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Archive for: February, 2016

House Democrats say their legislation is not getting floor consideration

In a Thursday, February 25, press conference, House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City (at podium),  said maneuvers to prevent floor votes on proposals sponsored by Democrats amount to “an unprecedented act of partisanship.” Photo by Pat McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – According to six House Democrats, Republican leaders have “for the first time in state history,” shut the minority party out of floor consideration for measures qualified for floor votes after committee consideration. The result, House Democratic leadership contends, is to “shut out more than one million Oklahomans from the legislative […]

Lydia Gill Polley to receive Oklahoma Conference of Churches Advocacy Award

Activist Lydia Gill-Polley

by Patrick B. McGugian Lydia Gill Polley of Oklahoma City will receive the Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) Advocacy Award as part of the organization’s “Day at the Legislature” on Monday, February 29 held at the State Capitol. The award will be presented during the luncheon which takes place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 N.W. […]

Capitol Report for February 27: The Trouble with Trump, and Nazi-looted art restored to French Jewish owners

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

In the February 27 edition of Capitol Report on News9, Patrick B. McGuigan said he had “deep concern for the future of the country and the Republican party if Donald Trump is the nominee.” He told reporter Alex Cameron that Trump would be the least distinguished and least qualified of any GOP nominee for president […]

Erin Brockovich visits Oklahoma to be a “voice of the people” on earthquakes, water issues

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich (at podium) spoke at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wed., Feb. 24 regarding how the rising frequency of earthquakes is affecting the state's water quality.  Standing with her were (from left) Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa; Charles “Chalk” E. Norton (legislative director Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma) and the state Reps. Richard Morrisette, D-Oklahoma City and Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, and Garland Pruitt of the state NAACP.  Photo by Pat McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Erin Brockovich, at a Capitol press conference hosted by state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said she came to the Sooner State to serve as a “voice of the people, their advocate.” Her comments were critical of the state oil and gas industry, saying Oklahoma and much of […]

This month’s Paseo “First Friday Gallery Walk” will be March 4, 6 to 10 p.m.

More than 80 artists in more than 25 galleries participate, all within walking distance, in the monthly “First Friday” gallery walk on the Paseo. Photo provided

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 80 artists in more than 25 galleries participate, all within walking distance, in the monthly “First Friday” gallery walk on the Paseo. Four to six Art Opening Receptions on Friday night showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the work of guest artists. Many galleries offer […]

ANALYSIS: Happily Singing the Blues in a Red State – Oklahoma Democrats are relevant

Former President Bill Clinton stumps for his wife Hillary in Tulsa at Booker T. Washington High School.  Here is speaks with Sharon and Mary Bishop-Baldwin, lead plaintiffs in the Marriage Equality Supreme Court Case.  Photo by Mike Workman

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Will Rogers, our favorite son, memorably said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute.” And, “I’m not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” Organized or not, it took several generations for Democrats, once the state’s dominant party – at […]

For Super Tuesday, former Gov. Frank Keating endorses Marco Rubio, among tide of support from Republican officials

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating has endorsed Marco Rubio for president.

By Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Governor Frank Keating this week announced his endorsement of Marco Rubio for president. Rubio has apparently garnered the backing of more Republican elected officials than any other GOP presidential hopeful. Tuesday’s results will determined if that is sufficient to help him catch front-runner Donald Trump or […]

The Paseo SmallArt Show for 2016: World class art on a human scale. Deadline March 11

he Paseo Arts Association's juried SmallArt Show for 2016 will feature small, original work for the beginning collector.  Photo provided.

Compiled by Pat McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY –The Paseo Arts Association’s juried SmallArt Show for 2016 will feature small, original work for the beginning collector. And the show is a a great opportunity for young or new artists. The official “calls of artists” has been issued from the Paseo Arts Association (PAA). Specifications for the show […]

OCU Societies to honor four at awards of excellence

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Societies of Oklahoma City University will honor four distinguished women of Oklahoma during the annual Awards of Excellence luncheon April 26 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. The Societies group focuses on recognizing women for outstanding volunteer service in Oklahoma and providing scholarships for OCU students. Honorees […]

Capitol Report for February 20: McGuigan reflects on Antonin Scalia, likely battle over replacement

On the latest Capitol Report, Pat McGuigan and reporter Alex Cameron discussed the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. McGuigan reflected that the process of justice is a human one, not always explained easily with familiar political labels. He recalled running to Ash Wednesday Mass on Capitol Hill in the late 1980’s. Almost […]

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