Attorney General Hunter Advises Health Board to Amend Rules on Medical Marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today advised the State Board of Health to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Attorney General Hunter said his advice is faithful to and in accordance with the new law created when Oklahomans voted in favor of State Question 788.

“The current rules contain provisions that are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority when it voted to implement them,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Although I didn’t support State Question 788, the people of the state have spoken and I have a legal duty to honor the decision made by the electorate. My advice today is made pursuant to that responsibility as attorney general.

“Moving forward, I encourage all stakeholders to engage with the legislative working group looking at medical marijuana to ensure they have their concerns and recommendations heard and addressed by the legislature.”

In a letter sent today to Health Department Interim Director Tom Bates, the attorney general writes, the board’s role in limiting the forms of marijuana products is confined to food and safety standards that are in line with food preparation guidelines, not prohibiting the sale of smokable, vapable, edible or other forms of marijuana.  

Attorney General Hunter also took issue with the board’s action to require dispensaries to hire a pharmacist, writing, “the board has not been given any express or implied statutory authority to impose additional requirements on licensees. Thus, the board rules improperly require every licensed dispensary to have “a current licensed pharmacist” present “on-site at least 40 hours per week.” Nothing in the text of State Question 788 expressly or impliedly authorizes this rule.”  

Other concerns outlined in the letter include:

  • Restricting dispensaries to limited locations;
  • Prohibiting dispensaries from co-locating with other businesses;
  • Requiring medical marijuana be grown, processed and dispensed in enclosed structures;
  • Requiring a surety bond for licensing;
  • Setting hours of operation;
  • Limiting the amount of THC in flower, leaf or concentrate for sale or distribution.

“I have no doubt that the board in good faith sought to regulate marijuana in a manner it believed would best promote the health and safety of Oklahomans,” the letter concludes. “However, in so doing, the board made policy judgments not authorized by statute. Such policy decisions are the exclusive prerogative of the legislature and the people.”

Read the full letter, here: https://bit.ly/2LvVQMO.

Astronomy Night at Keystone Ancient Forest set for Friday July 20

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks Department along with the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers and the Keystone Ancient Forest Trail Guides invite the general public to a rare astronomy night on Friday, July 20. The gates open late at 9:30 p.m. and guests will be allowed to stay until after midnight. There will be NO hiking during this event. Trails will be closed.

An evening of star and planet gazing (weather permitting) is planned for this free event thanks to the help of the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers. This group will share as many as six high-performance telescopes (transportable) which range in size from 4-18 inch glass diameter to view the planets and stars. A brief introduction on astronomy will begin at 9:30 p.m., with viewing happening until the event concludes after midnight.

"This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the Keystone Ancient Forest in a unique way," stated Jeff Edwards, Parks Director for the City of Sand Springs. "Even though it will be a late night to see the heavens, this is a great summer event for kids and families."

Astronomy activities will require a night free of cloudy overcast. For the latest updates on this and other hiking events, please follow the Keystone Ancient Forest FaceBook page. Pets are not allowed for this event. Porta potty service is available.

For more information about the City of Sand Springs Parks Department, contact their offices Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at (918) 246-2561 or visit www.sandspringsok.org.

This Week in Sand Springs (7/15 - 7/22/18)

Sunday

  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Monday

  • 2:00 p.m. Secrets of a Professional Street Magician.
    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue
  • 2:00 p.m. Free Concert - Sugar Free Allstars.
    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street
  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Planning Commission Meeting - CANCELED.
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Adjustment Meeting - CANCELED.
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum Trust Authority Meeting. 
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Thursday

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PAWS for Reading.
    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street
    • Kids age 5-12 are invited to read their favorite books to Boo, a registered therapy dog.
  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street
  • 6:30 p.m. Sandites in Stride Booster Club Meeting.
    • 815 North Lincoln Avenue

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Astronomy Night.
    • Keystone Ancient Forest

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OPINION: Gubernatorial candidate Chris Powell calls for Terri White's resignation

After learning that Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White may have been the individual who wrote the proposals to ban smokable cannabis from dispensaries and to require dispensaries to employ pharmacists, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Chris Powell said a resignation is in order. 

"If media reports are correct and Commissioner White did instigate these obstructionist measures designed to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the landslide vote in favor of SQ 788 then she ought to resign. No one with such contempt for the voters should be heading a state agency."  

SQ 788 was approved on June 26th with nearly 57% of the vote in an election with exceptionally high turnout, causing Governor Fallin to change her mind about calling a special session and putting responsibility for making rules regarding medical cannabis in the hands of the Board of Health, who added each of the last-minute amendments against the advice of the Health Department's general counsel, Julie Ezell. These were similar to several obstructionist proposals offered by the Oklahoma State Medical Association on Monday.  Lana Ivey, executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, was quoted as saying "Terri (White) pretty much generated the recommendations..."

Powell, who finished first in the Libertarian gubernatorial primary with 49% of the vote but still faces a runoff, believes that voters are fed up with state government officials that forget they work for the people. "The political establishment routinely makes it clear that they don't care what voters think," said Powell. "If Commissioner White was behind these measures to gut SQ 788 then she is part of the problem along with Gov. Fallin who eagerly signed the rules in yet another display of blatant disregard for the wants and needs of the people of Oklahoma."    

Discount Kitties: Sand Springs Shelter offering $40 adoptions to save lives

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Sand Springs Animal Welfare is currently offering a discounted rate of $40 to adopt cats and kittens at the shelter.

Shelters across the state are over capacity due to an influx of Spring kittens. Rescues are full, foster parents are overwhelmed, and many animals are facing a do-or-die situation. Sand Springs is currently completely full of both cats and dogs. 

The City of Sand Springs adopted an ordinance mandating the spaying and neutering of all cats and dogs inside of City limits, but it could take years for rescue workers to see an impact. 

Shelter pets come spayed/neutered, dewormed, microchipped, registered with the City, and up to date on all age-appropriate shots. 

Adults 18 and older can adopt animals by presenting a valid driver's license or government-issued ID. Adoption usually comes with a $65 fee to cover the animals' medical needs, but at present time the City is hoping to simply avoid euthanizing. 

