The City Sentinel
Archive for: July, 2014

Rep. Lankford wins, Sen. Johnson continues her fight, Floyd elected, other races continue into the fall

James Lankford

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   A wide range of important state and local races were either resolved or edged toward finality in this week’s June 24 election. While U.S. Rep. James Lankford soared to the Republican nomination for the remaining two years of the seat Tom Coburn is vacating, state Sen. Connie Johnson, […]

Mourning Oklahoma’s Medicaid Malaise: Lawmakers Reject Free-Market Reforms

State Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, is one of two medical doctors in the Oklahoma state Legislature. He is closely allied with the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA). While supportive of Medicaid expansion as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he has opposed market-oriented health care reforms.

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   Dr. Doug Cox is no Dr. Tom Coburn. And the Oklahoma Hospital Association ( is no supporter of Medicaid reform. In 2014, Oklahoma hospitals, through their powerful lobbying arm, blocked Medicaid reforms, thanks in large measure to the work of Cox, a medical doctor and a Republican […]

Col. Steve Russell surges to lead in Fifth District GOP primary, will face Commissioner Patrice Douglas in runoff

Steve Russell

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   Col. Steve Russell — a former state senator and author of an autobiographical book about his U.S. Army unit’s role in the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein – surged to a first-place finish in last week’s Republican primary in the Fifth U.S. Congressional District of Oklahoma. He […]

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