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Julius Jones And Quitting The Carceral System
November 22, 2021

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to spare Julius Jones’ life last week didn’t calm the debate over state-sanctioned killing – it intensified it. With five inmates scheduled for execution over the next four

Not So Special Gerrymandering Session
November 15, 2021

The Oklahoma Legislature is back in the saddle this week for what might best be called a not-so-special session. On the agenda: Redistricting, the once a decade, post-census redraw of legislative and

Justice For Julius Jones
November 13, 2021

The world is watching to see what Oklahoma does in the case of Julius Jones, scheduled to be executed Nov. 18 for the murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. The state Pardon and Parole Board, citin

The Gerrymandering Hook Echo
November 09, 2021

Believe it or not, the Oklahoma House speaker thinks Hispanics in south OKC and the Panhandle – four hours and a world away – reflect a “community of interest” because they speak Spanish. That’s one w

Oklahoma As An Abortion Haven
October 25, 2021

Reproductive rights are imperiled in America. Not only will the U.S. Supreme Court hear a Mississippi case this term that could overturn Roe v. Wade, but challenges to anti-abortion laws also are wind

Oh, The Possibilities
October 18, 2021

Three hundred and eighty-six shopping days remain until the November 2022 general election,but at Observercast, it’s never too early to start making lists and checking ‘em twice. For this week’s episo

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021
October 11, 2021

Joe Biden is the first U.S. president to officially proclaim today Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Yet much work remains to correct the colonialism, mistreatment, broken treaties and disrespect heaped on gen

The Fires Of Isengard Are Going To Spread
October 04, 2021

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to uncover why this year’s statewide school test results were so poor. But serious inquiry first requires wading through the governor’s anti-public ed bullstitt to g

Open Arms In Oklahoma?
September 27, 2021

Last week, the first of 1,800 Afghan refugees slated to resettle in Oklahoma arrived to a warm welcome from aid groups – and an icy reception from the state Republican chairman. For this week’s Observ

From Tragedy, An Opportunity
September 13, 2021

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – a painful reminder that we’re losing far too many neighbors who no longer feel they can navigate the darkness. Especially heartbreaking, we’r