The City Sentinel
Archive for: June, 2014

And then there were four: Two Democrats and two Republicans remain in race for Congress

Tom Guild

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   From a crowded start – three Democrats and six Republicans – four candidate remain in contention to take the Fifth District Congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. On the Democratic side, Emeritus Professor Tom Guild will meet state Sen. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, […]

Gov. Fallin signs criminal justice reform bill

Recent graduates of the acclaimed Women in Recovery (WIR) program gathered to witness Gov. Mary Fallin's signature on Senate Bill 1278. The new law authorizes the state government to enter a Pay for Success (PFS) program to support an alternative to incarceration for women offenders who complete the WIR program. 
Photo by Houda Ezgazi

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin held a ceremonial bill signing for Senate Bill 1278 on Thursday, June 19 in the Blue Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Sen. Kim David, R-Porter and participants of the 31 participants of the Women in Recovery program joined the governor as she signed the bill […]

Gov. Fallin defends Oklahoma’s repeal of Common Core

Governor Mary Fallin. Picture from web.

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defended her support for repeal of Common Core from the “condescending” criticism of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, promising better public education standards for the state’s schoolchildren. In a Daily Caller story ( earlier this month, Duncan was quoted as chiding Fallin for turning […]

Oklahoma woman battles state requirement of ‘biometrics’ for driver’s licenses, gains national support legal support

Kaye Beach

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – A national organization with a history of battling for religious liberty has joined Oklahoman Kaye Beach in litigation against the state Department of Public Safety’s requirements for mandatory biometrics (a photograph and fingerprints) to secure drivers’ licenses. Wednesday (June 18), Kaye Beach reacted joyfully at […]

A funny thing happened on the way to the primary: T.W. Shannon’s right flank is restive

T.W. Shannon

By Patrick B.McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — What do Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz have in common? Both are from that ardent multi-issue, grassroots, conservative flank of the Republican Party widely branded “the tea party.” Funny thing is, both Palin and Cruz have upset a large cluster of Oklahoma tea party leaders by […]

Kay Floyd vs. Wildredo Santos Rivera in Senate District 46

Kay Floyd

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   State Rep. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, is nearing the end of her second session in the House of Representatives, serving District 88. As she seeks to take a step up in the Legislature, she is opposed by Wilfredo Santos Rivera, who served one term (2006-2010) on the Oklahoma […]

ELECTION NEWS UPDATE: Todd Hiett versus Cliff Branan in June 24 primary will decide Corporation Commission seat

Todd Hiet

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The first Republican to serve as Oklahoma Speaker of the House, Todd Hiett, now wants to replace Patrice Douglas on the state Corporation Commission. Also seeking the elective post on the vital regulatory body (consisting of three members) is state Sen. Cliff Branan R-Oklahoma City. […]

In Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, Tom Guild hopes third time is a charm; Al McAffrey eschews obstructionism

Tom Guild

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY — Tom Guild, running again for the Fifth District Congressional seat, hopes his third time is a charm. In the June 24 Democratic primary, Guild faces state Senator Al McAffrey. Two years ago, Guild was the nominee against U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, garnering the highest number of votes […]

An editorial: Bipartisan June 24 Primary Endorsements

Michael Taylor

  An endorsement represents a choice. For the June 24 primary, our choices in both parties are listed below. We do not sneer at choices others make, and reserve the option to review all races further in time for the November election. However, we affirm these candidates for consideration by primary voters in the two […]

Connie Johnson seeks Democratic nomination, stressing liberty, women’s rights and health care

Connie Johnson

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, wants to become a member of the United States Senate. The eight-year veteran of the state Legislature is seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary. Asked to outline three key issues she sees in the contest, Johnson said that in addition […]

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