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Archive for: May, 2016

Capitol Report for May 28: Is the state budget real? And, some credit for resisting tax hikes and unsustainable spending.

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

  In the News9 Capitol Report for May 28, analyst Pat McGuigan said it was “50-50 at best that we actually have a budget” after the difficult 2016 session of the state Legislature. There are holes in the process that the process dependent on what might be overly optimistic economic assumptions about taxpayer reactions to […]

Laws opposing federal transgender guidance fall short, but Oklahoma Legislature approves resolution backing A.G. Pruitt’s lawsuit

Troy Stevenson of Freedom Oklahoma (at the podium) leads a state Capitol press conference on Thursday (May 26) opposing a then-pending House Concurrent Resolution aimed at supporting litigation against the Obama Administration’s “guidance letter” on transgender bathroom policies. Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan May 31, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY – Since issuance of a May 13 “guidance letter” from the Obama administration, transgender rights – most prominently touching public school bathroom policies – have propelled wide-ranging discussion about schools in the United States, including Oklahoma. On Thursday, May 26, a press conference sponsored by Freedom […]

Edmond artist wins “Best of Show” designation at 2016 Paseo Arts Festival

At the 40th Anniversary Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City, Reian Williams of Edmond won the coveted “Best of Show” award for his paintings of “emotive realism.” The festival continues today (Sunday, May 29) until 8 p.m.; then on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Photographs by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Edmond artist Reian Williams won acclaim for presenting the “Best of Show” collection at the 40th annual Paseo Arts Festival, which continues Monday, May 30 in the historic Paseo Neighborhood in the heart of Oklahoma City. The Paseo district is rooted around the corner of N.W. 30th […]

Text of Oklahoma House Concurrent Resolution 1021

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Staff Report Editor’s Note: This is the text of House Concurrent Resolution 1021. This measure may be viewed in its formatted version here. The resolution passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by unanimous consent without discussion on Thursday (May 26). It was forwarded to the state Senate for consideration on Friday (May 27), the […]

Obama Administration’s ‘Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students’

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Staff Report Editor’s Note: This is the text of the 2,220-word letter sent to school districts across America on May 13, 2016. Footnotes are omitted. The document, complete with instructions for non-English speakers and the 35 lengthy footnotes, can be viewed here: May 13, 2016 U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of […]

Local Planned Parenthood enters merger to become PP Great Plains

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (PPCO) announced today that it is merging with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM). Under the leadership of current PPKM President and CEO, Laura McQuade, the two Planned Parenthood affiliates will become “Planned Parenthood Great Plains” (PPGP) effective July 1. “This is an […]

Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty analyzes grand jury report

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Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Wednesday, May 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY – The leading group organizing continued opposition to the state’s use of executions as a means of punishment held a major press conference at the Oklahoma state Capitol the morning after the multi-county grand jury presented a lengthy report about its deliberations. The Oklahoma Coalition […]

Capitol Report for Saturday, May 21: Innocent men are freed, students ‘fly away’

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

On this week’s edition of Capitol Report, Patrick B. McGuigan praised the legal system’s exoneration of De’Marchoe (aka Demarco)  Carpenter and Malcolm Scott. Convicted of the 1994 murder of Karen Summers and sentenced to life in prison, the men were freed earlier this month as a result of work by lawyer and students affiliated with […]

OKC’s American Banjo Museum to host inaugural Americana Fest family music event

Located in the historic Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City, the American Banjo Museum will host its inaugural American Fest on Saturday, June 18.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The American Banjo Museum, located at 9 E. Sheridan Avenue in the historic Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City, will host its inaugural Americana Fest on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This is the first event of this type that we’ve ever done and the […]

Oklahoma Letter Carriers participate in “Feeding Hope” Food and Fund Drive

More than 300,000 pounds of food have been collected in the Oklahoma City metro-area as part of the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive during the month of May.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the recipient of more than 300,000 pounds of food so far that has been collected in the Oklahoma City metro-area as a result of of the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive. Letter carriers in 195 central and western […]

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