Sand Springs Animal Welfare is located at 8620 West 21st Street and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. 

 

 

Sand Springs Spirit Grant Workshop Set for July 30

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs recently announced a Spirit Grant workshop on July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Case Community Center (1050 W. Wekiwa Rd.) in Sand Springs. The workshop is free and open to the public. Following a brief overview of the City's new Spirit Grant program guests are invited to ask questions and learn more about for this new local economic development grant program.

Earlier this week, the City announced the Spirit Grant- a competitive grant program intended to boost economic development in Sand Springs. The program is looking for new events or projects and expansions of existing events or projects to primarily generate sales tax and tourism in the community. Community beautification and quality of life projects in Sand Springs are also eligible.

Spirit Grant projects can range from as little as $500 to projects costing $5,000 or more. With that range in mind, the grant amount will range from $400 to a maximum of $4,000 for any single grant award. Once the project has been completed, the applicant may submit original invoices for reimbursement from the City.

Examples of types of Spirit Grant awards include:

  • advertising and marketing expenses designed to attract and draw tourism to Sand Springs
  • group advertising campaign to support local merchants that results in more local sales
  • community cleanup efforts
  • special event designed to increase tourism to Sand Springs
  • exterior building facade upgrade (awning/painting/landscaping/lighting of business workplace to improve outward appearance)
  • group project to provide new community facilities or improvements to existing
  • public art (murals, statuary, etc.)
  • historical interpretation or other displays relating to Sand Springs

Grant applications will be reviewed by the City. Successful grant applications will be graded on many factors, with a focus on each grant's potential to add value to the community.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.sandspringsok.org or contact the Spirit Grant Team at (918) 246-2504 or spiritgrant@sandspringsok.org

This Week in Sand Springs (7/8 - 7/15/18)

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 11:30 a.m. City Council Meeting.

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Small Business Coalition Meeting.
    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday Flicks - "Paddington 2."
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day
    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

Sunday

  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

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City of Sand Springs announces Spirit Grant program

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs announces the creation of the Spirit Grant program, a competitive grant program intended to boost economic development in Sand Springs. Spirit Grants are designed to enhance local retail sales, tourism and strengthen community development and beautification in Sand Springs. There will be a Spirit Grant workshop later this month, with grant applications becoming available on the City of Sand Springs website (www.sandpspringsok.org) August 1.

"We're not giving money away, however this program comes close as long as we have strong projects to consider. These grants will be a strong incentive for local citizens, clubs and business to make a positive impact on our community in a short amount of time,"  stated Grant Gerondale, Community Development Director for the City of Sand Springs.

Grant applications may be submitted by individuals, businesses or groups to partially fund programs or projects designed to attract people to Sand Springs to shop, dine or recreate in the City of Sand Springs. Applications can also be submitted to enhance the outward appearance of buildings, businesses or other places in the greater Sand Springs community.

Applicants will need to commit to a 20% cash contribution in order to potentially receive an 80% Spirit Grant award from the City, which combined, will create the total grant award amount. Once the project has been completed, the applicant may submit original invoices for reimbursement from the City. Grant applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis and reviewed by city staff.

The program is looking for new events or projects and expansions of existing events or projects to primarily generate sales tax and tourism in our community. Community beautification and quality of life projects in Sand Springs are also eligible.  Projects should have a positive financial impact on the City. Ideally, projects should add value to the community in light of the cost of the grant.

"We're looking forward to seeing some great concepts and ideas from our citizens," stated Gerondale, who invites the public to attend a Spirit Grant workshop happening at 7 p.m. on July 30, at the Case Community Center. 

Successful grant applicants (upon written notice by the city) will have one year to complete the grant project and submit for reimbursement. Projects can be completed before the one year deadline, however projects not completed within the deadline risk reimbursement of funds.

Spirit Grant projects can range from as little as $500 to projects costing $5,000 or more. With that range in mind, the grant amount (80% of the total project which is reimbursable to applicants by the city) will range from $400 to a maximum of $4,000 for any single grant award. 

An applicant may receive more than one award per fiscal year, and may submit an application over multiple years.

Examples of types of Spirit Grant awards include:

  • advertising and marketing expenses designed to attract and draw tourism to Sand Springs
  • group advertising campaign to support local merchants that results in more local sales
  • community cleanup efforts
  • special event designed to increase tourism to Sand Springs
  • exterior building facade upgrade (awning/painting/landscaping/lighting of business workplace to improve outward appearance)
  • group project to provide new community facilities or improvements to existing
  • public art (murals, statuary, etc.)
  • historical interpretation or other displays relating to Sand Springs

Grant applications will be reviewed by the City. Successful grant applications will be graded on many factors, with a focus on each grant's potential to add value to the community.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.sandspringsok.org or contact the Spirit Grant Team at (918) 246-2504 or spiritgrant@sandspringsok.org

This Week in Sand Springs (7/1 - 7/8/18)

Monday

  • 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Public Schools District Dialogue meeting.
    • CPHS Performing Arts Building
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Kidz Kamp
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road
  • 6:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Sand Springs Riverfest
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 9:30 p.m. Pier 51 Fireworks Show
    • Pier 51 Marina
      1926 South Highway 151

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Graham wins Democratic nomination, Nollan and Jackson head to runoff

Oklahoma held its statewide primary election Tuesday and while many party nominees won't be decided till the August runoffs, the State did decide to legalize medical marijuana with the passage of State Question 788.

Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement after a 56.84% majority of voters passed SQ788, which legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana for medicinal purposes: 

“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens. As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.

Incumbent House District 66 Representative Jadine Nollan failed to secure the Republican nomination outright, but was the top vote earner with 45.71%. She will advance to the August runoff against Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson who won 36.63%. Angela Graham won the Democratic nomination with 59.02%. 

To learn more about the HD66 candidates, visit the following links:
Sand Springs teacher Angela Graham running for House District 66
Representative Jadine Nollan endorsed by James Lankford for fifth term
Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson running for House District 66

Elections where no candidate garnered 50% will advance the top two candidates to the August runoff. 

