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House Republicans voted Wednesday to ratify U.S. Rep. Tom Cole as the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Photo courtesy of Cole’s office.

Rep. Tom Cole first Native American to chair House Appropriations Committee

Katrina Crumbacher April 10, 2024

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, has become the first Native American to chair the House Appropriations Committee and the first congressional member representing Oklahoma to do so....

Rep. Kevin Hern after the State of the Union Address on Thursday. May 7,2024,  Capitol Hill. Photo by: Analyse Jester

‘A campaign speech,’ Hern, Bice leave State of the Union frustrated

Katrina Crumbacher and Analyse Jester March 8, 2024

WASHINGTON – Disappointed with the State of Union address on Thursday, Oklahoma Republican House members Kevin Hern and Stephanie Bice said they were left wishing President Joe Biden had properly discussed...

Oklahoma voter turnout could be different this Super Tuesday

Oklahoma voter turnout could be different this Super Tuesday

Hannah Lee March 4, 2024

Norman, OK – Oklahoma voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose their parties’ presidential nominees, and voter turnout could look different this year.  Nearly one-third of the states hold...

Hearing from Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Amy Coney Barrett on how to “disagree better,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt attended the National Governors Association Winter Meeting on Friday after visiting the White House earlier that day. PHOTO: Katrina Crumbacher.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt endorses Trump for president

Katrina Crumbacher February 25, 2024

WASHINGTON  – Hours before former president Donald Trump seized victory in the South Carolina Republican primary, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt officially endorsed him for president. “I think he's...

Sen. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Josh Brecheen were among the first of Oklahoma’s delegation to voice their disapproval with the current state of Lankford’s border package.

Mullin, Brecheen refuse to support border bill

Analyse Jester and Katrina Crumbacher February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON – Sen. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Josh Brecheen said no to backing the bipartisan border bill crafted by their fellow Republican legislator during telephone town halls with their constituents...

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo by Lisa Maslovskaya, Gaylord News.

Lankford releases border bill; Gov. Stitt reaffirms tough stance

Lisa Maslovskaya and Katrina Crumbacher February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. James Lankford has released the text of a bill framework designed to help fix the problem at America’s southern border, and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Monday during his State...

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the Trump v. Anderson case on Feb. 8.

Oklahomans support Trump’s appeal to remain on Colorado primary ballot

Katrina Crumbacher February 2, 2024

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond, the Oklahoma Republican Party and all but one member of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation have joined on amicus briefs in support of former President Donald...

A Border Patrol vehicle patrols the border between San Diego and Tijuana in this 2016 file photo. Lawmakers sparred at a recent House hearing over whether a surge at the border contributes to human trafficking. (Photo by Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Lankford’s immigration policy work jeopardized by Trump

Lisa Maslovskaya January 27, 2024

WASHINGTON– Sen. James Lankford has for weeks been working on a bi-partisan immigration reform framework that now appears to be dead in the water, thanks to a statement made by former president Donald...

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...

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