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Stitt’s Office Pays Lobbyist For Advice On Federal COVID Funds

Sep 4, 2020
Kevin Stitt banned state agencies from hiring outside lobbyists in one of his first acts as Oklahoma's governor. This summer, his office contracted with a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

One of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s first acts as governor was a moratorium on executive agencies using contract lobbyists, a nod to the 2018 gubernatorial campaign he ran as a political outsider.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Gov. Kevin Stitt provide COVID-19 update on 9/1/2020
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Mask mandates continue to be top of mind for Oklahoma officials. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports that as one city council voted to extend theirs, other officials maintained that containing the spread should rest on personal responsibility.

Oklahoma House Democrats are criticizing Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt for his response to the coronavirus and calling for the creation of a bipartisan task force.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s  administration has taken a step forward with COVID-19 transparency, but as StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports, other officials continue to raise concerns.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, center, and White House Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, right, at a private roundtable in Tulsa on Aug. 16
Office of Gov. Kevin Stitt

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended Oklahoma close all of its bars and implement a statewide mask mandate. That recommendation came in a report that the White House has not released to the public, and that state officials have not released to city and public health leaders.

Oklahoma Event Organizers Consider Options As State Tries To Reopen

May 13, 2020
Oklahoma City Thunder fans watch a live broadcast in Thunder Alley outside Chesapeake Energy Arena in this Journal Record file photo.
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As Oklahoma navigates plans to reopen slowly, event organizers must decide whether to hold their functions in person, move them online or cancel altogether. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how some of the state's most beloved occasions could change in the wake of COVID-19. 

Pardon and Parole Board members have drastically increased the number of recommendations for commutations and paroles in the last year.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

A popular desire for reform led lawmakers to push the release of hundreds of people from Oklahoma prisons in a record commutation last year. The climactic event was born from a series of reforms that have moved Oklahoma away from the number one spot for incarceration. But that progress might be temporary.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt hand delivers hundreds of commutation certificates on Friday, November 1, 2019.
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The state of Oklahoma plans to release hundreds of prisoners Monday after their sentences were reduced by the state's Pardon and Parole Board. 462 state prisoners could be sent home, which would represent the nation's largest single day commutation.

Donations To Oklahoma Lawmakers Keep Flowing Even As They Vote On Bills

May 8, 2019
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Tulsa liquor wholesaler Bryan Hendershot had a lot of money on the line when the Senate voted 34-11 to pass Senate Bill 608 on Monday.

The legislation, which passed the House earlier by a single vote, seeks to roll back a narrow part of 2016’s voter-approved alcohol-sales reforms by allowing top wine and spirit brands to be sold by all distributors in the state, instead of allowing manufacturers to decide who can sell their wine and spirits.

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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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Dick Pryor

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

Jim Scott, with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, cleans snow off of the platform where Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt will stand during his inauguration on Jan. 14.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Hundreds of donors and supporters will welcome Kevin Stitt as Oklahoma’s 28th governor during four days of events starting today, including a pair of black-tie balls, gourmet dinners and entertainment from a country-music star.

Kevin Stitt is shown speaking at a forum in Oklahoma City in August during the campaign.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is asking the attorney general to review his plan to step away from his mortgage company as it becomes a bank and to approve a conflict-of-interest policy for his family investments.

Oklahoma Capitol
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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.

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma’s Board of Equalization says incoming lawmakers may have roughly $612 million more to spend in fiscal year 2020, which begins in July. That would be an increase of 8 percent compared to 2019, but the estimates don't reflect sliding oil prices.

Senior EPA Advisor Kenneth Wagner swears in Regional Administrator Anne Idsal at a ceremony in December 2017.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kenneth Wagner, a senior official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with close personal and business ties to ousted EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, will serve as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment, Governor-elect Kevin Stitt’s transition team said Wednesday.

A Checklist Of Campaign Promises: Can Stitt Fulfill Them?

Nov 12, 2018
Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt speaks at the Republican watch party on election night at the Bricktown Events Center.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt ran on a platform of bringing an outsider’s perspective to Oklahoma government and said he will draw on his business background to push the state into top 10 rankings for education, job growth and other areas.

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KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley spoke with all three Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates on Capitol Insider about where each stands on our state’s biggest issues like worsening teacher shortages, tax policy, government transparency, exemptions for childhood vaccinations, carrying out the death penalty and more.

Listen to our in-depth conversations with Libertarian Chris Powell, Democrat Drew Edmondson and Republican Kevin Stitt below.

Oklahoma Republican candidate for Governor, Kevin Stitt, answers a question during a debate with Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.
Sue Ogracki / AP Photo

In the last of three interviews with each of Oklahoma's gubernatorial candidates, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley speak with Republican Kevin Stitt. Stitt discusses why he believes his business experience will help Oklahoma improve in areas like education, criminal justice and healthcare.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt promotes his plan for education at the Oklahoma State School Boards Conference in Oklahoma City.
Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Public school teachers are watching closely as Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates promote and debate their plans for improving health care, tax policy and education.

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