media. There helped cover up what happened in this. Like incredible part of the united states in the greenwood district barely any mentioned in the newspapers in textbooks government officials locals so finally one hundred years later. There is a reckoning happening in mainstream establishments. I have a question whether or not if george floyd had not been murdered. You know how extensive with these commemorations be but president biden visited tulsa this week. It's the first time a. Us president has done so to acknowledge what happened in greenwood. He did meet with survivors. I posted this jamila from nicole. Hannah jones who by the way shoutout were watching out for you and unc is are on that what nicole hannah jones said was the only thing i'm interested in right. Now is the reparations
Fresh update on "oklahoma" discussed on BBC World Service
"Democrats in the House and Senate have found common ground on infrastructure. But will their proposals be able to satisfy party leaders and the White House? Nobody is in complete love with the plan, but everybody is okay with it, and that's the only way you get bipartisan compromise. So we came up with a price tag that was almost dead in the middle of the two competing proposals is about 1.25 trillion over an eight year period. House Republican Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. Another mid air disturbance for Delta, the airline says an off duty flight attendant caused a ruckus when they took over the planes Public address system and then started fighting with people. The flight that originated in Los Angeles Friday night was heading to Atlanta sometime mid flight. An unruly passenger got into an argument with flight crew toward the front of the aircraft spokesperson tells Fox News Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 17 30, who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Oklahoma City, the aircraft landed without incident.
Gaylon White Author of The Best Little Baseball Town in the World
"Our guest is gaylon white author of the best little baseball town in the world and historical account of a minor league baseball team. The crowley millers in the nineteen fifties gaylon was a sports writer for the denver post arizona republic and oklahoma journal before working in the corporate world. He is the author of various books highlighting careers in baseball minor leagues including the bilko athletic club. The story of the nineteen fifty-six los angeles angels singles and smiles. How artie wilson broke. Baseball's color barrier. He also co-authored handsome ransom jackson accidental big leaguer of local interest to us the crowley millers were the talk of minor league baseball in the nineteen fifties with crowds totaling nearly ten times crawley's population and earning crowley the nickname of the best little baseball town in the world and gaylon white. I've done some research on you. I'm really excited about not only talking about your book but learning more about your love for the sport of baseball. And what led you to write these books and in particular the best little baseball town in the world. So thank you for joining us here rumor. Yeah we're taping along with my daughter. Kelly he's gonna be helping us. She's in for the summer. And i had the opportunity to read your book and it's well written and through it. All it's peppered with statistics about minor league major league the evangeline league which was really interesting to me. Because i didn't realize our background here. How important minor league baseball was in this part of the world. One of the reasons for writing the book was to keep alive. The legacy of the crowley millers the ballpark that they played in that still here. In fact it's looking better than ever and The storied past of the evangeline which was established in one thousand nine hundred eighty four and lasted until nineteen fifty seven. There was a little time out for world war two right but just a colorful league. In fact it was known as the best literally in baseball and of course that was before there was literally it was classed d and it produced a number of major leaguers a hall of famer named how new hauser who won over two hundred games in the majors and virgil firetrucks coach nicknames. In those days he was a teammate. Of how new housing virgil trucks. One hundred and seventy seven games in the majors and then you go on edlow pat. Who was a yankee great yankee pitcher in the fifties. He came out of the evangeline. So produced a number of major league players prior to the war after the war it didn't produce as many. It was then a class sealy but in the last two years the teams became affiliated with major league teams and so several major league players came out of the league. And i write about one of the book george
Fresh update on "oklahoma" discussed on WSB programming
"Class on that Delta flight is an off duty flight attendant. He is sitting in the bulkhead, the front row and wearing a helmet, one passenger saying he was a problem. From the minute he boarded the plane passenger that caused the issue of he was a challenge the entire time on the flight. I mean, he boarded the flight. He's wearing a helmet really weird behavior up and down, up and down, up and down, opened up all the overhead binge. And then two hours into the flight, he went to open the door, mid air. That's when he's tackled. The pilot making an emergency landing in Oklahoma, where that man was arrested. Well, right now it is 71 degrees here on Peachtree Street, A high of 88. Then tomorrow high of 90 Sunny skies, Atlanta's most accurate and dependable forecast coming up next President Biden at the final day of the G seven summit as it wraps up in England. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Courtis previewing the president's plans for the next week. Looking ahead to next week, The White House announced that President Biden will not hold a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following their summit as his predecessor did at the last summit in 2018. He just said it's not Russia. In a statement, the Biden White House suggested Putin can't be trusted to tell the truth. In such a setting a solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press. The topics that were raised in the meeting, especially in areas where we have significant concerns, no information about the hack at colonial pipeline during his second day of hearings for Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount this time, if for members of the House, he says, the hackers used the same password an employee used on the third party website to access a VPN login that was thought to be invalidated. We had cyber defenses in place. But the unfortunate reality is those defenses were compromised Clown committed to the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. He would use the 2.3.
Biden To Honor Forgotten Victims of Tulsa Race Massacre
"President Biden will be in Oklahoma today to mark the one hundredth anniversary of a largely forgotten racially motivated massacre the president will meet privately in Tulsa with survivors of the violence that killed up to three hundred black people along what was known as black Wall Street he's the first president to take part in the remembrances and the visit comes amid a continuing struggle over racial justice he's been pushing Congress to pass a policing overhaul and today will announce steps to help narrow the wealth gap between blacks and whites the White House says one step will address issues leading to black owned homes being appraised at far less than comparable homes owned by whites Sager made Ghani Washington
Services Held to Remember Tulsa Race Massacre
"Events have been taking place in the U. S city of Tulsa in Oklahoma to mark the Centenary of a race related massacre in which up to 300 black people were killed. Speaking at a memorial service, the head of Oklahoma's national Guards, Major General Michael Thompson, apologized for the guards. Failure to stop the violence.
Hundreds Gather at Historic Tulsa Church's Prayer Wall
"A prayer wall is been dedicated in Tulsa Oklahoma to honor the victims of the nineteen twenty one massacre that wiped out a prosperous black neighborhood what you're seeing in a service to honor those killed when the Greenwood district of Tulsa known as black Wall Street was attacked may thirty first nineteen twenty one buildings were burned and looted and somewhere between dozens and three hundred people were killed a prayer wall similar to Jerusalem's wailing wall has been dedicated outside the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church Reverend William barber and Katie you L. this wall is not for us to remember the fight they fall the role is to give us the courage to fight the fight we still have to fight president Biden who will visit the neighborhood says after the businesses were destroyed Tulsa officials deliberately passed laws making it too expensive for blacks to rebuild hi Jackie Quinn
3 Documentaries You Should Watch About the Tulsa Race Massacre
"Marks the 1/100 anniversary of the beginning of the Tulsa Race massacre, one of this country's worst recorded incidents of racial violence. Starting on May 31st 1921 and armed white mob aided by complicity or complacent officials killed as many as 300 men, women and Children in the area known as Black Wall Street. Burning it to the ground. Numerous events are taking place this long weekend to mark the centennial, although disputes rose when particularly high profile event was canceled, reportedly in a disagreement over compensation for three elderly survivors who were supposed to take part. But other events are proceeding and there are lots of opportunities to learn more about this traumatic but consequential moment, including numerous TV projects. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has picked three documentaries, which he says you should not miss. For a long time. The Tosa race massacre was the attack America forgot and obliterated Tulsa, Oklahoma's prosperous black own Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street. The riots by white moms was hushed up by local officials and overlooked in history books. But that is changing as several TV outlets mark the centennial with documentaries on the massacre and its aftermath. It's an effort educate Americans on a horrendous attack, which burned down over 1200 homes and killed between 103 100 people. Among the best and most cinematic of these efforts is the history Channel film Tulsa Burning the 1921 Race Massacre Co directed by Emmy winner Stanley Nelson and executive produced by MBA star Russell Westbrook. This film opens with Reverend Robert Turner, pastor of Historic Burn in a M E Church who regularly visits Tulsa City Hall with a Bible in a bullhorn, reminding residents of the atrocity You are standing in a crime scene referred Turner Pastors. The church where black people hit in a basement tow avoid white moms 100 years ago. He now supports efforts to excavate a local cemetery where victims of the massacre rumored to have been dumped in unmarked graves in passing the
Mock Draft 1.1: Houston Rockets
"Let's start with the houston rockets. They are one of three teams with the best shot of having the number one pick in the draft over fourteen percent chance of the number one. Pick a fifty two point one percent chance of winning a top four. Pick one of things that's relevant for the rockets is that if they don't get a top four pick in the draft. They must send their picked the oklahoma city thunder and so right now fifty two point one percent chance they pick it. It's it's really fifty fifty that the rockets even have their pick this year and thunder could potentially have to top five picks. And we'll talk about that a second when we get to the thunder but assuming for a minute that they get the number one pick in the draft. I have the number one on. Big board are sorry. I'm mock draft one point one km cunningham and i'll just say this about kate cottingham it is looking more and more likely that he is going to be the number one pick in any scenario that we can really think about it. Discuss right now he he. It seems like every team and scout. That i'm talking to the league has caved cunningham number one. I mean we'll see more on on lottery night on who actually gets the number one pick in which way it may go. But it's looking highly likely that cape cunningham is going to be the number one pick in the draft regardless of who draft where and certainly for the rockets. he fits indeed It's really a no brainer to have a versatile wing with his feel for the game and the way he can see the floor the way he can defend multiple positions. I think he's a no brainer for the rockets. But i could also say that about a lot of the other teams there so right now and mock draft one point one. The rockets get cade cunningham.
Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre 100 Years Later
"Back to our commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race massacre with us, Phoebe are stubble filled forensic anthropologist at the University of Florida. And Greg Robinson, a Tulsa political activist. They're both descendants of survivors from the massacre. We're also hearing from Yuko camo kid tweeted. I never knew about it Until recently. I suspect it was not mentioned in my history class is in central Indiana in the fifties and sixties, and Greg wrote on Facebook. I first heard about it, circa 1998 on a news program on ABC. Utterly shocked by the story and equally so by not ever having heard in a report or reference to the attack. Previously we heard from a number of people in Oklahoma, including John in Tulsa and Martha and Grove. I was 40 years old. When I first heard about the race massacres. The first time I ever heard about this wasn't about 2000 and two And what's so sad is I grew up only 80 miles away. I was at the Greenwood Center on a field trip with high school freshman I returned on the bus with them and made the comment that I hadn't heard one single word growing up in Tulsa. For the previous 40 years. I then took my young child to Tulsa toe. Learn about it. And when he went back to his school, his teacher told him that that was a rumor. And she had never heard of that. It really shook me. This story needs to be told to our entire country so that it never ever happens again. Break what happened to the survivors after the massacre took place. Well, there was a few different things that occurred. We understand that about 60% of the people who endured the massacre. Escaped into other cities migrated up on each other parts of the country and actually didn't return.
Clippers Look to Avoid Another Playoff Meltdown vs Mavericks
"Los angeles clippers. Where do we go from here. What's happening with the clippers. They lose the series. Let let let let's call. Let's play is the worst case scenario game. Now here's your host. When do what happens. Man playing this game if the clippers lose four row in their swept in the first round of the playoffs. What do we do with this team. You're not you're not trading paul. You can't improve yourself in the draft because to acquire paul george. The clippers gave oklahoma city. I think all of their first round choices until the year twenty four sixty six. What are we going to do with quiet. Leonard what did the legacy mean for quiet. Leonard what do we do with tyler. What are we going to be doing to team here. There's nothing that we can do to improve it bradley. Beal is not going to the los angeles clippers. There's no major upgrade that you can have. That can improve the los angeles clippers for next season if they lose four to the dallas mavericks. And i don't even think it's a situation where we're dealing with lack of talent. I don't want to call lack of hard. I don't know what the hell is doing. The los angeles clippers but right now multiple things going on where we thought. I shouldn't say what what i thought were just like You know this that and the other that wait a second here. Wait a moment memento. There's some really so much stuff really need to look into that. I don't know that can be fixed. I don't know if all of a sudden turn into an alpha dog. I don't know if paul george can turn really into that playoff p. side kick one eight option that they did. I don't know.
Tulsa Race Massacre Remembrance Event Headlined by John Legend Canceled
"The big event to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre has been canceled organizes for the remember and rise event set for Monday or not giving many details about why the event was called off other than to say that there were what they call unexpected circumstances involving entertainers and speakers the commission announced recently that he got a winner John legend would headline the event with Georgia voting rights champion Stacey Abrams to give the keynote address the panel did not specify whether it was either of them who were involved in the unexpected circumstances that forced the cancellation the event was to mark the centennial of the attack by a white mob that killed hundreds of people most of them black and laid waste to the part of Tulsa Oklahoma known as black Wall Street organizers say they hope they can reschedule the event later this year I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter Announces Resignation
"To this and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter resigning after filing for divorce following reports of an affair in a statement from his office. The Oklahoma Eiji, saying that his resignation will be
100 Years After Tulsa Race Massacre, the Damage Remains
"They were hurting people. Down convinced withhold labor internal in the whole building. We didn't know where they will take them. And then they set a house a factor. You could see the blazes from where we live over. The he'll not like the whole world was on fire. Burned over thirty square. Blocks seemed like a dream. See mac thing knocked. That ever happened. Clyde eddie jimmy lily. Franklin and eunice. Jackson were witnesses to the nineteen twenty one oklahoma race riot which started ostensibly because of an encounter between a young black shoeshiner and a white elevator operator over memorial day weekend in nineteen twenty. One the recordings were collected by the smithsonian's newly opened national museum of african american history and culture. It's foreign exhibit about the power of place in the african american experience in late may nineteen twenty one. Young man named dick rowland. Who was a tolson. Had an encounter with a young white woman on an elevator new downtown tulsa building. What happened on that elevator. We don't really know whether he stepped on her foot whether the elevator stopped short but what we do know is that young woman exited the elevator with claims that she was raped which he later recanted but to understand what happens next. You need to know more about what was going on. in oklahoma. at the time african americans had been moving to the oklahoma territory's since the eighteen forties some had come on the trail of tears both enslaved with cherokees and free members of the cherokee nation and had established themselves in pockets in communities all throughout eastern oklahoma
Last Cat out of the Tiger King Park Bag as Seizure Completed
"Except several big cats, including tigers and lions, seized last week by the U. S Department of Justice from the owners of an animal park in Oklahoma. Featured in Netflix is Tiger King, the Wildcat Sanctuary says because of the ongoing federal investigation, they can't disclose how many of the big cats Received from Tiger King Park. I'm Giulia Martino
The Army Is Expanding Allowed Hairstyles For Women
"For years, Most women in the U. S Army were required to wear their hair short or pinned back into a very tight bond that time has now passed. Earlier This year, the Army began allowing women who spent most of their day away from the field freedom from the bun. And this month, the army updated that changed to allow female soldiers. A little more freedom. I actually started Tolo practice braiding my hair because I was so excited that we were going to be able to braid our hair and wear ponytails that Sergeant Nickel Pierce, who works at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, she's been able to wear braids and ponytails since January, and now she's able to wear them untucked so long as they don't go past her shoulder blades, thanks to the update to the updated grooming policy. Major Terry Taylor, stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia has enjoyed not having to chemically relaxed her hair because locks, braids, twists and cornrows can come together in one or two braids or a ponytail and still meet regulation with lax. There is a style called barrel rolls. And which are hair can be rolled back. Taylor usually pins up the ends, but now she can leave them free if she wants very professional and appearance very neat. And it's very user friendly because that style can last at least two weeks, so that allows me to not have to manipulate my hair is much no loose ends from Major Farren Um, A Campbell in Silver Spring. Maryland. Yes, so in the Army on pretty much known as the bald major within my unit on the only bold female she suffered hair damage and loss after years, wearing her hair in a tight bun. And she's not alone. Many black women soldiers reported having that experience Major Campbell says she's happy. The U. S Army allows her to be bald by choice and do shave my head and it's been a very freeing change within a regulation. It's not just comfort here. Thick hair buns make it difficult for women to wear their helmets properly, making it low on the eyes, sometimes obscuring vision. Ah, problem when you have to aim your weapon. We've all mentioned. Some of these things were long overdue that Sergeant Major Jennifer Francis of the U. S. Army Institute for Surgical Research at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas, She was on the panel that gave input to leadership about updating the grooming guidelines. We are an army and we can't necessarily do everything civilians are doing so we've got to figure out what's best for the Army. And its people. Women now make up about 15% of the U. S. Army, and about a third of those are black. Many see rules against certain hairstyles as outdated at best discriminatory at worst. Major Terry Taylor, now set to retire after two decades of service says how a soldier wears her hair when she's on base does not change her leaf aladi or her professionalism. Who's to say that a ponytail is not professional in appearance? Who's to say the locks are not professional in appearance as long as you can, probably where your headgear and look professional in your uniforms. I think that's what matters at the end of the day. The army now joins the Navy, the air Force and Space Force Yes, Space force when it comes to allowing loose
