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Tulsa World: Economist: Wake Up, Oklahoma!

I mention all of this to say that when government fails to appropriate adequate dollars to state agencies providing core services, individual aspirations are difficult to be realized. When our state government funds our pre-k through 12 educational system so low as to rank 48th in the country (Census Bureau), year after year; when the…

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Chicago Tribune: Edmondson Comes Out Against EPA Head Pruitt, Exit of Paris Accord

Drew Edmondson, who preceded Pruitt as Oklahoma’s attorney general, noted in an interview that Pruitt scaled back two programs Edmondson had built up in the attorney general’s office: an environmental protection unit and an environmental crimes task force. “While I’m disappointed in what he’s doing [in Washington], I’m certainly not surprised,” said Edmondson, who is…

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McAlester News-Capital: Edmondson Ready to Take on State Issues

Asked about what issues would most concern him as governor, Edmondson said “The continuing (budget) deficits are going to be the biggest problem facing the state,” unless the legislature does something to fix it, he added. “Beyond that is the state’s policies,” Edmondson said. “We’ve let giant corporations and lobbyists decide our policies. They were…

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Edmondson Op-Ed: Oklahoma Cigarette Tax Increase the Right Thing to Do, Then and Now

Eighty-eight thousand Oklahoma kids alive today will die prematurely of smoking-related illnesses. This is the tragic result of having a high smoking burden in our state. If this were any other threat to our children — a dangerous intersection, a defective toy, an environmental hazard — there would be demands for an immediate solution. The…

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Oklahoman: Drew Edmondson announces run for governor

This week, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson became the latest to throw his hat in the ring. And not only did Edmondson announce his candidacy, but he did so with a strong dose of Bernie Sanders-style, left-wing populism. Edmondson promised to take on “Wall Street and their huge corporations, the powerful, our Legislature …” He…

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Edmondson Takes on Budget Crisis, Special Interest Groups In Announcement Speech

Touting his record for taking on corporations, Wall Street, and big tobacco, the 70-year old Edmonson formally launched his campaign at the Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa. He expressed a willingness to work with members of both parties to move the state forward, but also criticized the Republican-controlled Legislature for the current budget crisis…

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Potential gubernatorial contenders talk 2018 race

Interest in the 2018 gubernatorial race is picking up. “Well, my posture right now is I am considering whether to consider it,” said former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a Democrat. “I am listening.” But in the same breath, Edmondson said he is probably through with politics. Edmondson said people are encouraging him to run…

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