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Observercast 44: Even North Dakota
November 16, 2020

Under Gov. Kevin Stitt’s leadership, Oklahoma keeps breaking records. But they’re nothing you’d put in a trophy case. Ten days ago, the state reeled from a record-shattering one-day record of new COVID-19 cases – nearly 5,000. Today,

Observercast 43: Bringing OK Democrats Into The 21st Century
November 10, 2020

Last week’s general election was a gut-punch for Oklahoma Democrats. Yes, Joe Biden won the presidency. But Democrats lost seats in the state House. And their only member of the DC delegation, 5th District U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn,

Why Does He Deserve Another Six Years In The Senate?
November 02, 2020

Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Jim Inhofe, has been in elective public office for 53 years. On Tuesday voters will decide whether to reward him with a fifth full term as senator. If he wins, he’ll be 92 by the time his next term ends.

Observercast 41: Kojo’s American Dream
October 26, 2020

The combatants for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District seat could not be more different. First-term Republican Rep. Kevin Hern is a McDonald’s franchisee who considers the hamburger giant “the most grassroots business in the world.

Observercast 40: Challenging A 13-Term Incumbent
October 20, 2020

It’s never easy to unseat a 13-term congressional incumbent. It’s even harder when the district’s boundaries are bigger than a dozen states – and you’re campaigning amidst a pandemic. Third Congressional District candidate Zoe Midyett has taken on that...

Observercast 39: Changing The County Guard
October 16, 2020

If the last six months proved anything, it’s that “all politics is local” is no cliche in Oklahoma. Think how city governments acted boldly to curb the pandemic – imposing mask mandates – while the governor fiddled.

Observercast 38: Can Community Policing Come To Sheriff’s Office?
October 13, 2020

Across the nation, the Black Lives Matter movement in response to police brutality has thrust lower-profile local governments under the microscope. That is especially true in Oklahoma’s largest county, where the sheriff’s office lost control of the sca...

Observercast Episode 37: When County Commissioners Attack!
September 28, 2020

Oklahomans have been getting a government lesson like no other this year, and county-level government has been center stage. After the economy tanked in March as municipalities shuttered in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and Congress cobbl...

Observercast Episode 36: ‘Putting Human Beings In Front Of Them’
September 21, 2020

COVID-19 has turned Oklahoma’s prisons into human petri dishes. Seven inmates and three staff members have died of possible coronavirus-related causes. More than 2,600 inmates have tested positive, including more than 700 women at Eddie Warrior Correct...

Observercast Episode 35: How Do We Get It Across The Finish Line?
September 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Oklahoma hard. More than 900 deaths. Nearly 167,000 fewer jobs. State revenues down in five of the last seven months when compared to 2019. Especially hard hit: Small businesses, the backbone of the American economy.