Robert De Niro Says Leg Injury May Prevent Tribeca Fest Appearance
"A veteran Oscar winning actor is going to be laid up for a bit the Nero is likely to be office feed for a bit after suffering a leg injury while working on a movie in Oklahoma the two time Oscar winner was at work on the upcoming Martin Scorsese film killers of the flower moon he has since returned to his home in New York in an interview promoting the upcoming tribeca Film Festival deniro says he managed to rip a ligament in his squad and it needs to be re attached to his knee otherwise he says he's fine and the injury is manageable what may not be so manageable his appearance at the Film Festival that he co founded it's due to begin June ninth deniro says with this pending surgery he isn't quite sure how he'll be able to get around during the festival I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Harden Returns to Score 18 Points, Nets Beat Spurs 128-116
"James harden provided eighteen points eleven assists at the nets are under one twenty eight one sixteen win over the spurs pardon came off the bench in an NBA game for the first time since winning the league sixth man award for Oklahoma City in two thousand eleven two thousand twelve he also had seven rebounds after the longest layoff of his career missing more than a month with a strained right hamstring I don't know how specially come off the bench not later burst board and I'm gonna stay warm and do all things necessary to go out there and be my best and I just have to go out there just their confidence in what I do Landry Shamet scored twenty one points and Nicolas Claxton had a career high eighteen for the nets who have won three straight since a four game skid to pull within one and a half games of the seventy Sixers for the Eastern Conference lead I'm Dave Ferrie
"oklahoma" Discussed on The Oklahoma Observercast
"There's a complaint to the election board at a a few about people who relatives had received their their packet at the relative died. And you know just by register suffering but dove registered right and my responsible wealth. There are laws on the books that you know. Make this illegal to register them. But don't delay. But also i think just by the the sheer number of how many packets we sent out nearly forty thousand. You're just the daily mortality in oklahoma. You're going to have some people who are getting these packets who have passed away. That's just the math behind it So that's one complaint. I've heard of also this week that i'm trying to register illegal immigrants in oklahoma Again those pesky laws keep you from doing all this stuff. I think that the the pushback. I think is going to also be met with some people who you might be surprised or are supporting us and like. I said the chair boorda's republican. I think that smoke are partnerships. Were going to be able to cross the aisle help a little bit that i mean. I'm certainly gearing up for some of the criticism already heard some of it. But i don't think anything's worse than running for the united states senate election years so i and at this point built up at. You've got a pretty good callous. I imagine to all sorts of stuff. So yeah i mean. I don't know if you guys forgotten. Part of the liberal media takeover of mighty are like working on us in a kendra was besties with pelosi. I mean gosh. Yeah so when you know you have to start somewhere. Obviously and from a practical standpoint it makes a lot of sense to me that you guys are holding in on the counties in areas that you're haunting on right now because you don't have source. I know you didn't win the lottery when the parable was off the charts and you don't have millions and millions to spend But we had a conversation recently with Forbes overcast with a clay pope who you know former state representative from kingfisher county and and one of the things that he pointed out 'cause you know of course he's very sensitive to the fact of a sort of a feeling that role. Oklahoma gets written off when in reality if you can limit the damage in those areas With the way. European centers are trending. You really do have a good chance of electing a democrat and bringing more equal playing field out there to the state house. I think in so you know. And we saw that even in medicaid expansion. Although the initial i wash look at your thinking my goodness all those counties who would benefit the most from medicaid expansion voted against it off in the urban areas carry today which is true but there were enough votes in the rural areas to keep it enough out there that allow the numbers in the in the urban areas. Take to carry it. And so you know i can't help but think of you out campaigning. Statewide and you know how difficult it is. How could be probably a lot of rural areas to be democrat democratic candidate Is that on the radar screen as well. Because i'm going to guess that you know a lot of kids out. There are headed off to college and or two careers. Unfortunately the rural areas do not have the economy's anymore to give them much of a future in many cases so there are options there opportunities. There too right. Yeah absolutely. I think that part of our work enroll. Oklahoma is really going to be identifying the klay pope of that county you know in a really like clay. He's respected by people on both sides of the aisle whose daughter works for my campaign. I that you know having someone from that community help with our registration efforts is going to be key. Because i and i also will say this. The pandemic prevented me from going a lot of places in person. I did in a glimpse like miami oklahoma quite a bit They had been personally impacted by senator inhofe sanctions and so we spend a lot of in northeast oklahoma. But i'll be honest. I never step foot in the panhandle and we didn't really spend a whole lot of time out in western oklahoma because so long democrats have of written off the hardest state But i do think that we need to be working in those areas because Agriculture is still the number one industry in oklahoma so our farmers and ranchers What happens to them is directly correlated to our elections and on who's who's voting on the farm bill in so. I think that i'm connecting with people in a way to make it more personal to them. Having a a more tailored kinda rule voter registration program been the best way to attack that and a listening to live in a rural county. contact us. because i'd like to talk to you about about helping is out but you know. I think that and i'm saying this is a former democratic candidates seem point decrease have to get better messaging on. Because you know in. I think it was about august whenever the defend the police in socialism. Those messages resonated. And i can't tell you how many people adopt that. I wanted to take their guns away and hat. I wanted to destroy the oil and gas industry. When i got on record in so many different You know news outlets paper were ort. Tv stations. you know saying that. I wouldn't want to ban fracking. That i said i support the second amendment All i want is universal background checks. It's like none of that broke through on. So i think that just as a whole progressives in the democratic party needs to work on messaging that resonates with the middle of the country on that resonates with folks in rural oklahoma. Because when i went out there and talk about healthcare and expanding broadband. That didn't stick. But i was a socialist and a one of the defunding police that stuck on so we just have.
