After coasting on cruise control for his first 10 months in office, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently decided to mix things up – and showcase his political inexperience – by taking on Oklahoma's Native American tribes, all by himself, in an effort to renegotiate a bigger chunk of tribal gaming revenues for the state.
Considering Native American tribes are A) one of most powerful groups in state, and B) have a heavy and gigantic influence over Oklahoma politics, media and the economy, Stitt's move has been described as curious by some, and incredibly stupid and politically short-sighted by others.
As a result, we thought it would be fun to have Ben Felder – the former Oklahoman news director turned latest Frontier investigative journalist – on The Lost Ogle Show, presented by Top Golf's NYE Glow All Out, to discuss the topic. We dived head first into the tribal gaming compact and Stitt's decision to take on the tribes all by his lonesome. We also talked a bit about local journalism and the time Ben tried to get me to wear a turkey suit on the cover of The Gazette.