Episode 16

16 - State Senator Pugh on Budget Transparency & Civics Education

In this episode, Emily and James visit with OK State Senator Adam Pugh (R-Edmond, OK) regarding the important steps the legislature has taken this session to improve transparency around the creation of the state budget - and what still needs to be done. He also discusses the importance of civics education and his efforts to promote it.

Along the way, we discover how the TV show "Family Ties" helped turn Sen. Pugh into a Ronald Reagan Fan, that the Senator is not afraid of a push-up challenge with students, and how we can use data to ensure the state's new school choice program will give families real information to make the best educational choice for their children.


To learn more about Sen. Pugh, click here: https://oksenate.gov/senators/adam-pugh


If you would like to see the OK State Senate's proposed budget, click here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2023-24%20INT/SRES/SR31%20int.PDF


If you would like to see the OK House of Representatives' budget website, click here: https://app.powerbigov.us/view?r=eyJrIjoiNjkwMDcwYjItOTQ2OC00ZTM0LTkzYzktM2FiYjk3NjZjYzBmIiwidCI6ImZjODgwMmI3LTRlNDUtNDhiYS1hMWYzLWY4NzU4MmQzNjY5YyJ9&pageName=ReportSectionf0e4e8076cb97d940172


To learn more about Dr. Emily Stacey, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/stacey-emily/


To learn more about Professor Davenport, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/davenport-james/


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Dr. Emily Stacey

Emily Stacey is a Political Science professor and Program Coordinator for Political Science at Rose State College. Dr. Stacey has the privilege of coordinating events, including the Great Debate panel series, Liberal Arts and Sciences colloquia, and the Political Science book club. Dr. Stacey was honored as a DaVinci Institute Fellow in 2023, an award given for innovative teaching in higher education. She successfully completed her dissertation defense in November 2016, and formally graduated with her doctorate in July 2017 from Swansea University (Wales, UK). Emily’s dissertation research focuses on the necessity of bureaucratization in contemporary social movements, namely those using digital technologies to mobilize and sustain dissent. She has participated in the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (2013) and Oxford University’s Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program (2014).



Emily has published multiple works thus far, Combatting Internet-Enabled Terrorism (2017), which focuses on the use of digital technologies and the internet by terror organizations, with emphasis on the Islamic State. Nationalism, Social Movements, and Activism in Contemporary Society was published in 2018, and analyzes the rising tide of nationalist politics around the world, with emphasis on U.S. politics (the rise of the Tea Party, election of Donald Trump and juxtaposing that against the Black Lives Matter movement). Emily’s most recent work (2023) focuses on deglobalization and the shifting world order. You can follow Emily on Twitter at: @politikphd.
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James Davenport

James Davenport is the Associate Dean for Social Sciences and a professor of political science at Rose State College. He is a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma Political Science Association's (OPSA) "Teacher of the Year" award and a recipient of OPSA's "Excellence in Public Service" award. He has also earned the Rose State College "Excellence in Teaching" award.
James brings practical experience in politics to his academic training as a political scientist. He has worked for a member of Congress, a county commissioner, a public opinion research firm, and owned a public relations and campaign consulting firm. In addition, he has also be the host of a radio talk show.
In 2023, James founded the Center for Civic Engagement, which fosters positive conversations on challenging issues and builds bridges of communication between the academic community, policy makers, and the general public.
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