Mick Cornett (29.35%), Todd Lamb (23.87%), and Kevin Stitt (24.41%) each drew about a quarter of the votes in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary. Chris Powell (48.92%) and Rex Lawhorn (32.4%) advanced to the runoff for the Libertarian nomination. Drew Edmondson won the Democratic nomination with 61.39%. 

Dana Murphy (45.85%) and Matt Pinnell (35.7%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Anastasia Pittman (50.42%) won the Democratic nomination. 

Cindy Byrd (49.45%) and Charlie Prater (42.08%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for State Auditor and Inspector.

Mike Hunter (44.46%) and Gentner Drummond (38.46%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Attorney General nomination.

Incumbent Joy Hofmeister (46.84%) and Linda Murphy (31.05%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction nomination.

Cathy Costello (43.26%) and Leslie Osborn (35.92%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Commissioner of Labor nomination. Fred Dorrell won the Democratic nomination with 73.43%. 

Glen Mulready (54.75%) defeated Donald Chasteen (45.25%) for the Republican nomination for Insurance Commissioner. He will take on Democrat Kimberly Fobbs in November.

Bob Anthony (47.17%) and Brian Bingman (38.42%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for Corporation Commissioner. Ashley McCray (48.79%) and Blake Cummings (22.17%) advanced to the runoff for the Democratic nomination. 

Tim Harris (27.48%) and Kevin Hern (22.67%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 1. Tim Gilpin (34.5%) and Amanda Douglas (32.41%) will face off in the Democratic runoff.

Markwayne Mullin (54.15%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 2. Jason Nichols (37.9%) and Clay Padgett (24.21%) will go to a runoff for the Democratic nomination. 

Frankie Robbins (64.85%) won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative for District 3 with 65%. He will take on Republican Frank Lucas in November. 

Tom Cole (64.74%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 4. Mary Brannon (34.36%) and Fred Gipson (30.37%) will face off in a Democratic runoff. 

Steve Russell (83.62%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 5. Kendra Horn (43.84%) and Tom Guild (17.91%) advanced to the Democratic runoff. 

Incumbent District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler won 42.73% in the Republican primary for District 14 and will take on Ben Fu (29.04%) in August. 

Sand Springs City and Chamber of Commerce partner to create small business incubator in downtown

The Sand Springs Municipal Authority unanimously voted Monday evening to move forward with plans for a partnership with the Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The City of Sand Springs will lease the old Public Works facility at 109 North Garfield to the Chamber of Commerce at an amount of $1.00 per year, giving the Chamber room to develop a business incubator in the heart of downtown.

The Chamber will sublet office space to upstart businesses at a rate lower than most downtown office space. They will also provide resources to help young businesses get to a point of profitability that they can eventually move into the large amount of vacant downtown storefronts.

The terms of the agreement allow for either party to cancel the lease with a 90-day written notice for any reason. The City will receive 25% of the sublease revenue, while the Chamber will keep 75% to help with their economic development projects. The City will also receive a quarterly financial report and monthly update on the occupant businesses. 

The Chamber will take possession of the building in "as-is" condition and will be doing a self-funded remodel to convert the building for their purposes. 

Chamber President Kristin Cepak says it will take the Chamber about nine to twelve months to get the incubator program off the ground. The Chamber is working with The Forge, a curriculum-based certified business incubator in Tulsa, and 36 Degrees North, to create a fully certified program through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

In Other News:

Council authorized City staff to apply for Programming of Tulsa Urbanized Area Transportation Alternative Funds. The City is working to construct a sidewalk along the western side of 81st West Avenue from Tenth Street to Park Road. 

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1321 amending City zoning codes for the potential passage of State Question 788. Should medical or recreational marijuana ever be legalized in the State of Oklahoma, growers, processors, and retailers would have to apply for Specific Use Permits. 

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1322, aligning the City with State statutes regarding underage access to tobacco. The ordinance prohibits possession or sale of vapor products to youth under age 18.

City Council approved a $165,096.00 contract renewal with Superion LLC for financial software. 

Council approved a $31,636.80 purchase order to upgrade all City employees to Microsoft Office 2016.

Council approved the purchase of 49 Dell PCs for Police, Fire, and Municipal Court departments in the amount of $37,240.

Council approved supplemental appropriations totaling $1,047,000.00 from the Municipal Authority Water Utility Fund to prefund building, golf course, museum, and park improvements. The water fund will be reimbursed when certain voter-approved bond packages are sold. 

Council approved a $29,662.27 service agreement with Motorola Solutions to upgrade Police Department communications systems.

Council approved $107,397.00 for the purchase of three 2018 Ford Police Interceptor SUV units and one 2019 Ford Taurus unmarked detective units.

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding and $3,214.75 payment to the Indian Nations Council on Government for 9-1-1 mapping and MSAG services. 

Council approved $261,708.00 to subsidize EMSA services for the city. 

Council approved $47,485.00 to furnish the Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center and Fire Station No. 2. 

Council accepted a $29,635 bid from Candle Electric for electrical work in Case Community Park. Candle will work to replace buried electrical wiring feeding the roadway lights. They returned the lowest bid out of three companies.

Council approved a final payment of $6,860.00 to Lambert Construction for their work in building a hardened storm shelter at Case Community Center.

Council approved an agreement renewal with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.) in the amount of $33,132.00 for operating the Sand Springs Recycling Program. 

Council unanimously appointed Merle Parsons to the Board of Adjustment.

Council unanimously appointed Sharon Weaver to the Sand Springs Development Authority.

Council unanimously appointed Thomas Askew and Paul Shindel to the Planning Commission. 

Council declared three residential lots as surplus, authorizing sale for residential development. The lots, located at 301 N Franklin Ave, 307 N Franklin Ave, and 505 W Broadway St, were donated in lieu of payment of liens.

Council approved $394,908.00 for the purpose of replacing Precision Approach Path Indicators and constructing a new Electrical Vault at Pogue Airport. 

