Oklahoma Politics

StudioTulsa
1:27 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

A Detailed Preview of the Oklahoma Legislature's Upcoming Session with Noted Analyst David Blatt

Aired on Friday, Jaunary 31st.

The Oklahoma Legislature will convene for this year's session on Monday, February 3rd, at noon. Which issues, both greater and lesser, will our state's lawmakers be focused on throughout 2014? We explore that multi-faceted question on this edition of StudioTulsa; our guest is David Blatt, executive director of the OK Policy Institute, which is "a non-partisan independent policy think-tank" you can learn more about here.

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StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Rilla Askew's Latest Novel Mixes Reality with Fiction, and Illegal Immigration with Rural Oklahoma

Aired on Monday, January 20th.

(Please note: This interview first aired about a year ago.) We are happy to welcome the acclaimed author (and fifth-generation Oklahoman) Rilla Askew back to our show. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award. Her latest novel, "Kind of Kin," is now being published in paperback; it first appeared in hardback in early 2013. Askew joins us to chat about this work.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Homestretch of Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Chat with Dewey Bartlett

Aired on Wednesday, October 30th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we present the second in our two-part series of interviews with the candidates appearing on the ballot for Mayor in the upcoming November 12th general election here in the City of Tulsa. On today's program, we hear from Republican Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., the current Mayor of our city, who was elected to this post on November 10, 2009, and who is seeking re-election.

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StudioTulsa
7:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Mayoral Candidates on StudioTulsa

Mayor Bartlett answers a question as Kathy Taylor writes a note during the KWGS/Tulsa Kiwanis debate.
Credit KWGS News

The candidates for mayor will debate the issues on today's StudioTulsa program. Recorded before the Tulsa Kiwanis yesterday, former Mayor Kathy Taylor says if elected Tulsa residents will be getting a refund.

 KATHY TAYLOR:  "It is time to get back to basics. In my first 100 days in office, I will work to refund the green waste fees."

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StudioTulsa
11:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: How Healthy Are Oklahoma Hospitals?

Aired on Thursday, June 20th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host Dr. John Schumann speaks with the president and CEO of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Craig Jones. About one in three Oklahomans lack adequate health insurance across our state; this means that state hospitals end up administering about $500 million in uncompensated care each year. Why is this the case? And can these numbers be changed? Jones also discusses Oklahoma's refusal to expand Medicaid, and how that decision will affect our hospitals --- as well as its impacts on health outcomes and measurements.

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StudioTulsa
4:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Third of a Three-Part Series on Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Discussion with Dewey Bartlett

Aired on Thursday, June 6th.

On this installment of ST, we offer the third and final interview in our three-part series of conversations with the leading candidates to be Tulsa's next mayor. As per changes to the City Charter that were enacted in 2011, the current race for mayor will be non-partisan, with a primary scheduled for Tuesday of next week: June 11th.

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StudioTulsa
12:19 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Second of a Three-Part Series on Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Discussion with Bill Christiansen

Aired on Wednesday, June 5th.

Today on ST, we continue our three-part series of conversations with the leading candidates to be the City of Tulsa's next mayor. As per changes to the City Charter that were enacted in 2011, the current race for mayor will be non-partisan, with a primary scheduled for Tuesday of next week: June 11th.

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StudioTulsa
3:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The First of a Three-Part Series on Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Discussion with Kathy Taylor

Aired on Tuesday, June 4th.

Today on ST, we begin a three-part series of conversations with the leading candidates to be the City of Tulsa's next mayor. As per changes to the City Charter that were enacted in 2011, the current race for mayor will be non-partisan, with a primary scheduled for Tuesday of next week: June 11th.

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StudioTulsa
1:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

With a New TPS Bond Issue on the Ballot Soon, Dr. Keith Ballard Makes the Case for Its Passage

Aired on Wednesday, May 8th.
Tulsa Public Schools

Voters within the Tulsa Public Schools district will go to the polls on May 14th to vote on a $38 million bond issue devoted to classroom technology as well as safety and security. Looking at facilities across the span of the district, we find that some schools have a student-to-computer ratio of 3:1, while in other schools that ratio is as high as 13:1. This bond will address those disparities, and will also provide funds for sprinkler systems within TPS's oldest schools as well as additional security at various entrances and exits. Our guest today is Dr.

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StudioTulsa
2:59 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

A Discussion of Both Tax-Cut Plans Now on the Table in the Oklahoma State Legislature

Aired on Thursday, March 7th.

While the debate in Washington, amid these dreaded days of "sequestration," is about whether to increase revenues or cut spending --- or somehow achieve a compromise that does both --- here in Oklahoma, the state legislature is (once again) looking to reduce tax revenues. This comes despite the fact that our state currently has a number of extremely pressing needs vis a vis education, DHS, corrections, and infrastructure --- as well as, of course, the long-term and likewise urgent problem of pension liabilities.

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