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Archive for: April, 2016

COMMENTARY: Judicial Reform? Keep Selection Over Election

Julie Knutson, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, based in Norman. Photo Provided

By Julie Knutson In 2014, The Oklahoma Academy annual Town Hall focused on Oklahoma’s Health, and throughout the three-day session a common phrase was often heard: “At least we aren’t as unhealthy as Mississippi.” The 2015 Town Hall focused on the Oklahoma budget, and again, a phrase heard throughout the Town Hall conference was, “at […]

Sixth annual golf tournament for Bella Foundation set for April 25

On April 25, the Bella Foundation will host the 6th annual “Keep Bella Out of the Ruff” Golf Tournament at the Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Monday, April 25, the Bella Foundation will host the 6th annual “Keep Bella Out of the Ruff” Golf Tournament at the Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive, in Oklahoma City. Sponsored by First Mortgage Company, the event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This […]

ReMerge wins Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards’ Self-Sufficiency honor

ReMerge of Oklahoma County has been awarded the Boeing Self-Sufficiency Award and $7,500 by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Pictured from left: Caitlin Redding Taylor, ReMerge Deputy Director; Terri Woodland, ReMerge Executive Director; and Boeing employees Karen Mata and Jeb Boatman.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter ReMerge of Oklahoma County has been awarded the Boeing Self-Sufficiency Award and $7,500 by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.  The award was given as part of the annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards Gala, which honors the outstanding work of Oklahoma nonprofits statewide “We are so excited to win […]

Community leaders to discuss Oklahoma’s mass incarceration issue

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Tuesday, April 19, a panel discussion will be held in which local community leaders will present their views on the topic of “Mass Incarceration in Oklahoma: When Will It End?” The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, at […]

Capitol Report for April 16: Allbaugh’s take on death penalty probe, and a demographic shift by 2030

News9's Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK

Analyst Patrick B. McGuigan attended a community forum on Corrections policy this past week. He asked Interim Director Joe Allbaugh about the multi-county grand jury, and whether he expected any indictments from the panel’s investigations of the state’s controversial death penalty process. Allbaugh answered cautiously, saying he had no special insight, but that he did […]

ACLU to honor CAIR Oklahoma and its director Adam Soltani with Angie Debo Award

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma will honor the Oklahoma branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) and its Executive Director, Adam Soltani, with the Angie Debo Award on April 16. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) and its Executive Director, Adam Soltani, will receive the state’s top civil liberties award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma this weekend. “Adam Soltani and CAIR-Oklahoma were chosen to receive the Angie Debo Award because of […]

OKC Festival of the Arts set to begin April 19 at new location

The 2016 Festival of the Arts will take place April 19-24 at its new location, Bicentennial Park in Downtown Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The 2016 Festival of the Arts will take place April 19-24 in Downtown Oklahoma City. This year, the Festival is in a new location – Bicentennial Park, located between Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. The 2016 Festival co-chairs, community volunteer Suzy Clowers and Kermit Frank, director of […]

Capitol Report for April 9, 2016: Freedom of Information winners and losers, Cruz-ing in Wisconsin, praising ‘The Boss’

News9 anchor Alex Cameron and CapitolBeatOK publisher Pat McGuigan

In this week’s edition of Capitol Report on News9, Pat McGuigan applauded Freedom of Information Oklahoma. At a recent banquet, the group honored two journalists – Ziva Branstetter and Karen Holp – along with state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones. All three are passionate advocates of government transparency. FOI Oklahoma also announced that the city […]

Capitol Report for April 2: For education, money but few reforms, and death penalty to be scrutinized

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In 1990, the Legislature passed and Oklahomans supported House Bill 1017, Gov. Henry Bellmon’s Education Reform Act. The measure increased taxes to finance higher teacher pay and smaller class sizes. Leaders promised that “never again” would the state face a funding crunch for public education. On this week’s Capitol Report, Patrick B. McGuigan pointed out […]

Watch-Out, Two: Allbaugh says state prison crisis bears “uncanny” resemblance to what Texas faced

At left, David Fritze of Oklahoma Watch. He interviewed Interim Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh, right, at a “Watch-Out” session held at Kamp's 1910 Cafe in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Allbaugh, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, says Oklahoma’s prison overcrowding issues bear an “uncanny” resemblance and many parallels to the funding and management crisis that was intensifying in the Lone Star State 22 years ago. In 1995 and 1997, while Allbaugh worked in government, […]

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