"oklahoma" Discussed on The Oklahoma Observercast
"Of eight from you know in lieu of funding from the state and federal government. But you can't bond against it and so now all of a sudden if you have another drain on your bonding capacity and somebody school districts that are already struggling with their capital base. I could see that developing into a real problem moving forward into the future. So it's it's it's not it in my mind. it's not a good scenario. And whether intended or not it's going to put pressure on these schools. And i feel like the hid lead to lead the consolidation. Which neil i'm not gonna. I don't have a window in the men's also. I don't know what's what's pushing all of this capital but i. I do know even back when i was in state out. There was definitely groups out there both at inside and outside of government that this has been a secret wish of there's for decades to really cut down the number of rural schools in oklahoma You know i. I remember one argument. I got into with a legislator from northeast. Oklahoma and and i don't wanna knock folks at jinx but i remember one time he was talking about how we had too many schools in roger mills county and he was wanting to to get rid of the number of administrators in in counties and i pointed out to him that there were more assistant coaches in the jinx school system than there was principals and superintendents in all roger mills county. And so you know if all of a sudden we're gonna start consolidating schools because you don't like the fact that you've got schools that are over three miles apart having a superintendent just so your constituents set and watch football game on friday night then a right and that's the tail was wagging the dog because you've already got kids riding the bus for two three hours in some instances that's not that that's not right we end when you look beyond that economic impact on the community the loss of identity the the basically the death of the town those are things. I'm very concerned about when we start talking about school funding. I think those are the kind of things that we that that. I'm hoping will get injected back into the discussion is right now. I think i think there are a little bit absent in the discussion on some of these issues that state capital i. You know. I feel like i live in norman And i feel like there's there's I don't wanna say outsize but a majority of dominance of rural legislators Specifically republican In currently in oklahoma state legislature. What is happening that. What is creating this. Disconnect between those who are elected specifically from our rural communities and that are still voting for these pieces of legislation. Are they just being educated by the wrong folks are they. Because you know oh. Sba in costa in all those groups have pounded. The you know the the floors up there the capital you know. Is it really just a matter of their hearing. Bad information from more influential people why they let me let me let me back up just a little bit because i can even say in my own in my own home legislative district and the district strands it. It's not a monolith there are there are Senators state senators. That voted in. My area voted against the changes in education funding. Yeah the state. Representative voted for it. you had a state fate sooner age. Senators vote against it. And you had some stemming it across the board it's not it's not everybody's voting one way or the other. Although i do think part of the challenge is first of all there's been scant information about these changes and press people know what's going on in folk you. Del located right lake School school funding policy is extraordinarily complicated. It is but i think people understand when you say it's going to change the school funding formula. It's gonna hurt your local school. Dench lake heard him on down the line and these are instant. That ain't that tough press. Release dr off. But i think there's a i think there's first of all there's an there's a dearth of A definitely a lack of information. That's going out into the rural areas on these issues. Specifically in that void is being filled by other folks. That are pushing out of the things. I mean i can tell you right now. You can pick up newspaper and you can read a press. Release the oklahoma cancel public affairs whereas pressure leave school board. Sociation about this. I m seen it. I mean maybe they got one out there. But i know some of the newspaper editors and stockbuilding me they'd printed because reason why the ocpa press release their john white space in between and that's what in so. You're not sending out to these people as urged thing. Nobody's trying to reach out to these folks. Nobody sending stuff to ron hayes. And the oklahoma farm open sending stuff out the local radio stations. Nobody's getting these things out the people and because of that when one side. When if i'm gonna say here. I'm going to talk to you and nobody else talking to you eventually. You're going to start believing when i say 'cause nobody else's saying any that's the first thing is nobody's talking about these issues and then you have the segregation of the media where you know so many people tractor hell. I've i've log ground as a kid with an squawk box in the cab of a forty six thirty. John was am radio. There ain't a whole lot you can listen to am radio. I listened to talk radio. You got it. Felt how that shifted over the years from locally source talkradio yet guys like bob durgin and and carlton cordell in some of these others. And all of a sudden you had rush limbaugh and you can kind of see and that's dark weighing in on how people rank the newspaper the air radio the off center. Don't fox news then you throw in facebook. You know that they might not on grand kids. Somebody grows in some in. There just ended there. You go and it's one of those things that you know and i'm el- i'm not saying that that that that that right wing folks are all the time they're not mean any better. I mean it's the everybody's right on something sometimes at the end of the day there when all you hear is one side of the discussion. Then that's that's what you're going to believe because you have no other information fall acco asked the first thing that i see that i've i've watched over the years first of all is that is that everybody. Thank you gets up in oklahoma in the oklahoma. Get on channel nine and you get some legislators. That's what you want to make a difference. Get it out to the people on what's going on and that's that's not necessarily on social. You asked first thing to get stuff out local papers because you know what everybody takes local papers. You've got a week to read it and You know you basketball. You want to find out who died. You want to find out who's anniversary you got all week to read the darn thing to get something in their more likely. Somebody's your it. That's the medians like that. People don't don't think about and don't utilize anymore. They don't find ways to tell that message And then when you've got legislators who now all of a sudden are more concerned about up primary and about people with money supporting someone who challenge them primer and i can even tell you from my experience as a as a legislator in the majority leadership is a powerful line and they come in and they tell you how smart jar and they tell you how great yard and then if you still tell him that you got problems with what they're doing they start to tell you how you're not going to serve on this committee and this bill gonna die and you're gonna start off sending the phone booth down in parking lot instead the opposite in right now and some people have big deal. I mean they wanna be popular. They don't want to be on the outside. It can get donatella i. There was an education. Quite frankly that lloyd bentsen was pushing my second term state legislature. You democrats opposed it. Oppose it because all my superintendents were against it. My teachers were luke warm on it was not a which issue my teachers will luke warm because it was going to have a financial impact on the school superintendent. Said we just can't afford it. I stood against it. Lloyd bentson got mattering up hornet at me and it took him a year and a half get over it. But you know what the way i looked at it. I like lord benson. I consider ran. Lord mentioned in represents district fifty nine and if he wanted to represent.
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"In and very vocal in their opposition to the massive overhaul of the state school funding. Formula is so klay what you can. We started out with you. Tell a little bit about your background. And when you served in the legislature and and You know how this how this group came together that you got going. Yes my again. I'm from a little town called lowell. Oklahoma it's about twenty miles. West northwest kingfisher up. Konin break central and western. Oklahoma outlived their mind tire life. I'm a graduate of low mega high school. Went there kinnear small consolidated school in anchorage blank anti ranch with my brother and my mother grew up on form. We used to als We years back we. We quit that folks primarily on wheaton and mp cow. But i'm a. I'm a week bowel producer. Also some contract work for. The nrcs does sport for burkin southern plains. Climate hub Here in oklahoma. that's an initiative under. Usda have been doing that for a few years prior to that. I was the executive director of the oklahoma association conservation district in years of work that organization that represented those conservation district drop state and oregon state agencies with usda on natural resource worth ten years as member state house. Representatives represented represented district fifty nine at that time that went fisher to the texas lines. And all the way from kingfisher out to ornette shattuck all our six canis northwest oklahoma I had a chance to like. I said serve in that capacity for decade up before that a couple of years up on capitol hill. I was agony. International trade assistance congressman. Glenn english back neil sixth district when he was up on capitol hill when chaired conservation credit and ruled subcommittee disseminated loyal. I graduate from oklahoma state university back in the early nineties. I guess kids. They're going the low meghan al. I've got kids are in college. I've got one at central stay at the university of central oklahoma and one at oklahoma state university. And then i've got two kids are low meghan recently Recently taken in my great niece. Who considered to be my fifth dog. My fifth child my third daughter and she just turned two and a half so we. We've got a full gamut going on but the bottom line is in china how to take it back to for this pump station The reason that that i helped With some folks to start this organization that the rule small table common interests is at many other states that have worked in in government that have worked in business that live in rural oklahoma Have been very concerned that there's been a. There's been this shift away from focusing on issues that impact rule oklahoma. You know it seems more and more. Everybody in politics looks politics as some kind of contact sport that it's a game you know we've got our team wants is republicans once is democrats and we spend our time grabbing shiny little objects that everybody looks at try to whip up the bates. And in the meantime there's meeting komo issues that really impact people where you live and when you look at rule oklahoma where we do have a declining population. Where you know. We have specific challenges in specific issues that need to be addressed. You know it's not something that that i think needs to be ignored or or be thrown into that arena. Where we're looking at. All it takes is some kind of some kind of sport. It's not if you important in that. It's affecting people's lives now. Anyone can look at my at my leash by time in the legislature. Like find out real quick. That i'm registered democrat but i can tell you right now. You know i always. I was a democrat but also considered myself a western rule western oklahoma partisan issue redistricting. And you can look and see how we drew. The maps are concerned with making church. Knox bed republican or democrat districts. We wanted to make sure we kept as many district. Says with could enroll oklahoma especially west of i thirty five. We tried we look at issues. I remember one of my best friends in the legislature was a gentleman named elmer matic's who is a republican from woodward now we'd have our differences would be issues that separated as as as democrats and republicans and we'd have arguments about him and we kicked together eighth in the newspaper for over but we're friends and we we we understood. That was part of it. But frank keating was the governor democrats ran the majority and we would work together in that capacity because our district shared so much common boundary to try to support our area the state and it worked. Well we would. We would work together and we would do things to make sure that we focus on those issues that affected our state anymore though it scenes and in a perfect example and this isn't state politics politics discussion. That's going on right now about broadband. I've been shocked all of a sudden to find out on the infrastructure bill in washington. Dc that there's people who are actually saying that broadband is not part of infrastructure purely because it's a president of a different party that proposing an infrastructure. Bill has nothing to do with what it is and has nothing to do with the impact. It has nothing to do with thoughts. It's just all this aim situation or are teams for it. So we've gotta be ford or are teams against its. We've gotta be against it interesting to in line. The current house speaker. Charles mccall here in oklahoma is Is trying to to To to push through broadband. Bill here oklahoma to get oklahoma onboard so a republican here is doing but republicans washington opposing and. That's the kind of thing i think. I think we need to look as we need to focus on issues for what they are. And that's what we're hoping to do with this. Organization is to bring focus on our first goal is to try to have information meetings. We had our first one back in the fall up looking at the beef industry in some of the challenges concerning consolidation in the in the packing industry and what that means is for market price of livestock. It's actually online. You can go. And see the youtube video if you google Google the rural and small town table common interest. We have youtube channel. You can watch that presentation that we did At a at el reno are we'd want follow up another one. Ironically broadband is one of the issues that we want to talk about a. We had hoped to have something earlier. This spring issues got in the way of that and then of course bad. Some these issues at stake capital on on education that impact small rural school and that will probably be another one of our informational things talking about educational funding. And how you know. Some of these proposed what what's on these proposed changes could mean for rural oklahoma. And what we are looking at as far as a rule schools because when you look at all now on the state level maintaining schools that are opening strong in rural. Oklahoma is You know. I've said it before i'll say it again you'll lose a school you lose a town and You know i'll be honest with you. Raise your found newspapers again going back to those those shiny objects You know it seems like everybody's focusing on their shiny objects and people were. These things are happening without people really understanding what the impact would be on their community schools. I i another story. I've often said that That i only say partially tongue in cheek when i was in the state legislature. I always used to say the only issue that upset my constituents more than school consolidation was gun control and the only reason gun control upset of more than school consolidations. Because they wanna make sure they had a gun. Shoot some bitch consolidate school. And that's and that's the thing that you know the fact that that and i know that interest is still.
