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

Gaylord News

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

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A Stitt supporter is interviewed at the Red Wave Rally. (Gaylord News/Mikaela DeLeon)

Stitt’s reelection hopes uncertain in dead heat Oklahoma governor’s race

Mikaela DeLeon November 6, 2022

Despite Oklahoma’s notoriously red history, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s bid for reelection is facing pushback from Oklahoma voters as Democrat Joy Hofmeister narrows the gap in the polls. In the 2020 general...

A child holds a pro-life sign during a March for Life Demonstration this year in Washington, D.C. (Mikaela DeLeon/Gaylord News)

Gen Z impact and female registration surge unsettling Tuesday’s outcome

Mikaela DeLeon November 6, 2022

An uptick in registered female voters and an energized Generation Z following the overturning  of Roe v. Wade could lead to an upset in the gubernatorial race on Election Day. The 3% increase in female...

Kendra Horn addresses the crowd at her rally on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy of @kendrahornok on Instagram)

Candidates counting on young people to go to the polls

Katie Hallum November 5, 2022

Roe v. Wade and hot-button issues that include gun control, education, public health and national security may be the issues that tip the balance for a generation more politically involved than ever. Increasing...

First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, where the “Warrior Up to Vote Rally” was held on Oct. 27. Photo by Dustan Heistand

Tribes and organizations seek to maximize Native voter turnout

Dustan Heistand November 5, 2022

Advocates of Indigenous representation are pressing hard to increase an underrepresented Native population’s participation at polls across Oklahoma on Tuesday. Oklahoma has the second-highest Native...

Marijuana growers struggling to navigate changing legal landscape

Pepper Purpura May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – Medical marijuana is a booming industry in Oklahoma with over 12,000 marijuana business licenses issued. The state was once renowned as a grower’s paradise with few regulations.  But...

A campaign photo from Luke Holland’s website, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022(Luke Holland for Oklahoma Campaign)

Inhofe endorses chief of staff to succeed him

Mikaela DeLeon February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma senior Senator Jim Inhofe announced his bombshell resignation on Friday, sparking the start of a heated special election to fill his seat. But Inhofe wasted little time on Friday...

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe tours the rapid field issue facility, where the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team soldiers are fitted for and issued the gear they will use during deployment. (Provided/ U.S. Army)

Inhofe Slams Biden’s Federal Vaccine Mandate

Robert Viamontes November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma’s senior senator on Thursday called on President Biden to roll back his mandate requiring federal employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated by the new deadline of Jan....

Oklahoma faces backlash over botched executions, history of lethal injection

Zaria Oates November 4, 2021

Oklahoma was the first U.S. state to legalize lethal injection for executions as an alternative to electrocution, hanging and the firing squad, but lethal injections are now being referred to as just as...

Indigenous environmental activists and allies protest in front of the White House at the People Vs. Fossil Fuels rally. (Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Oklahoma Indigenous activists urge Biden to declare climate emergency during D.C. rallies

Robert Viamontes October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma Indigenous activists came to the nation’s capital this week to urge President Biden to stop all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. Casey Camp-Horinek, councilwoman...

Mining debris is all that remains more than a decade after Picher, Oklahoma, was declared unlivable and evacuated by the U.S. EPA.  (Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality)

Quapaw Tribe awaits action on bill to settle environmental damages

Nancy Marie Spears October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma are awaiting action on legislation that would authorize $137.5 million in payments to conclude a 17-year dispute over the federal government’s mismanagement...

This image represents the unity of Oklahoma and Afghanistan, as the state prepares to welcome 1,800 refugees from that country. (PHOTO BY: Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Groups racing to welcome arriving Afghan refugees to state

Robert Viamontes October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON - Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma chapter have joined forces to assist the 1,800 Afghan refugees expected to arrive in the state...

Volunteers organizing baskets from the Shia Student Association at the University of Oklahoma. (Provided/ OU Shia Student Association)

OU student group collects donations for arriving Afghan refugees

Zaria Oates October 4, 2021

About 1,800 Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Oklahoma in the coming weeks, but they’ve left their homes with nearly nothing. The donation drive by the Shia Student Association at the University...

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