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Capitol Insider

Fridays at 4:49 and 6:49 p.m. and Mondays at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m.
  • Hosted by Dick Pryor

A weekly feature produced by KGOU in partnership with eCapitol, an Oklahoma City-based legislative news and bill tracking service. KGOU general manager Dick Pryor talks to eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley, elected officials and newsmakers about legislative matters in the state of Oklahoma.

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House Speaker Charles McCall, on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.
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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley catch up on the 2019 legislative session. Two notable bills authored by legislative leaders are now dead, indicating possible tensions between House and Senate leadership. 

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss an ongoing effort in Oklahoma to reform occupational licensing. Right now lawmakers are considering making it easier for military spouses and for people with felony convictions to work.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss why lawmakers have once again failed to meet the legal deadline to fund public education and the Stitt administration's plan for more state agency audits.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley speak with Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, who shares her thoughts on the state's new report cards, regulating virtual charter schools, and school funding. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss a whirlwind week at that state capitol. The two discuss the new powers of Oklahoma's governor, new regulations on medical marijuana and controversial abortion legislation. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley interview Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City. Floyd explains her opposition to the Republican plan to give the governor more authority over state agencies and her hopes for increasing education funding.

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Feb. 28 was the first major deadline since the the 2019 Oklahoma legislative session convened. In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss bills gaining traction at the state capitol, as well as one piece of legislation that has already been signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat speaks with Dick Pryor about key issues in the 2019 legislative session, including Medicaid expansion and his proposal to increase government transparency. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat speaks with Dick Pryor about the most pressing issues facing the legislature during the 2019 session, including retaining Oklahoma teachers, gun laws and state revenue. This is the first of a two part interview. 

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt stands at a lectern as he is applauded during his State of the State address in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.
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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the start of Oklahoma's 2019 legislative session, including a proposed bill that would allow residents who meet certain requirements to carry a handgun without a permit. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss Gov. Stitt and other Republican leaders' shifting stance on expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma. The two also preview the governor's budget proposal, which will be unveiled Feb. 4 following the State of the State address.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley unpack executive orders signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt during his second week in office. They also discuss an interesting budget proposal from the Dept. of Corrections. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley recap key parts of Governor Kevin Stitt's inaugural address. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley sit down with outgoing Governor Mary Fallin. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss preparations for the 2019 legislative session, as well as Governor-elect Kevin Stitt's reorganization of the executive cabinet and his new hires.

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The 2018 midterm elections in Oklahoma confirmed hardened geographic divisions. The state's two largest metro areas favored Democrats, while rural Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly Republican. But rural counties are losing population, overall demographics are changing and redistricting is on the horizon. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what's happening at the state capitol ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Over 4,300 bills have been requested, and the majority of Oklahoma lawmakers have two years of experience or less. Listen to learn about some notable bills that have already been filed. 

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As the state budget started shrinking, Oklahoma lawmakers began debating the value of economic incentives, such as tax credits for wind turbines. How do we know if an incentive is worth its cost? KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley spoke with Lyle Roggow, the person in charge of telling the legislature which incentives should stay and which should go.

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President Trump escalated his attacks on the press during the 2018 midterm election cycle, but Mendez says he's playing off longstanding skepticism of news media. In this episode of Capitol Insider Oklahoma State Professor Jeanette Mendez joins KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley to discuss media bias. Mendez's research confirms previous findings that people perceive the news according to their own biases. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Julian Guerrero Jr., the director of American Indian Education in Oklahoma, speaks with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley about how the state collaborates with tribal nations on education. Guerrero discusses strengthening tribal identities in the classroom and incorporating indigenous knowledge into state standards. 

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