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"Rice is is going to be tainted by those who presented outside of of of of of like myself because they're going to present it in a negative way the marine. You said you know we want. It's you know it's not. My phone is your phone. We this is america. And if you pour it is your fault. So it's not individual failure in any way shape or form an so. Let me ask them is it. I mean we've already seen Some of the The tribal nations and oklahoma are much more progressive on these issues particularly on things like minimum wage healthier and those kinds of things. It seems to me that this isn't just a person's the ladder you're caller issue. I mean this is. This is something that That there are groups out there that have proven themselves to be successful in terms of organizing in in in an leadership that you know there's a natural constituency for this that might turn that coppola's ear. Well there is. The problem is still the same. I am not going to be able to stay in order to get the attention or to create a narrative dinner to aid narrative on the type of legislation. That i'm proposing. I'm just not going to do it. Because they're not going to allow me the time or the space. Now the fault with me in saying that heels. Look stacey abrams. Then it takes someone like me to take this knowledge and information that i have and that i know is that i believe in and to take it outside of the capitol and to beat that drum across the state. But that it takes money it takes time the legislature. You got other things so it is difficult to do. Because you're absolutely right. I think i think the constituency the pass to to to put forth the legislation that that generally talking about here. The deals with people who have run into problems or having problems is is there that constituency. That's those support. Groups are out there. We just cannot get to them because the the larger narrative. If you know let's just be honest right now. you know. this is a very difficult. Time is going to be difficult. Probably after tomorrow after that election after the six after the. You know they certify. Joe biden is at the january twentieth and when session starts on the first of february argument. I'm argh about. I don't want to go with tanks rules again like we did last time. So i don't have to go in. Because i don't want to have to deal with covert because you guys are not gonna wear masks and you're not gonna social distance so let me do so that takes away from the narrative of the of the meat of these bills that i have. You got a guarantee you that the outgoing president will have some say so about what's being discussed in a national level and that stuff comes down through to oklahoma because oklahoma was a state that backed him that takes away from me being able to to put forth a new narrative a another narrative about things that i believe could help it gets overridden by that by that narrative in. So it's it's difficult. It's difficult and i admitted difficult now. The good part for me is. I'm not you know what i'm ready for that fight. I've got again much sefton. Imposition to say adam ready for the rest of my life to fight this battle to try and move oklahoma to a better place. And you know that's going to be beyond my life in the legislature. And i'm ready to do that but i already know.
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"How do we get that type of interest here because i think you got a lot of back to what i said. Earlier i got a lot of votes at dinner tables in north west oklahoma northeast oklahoma south with oklahoma southeast mida. Baylor i got some dinner tables. If they sure that miss you. Somebody presented to them that they would be moved to start looking at the political process as something that actually can help them in their everyday lives. Well let-let's here's a thought to You know you friend this bill you iran this legislation it gets bypassed and like so we just laid out like these are all. These are all things you have to do to get a bill signed into law according to our legislative processes. This bill does not make it at know any way through this war. How invigorating could it be to exactly what you're saying. Those voters is sitting around the kitchen table or through our home to make the point to them that this is how this is how the status quo has kept you from being your best right. I mean it to harness that energy into harness stacey. Abrams genius in georgia and her her ford in just in arizona. You know what they've zone end reveal. That could be in another two years. You know so. I i mean so we know what reverts show us right..
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"As i'm concerned at the level that would improve the quality of life for the citizens of oklahoma were. We're fussing argon and voting on stuff that has no real impact on the lives of citizens who will help us and how to to build on It's a lot of it too is unitive and it just makes life harder in it. It really makes no sense. I mean just the the built in assumptions of can legistlation that there's evil do-gooders every do evildoers everywhere and also just from the get-go this assumption that poverty is filled with evil in In i was like well. Poverty isn't intentional acts by society to leave people by you know to assume that they're doing port you know that they're doing evil because they're poor. I mean that's on you. That's on the debt. That's yours shanley So much what they bring forth in the legislature that punishes people for being poor or surveillance or puts them under house strict scrutiny to prove themselves like how many of these legislators would live up to that scrutiny themselves. First of all I don't know. I mean i think you're absolutely right. Senator young i mean there is always that moment every session. That breaks your heart. There's always that moment you know because last session was so different It for for me specifically the day where they pass the legislation you know they. They moved heaven and earth like literally moved heaven and earth. The passed legislation to make archer.
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"Ballot to let the citizens as was discussed in oklahoma city before the legislature stepped in and prevented from saying you know what we acknowledged. That oklahoma city is a little different animal than al to soar of boy city. Or or whatever else it might be and so we think you know you you. We should let the citizens decipher themselves with the day. Seven twenty five. An hour is good enough to live on an oklahoma city. Well i wish. I had more information for you but let me just say this. I am in the process of talking with not just an individual but groups that are gearing up to do that very thing because they feel it won't get a hearing again and so they're gearing up to do a state question But you know the shakes the process of state questions. Also that could be impactful on that. But i think you're right. I think that's that is. I've tried to lay out latest. Hit down for the last couple of years that obviously they're not gonna let me do and the bulk of the folks who would you can get signatures forward. You can get it on the ballot. And i think it would. It would just think it would be a success Armagh certainly think that there would be a lot of church Groups that would be very supportive that because they're in the front lines in many cases of of helping take care of folks who are falling through the cracks. This is where will start to see kind of the intersection between the disenfranchisement of certain groups. You know Homa making really hard to vote in trying to uplift those same communities through increase minimum wage. Right like i mean these. These issues are hand in hand. Are they not like you know. So i mean it. It would be as glorious day when that initiative that ballot that petition initiative makes it to the ballot. Because you know the same people that are going to run this bill this session to try and increase the percentages folks. Who were really hard really quickly to make it harder for people to vote in endemic last year on the issues are all right. Let's keep voting. Let's keep people unhealthy. Let's keep people from being able to survive not to survive. But to thrive let's keep people from accessing healthcare. His if they get all those things they can actually from somewhere close self actualization that we might actually have a discussion right. We might actually be able to sit at the table. Engage with one another and as long as we can't do that as long as we're too busy working too. Many jobs is to keep the lights on in the house in our children fed than you know the as when people are distracted as they should be trying to take care of themselves..
