Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

More posts from the OK Policy Blog

In the year since I last updated. Trickle-Down hasn’t worked. It’s time for Middle-Out economics. “How Money Walks” has no leg to stand on After talk of reining in tax breaks, Oklahoma added more Oklahoma has not implemented real criminal justice reform Whatever happened to… ? Oklahoma is still waiting for criminal justice reform No, […]

OK Policy posts again

It’s been basically forever since I updated this list, but it’s mostly for my own archives. Here are all my posts at the OK Policy Blog since the last update. Not including my daily news briefing In The Know, which you should subscribe to. Why total spending has gone up as budgets are cut The […]

More OK Policy posts, plus a poem page

It’s been a good while since I updated this site, but the blogging goes on at Below are my posts since the last update. I also added a poetry page page to archive some stuff I’ve written over the past decade. Find it under “Other Writing” in the sidebar or click here. Good times […]

My posts for OK Policy, continued

Can we stop the runaway train of tax expenditures? Eliminating tax breaks: The dog that didn’t bark ‘Flip It To Fix It’ report offers an immediate, fair solution to state budget shortfalls Get a job: Why restricting employment for ex-felons is counter-productive Watchdogs, code monkeys, and budget hawks: The many species of Gov 2.0 Budget […]

For my many followers here (no one)

All my blogging these days happens at Here are my posts so far: Sally Kern could be on to something (but it’s not what she thinks) How the tax incentives war puts states in a terrible bargaining position Bill would raise taxes for 1 million low-income Oklahomans New OK Policy report lays out options […]

the SUV in the room

Steve Lackmeyer deleted my comment on this post.  Not sure why.  (For a minute I worried that I was becoming a troll, but then I realized that trolls never worry about being trolls, so therefore I’m not.) Anyway, I might as well post here “What OKC Central Doesn’t Want You To See.”  Lackmeyer complains about […]

Oklahoma creating new felonies and increasing sentences even as corrections budget is slashed

Oklahoma’s prison population has grown 10 percent in the last 10 years. Fifty-three percent of the inmates were convicted of nonviolent crimes. Budget cuts threaten to eliminate 15 percent of the prison work force, and inmates are already sleeping in dining halls and exercise rooms. What’s Republican Senate Leader Glenn Coffee’s response? “It’s not a […]

the perils of social networking

Watch what you say on Facebook! Your terrible puns will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Lawton man arrested for Facebook jokes According to the affidavit filed by Det. Ken Parsons, Chaston posted the following online threat: “thinking about shooting up an old folks home … could call it youthenasia ….lol someone […]

every bit helps

My friend Isaiah McCaslin will be a great Representative for Oklahoma, but he needs your help to get there. If you’re sick of what’s going on with our current legislature, this is how you change it! Please donate whatever you can. Contribute now to Isaiah McCaslin (OK-HD-44) Join us! So far, 15 supporters have contributed […]

judge v. mob

This is why electing judges is a terrible idea. I don’t know the details about this case, but I’m absolutely sure that justice is not well served by a 200 word blog post rousing a bunch of people with similar lack of knowledge to make angry phone calls.

are these things related?

Oklahoma mental health services suffer cuts Bills by Wesselhoft and Kern aim to protect Oklahomans from radio tracking, one-world government

great moments in civic responsibility

11 voters pass Crutcho’s $1M school bond | CRUTCHO — With less than a dozen votes, the Crutcho School District has passed a $1 million bond issue. On Tuesday, 11 people voted yes on a proposal that school officials said will pay for new rest-rooms, updated plumbing and roof repairs. Three people voted against […]

not a boogeyman

We like to imagine “sex offenders” as irredeemable monsters, but situations like this are far more common than what you see on Law & Order: SVU. No longer a registered sex offender, but the stigma remains – As a teenager, Ricky Blackman carried an Oklahoma driver’s license with the words “sex offender” stamped in […]

the marriage cure

The article is from 2003, but I would bet not much has changed. The stories of discrimination by OKC bus drivers are especially disturbing. The Marriage Cure | One July morning last year in Oklahoma City, in a public-housing project named Sooner Haven, twenty-two-year-old Kim Henderson pulled a pair of low-rider jeans over a […]

Oklahoma politics…

Why does Mike McCarville think writing a letter in support of legal immigrants is a conspiracy? Just because brown people are involved?

where I’m at

Most of my writing these days happens at Voices of Oklahoma. Some recent articles: Bokoshe, OK and the true cost of electricity Being Okie: part one Local circus enlivens Okie art scene Kiowa calendar exhibit offers rare perspective on Oklahoma history With few resources, primate sanctuary struggles to save lives

me in the news

From The Oklahoma Daily: Gene Perry, a member of the Norman Sustainability Network, an organization which seeks to educate Oklahomans about conservation, said he is skeptical of claims that nuclear energy would be cheaper for Oklahomans, and he would rather see money put toward renewable energy resources in Oklahoma. “One major problem is nuclear energy […]


The NY Times goes behind the scenes of the football recruiting battle for a kid that finally chose OU.  The nut graf: Along the way, McFarland was wined and dined. He visited the house of the president of Oklahoma, where he was promised a spot in the prestigious President’s Leadership Class. He rode in a […]

Oklahoma Veterans and Jim Inhofe


Cherokee Freedmen update

The Cherokee Freedmen issue hasn’t been much in the news lately, but it’s still going on. The Hill has an update: A dispute between the Cherokee Nation and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) looks likely to continue despite a lobbying push that the tribe had hoped would resolve the issue. […] The Cherokees […]

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