This Week in Sand Springs (6/24 - 7/1/18)

Sunday

  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

Monday

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sandite Wrestling Alumni Cookout.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert - Halo Jordan, Jim Barritt, Roger Rister, Bruce & Betsy Mullen.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Saturday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sandite Dance Fundraiser. 
    • Sandlot Sno-Balls
      250 South Highway 97
  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert - Halo Jordan, Marty Robbins.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

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Representative Jadine Nollan endorsed by James Lankford for fifth term

Incumbent Representative Jadine Nollan was recently endorsed by U.S. Senator James Lankford. (SUBMITTED).

Jadine Nollan is a household name in the Sand Springs community. After ten years on the Sand Springs Board of Education followed by eight years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, she’s asking for House District 66 voters to trust her with another term in the State Legislature.

A lifelong Sandite and 1977 Charles Page High School graduate, Jadine Cox met her future husband, now City Councilman Phil Nollan, at Oklahoma State University. The two have been married for 37 years and have three kids, two granddaughters, and a cat. Each of their children attended Sand Springs Public Schools.

“This is a job that will take as much as you will give it,” says Nollan, who is a full time representative with no private sector career. “I try to be really devoted, I do a lot of research. I try to be in the community.”  Before running for State office she was the director at Sand Springs Community Services, assisting the low-income community with clothing, school supplies, and food. She also served multiple terms as the Sand Springs Board of Education President.

Nollan is the chairwoman for the Higher Education and Career Tech committee and also serves on the Appropriations and Budget Education committee, the Children, Youth, and Family Services committee, and the Common Education committee.

“One thing I learned during the teacher walkout after talking to teachers from all over our state is there are still a lot of issues we need to look at and try to improve in their situations. I do think that we need to continue to discuss how we can make our school systems strong,” says Nollan.

“Our school districts are the ones that actually develop a strong workforce. We have to have a strong workforce in order to have strong businesses. We have to have strong businesses in order to have a strong economy.”

Keeping with that mission, Nollan authored House Bill 2155 which passed both chambers and was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin in May of 2017. The bill required the State Board of Education to adopt a statewide system of college and career planning tools that would help parents, counselors, and teachers to develop an individualized career-based learning plan for students. 

“One goal I have and would like to see take place is making a very clear pathway for our students to be able to earn an Associate’s degree by the time they finish high school. Our biggest workforce needs right now are Associate’s degrees and career-tech certifications. So I’d really like to see us focus on that.”

She also authored HB3220 which will help streamline the process of approving emergency certifications for teachers during the current statewide teacher shortage. That bill was signed into law in May of 2018.

HB3225 is another bill Nollan is excited about authoring. “When I was elected I found out we had millions of dollars in tax credits that the State was paying, but we weren’t tracking them at all.”

The Legislature created the Incentive Evaluation Commission in 2015, but HB3225 takes it a step further and will put all State incentives online for anyone to view them.

“The State has these blank checks that they’re writing for these incentives, but we don’t understand how they’re growing. I had this idea that kind of snowballed into a real time dashboard concept for tax credits that would measure and monitor the growth of them. What the bill does, is it directs the Oklahoma Tax Commission to develop a real-time dashboard and put it on their website. That way, with the constant turnover in the legislative body, it would allow them to have a resource for future legislators to be able to determine how those are growing.”

The bill garnered bipartisan support and passed the Senate unanimously before being signed into law this May. The OTC has until January of 2020 to develop and launch the program.

Nollan says she supports the will of the people regarding State Question 788 legalizing medical marijuana, but says the Legislature will have to work to create a strong framework for the industry. She is concerned with how the state workforce might be affected should voters ever push to legalize recreational marijuana.

Minimum wage should remain at its current level, according to Nollan. “Of course you want people to be able to survive, but I also think that businesses need to be able to determine those rates so it doesn’t put the business in jeopardy.”

Nollan also wants to provide context surrounding a controversial attempt by House Democrats to end the Capital Gains tax deduction during the latest session.

Senate Bill 1086 passed 30 votes to 9, but according to Nollan there was an agreement in the House that Republican leadership would vote to increase the Gross Production Tax on new oil wells if Democrats agreed not to push for Capital Gains. After HB1010xx passed, raising GPT from 2% to 5%, Democrats then attempted to suspend House rules to vote on SB1086.

Nollan says she would be open to considering SB1086, but because House leadership didn’t expect it to go to the floor, the bill never went through the standard process of committee review. “The unintended consequences had not been vetted or researched,” says Nollan. She says the House never takes bills straight from the Senate and votes on them without going through committee first.

Nollan wants to remind voters of all the progress that the Legislature has already made in the past few years, especially HB1023xx which raised Oklahoma teacher pay to second in the region with an average increase of $6,100. The Fiscal Year 2019 education budget, which already passed the legislature, includes a 19% increase in education funding with allocations for textbooks and support staff raises.

She also points to the Energy Stabilization Fund created in 2016, which banks energy revenue during boom years to help stabilize the budget during oil busts.

“67% of our legislative body after this cycle will have less than two years’ experience. There’s some issues with regard to institutional memory. It’s such a huge learning curve whenever you first start: understanding the process and understanding such a wide variety of issues that our state has to deal with.”

“That’s something that I think is noteworthy,” says Nollan. “It does put a lot of power into the hands of the lobbyists, the agency heads, the bureaucrats, when there’s such a large turnover in the legislative body.”

Nollan holds an “A” rating from the Research Institute for Economic Development, a 100% rating from the National Federation of Independent Business, an apple from the Oklahomans for Public Education group, a 100% rating from Oklahomans for Life and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association and the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. She has endorsements from U.S. Senator James Lankford, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Chamber.

The Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, June 26th. Nollan will face Emily Delozier and Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the votes, then the top two candidates will advance to a runoff election on August 28th. The winner will face the Democratic nominee on November 6th.

Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson running for House District 66

Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson is throwing his hat in the ring for the House District 66 election. The Republican candidate is a thrice-elected councilman and has been awarded an apple by the Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education political action group. 

Education is the cornerstone of Jackson's campaign, an issue which he says is "the purest form of economic development." He points to proper education funding as a solution to fixing both the State economy as well as overcrowded prisons. 

