Oklahoma Voices

Mondays 11 a.m. - 12 Noon

Oklahoma newsmakers talking about the issues that affect the Sooner state and beyond.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Three Races To Watch In Tuesday's Primary Runoff Elections

StickWare Flickr Creative Commons

Two combat veterans, a contentious state schools superintendent race, and Oklahoma's first African-American female Senate candidate face Oklahoma voters this week.

Early voting began Thursday and continued into the weekend, and the winners in Tuesday's runoff advance to November's election to square off against nominees who found out their fate just over two months ago after the June 24 primary.

KGOU News Director Ben Fenwick gathered University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie, Oklahoma Watch political reporter M. Scott Carter, and eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley to discuss some of the implications of what's left on the ballot.

Here are three contests they're keeping an eye on:

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Oklahoma Voices
10:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum

Terry Stowers, a Norman mineral owner attorney and Executive Director of the coalition of Oklahoma Surface and Mineral Owners listens with apparent consternation during a dispute with New York Attorney and activist David Slottje.
Joy Hampton The Norman Transcript

The Lowry Room at the Norman Public Library filled to capacity Monday night, and a mass of people packed into the hallways to listen to a forum on hydraulic fracturing that included an OU scientist, an assistant city attorney, and a lawyer from upstate New York who’s helped communities there ban fracking.

StateImpact’s Logan Layden moderated the event as each panelist made a presentation, and read questions from the audience.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:15 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Coburn Addresses Leadership, Gaza, Ebola, Marijuana At Final Oklahoma City Town Hall

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) speaks to the crowd during the August 4 town hall at Oklahoma City Community College.
Roman Burleson U.S. Senate

In January, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) surprised political observers and constituents when he announced he would step down with two years left on his second term.

The state’s junior Republican – who’s also a practicing physician – has earned the nickname “Dr. No” for being one of the chamber’s most ardent budget and debt hawks.

Coburn will return to private life at the end of the current session before the first of the year, and throughout August he’s holding his final series of town hall meetings across Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:19 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Two Decades Later, Still Questions About The Oklahoma City Bombing

The devastated Alfred P. Murrah Building following the Oklahoma City bombing, April 25, 1995
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, unanswered questions resurfaced last week. A four-day trial in Utah sought to determine if the FBI has done an adequate search for additional videos of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

2013 OKC Storytelling Festival
Credit Jim Johnson

Storytelling is an innate human trait.

Long before the written word, stories were conveyed audibly through voice and music, and/or visually through art. They were used to explain significant events like natural disasters, conflicts, and histories. Myths, legends, fairytales, fables, ghost stories, heroic tales, epic adventures, religions, and origin stories grew from acts of storytelling.   

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Oklahoma Voices
11:29 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Why Oklahoma City, Other Metropolitan Areas Are Crucial To The Economy

riveraa8 Flickr Creative Commons

Author and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program fellow Jennifer Bradley argues that cities like Oklahoma City are vital to a post-recession economy. During Oklahoma City’s 2014 Mayor’s Development Roundtable in May, she said she admires Oklahoma’s progress and improvement.

“When it comes to building a livable, sustainable, and economically viable place, there’s no such thing as finished,” Bradley says.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

VIDEO: Canadian City Planner On What Oklahoma City Can Learn From Vancouver

StevenSmith1 Flickr Creative Commons

Since 2002, Oklahoma City’s mayor has hosted a Development Roundtable to bring together local leaders and outside experts for conversation about the city’s expansion, progress, and improvement.

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OETA
11:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Forum: Primary Election Wrap-up

We analyze Tuesday’s Oklahoma Primary Election results and discuss campaign strategy and issues for the 2014 election season with:

  • Keith Gaddie, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma
     
  • Sheryl Lovelady, former political pollster and campaign strategist  
     
  • Nate Webb, political analyst and former Congressional Chief of Staff for Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma Voices
11:04 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma's Early Banking An Era Of 'Wild West Capitalism'

Credit University of Oklahoma Press

Overzealous railroad builders and near-constant debates over the merits of gold vs. silver led to the worst financial crisis the United States had ever seen toward the end of the 19th century.

By the time the dust had settled after the Panic of 1893, the U.S. comptroller of the currency's annual report indicated 573 national, state, private, and savings banks as well as loan, trust and mortgage companies failed during the year.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.

KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, Watchdog.org Oklahoma bureau chief and CapitolBeakOK writer Patrick McGuigan, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO Bill Shapard to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.

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