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Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Chase Griffin shakes hands with representatives and NCAA President Charlie Baker shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan after an NIL hearing in Washington D.C. Lisa Maslovskaya/Gaylord News

Student athletes take issue with NIL regulation during hearing in Washington

Lisa Maslovskaya January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The FAIR College Sports Act is designed to protect students, its sponsors say. But athletes who testified Thursday on Capitol Hill say the bill imposes burdensome restrictions and...

Tamara Scott, national committeewoman of Iowa’s Republican Party, leads a crowd at a campaign rally for former President Donald Trump in Indianola, Iowa. Peggy Dodd/Gaylord News

‘He’s somebody who needs prayer:’ Trump’s connection with evangelical voters remains strong

Peggy Dodd January 18, 2024

INDIANOLA, Iowa – While some pastors across the country have openly endorsed former President Donald Trump in his 2024 campaign, a few are questioning whether their fellow ministers are going too far...

Cody Smith, a policy analyst with the Iowa Environmental Council, said he thinks that renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will continue to grow in Iowa. Ireland Fitzer/Gaylord News

Agriculture and energy were key topics during Iowa caucus season

Madeline Cantrell January 15, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a state where cornfields dominate the landscape and wind turbines pop up like crops, farming and energy are issues that rise to the forefront during caucus season. Cody Smith,...

Student at Drake University (left) Raya Hoppe,  State Representative Jennifer Konfrst and Drake Dems Chair Micheal Mitchell at an LGBTQ+ Rally earlier last fall. Michael Mitchell/Gaylord News

Are younger voters losing hope in the two-party system?

Analyse Jester January 15, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – Younger voters seem to be losing faith in the two-party system, as some say they believe it contributes to the perception that America is divided. Some members of Gen Z generation...

Citizens converse among themselves at Urbandale Middle School in Iowa to support Jason Menke as he runs for the Iowa House to represent District 44. Darian Curry/Gaylord News

Republicans avoided talking about abortion in Hawkeye state

Olivia Talkington January 15, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – Abortion rights are a major player in the political rift dividing Americans, but for Iowa Republicans, not so much. “Just because a candidate says they’re against abortion, I...

Republican candidates, Gov. Ron Desantis, left; former President Donald Trump, center; and former Ambassador Nikki Haley make their cases at rallies across Iowa. Katrina Crumbacher and Katie Hallum photos/Gaylord News

News Analysis

Dani Ingram January 14, 2024

Every four years, Iowa becomes the epicenter of American politics and sets the stage for the presidential election as the first stop in the Primary race. The caucus is a complex voting system that involves...

Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Iowa Patty Judge speaks at a campaign kickoff jamboree for Democratic state House candidate Jason Menke in Urbandale, Iowa. Kevin Engleson photo/Gaylord News

Democrats overshadowed by Republicans in the Iowa Caucuses

Madeline Cantrell and Kevin Eagleson January 14, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – In an election cycle dominated by news of Republican candidates and Republican voters, Iowa Democrats have been overshadowed. Although national Democrats moved the Iowa Democratic...

Latino activist Joe Henry holds a copy of Tio Bernie by Chuck Rocha.  Kevin Engleson photo/Gaylord News

Disenfranchised Latino voters feel ignored in the Road to the White House

Kevin Eagleson January 14, 2024

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Latino voters across Iowa and the nation say they are being left out by political campaigns leading up to Monday’s first in the nation Iowa caucuses and the primaries on the Road...

Jack Campbell with Gov. Ron DeSantis in Grimes, Iowa.  Gaylord News/Courtesy Jack Campbell.

Iowa college students question why their peers aren’t more involved in political process

Ismael Lele January 13, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the Iowa caucus process entered its final days, some college students questioned why their peers are not eager to be involved.  “A lot of students have heard of it. They don't...

Gary Leffler, Trump Caucus captain, stands on his tractor to excite the crowd outside a rally in Newton, Iowa. Kevin Eagleson/Gaylord News

Iowa couple show patriotism with their “Trump Tractor”

Hannah Lee January 13, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – In the Hawkeye state, where tractors plow the fields, faith whispers in the wind and political rallies and town halls echo through the streets, a dubious duo emerges - Tractors and...

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley campaigns in Ankeny, Iowa, to become the first woman to receive the Republican nomination. Katie Hallum/Gaylord News

‘It’s not who’s saying it, it’s what they’re saying:’ Nikki Haley’s draw to women and moderates

Peggy Dodd January 12, 2024

ANKENY, Iowa  – In July, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley could become the first woman to receive the Republican nomination for president, drawing votes from women and Democrats. That achievement...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education policies draw mixed reaction from parents ahead of Iowa caucuses

Noah Mack January 10, 2024

GRIMES, IOWA – Schools are a political flashpoint in Oklahoma. Parents are at odds on what’s best for their children, and in Iowa—where the first of the nation caucuses are less than a week out—it’s...

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