"From the womb to the classroom, that's how I describe my philosophy," says Jackson. "Education gives you options...Incarceration breaks up families, continues the cycle of poverty, and creates a reliance on government."

He says the teacher pay raise included in House Bill 1023xx is just a start and that school funding and salaries need to continue to go up. He is opposed to forced consolidation of school districts.

"I'm a Republican that's not afraid to reinvest in our Oklahoma," says Jackson. "We do that by these taxes. You've done tax breaks here and there with businesses and income tax."

Jackson praises the revenue package passed with House Bill 1010xx and says that he would go a step further by raising gross production tax to 7% on new oil wells. The GPT was raised from 2% to 5% during the latest session. He also wants to look at raising income tax and ending the capital gains tax deduction. 

Jackson is a Charles Page High School graduate from the Class of 2002. His wife, Barbie, is a fifteen year veteran teacher in the Sand Springs Public School District. The two have a daughter, Bella, in the second grade.  He earned his Associate's Degree through the Tulsa Community College West Campus in Sand Springs and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. He has spent the last ten years as Development Manager for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma and has spent nine years on the Sand Springs City Council. 

One of the most important things Jackson wants voters to know is that he plans to be an "open-door legislator." In fact, he plans to remove his office door altogether so that constituents can always access him. 

Jackson plans to vote "Yes" on State Question 788, legalizing medical marijuana. "If there is something out there like marijuana that can change someone's life - I'm for that. I don't want to be hindering anyone. I think it's a moral issue if you're standing in the way of something that could be beneficial."

Regarding tax incentives, Jackson says they're "the nature of the game nowadays." He points to the City of Sand Springs's recruitment of Reasor's and Wal-Mart as evidence of the success of tax incentives. "You have to do your research to make sure on each individual case, if it makes business sense. We really need to evaluate each one to make sure it's providing fruit."

Jackson is hesitant to raise the minimum wage saying that the current rate provides an individual incentive for employees. "You show your employer that you've got drive and skill and passion for that job, you're not going to stay at the minimum. When the government starts intervening in that, that goes directly to the consumer."

Jackson would have voted "No" for the Constitutional Carry bill that was passed by the legislature and vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin. He says that Oklahomans already have the ability to get an open or concealed carry license, and that removing the screening process would create a "Wild West scenario" that could escalate potentially dangerous situations.

He opposes Senate Bill 1140 which allowed for religious adoption agencies to refuse to work with LGBTQ couples. "I'm a person that believes not to discriminate against people. That bill discriminates. We have thousands of children in Oklahoma that are waiting for a loving family."

Jackson previously ran for a House seat in 2006 and for Senate District 37 in 2016 and 2017. Should he win the primary and November general election, he would have to surrender his City Council seat. Jackson just began a three-year term in May of 2018 and the City of Sand Springs would have to have a special election to replace him. 

The Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, June 26th. Jackson will face incumbent Jadine Nollan and Emily Delozier. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the votes, then the top two candidates will advance to a runoff election on August 28th. The winner will face the Democratic nominee on November 6th. 

Emily Delozier endorsed by former Congressman Tom Coburn in House District 66 election

House District 66 candidate Emily Delozier shakes hands with former U.S. Congressman Dr. Tom Coburn after receiving an endorsement from the conservative activist. (SUBMITTED).

After back to back revenue failures in 2016 and 2017, the Oklahoma Legislature made a big push in their latest sessions to increase their tax base and diversify State income. House Bill 1010xx created a historic $447 million revenue package to help fund public school teacher pay raises and to try and prevent future budget crises.

Of the five candidates running for House District 66, only one opposes that package. Emily Delozier is running with the most conservative platform of the three Republican candidates, and points to the latest newsletter from the State Treasurer as justification.

“At $970.9 million, May Gross Receipts to the Treasury are a record high for May collections,” announced State Treasurer Ken Miller. “As has been the case each month for more than a year, Oklahoma’s economy is showing signs of ongoing expansion.” According to the May newsletter, gross revenue for the past twelve months is up $1.2 billion over the prior year.

The HB1010xx tax increases have yet to begin, leaving some conservative leaders calling for a complete veto of what they see as an unnecessary package. Delozier, together with conservative advocates including former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, helped found the group Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite with the goal of undoing that legislation.

“The corporations don’t pay the tax,” says Delozier. “They pass it on to somebody else.” She says the taxes on cigarettes, gas, and diesel will only negatively affect the average Oklahoman.

The OTU does not oppose the teacher pay raises themselves, passed in HB1023xx, but simply the funding mechanism behind those raises. The group is currently circulating a veto referendum petition to place State Question 799 on the ballot this November. SQ799 would put HB1010xx to a popular vote, but would leave the pay raises intact.

Despite the positive economic upturn, Denise Northrup, Office of Management and Enterprise Services director, told the Oklahoma Board of Equalization Monday that another revenue failure could be expected if SQ799 passes.

All four competitors for HD66 have declined to sign the OTE petition, while Delozier has a copy and welcomes signatures. Her work to oppose the largest tax hike in Oklahoma history has drawn endorsements from Dr. Tom Coburn, the Osage County Republican Party, and the Oklahoma Republican Assemblies over the incumbent Republican, Jadine Nollan.

"Poor leadership in Oklahoma has allowed legislators the easy way out, by throwing new taxes at old problems, instead of doing the hard work of implementing tax reform," said Coburn. "Abortion, Second Amendment rights, tax reform, jobs and educational funding are too important for business as usual, which has not worked. Emily DeLozier will serve well the Taxpayers of HD 66."

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Delozier, 70, is a lifelong fourth-generation Sandite with kids and grandkids in the Sand Springs area. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tulsa and three Associates Degrees from Tulsa Community College. She attends First Baptist Church and is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“Our mom has always told us, if you didn’t like the way something was being done, just do it yourself,” says Delozier, who has been dissatisfied with Nollan’s tenure in office.

“Right now they’re telling us nationwide that they don’t have enough employees to fill the job market…it’s not hit Oklahoma yet.” According to the May Treasurer’s Report, unemployment stands at 4.0% with more than 74,000 Oklahomans seeking jobs.

