, Muskogee, OK

Local News

November 7, 2012

Incumbent Garrison cruises to SD 9 victory

District 9’s incumbent state senator took home the vote Tuesday, winning  with nearly three times as many votes as his opponent.

State Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, took 74 percent of the vote, or 12,962 votes, to opponent Barney Taylor’s 26 percent, or 4,557 votes.

Garrison is looking forward to the next legislative session. Funding public education, pushing natural gas as an alternative energy source and taking care of veterans are some of his top priorities, he said.

Oklahoma is a top producer of natural gas, but, Garrison said, there are wells not producing because of lack of demand.

“But if we can get our vehicles converted to compressed natural gas and we could write legislation that a major part of the increased revenue from gross production taxes could go to education funding, then we could help make up the deficit with not only education, but corrections and human services,” he said.

Improving Oklahoma’s care of veterans is also something Garrison plans to push for in the next legislative session.

Garrison, a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Senate Committee, said it will definitely look at the seven state veterans’ nursing homes.

“I’m not happy with the stories I’ve heard,” he said. “Those stories will break your heart.”

Garrison said the homes are “grossly underfunded.”

“These are our heroes — they guaranteed our freedom,” Garrison said. “We just cannot turn our back on them. We have to make sure they’re taken care of properly and with dignity.”

Garrison, a rancher who also holds a doctorate of education, also is a member of two Senate education committees.

Garrison authored or co-authored a number of bills related to education, veterans, health care and more during his first two terms.

Most recently, SB 1119 became effective July 1, and requires school districts to provide parents of students with auditory or visual impairments with written information about programs offered by the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur.

Garrison said many parents of children with such impairments are unaware of the vast resources both schools offer.

Additionally, the bill ensures staff assigned to work with those students have access to resources provided by OSB and OSD.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton

Unofficial results

• State Sen. Earl Garrison, 12,962, 74 percent

 • Barney Taylor,4.557,  26 percent

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.