How did Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State address in 2020 differ from his first one in 2019?

First off, the second speech was about 42% longer in number of words: nearly 4,700 words, compared with about 3,300 last year.

Two word clouds below, plus a table with a sampling of key words, capture some of the content differences. This year there were a lot more references to health, reform, economy and leadership, and fewer to budget, government, teachers and reimagining. But both were imbued with his overall message about making dramatic changes in state government.

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Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown has been an Oklahoma Watch reporter since 2016. He covers politics, elections, health policies and government accountability issues. Call or text him at (630) 301-0589 or email at

David Fritze

Fritze was executive editor of Oklahoma Watch from November 2012 to August 2020. Before then, he worked at The Arizona Republic for 20 years in various positions, including business, metro and national...