Would-be "best" ideas from the more than 3,000 sent into Lance Cargill's "100 Ideas" campaign were already being culled before the deadline closed, according to spokesman Pat Schnake.
Schnake said the push to publish the book into which the "best" 100 ideas are to be printed forced organizers to start the selection early.
"They have been going through them as they've gone along," Schnake said. "You can't just wait until the last minute. They've got to write a book and get it published. It takes a while to get all that material processed."
"It's a lot lengthier process than people who have never been involved with one (a book) think. It's a lot more than a 16-page newsletter, I can tell you that," Schnake said. "My guess is we will be a little bit later than we would hope. "¦ We are pushing hard. That's why we set a cutoff date. If we miss it by a little bit, we do."
100 Ideas Executive Director Thad Balkman sent out a press release recently announcing that the book " supposed to set the agenda for future Oklahoma legislation " was on track for release prior to the legislative session starting.
"We plan to have the Oklahoma's 100 Ideas book completed by the beginning of the next legislative session to serve as a blueprint for the Legislature and Oklahoma's future," Balkman said in the release.
Balkman did not return calls to the Gazette. "Ben Fenwick