Delozier is critical of the HB1010xx tax increase on cigarettes and cigars, which she claims will have adverse effects on the State’s lower income communities. “Oftentimes people smoke because they use it as a coping mechanism…they’re unemployed or underemployed and don’t make enough money.”

“My stance on the revenue problem is that there isn’t really a revenue problem.” Delozier points to government mismanagement as responsible for much of the State’s problems, pointing to high profile cases in the Health Department and Department of Transportation (ODOT).

ODOT recently drew allegations of mismanagement when it appeared that $230 million was missing from the County Improvement for Roads and Bridges account. State Auditor Gary Jones later found that the missing funds were appropriated by the Legislature to deal with the 2017 State Budget crisis.

In May a grand jury found that the Health Department hid more than $30 million of State funding in Federal and County accounts while also claiming a $30 million budget gap and laying off nearly 200 employees.

Delozier calls for forensic audits of all State agencies, consolidation of public school districts and eliminating superintendent positions, and ending tax incentives as ways to improve State services without raising the budget.

“In theory (tax incentives) sound nice, but the truth is it kind of discriminates…Some of these really big guys are getting it at our (small businesses') expense. People want to do business in Oklahoma anyways. If we would fix our infrastructure that would attract more business here. They have to be able to deliver our goods without falling in a giant pothole. I don’t think tax incentives are fair to other businesses or to the taxpayers.”

Delozier is open to raising the minimum wage, but is critical of the Fight for Fifteen campaign, saying that much of an increase will lead to automation and elimination of jobs.

Delozier would like to end privatized prisons in Oklahoma, saying that the for-profit system has created a pressure to fill the penitentiaries and has catapulted Oklahoma to first in the nation in per capita incarceration.

State Question 788, which will put medical marijuana on the ballot along with the HD66 election, is a no-go for Delozier. “We already have legalized CBD oil, which is nonpsychotropic, and it can help veterans with PTSD and children that have seizures. But they’re wanting the THC in the plant, which is psychotropic.”

Delozier opposed HB3375, known as the “Ball and Dice Bill” which legalized games such as craps and roulette at tribal casinos. “I don’t think we need any additional gambling in Oklahoma.”

Delozier supported the Constitutional Carry bill that would have authorized citizens age 21 and older, as well as military personnel 18 and older, to carry a handgun either openly or concealed, without a state-issued license or permit. Senate Bill 1212 passed both chambers but was vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin.

“There’s a lot of cleanup that needs to be done,” summarized Delozier. “Abortion is strong on my mind. If I could do something to bring that to an end, I would feel like I had completed my life’s mission.”

Ultimately Delozier sums up her positions as being for less government, less taxes, and more tax reform. She previously ran against Nollan in 2016 and received 25.7% of the vote.

The Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, June 26th. Delozier will face incumbent Jadine Nollan, as well as Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the votes, then the top two candidates will advance to a runoff election on August 28th. The winner will face the Democratic nominee on November 6th. 

This Week in Sand Springs (6/17 - 6/24/18)

Sunday

  • Father's Day
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

Monday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Youth Summer Camp - Grades 1-4.
    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      412 West 55th Street
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes.
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Planning Commission meeting.
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Adjustment meeting.
  • 7:00 p.m. We Love the 90s Trivia Night.
    • Sandite Billiards Bar & Grill
      7822 Parkway Boulevard

Tuesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Youth Summer Camp - Grades 1-4.
    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      412 West 55th Street
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum Trust Authority meeting.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Youth Summer Camp - Grades 5-7.
    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      412 West 55th Street
  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Development Authority meeting.

Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Youth Summer Camp - Grades 5-7.
    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      412 West 55th Street
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Indian Taco Fundraiser - Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program.
    • American Legion Billie A. Hall, Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hike With Your Dog Day.
    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive
  • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Cheers and Gears Car Show.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road
  • 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 8th Annual EuroMotor Extravaganza - European Car Show.
    • Downtown Triangle District
      4 East Broadway
  • 9:00 a.m. 6v6 Sand Volleyball Tournament - High School Fundraiser.
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 5:00 p.m. 7th Annual Fireworks Preview Night and Kids' Funfest.
    • Big Blast Fireworks - Sand Springs Superstore
      17516 West 8th Street

Sunday

  • 9:00 a.m. 2v2 Sand Volleyball Tournament - High School Fundraiser.
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

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Sand Springs teacher Angela Graham running for House District 66

In the midst of a statewide teacher walkout, thousands of public educators rallied outside the State Capitol building to lobby for increased education funding. While many construction workers refused to cross the picket line to work on the Capitol remodel, one group of individuals was eagerly encouraged to enter the building: legislative candidates.

382 candidates filed to run for the House of Representatives, many with a goal of affecting major change in what some perceive as a stagnant legislature with no dedication to fighting for everyday Oklahomans. Among them was Angela Graham, who hopes to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination on June 26th for House District 66, representing Sand Springs and Northwest Tulsa.

Sandite Pride News sat down with Graham for an interview this past week at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Sand Springs. Graham, a native Sandite, likes to keep her tax dollars as local as possible to support the small town economy. Graham currently resides in Sand Springs and both of her children attend public schools.

Graham graduated Charles Page High School in 1999, earned an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education, and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s in Human Services and Mental Health. She currently teaches Pre-K at Deborah Brown Community School in downtown Tulsa.

Now she wants to teach the State Legislature a lesson on how to treat its citizens.  

Foremost on Graham’s mind is creating a diverse and sustainable tax base to fully fund education, infrastructure, and social services.

“When we are in a revenue failure, we should be looking at every option to get sustainable revenue for schools and roads and bridges,” says Graham.

Graham wants to end the Capital Gains tax deduction, which allows Oklahomans to avoid paying taxes on income from the sale of Oklahoma real estate or stock in Oklahoma-based firms.

She also wants to take another look at increasing the gross production tax on new oil wells. Oklahoma oil wells are taxed at 7% after their first 36 months, but were previously only taxed at 2% for the first three years. House Bill 1010xx, passed in the latest legislative session, raised that rate to 5%.

