A best practice for contacting your legislator

A best practice for contacting your legislator

Last week I wrote about the challenge lawmakers face as they sort through their thousands of emails and attempt to find correspondence from their constituents. It’s a task made all the more daunting by the recent practice employed by advocacy groups: emailing all legislators instead of just those who represent them.

Please vote no! Thank you!

Please vote no! Thank you!

“Please vote no! Thank you!” I stared at these five words, the only words in an email that someone had taken the time to send to every member of the House of Representatives. I just started laughing. It was a welcomed reprieve from a tense deadline week — two weeks ago.

Benefits of refusing lobbyist funding

Benefits of refusing lobbyist funding

I took a pledge in 2006 to refuse personal gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists and their employees. When I took that pledge, I knew it was the right thing for me to do, but I didn’t envision the various impacts of the pledge in the long term.

OU stadium renovation project demonstrates need for reform

OU stadium renovation project demonstrates need for reform

In a 2007 committee hearing, legislators received an important report containing cost-saving recommendations. One notable recommendation suggested that “tremendous ongoing savings” would be realized if higher education entities, including the University of Oklahoma, would collaborate with each other and state agencies in purchasing activities.