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"Many of these. i'm. I'm in oak thirds there. Don't you know i'm not casting aspersions on my own as a corporate ladder coming into oklahoma or something it. It's amazing to me. Though how indifferent folks who claim to be a so a religious so christian can be a tort people who are struggling to making. It's me there really is sits here in oklahoma. Isn't there that you know if you just worked a little harder. You know if you'd get off your duff work a little harder none of your hand out then you wouldn't you know you wouldn't have these issues. You're exactly right. that is a it's a. I'm a cotton bag because that came from memphis. So i'm not a car. I have a little problem with but you're absolutely right at is not let me quickly. So this being african americans it's not about race it all. This minimum wage is not because it is about the virus survival if we rent it won't the stop the top ten talk if we won't to try and engage as many people as we possibly can in making this state better. We've got treat those who are the most vulnerable those who are least able to take a hit. Listen i will. I'm that because of cova that this minimum wage bill will take on a different light that people have seen. You wanna give a twelve hundred dollar check now. Six hundred dollars would if those folks had been making a higher minimum wage they would have been able to stain just a bit not much a bit more of this loss than they did and now to give them a minimum wage rate would hit them in the midst of all of this depression. That we're going through and we'll be going through for a while so it makes a lot of sense to raise the minimum wage and an credit. You get booked like walmart along. Those larger corporations a friend of mine who who is a call him a friend because every time i go to the tv station Tv stations identification. But he's the general manager. he calls me his. We sell not from the janitor up. Nobody's making minimum wage dirty. Says i don't see the problem. I don't know you know most companies that are doing business. Nobody in that facility is making minimum wage does making a book wage. I don't care what you're doing. You're making a book and so it is. It is almost impossible for me to comprehend why i get so much pushback on this minimum wage. Bill i mean to the point where it's like dismissed is. We don't want to talk about it so it's rather than would be very helpful. I think it would be one of the best things we could do for for a state at this point is due to raise the minimum wage and really ten fifty is my compromise. Those i started off. I think thirteen dollars because we knew we would get fifteen. But i was thinking about the impact on small businesses auto and in two years out if if the federal minimum wage had been raised in. We could go back again for another one but but goodness this is killing us and we all see it right now with this present condition that that's part of the problem. I go back and look at it. I think part of the problem that we out people were not prepared and they didn't have any way of being prepared for this and the minimum wage would have been very helpful of minimum wage. Raise would have been very helpful so it looks wrong with this with this penalty and oklahoma for example decided people within the necessity circulating initiative petitions and getting it on the.
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"So you know. I i. I feel like anyone who is against raising. The minimum wage may have never had to work for minimum wage. Or his win. I started when i was sixteen. It was still what five fifty an hour something in left college. It was barely seven twenty five and that was over fifteen years ago. But i still remember what that was like. You know having to live off of seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour. So i just i'm like i don't know if people think it's just sixteen year old fry guys that worked for seven twenty five or You know what is really the barrier to people understand like other people who have to live on seven twenty five an hour. A don't understand you bring up a great point and thank you seven dollars and twenty five. Since two thousand eight was less. The minimum wage need to check that. I think i'm pretty close to being right. Two thousand seven dollars and twenty five says. It is not teenagers in college as people who are trying to support a home trying to put a roof over there. He is trying to have transportation trying to put food on the table. Those very focused on not working forty hours a week. They're working two three jobs patched the seven twenty five to make enough to just survive and it is difficult. You're right my question. Vote is have you ever worked for seven twenty five out one to have you ever tried to live off. Seven hundred twenty five cents an. I'll give you forty hours a week. And i guarantee you you still like it one bit and you lose a lot of the stuff and so no the premises that small businesses. We'll have a tough time if you raise 'em asking for ten dollars and fifty cents an hour because i'm starting lows. We know that a living wage is closer to fifteen dollars an hour. I'm asking for ten dollars and fifty cents an hour which is which is not the degree in accounting so masters in business administration so let me taste if a business has a problem with raising and most goku paying their some employees seven thousand twenty five says our but it's not that many of them so let's get this straight you don't have that many of them and if that closes them down you've got some other problems other than your personnel costs that are going to close you down. That's not going to make you go out of business quite the contrary because when you raise someone who's making seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour. After talked to fo- they tell me what they would do. Turn around and take that raise and put it right back into the economy by maybe having me twice a week but maybe buying something. That's a little more job. They're gonna they're not gonna open up a 401k. And i got a savings account. They're going to put that money right back into the economy not call this brokers in you know funneling into into the stock market. I mean that's grocery many. That's gas money. That's risk my case. That's right paying for your kids to go on a field trip. this is. This is how my mind sees that that many you know there's this you know we are. I'm gonna throw in the reverend dr yang here tallest but we live in. You know what we fancied to being the the buckle in the bible belt here oklahoma and there's really it is amazing to me..
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"Some won't be about Up felons being able to be his and about the extent. I tried to keep my bills normal outdo toil bills but this you're try to narrow down so that could focus in on the bills and give them my full attention. It's that's the gist of the bills. That i'm i'm really really excited about so much of what you're talking about. Just seems to be called the notion of a commission on race inequality nobody in their right mind would suggest that we operate perfectly as society in this state any more than any other state does You know looking at your life without parole for juveniles and and looking at those those disparities in terms of who's actually being incarcerated and so forth. Why do those sorts of things run into the road blocks that they do In the oklahoma legislature. You've been around long enough to i would suspect incentive why these things don't advance much at all make aces while arnold arnav think you have to start with this in heard it over and over again It's hard to get those individuals who in positions of authority To admit that racism exists Start with that concept. I mean you don't it's hard to get people I would be hard pressed to walk through the senate chamber. Forty eight of us in their forty seven other than me. And at and i guarantee you you would come out with less than fifteen percent that would say. Racism exists in the state of oklahoma. It doesn't existed we. We've we've gotten rid of that. We'd that that's not a problem. So that's the first thing is that you don't you don't you. We're not living in reality and a lot of come from rural areas where you know. It may not be much diversity but they're not devoid of knowledge of racism and what racism is but yet you would think that it did not exist if you listen to them so i think that's. That's the foundation to admit it. Almost almost is is for some of them..
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"I'm arnold hamilton editor of the oklahoma observer. And i'm marianne martin and this is observer. Cast your weekly deep dive into oklahoma politics and policy powered by the oklahoma observer. Democracy foundation doesn't seem so long ago that minimum wage jobs were principally the domain of teenagers. Second groceries flipping burgers at the drive and or answering phones at the local florist. The after school jobs that helped pay for a first car for dinner. Dayton a movie or for the occasional concert or road trip in today's economy however minimum wage jobs are increasingly held by fulltime working adults. In many cases parents fighting to keep a roof over head food on the table in the lights on in fact in oklahoma more than half those earning the seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour. Minimum wage are twenty five and older like about that a forty hour per week. Minimum wage job generates annual income of just fifteen thousand eighty dollars before taxes which cannot begin to sustain one person much less a family even at a low cost of living state like oklahoma. The increasing reliance on what in truth is a starvation. Wage helps explain how in twenty eighteen more than one. Four oklahoma jobs for an occupations with a median income below the poverty guideline for a family of four since the federal minimum wage was enacted during the dust bowl and depression. Oklahoma has relied on it to determine the salary floor here. While more than half the nation states have enacted even higher minimum wages. Seven dollars and twenty. Five cents has been the standard here since two thousand nine. Why are oklahoma's policymakers oblivious or indifferent to the fact that the cost of living continues to climb the answer is neither in the last decade the republican controlled oklahoma legislature has taken steps to reject all efforts to increase the minimum wage even voting in twenty fourteen to block local governments from taking action to give their lowest wage earners relief. What does the purchasing power of the minimum wage today. We'll consider that in nineteen sixty eight. The federal minimum wage was worth the equivalent of eleven the equivalent of eleven dollars and thirty two cents in twenty eighteen dollars but it has been declining at value. Ever since it's worth less today than it was when it increased to seven twenty five in in two thousand and.
