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Members of a Ceremonial Guard practice in front of the White House.  Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Short-term funding no solution to long-term needs of nation’s military

Maddy Keyes November 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – While the government will not be shutting down for the holidays as some feared, some members of the military said the short-term funding bill signed Thursday by President Joe Biden still...

Kallan McKinney 2023 Student Poet representing the Southwest region recites their poem at the White House. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Norman High School student honored in White House ceremony for poem on climate change

Maddy Keyes November 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma student was one of five poets from across the nation to be honored by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House Monday during the Class of 2023 National Student Poets ceremony.  Chosen...

Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas (R, Cheyenne) is the longest-serving member of the House Committee on Agriculture and has had a hand in writing every Farm Bill since 1996. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Farm bill may not pass by end of year

Maddy Keyes November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON —  With just days until the country faces another potential government shutdown, it appears unlikely that Congress will pass a new Farm Bill before current funding expires at the end of the...

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Oklahoma cannabis businesses ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Senate banking legislation

Maddy Keyes November 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited cannabis banking bill is making its way to the Senate floor after years of being held up in Congress.  But as the government recovers from a weeks-long speaker’s race...

Representative Tom Cole (R, Moore) claps and cheers for Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R, LA) Republican Conferences nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Repairing the damage is now job one for House Republicans

Maddy Keyes October 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two days after former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy's historic ouster, Republicans unanimously voted Wednesday to elect Rep. Mike Johnson as the 56th speaker of the house, ending the...

U.S. Representative Kevin Hern (R, Tulsa) of Oklahoma talks tactics of winning a majority of votes if his bid for speaker of the house is put to a vote. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Tulsa’s Hern jumps into speaker race after former Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan is dropped

Maddy Keyes October 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Representative Kevin Hern (R, Tulsa) announced Friday that he will once again be reaching for the speaker's gavel after Rep. Jim Jordan (R, Ohio) was removed as the Republican designate. This...

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R, NY) nominated Jordan during a floor vote on Tuesday, Oct. 17. All five members of the Oklahoma delegation voted for Jordan, but with only 200 votes the Ohio representative was 17 votes short of being elected the next Speaker of the House. Of the 20 other Republican votes, Cole received one from John James (R, MI).

Chaos in the U.S. Capitol tunnels

Maddy Keyes and Julia Manipella October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – The United States Capitol was calm.  Tour groups wound through the ornate building and stopped periodically to gaze at the art decorating the walls. People played frisbee on the vast...

Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole (R, Moore) talks to reporters before the candidate forum on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Photo by Maddy Keyes.

Oklahoma Delegation Split on Speaker Choice

Maddy Keyes October 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — As the race for the Speaker's gavel continues, the Republican conference found itself back where it started Friday in yet another candidate forum — only this time it was Rep. Jim Jordan...

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