Oklahoma Engaged

Oklahoma Engaged is your home for citizen-centric, multi-platform election coverage. We are a public service journalism collaboration of KOSU, KGOU, KWGS, KCCU, and StateImpact Oklahoma.

Here you’ll find community stories, audio reports, snapshots, state question breakdowns, profiles, videos, and more.

Our collaborative election project Oklahoma Engaged is not only focused on informative and in-depth radio stories. We also want to strip away extraneous information and get down to the bare bones of state questions on the November 3rd ballot.

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One of two state questions on the general election ballot, State Question 814 would reroute public health funding to Medicaid expansion. Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton with Oklahoma Engaged explains the proposal and where the money would come from.

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Two years after Oklahoma educators walked out of their classrooms and stormed the state Capitol, fewer teachers are running for state legislative seats.

Our collaborative election project Oklahoma Engaged is not only focused on informative and in-depth radio stories. We also want to strip away extraneous information and get down to the bare bones of state questions on the November 3rd ballot.

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In two weeks, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to take annual payments from a public health program and put them toward Medicaid expansion. But, State Question 814 is not the first time Oklahoma has considered taking money out of the state’s tobacco settlement program.

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Oklahoma voters are being asked whether they want to change the state’s constitution to ban a method of increasing prison sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes. The measure is asking voters to take a deep look into Oklahoma’s sentencing laws.

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Health experts have repeatedly recommended the use of face coverings, to go along with social distancing and other guidelines meant to stunt the spread of COVID-19. But those measures have become politicized. Kateleigh Mills with Oklahoma Engaged talked with two Oklahoma voters about how masking and voting in the age of the coronavirus have impacted them.

How Negative Campaign Ads Appeal To Voter Fears

Oct 14, 2020
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Candidates have appealed to voters’ fears by using negative political advertisements throughout the nation’s history, but in modern politics, fear ads have become a crucial part of campaigns. They can be made quickly and come from a variety of sources, but there’s a science to candidates’ use of fear as a political tool.

This election cycle has been unlike any in recent memory.

StateImpact and Generation Citizen are recruiting Oklahoma high school students for a discussion about how they are consuming and using information about each candidate’s campaign and platform.

On Wednesday, October 21, we want to (virtually) get together students from different parts of Oklahoma, hear their perspective on the big issues being raised by the Presidential campaigns, and have a structured discussion about those perspectives.

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Outrage and unrest following the killings of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement has pushed the conversation about police brutality to the forefront as the 2020 election looms. The killing of George Floyd, the 2017 acquittal of a Tulsa officer in the shooting of Terence Crutcher and the police budget reduction in Norman this year are all shaping the way Oklahomans vote. Kateleigh Mills talked with two voters about these issues for Oklahoma Engaged.

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