“The oil is here. They’re going to pay 7% or 9%, they’re going to stay in Oklahoma.”

Graham is a strong critic of the Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! organization, which is circulating a veto referendum petition to undo HB1010xx.

“They’re not really concerned about everyday Oklahomans and regressive taxes…they are concerned about protecting special interests and big oil in Oklahoma. They’re not really fighting for everyday Oklahomans.”

She also feels like HB1010xx contained many regressive taxes, and sympathizes with legislators who didn’t feel comfortable voting in favor of that package.  

“I absolutely understand legislators that refused to sign that because they didn’t want poor folks being taxed more. And I also understand legislators that listened to their constituents and signed that because it was a place to start. Sometimes the vehicle for change isn’t perfect.”

Specifically Graham wasn’t fond of what she calls “moral taxes” on cigarettes and cigars.

She is also opposed to consolidating administration or looking for wasteful spending in public school districts. “I think that’s already been done. We’ve cut everything that we can, we’ve combined everything we can combine. Schools in West Tulsa that affect our district have been shut down. It’s always okay to look at wasteful spending, but there’s nothing left to cut.”

“We’re not in the mess because there’s fraud and abuse at such a rampant level that it’s caused a revenue failure for ten years. We’re in this mess because we don’t have sustainable revenue.”

She was against the “David Boren” one-cent sales tax that was defeated as a State Question in 2016, saying it was a regressive tax that disproportionately affects low income and impoverished Oklahomans.

On the workforce, Graham wants to see labor unions strengthened, wants to undo Oklahoma’s right to work laws, and wants to avoid offering tax incentives to large companies that don’t provide high-paying full-time jobs for their employees. She also supports raising the minimum wage to $15.

“There’s a problem in Oklahoma with stagnant wages with a minimum wage that keeps people poor, and those are large corporations that then also reap the benefits of their employees spending food stamp money in those same businesses.”

“When we pay living wages to everyday Oklahomans, they invest it back in the economy. Every penny that low income middle class workers make – they spend it. They’re not accruing more wealth. It’s good economics to pay them more money because it helps the sales tax, it invests in property tax, it’s just good business and it’s also moral to pay a fair and living wage.”

Graham wants to see a major overhaul of the criminal justice and foster care systems in Oklahoma.

“We are spending an insane amount of money criminalizing everyday folks in Oklahoma. When we are spending more to incarcerate grown adults than we are on per pupil spending – that’s a problem.”

She also wants to eliminate the cash bail system and wants to help ex-cons expunge their criminal records.

Graham opposed the passage of SB1140 which allows private adoption agencies not receiving tax dollars to refuse to adopt to couples whose lifestyles are in conflict with the moral or religious beliefs of the agency, specifically LGBTQIA families. That bill also drew condemnation from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who responded by banning State-funded travel to Oklahoma.

“We have a broken foster care system in Oklahoma. We have thousands of children in Oklahoma that are in desperate need of loving families. We should never make it harder for loving families to adopt children in need. It’s discriminatory, it shouldn’t have been introduced. It’s an attack on a vital part of our community.”

Graham would also like to see the foster care system expanded to provide services for young adults who “age out” of the system when they turn eighteen.  

Low voter turnout is a big point of concern for Graham, who would like to see Election Day become a national holiday. As a state she would like to see automatic voter registration with an opt-out available.

Graham personally opposed the recent Constitutional Carry bill passed by the legislature and vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin. Despite coming from a family that hunts and partakes in recreational shooting, she still believes that gun owners should go through State licensing to carry sidearms in public.

“I would have personally been opposed to (Constitutional Carry), however I understand that the polling from most of the folks in House District 66 were for it. And so when I’m elected there will come a time when I might be personally opposed to something, but if my district is telling me to vote that way, even if it goes against my party, I’m going to be required to represent their needs. And if I ever do have to draw a line in the sand, I would be transparent and make sure they understand my reasoning.”

Graham has never before run for public office, but has served in a number of volunteer capacities, including as Precinct Chair for the Democratic Party. She is an anti-racist worker with Aware Tulsa, the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. She has also volunteered with the Parent-Child Center of Tulsa, working with their anti-bullying coalition.

Of the 125 legislative seats up for election this year, nineteen candidates filed completely unopposed and 99 filed unopposed within their party. Three Republicans filed for the District 66 seat, including incumbent Jadine Nollan.

Graham will take on former restaurant owner Rusty Rowe in the Democratic Primary on June 26th.

SEE RELATED: Tulsa restaurateur Rusty Rowe campaigns for Oklahoma House District 66

This Week in Sand Springs (6/10 - 6/17/18)

Monday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Boys' Basketball Camp
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Tuesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Boys' Basketball Camp
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Quarterback Club meeting.
    • Memorial Stadium team room
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:00 p.m. OK House District 66 Candidate Forum.
    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Boys' Basketball Camp
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. The Anchormen free concert.
    • First Church of the Nazarene
      516 North Cleveland

Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Boys' Basketball Camp
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Small Business Coalition meeting.
    • Pratt Library
      3219 East 113th West Avenue
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 6:30 a.m. 23rd Annual CPHS Varsity Dance Golf Tournament.
    • The Canysons at Blackjack Ridge
      1801 North McKinley
  • 6:00 p.m. Mayor's Cup Softball Tournament.
    • Admission $5 or equal value in non-perishable food items/school supplies. 
    • To enter your team contact 918.693.1484.
    • Will Ramsey Softball Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road
  • 7:00 p.m. Stories of Haiti with missionaries Michael and Baylee Wilson.
    • Word of Life
      1402 North 81st West Avenue 
  • 7:30 p.m. Halo Jordan free concert with Jim Barritt and Roger Rister.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. The Priesthood bike club Men's Breakfast.
    • Angus Church
      4401 South 129th West Avenue.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pokemon Go! Community Day
  • 7:30 p.m. Halo Jordan free concert with Jim Barritt, Roger Rister, and Mark Staggs.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Sunday

  • Father's Day
  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

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House District 66 candidates focus on education at Sand Springs Chamber forum

Left to right: Jadine Nollan, Angela Graham, Brian Jackson, Emily Delozier. Not pictured: Rusty Rowe.