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"I do believe that with consistent pressure from the people that that changes that we are the ones that drive their legislative agenda. They work for us. And so i would just encourage anybody listening to this. Who may discourage living in the state of oklahoma as somebody who believes in something other than You know deep conservativism And not even that. There's something other than what we have honestly to to be able to continue to speak up and push that agenda You know on behalf of your elected official. So let's end on Action items than what do people need to do. How can we be proactive in pushing the legislature in. Maybe even the governor to do what needs to be done for this pandemic. A lot of it to me has to do with consistency. I know folks who have been reaching out might feel frustrated on. It's important to keep reaching out so one is just continuing to make that daily or weekly. Call to the governor's office right. Send that email just saying. Hey this is how this is affecting me personally right really personalize it and here the clear things i'm asking you to do. And so are all of the public. Health professionals and then to write reaching out to the legislative session is coming up soon. Now's a great time to start reaching out to your state. Legislators and saying the same things sharing how this is personal to you and why you need for them to do right. That's intersecting things we know that there's you know whether it's economic issues in fiction. That folks are facing health issues medical bills etc letting them know that these problems are escalating for folks and they need to get the pandemic under control and are responsible for that and if people consistently reach out inform relationships with their elected officials that can make a huge difference in that just takes being consistent and reaching out on a regular basis. Yeah definitely echoing. That point of building relationships one hundred percent bully brutal and i also just named it interesting to everything. Laura said what. Lauren i did was not in creating saver. Stay kind of going back to. The beginning of this was not unique right. We made a facebook page and the invited across the state of oklahoma to join facebook. Page into engage match.
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"Think you know Oklahoma county is just as as as problematic that's been you know for ten twenty years. Now, you know, I feel like there's really good discussions happening in Oklahoma City's in particular around all of these around all these things and they're certainly not you know, not everyone's happy with it. Yeah. Yeah, but I think that's a sign that that's a good thing right like yeah. Yeah, like it should be home. Listen. I I like I like these discussions. I think you know democracy democracy is like that like it's it's it's not as nasty as dirty like we we should be we should be getting these tough conversations. Just keep it focused on on the problem at hand and how to come to a solution don't you know, that's one thing that makes me so mad is about partisan in the partisan. And ship in the divisiveness that we're kind of seeing in our politics today. It's like, you know, if if a republican has an idea and I'm a Democrat than it's you know, it's a non-starter or the other way around if a Democrat has has an idea because it came from a Democrat than the Republicans are like know. It's like we all everyone has good ideas with all bring these ideas to the table and and work on the problem instead of pointing fingers and saying you know You're like Nancy Pelosi or whatever. That that's actually been very funny when people are like apparently Nancy Pelosi is running for office in Oklahoma who knew she had so much power in really her districts. Go straight from San Francisco downtown Oklahoma City a lot of me counting. Yeah, like like I don't know like it just it may like just the broad generalization of of everything right is it's makes me sad I know but I mean it is encouraging because I you know, I don't think I knew until Thursday just a few years ago that how powerful local politics are even more so than state or federal, you know, and then cuz you know after I worked in the capital and took my very close friends and you know, we worked there together in you know, they were the ones that were like if you really want to change things it's not necessarily the legislature that can do it, you know get on your school board wage. City councils that's where real palpable change happens. Yeah. Absolutely. Now you said you said teacher salaries in the school boards and stuff like that. And so I just you know, so this I feel like it's it's a really good thing for Oklahoma in particular to have these really hard conversations at the county level because you can see like this is how this is how it can be changed right and off course the challenge people's assumptions of how things are supposed to work in that I I feel like that's a very healthy thing. I'm kind of cool who jumps into arguments all the time. So yeah. Yeah. I've been known to do that to on on on the Twitter, but you're absolutely right, like people will you know, like on the doors people Talk about Donald Trump and this and that and you know, some people some people are you know straight party and that's fine. It kind of makes me sad that they they would do that. But what whatever they'll say. Well Donald Trump is going to fix all this and that looks like he's not like he's not he can't he won't.
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"Has it slowed other efforts to To make progress on getting of the previous state questions implemented yes so the reality is the state of Oklahoma is making progress in twenty sixteen. The voters of our state overwhelmingly supported a some reforms. That would reclassify simple possession in low level property crimes from felony convictions. Two misdemeanors and then the other part of that was to reinvest the savings from reducing our prison populations for those offenses into greater access to Mental Health. Care to start with abuse treatment to education to employment on and so forth and the reality is. We've seen our crime rates steadily decrease Since that moment in time And there was at the beginning of this legislative session a pretty serious discussion about beginning the process of reinvesting those those resources into greater access to mental health and Substance Abuse Care however whack that the legislature has been unable to meet. I think as has deterred many of those conversations the fact that budgets are much tighter than than they were originally projected to be now has also added elements of Difficulty to the conversation as well and so I think in in in many regards the pandemic has has stifled some progress. That was being made. There was also a pretty pretty wonderful discussion in policy Of proposals that that would have enhanced a reentry services to individuals who may be returning home. It would have made it easier to obtain a valid driver's license for a returning adults of to guaranteed a state. Id of before transitioning out of out of prison to make sure that a person has a resume in some job leads in in the basic things that would be necessary to to begin the rebuilding process. So that a person could move forward in a productive way. There's still a lot of meaningful efforts that are taking place Typically within the nonprofit community within the faith community but there is There's a lot of room for the state of Oklahoma to to continue to grow in order to set a person up to be successful once they had paid their debt in serve their time. Yup I think that too. I think you've you've you've pretty much covered again. I think you have this. Damn Chris want you've done this a few times? I just appreciate so much. The fact that that you're you're drawn attention to this the reality is in. I'm GonNa tell you that We at the teen the direct service provider of non profit that I get to work with. We have remained open to provide essential basic Direct services for the men and women we serve and It's hard and I want to be very clear about this The situation that we're currently in right now is is difficult for all Oklahomans in I think about it. I pray about it every day and it's scary in in in terrible for anyone who loses a job. There's no doubt about that That that being said it. It's much more difficult for a person. With a troubled past. To Obtain Employment a felony conviction access the scarlet letter. And it's hard for a person with a record to secure employment in in a normal situation let alone when when jobs are limited and so I just want to to kind of lift up the fact that of when we consider what may be a better approach to funding or criminal justice system. We need to make sure that that we're doing that. In a way that that ultimately is fair to everyone involved in in and we have focused the majority of our efforts on on individuals who have committed nonviolent offenses in in the vast majority of cases the antisocial behavior stems from untreated addiction or untreated mental illness or unresolved trauma. And so I just WanNa make a plea that as we continue the discussion and we continued to consider how we can improve our criminal justice system how we can enhance the quality of life for all. Oklahomans that we not lose sight of the importance of addressing those core issues. It's it's imperative that we deal with the the trauma the mental State of affairs of an individual and certainly issues of addiction when we can adequately and holy begin to address those issues. There's no question that we will see. Fewer fewer problems within society. I have felt for about a month. Now that we have an incredible opportunity Even in the midst of the chaos of the pandemic into see uncertainty. We have an incredible opportunity to do better right. I mean it's almost like the slate has somewhat been wiped clean. Like things are things are kind of out the window. Normal is out the window and It would just. I will be interested to see what the state chooses. The do in the coming weeks as they write the budget for the next year Because there are so many ways that we can really lift up people in Oklahoma. That needed the most. You know. Not Income Tax cuts for the highest highest brackets I mean I really some very specific things that we can do to enrich the lives of people of Oklahoma so that they can be successful In just talking to you just gives me hope that that's possible will use. This would comment very quickly. That that is so well said The one thing that I am certain of is that when push comes to shove Oklahomans or pretty great at at helping one another. I mean we tend to shine. I mean it's it's been referred to time and again as the Oklahoma Standard in and we tend to really shine in times of crisis or in times of challenge. And I do agree with you. That is as concerning and as as difficult as the current situation appears it does present an opportunity and I am also optimistic about how Oklahoma will respond in this given a moment. Time how we will reconsider in. It gives us an opportunity as you said to. Too many ways. Start with a fresh slate in in There's no better time to re imagine What how we could or should be doing things then right now.
