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Archive for: May, 2014

Insurance Commissioner John Doak says ObamaCare exchange costs average $1,095 per enrollee

Oklahoma Commissioner of Insurance John Doak

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – A new report details an average cost to taxpayers of $1,095 for each Oklahoma enrollee in the federal insurance marketplace. The report found nationwide spending on the exchanges had reached nearly $7.4 billion as of late March. In a statement to Oklahoma Watchdog, Oklahoma Commissioner […]

Is Kevin Durant the most powerful man in Oklahoma City?

This year’s Dialogue Institute Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony will honor Thunder star Kevin Durant on behalf of the Kevin Durant Family Foundation for pledging $1 million to Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Moore Tornado Victims. Photo provided.

  A new question to readers, from Pat McGuigan: In one sentence of 15 words or less (one word answer is ok): Is Kevin Durant the most powerful man in Oklahoma City? Why or why not? Please send your responses to:

Oklahoma Conference of Churches joins with communities to aid in disaster recovery

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, Oklahoma Conference of Churches Executive Director, with Rev.
Mary Hughes Gaudreau, OCC’s Director of Emotional and Spiritual Care. Photos
by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is actively involved in many service projects to help those in need. One of the important tasks undertaken by OCC on behalf of the community is to provide the long-term emotional and spiritual care of those still recovering from disasters like the tornados in […]

For the first time, Legislature overrides Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto

Sen. Nathan Dahm

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday morning (May 8), the Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of House Bill 2461. Coming just days after similar action in the state House, it was the first time the Republican-dominated Legislature has reversed a veto from the GOP governor. After saying […]

Letter to the Editor: Halt Executions in Oklahoma

Bud Welch

Dear Editor, After the tragically botched execution of Clayton Lockett, I support a halt to all executions and a full investigation into how executions are carried out in Oklahoma. Surely the outrageous, cruel and unusual suffering imposed on Mr. Lockett will be a wake up call to our Governor, Legislators and Department of Correction officials. […]

ObamaCare’s federal exchange has a payment problem


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has found, in an investigation of the federally-organized health insurance exchange, that only 48 percent of enrollees in Oklahoma have paid their first month’s premium. Jonathan Small, policy vice president for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), […]

Paseo Arts Festival May 24-26; We need volunteers!

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Staff Report The 38th annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place Memorial Day weekend: May 24-26. More than 80 visual artists will fill the Historic Paseo Arts District, selling original art work in a variety of media, from painting and photography, to wood and jewelry. The Festival hosts dozens of musicians and other live performers […]

Why did OK Gov. Fallin flex her veto muscle?

Oklahoma historian Bob Burke is sympathetic with Gov. Mary Fallin’s recent vetoes, saying she has appropriately put the brakes on by vetoing a number of the measures that have bad unintended consequences."

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of 15 House bills in a single day last week was a state record for a governor while a Legislature was still in session. Fallin set the record intending to bring legislators to the negotiating table on the budget and other […]

Oklahoma Senator Connie Johnson introduces resolution calling for halt of executions

At the press conference calling for a moratorium on the death penalty are (L-R) Brady Henderson, Legal Director of the
ACLU of Oklahoma; Dr. Rev. William Tabbernee, Ex. Dir. OK Conference of Churches; death penalty attorney Mark Henricksen, attorney for Charles Warner, Lanita Henricksen; State Senator Connie Johnson, attorney David Slane, Garland Pruitt, of the Oklahoma NAACP and Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Oklahoma City Peace House. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter After the recent botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett, State Senator Connie Johnson (D-Forest Park) held a press conference to introduce a Concurrent Resolution to halt all executions in the state for one year. Lockett was found guilty of the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old, Stephanie Nieman. Senate Concurrent […]

Freedom Oklahoma launches coalition of 34 religious leaders who support marriage equality

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Last month a new public education campaign was launched to showcase and expand support for marriage equality in Oklahoma. The coalition called Freedom Oklahoma spans multiple religions and includes state and national organizations, faith and civil rights leaders and individuals. Freedom Oklahoma is a project of The Equality Network […]

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