All five candidates for Oklahoma House District 66 spoke at a forum sponsored by the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon at the Tulsa Tech Sand Springs campus. 

Three Republicans and two Democrats spoke on issues ranging from infrastructure to mental health, but the focal point of the luncheon was the state of public education funding. 

Democrat Angela Graham is a Pre-K teacher, lifelong Sandite, and Charles Page High School graduate. 

"We have a broken legislature...that has chosen to stop fighting for us," says Graham, who is running on a heavy education platform and hopes to bring raises to Oklahoma teachers and support staff.

Additionally she wants to see all Oklahomans with health insurance, and wants to reduce statewide incarceration particularly among the female population. A big point for Graham is to undo Oklahoma’s “right-to-work” status and strengthen labor unions.

Democrat Rusty Rowe is a former restaurateur, owning and operating Mod's Coffee and Crepes in downtown Tulsa for seven years before closing shop in December of last year. He lives with his wife of ten years and two children in northwest Tulsa. 

"I decided to run because I feel like our current group of legislators have been given opportunities to invest in teachers, students, working class people, and small business owners like myself, and it seems like they often put the needs of their donors before the needs of their people," said Rowe. "I want someone who's listening to the entire district. Not just the Republicans, not just the Democrats - everybody."

"I've been talking to a doctorate of economics...a mayor, city officials, the chief of police, city planners, teachers, school administrators - to make sure that when I say something, it's been researched and I have some teeth to it. I'm not just armchair quarterbacking things."

Current Sand Springs City Councilman and former Senate District 37 candidate Brian Jackson is running as a Republican. Jackson is the Development Manager at Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma and his wife is a public school teacher in Sand Springs. His daughter also attends Sand Springs Public Schools. 

"We need a representative that doesn't give up, that will go against the political parties and remember it's about the people," says Jackson.

Jackson was censured by the Republican Party of Tulsa County during the 2016 Senate race for vowing to support Democratic candidate Lloyd Snow against Republican incumbent Dan Newberry, who Jackson considered to be anti-education. The Oklahoma Republican Party's State Central Committee voted in May to uphold a ban preventing Jackson from accessing the OKGOP Datacenter Program.

Republican Emily Delozier is a fourth generation Sandite with a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Tulsa and three Associate of the Arts degrees from Tulsa Community College. 

Delozier spoke in opposition of raising taxes, and in favor of consolidating school districts to eliminate administrative overhead and return education dollars to the classroom. 

Incumbent Republican Jadine Nollan is a lifelong Sandite and former Sand Springs Board of Education member. She spoke regarding her past eight years in office and the difficulties the legislature has overcome during her tenure.

"When I was elected in 2011, our country was in a national recession...Oklahoma went into an oil bust...we had pensions that were failing...we had crumbling roads and bridges...we had a worker's compensation system that was one of the most expensive in the nation, we had a capitol building that had been neglected and was unsafe," said Nollan. "We were not tracking any of our tax credits, evaluating them, measuring them, or monitoring them at that point...We had a revenue problem and we were not going to be able to cut our way out of it, though a lot of people still believe that we could."

Nollan pointed to the Oklahoma Incentives Commission, the Energy Stabilization Fund, the Governor's Closing Fund, a revamp of the worker's compensation system, the rainy-day fund, an eight-year plan for transportation, and the Capitol remodel as legislative successes.

According to Nollan, State pension funds are all nearing solvency and the Oklahoma Tax Commission is developing a real-time dashboard to measure and monitor tax credits online. 

Nollan holds a 93% rating from the Research Institute for Economic Development, a 100% rating from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a 50% rating on The Oklahoma Constitution conservative index, a 100% rating from Oklahomans for Life, a 59% rating from the American Conservative Union, a "Pro-Public Education" assessment from Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education, an "F" on the Sierra Club environmental scorecard, and an "A" on the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association scorecard. 

All candidates but Delozier vowed not to sign the Oklahoma Taxpayers United referendum petition overturning a historic revenue bill passed this past legislative session to fund teacher pay raises. If the petition garners 42,000 signatures by July 18, a State Question will appear on the November ballots asking Oklahoma voters to veto the package. 

HB1010xx is expected to raise $447 million in annual revenue by increasing the gross production tax to 5% on all new oil wells, increasing the cigarette tax by $1 per pack, increasing the gasoline tax by three cents, and increasing the diesel tax by six cents. The money is intended to fund pay raises averaging more than $6,000 for Oklahoma public school teachers.

An opinion published by the Oklahoma Attorneys General states that if HB1010xx is overturned, teacher pay raises will remain intact, but the funding mechanism will be removed and legislators will have to find other ways to back the raises. 

Not only has Delozier signed the petition she is also an active member of Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite and has copies of the petition available for signatures. 

"You don't want something that's going to raise the price of all goods," said Delozier. "It's not good for Oklahoma. We still have people trying to get on their feet and get a job. You can't raise the price of hauling everything and not expect to raise the price of everything."

The primary election will be held June 26th with the deadline to request absentee ballots set for June 20th at 5:00 p.m. Early Voting will be the 21st-22nd from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

This Week in Sand Springs (6/3 - 6/10/18)

Monday

  • 11:30 a.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Open Forum - House District 66 candidates.
    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      924 East Charles Page Boulevard
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Parks Advisory Bord meeting.

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 1st Tuesday on the Triangle.
    • Free Concert featuring Stormy Miller with Brian Parker and Let Slip The Dogs.
    • Sand Springs Triangle Park
      4 East Broadway Street

Friday

  • 7:00 p.m. Friday Flicks: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Saturday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 28th Annual Kids' Free Fishing Derby.
    • Sand Springs Lake
      1401 East Park Road
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.
    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive
  • 2:00 p.m. 15th Annual Sand Springs Rotary Bass Tournament.
    • Keystone Lake - Prairie View Boat Ramp

Sunday

  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tulsa Boys' Home Equine Demonstration.
    • Tulsa Boys' Home
      2727 South 137th West Avenue

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