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"So my name is Chris Steele and I serve as executive director for teen the Education and Employment Ministry which is a direct service provider for individuals impacted by the criminal justice system in also work with the serve as executive director for Oklahoma for criminal Justice Reform. Which is an advocacy organization that that promotes policy changes within the criminal justice system? Well and in that room. Could we take just a second here at the start of this for you to bring us up to speed on St Question Eight? Oh five yes sir. So Oklahoma's for criminal. Justice reform is a partner organization in The ballot initiative of pertaining to state. Question eight Oh. Five which seeks to limit the use of sentence enhancements for nonviolent offenses in the state of Oklahoma an essence. What we're attempting to do is is bring our sentencing guidelines for nonviolent of situations in line more in line with national averages we started the a initiative petition in mid November. We're giving a date to begin collecting signatures on December. The Twenty six twenty nineteen and have been diligently collecting signatures right up until about May the I'm sorry marched the night in we stopped because of the pandemic. We stopped out of an abundance of caution. In relation to the Public Health Fellow Oklahomans Day later the governor actually announced that he was suspending all ballot initiative processes for the time being. And so that sort of were at right. Now we're in a holding pattern waiting to hear back from the governor and the Secretary of State's office on when we may be able to turn in the signatures that we have collected so far in order to qualify to be on the ballot in November. So do you feel like you mean? Were you pretty much. You're pretty much wrapped up. You were close to the end of the ninety days anyway right. Yes Sir yes sir are we. Were within nine days of the ninety days so we had been collecting signatures for eighty one days and the response was just incredible and we are very thankful and excited about the response of Oklahoma's voters who truly understand the the need to stay reduce our prison population. Strengthen families make better use of our states resources and ultimately invest in alternatives to incarceration so a couple weeks ago although everyday feels like a month right now so we actually was when agencies and Had to go kind of restate their case for adjusting their Budget REQUESTS FOR STATE FISCAL YEAR. On twenty twenty one Something that stood out to Arnold and I was when Jerry Askins was speaking to the hearing and mentioned that you know. The downtick in court fees Was Really GonNa make it hard for them to make payroll and I just feel like that brought a lot of conversations that we've already had with you Basically we're seeing all the way into intersect So and it just reminded us of our conversation with you When you mentioned the DA's council a couple of weeks ago and just funding that through fines and fees It just brings to a point of kind of the the inequity of state finance In the criminal justice system Could you talk more about that for us? Sure certainly in you. You've hit the nail on the head. The reality is the sad reality is that Oklahoma is funding our justice system on the backs of men and women who can least afford to pay for it and so ultimately there is a a perverse incentive for The collection of these fees. When literally your your payroll is dependent upon that source of revenue. A much more equitable system would be to fund. Our our judicial system through general appropriated dollars. So that there's not a need to charge in a way that that it most financially advantageous not only that we don't want to get in a situation where we are unduly punishing person because they are poor and unable to keep up with their financial burdens within the criminal justice system. So we see this time and again when a person in Oklahoma stumbles they. They may have made a mistake They get charged and ultimately Synced with a crime and the financial burden associated or connected with that charge is so great and so severe That the person struggles to be able to meet those obligations and when that happens it. It plays all kinds of stress on the family unit in in in the person's often faced with having to pay their legal fees and fines or meeting the needs of their family and win a choices are presented in a person. Feels like they they. They don't have a lot of options. That in and of itself can be motivation for a person to continue down a path of of unhealthy decision. Making we're not making excuses for behavior but the reality is there should not be a a situation. Where are are you just do? Digital system is dependent upon the financial obligations of a person who who may be charged with a crime. I mean in essence. We are funding government on people's weaknesses rather than collectively the state's strengths also creates basically creates another Who Route I guess. For lack of a better term it also creates and expose the unequal The inequality of our criminal justice system role to though right because at the end of the day there are certain people who may have made the mistake but can afford to bail themselves out or whatever the case might be and continue working while others end up in. What is the equivalent of debtors prison? There's a fairness issue here. Isn't there one hundred percent so I mean it's it starts at the very beginning so when a person is arrested and taken to jail if they cannot afford to make bond Oftentimes they will remain in jail until their court date. That can be you know. Sixty ninety days in in many cases That adds all kinds of instability to a person's life. But then be on that beyond that. You're being detained simply because you may not have the financial means to pay for your once your your on supervision once. You're you're trying to to reestablish yourself a new forward in a positive productive way. The reality is that the financial burdens connected within the judicial system for for a person who's caught up in the system is often so great that it it is impossible of for a person who may be living paycheck to paycheck to meet those financial obligations and the result. Is that it it. It often causes More trouble it causes more A problems for that individual and their family and that this should not be the case that in Oklahoma person would be incentivized to to to go deeper into the criminal justice system simply because they cannot afford meet their financial obligations. So where's the state at right? Now in terms of you know what what could happen Given the current budget situation In our criminal justice system. It's a it's A. It's a great question in the reality is that I think the place that we ought to start is is not a penalising individuals who were caught up in the system who cannot afford to pay their fees and fines at this moment in time it it. It is counterintuitive to continue to punish those individuals or or revoke the status of their supervision in the community. The the reality is that if a person has a felony conviction it is extremely difficult to secure gainful employment and and you know they're likely of having a difficult time financially as it is in to punish them on top of that is simply counterproductive in so. I think that the the solution starts with the recognition that we do not need to enforce penalties. Were people who legitimately cannot afford to pay. Because they've lost their job because their their their employment status is unstable. Or what have you beyond that? I think that we need to continue. The discussion of what may be a more equitable a better approach to funding our criminal justice system. That's going to be difficult in in light of our current budget forecast in in budget situation but it also perhaps provides an opportunity for us to reconsider from a fundamental standpoint from a foundational standpoint. How we are funding. Our criminal justice system in in what may be a better approach so that when we do come out of this we have a structure in place that that actually works for the for the good of a society has the pandemic and the fact that we're in a mode of virtual legislating of these days.
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"Growth in population as we can now see clearly. The two questions did not have the hope for impact primarily because the voter approved changes were statutory in not constitutional giving a legislature that was elected on tap on crime platforms the leeway to mostly ignore the will of the voters. It is true. The second year Governor Kevin stood has commuted. The nonviolent sentences of hundreds of Oklahoma inmates flattening the growth in prison population but the legislature hasn't redirected the savings as intended into programs aimed turning nonviolent lawbreakers into productive tax paying citizens as we've discussed in recent observer casts. The state budget is more than a simple dollars and sense leger. It's a moral document that speaks to our priorities. Oklahoma's State House leadership's failure to meaningfully. Embrace the voter approved changes. Means tax. Dollars are being spent primarily to underwrite the prison industrial complex. Not on improving the lives of Oklahomans in our communities former House Speaker Kris Steele and his Rupe Oklahoma for criminal justice reform or the driving force behind the successful state question. Seven eighty seven eighty eighty-one campaigns now four legislative sessions and four state budgets. Later they are back with a proposed constitutional amendment state question eight. Oh five that if approved by the voters would leave lawmakers no choice but to end the use of sentence enhancements which pile additional time onto prison sentences if individuals previously served time for non violent offenses. The yes on eight. Five campaign began collecting insurance December. Twenty sixth and it was only ten days from the end of the Ninety Day collection period when the Covid nineteen pandemic shutdown initiative process. Now that governor has been listening his safer at home orders speaker steel in the Yes on five campaign Asa Oklahoma Supreme Court to require the Secretary of State's office to accept the signatures. They have already collected. They are rightfully concerned that Statehouse House leadership post a question. Eight five could use the pandemic to run out the clock and make it impossible time wise for the initiative to appear on the November general election ballot as part of our observer cast budget series on the State's criminal justice system and the court. That concludes with this episode. We invited speaker steal back to give us an update on efforts to make Oklahoma smart on crime..
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"Districts and teachers and the students they serve. It's a pleasure to have here today. I know there's a lot going on in the world so we're really grateful for your time this evening. Thank you glad to be here. So these are these are strange and unique times to say the least but what is really jumped out at you. A schools have closed across the state because the pandemic has given you a new appreciation her a better understanding maybe of some of the challenges across the state and maybe identify some holes that We need to be looking at long-term to get Oklahoma public education to the level that it needs to be. Yeah I think that's a really good point. And certainly what stands out is just the flexibility that we've witnessed of district leaders and then those school principals and teachers all working very quickly to put together a very different delivery alternative delivery method of with very little notice to reconnect and reengage with students. And and it's just been really incredible to see what I have noticed as well though is something that this is an opportunity to shine a brighter. Light on the inequity that exists within the state for a very long time. It has but we now have an opportunity to make that connectivity between teacher and school Sorry within the school and the household and families and students with regard to digital activity. Internet broadband devices That's a glaring hole and I believe we can use this time to actually invest strategically with some of the stimulus dollars.