The Oklahoma Observercast

The Oklahoma Observercast

Latest Episodes

Observercast Episode 7: Open Meetings In The Time Of Pandemics
March 24, 2020

It's difficult enough during ordinary times for rank-and-file Oklahomans to keep up with state government. It became even trickier when lawmakers, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, abandoned nearly all in-person policymaking in favor of online and ...

Observercast Episode 6: ‘Look Around For Your Partners’
March 16, 2020

Observercast Episode 6 – ‘Look Around For Your Partners’ – expands on our discussion of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s standoff with Oklahoma’s sovereign tribal nations over gaming compacts. Our special guests this week are Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Observercast Episode 5: Removing The People’s Power – HJR 1027
March 11, 2020

Two-thirds of the Oklahoma House this week took steps to neuter the People’s Power. Sixty-six reps – all Republicans – rammed through a proposal that could make it all but impossible for a grassroots initiative petition to ever again succeed in forcing...

Observercast Episode 4: ‘Who will build roads in Anadarko?’
March 10, 2020

 Why did Gov. Kevin Stitt pick a fight with the Oklahoma’s sovereign tribal nations over gaming compacts that generated $1.28 billion for the state treasury over the last 15 years? We peel back the layers with High Country News Contributing Editor and...

Observercast Episode 3: ‘Changing to Change’
March 03, 2020

 The week of February 24th was the first deadline week of the legislative session, which is high time for parliamentary shenanigans and sleights of hand. This week was no different. When the Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed l...

Observercast Episode 1 – ‘This Is Not Normal’
February 19, 2020

In Episode 1 – “This Is Not Normal” – House Democratic Leader Emily Virgin, former Gov. David Walters and former Senate President Pro Tem Cal Hobson discuss Gov. Kevin Stitt’s efforts to create a CEO governor and what it portends for a state that histo...