The statewide general election will feature several ballot propositions, as CapitolBeatOK/The City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan explained on this week’s edition of Capitol Report. The lineup includes at least these seven measures: State Question 776 (death penalty process), S.Q. 777 (the “right to farm” referendum), S.Q. 779 (the Boren sales tax hike initiative), State Questions 780 and 781 (criminal justice/prison reform), S.Q. 790 (the relationship between government and religious groups sponsoring social programs), and S.Q. 792 (sale of wine and full-strength beer in grocery stores).
In other news, McGuigan described a treen planting at the state Department of Labor, organized by employees to honor the late Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. In discussion with New9 reporter Alex Cameron, McGuigan concluded his reflections, saying, “Rain seemed imminent as the event began. Mrs. [Cathy] Costello looked toward the clouds and asked her husband to keep the rain at stay.
As the proceedings began, a few sprinkles adorned the agency parking lot, the tree and attendees, but there was no deluge. As the ceremony concluded precipitation evolved, taking on a steady pace. After, it nourished the ground all about, sufficient to wet the heart-shaped leaves of the tree, reaching into the ground to feed the Oklahoma soil.”