The City Sentinel
Archive for: May, 2014

Sparks Flying: Party purity and discretionary wisdom

John Sparks

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   The late Paul M. Weyrich, no conservative slouch but nonetheless a man interested in seeing conservatives govern after generations in the policy wilderness, told me a funny story early in my 10 years of work with him during the 1980s. We were discussing the tendency in politics among […]

Legislature overrides Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto, new law erodes third grade reading requirement

Katie Henke

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — It took just over 24 hours for both houses of the state Legislature overwhelmingly to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of legislation gutting the state’s third-grade reading requirement. Fallin vetoed House Bill 2625 last Tuesday afternoon (May 27) ( and was overriden late Wednesday afternoon, […]

The Paseo Arts Festival: Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-26


Staff Report The 38th Annual Paseo Arts Festival is planned for Memorial Day weekend May 24-26. Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., with music until 11 p.m. On Monday, the Festival hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Paseo Arts District is located between N.W. 30th and […]

Reading Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s ‘tough love’ — Veto boosts reformers, sparks bi-partisan criticism

Brandon Dutcher

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bi-partisan bill the Superintendent of Public Instruction assailed as a phony “social promotion” of public school students with reading problems. Fallin said she refused to sign House Bill 2625 because of testing data showing that 16 percent of state third graders, […]

Traveling this Season? Keep yourself and others safe while behind the wheel

Bobby Stem

  Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – Spring is in the air and with warmer temperatures and longer days, many Oklahomans find themselves behind the wheel en route to popular Oklahoma destinations for a weekend getaway or family vacation. As one of the most traveled seasons nears, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) and […]

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant: Power and principle, strength and humility, skill and wisdom

picture from web

  by Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly 1,000 readers across varied platforms posting or publishing my work viewed a question I posed on Facebook: “Is Kevin Durant the most powerful man in Oklahoma City?” A few dozen wrote in response. Answers were uniformly positive about the Thunder basketball star, leading with the […]

“Global agreement” for OK state budget announced, with historic pension reforms included

Clark Jolley

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders have announced a Fiscal Year 2015 budget agreement that provides an $80 million increase for K-12 public education (with much of the hike lost to increased ObamaCare premiums), a pay hike for some state employees, and $44 million for […]

For better economy, Bob Funk advocates ‘transformational mobility’ in education, government


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher (second in a series)   OKLAHOMA CITY – Bob Funk, Sr., former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, is pressing for greater use of career technical education (CTE) in common schools (K-12)  – as an alternative, or in addition to, preparation for traditional college degrees. He […]

OKC Pride 2014 to feature music divas Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash

The 2014 OKC Pride Parade will step off on Sunday evening, June 22 at 6 p.m. featuring Oklahoma marriage equality heroes Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Sue Barton and Gay Phillips as the Grand Marshals. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The 2014 OKC Pride Weekend will kick off on Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m. with a block party featuring live performances and events along the strip at 39th and N. Penn. The event will feature pop-music icons Taylor Dayne, also a songwriter and actress, and Martha Wash, the […]

Express Employment CEO, Bob Funk Sr., cautions “College is not for everyone”

Bob Funk

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Bob Funk, Sr., chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals, has a message for U.S. and Oklahoma policymakers: “College May Not be for Everyone.” This spring, he released a new ‘white paper’ with that title ( In a wide-ranging interview with CapitolBeatOK, the entrepreneur who […]

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