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Archive for: February, 2017

Dr. Ed Shadid to ponder mayor’s race?

Ed Shadid is considering running again for Oklahoma City Mayor. Phot by Mary E. Sine.

Commissioner Maughan, Council Member Stonecipher also consider running for mayor. Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, announced his candidacy for mayor this week. He is the likely front-runner in the race to succeed incumbent Mayor Mike Cornett, who announced last week he would not seek reelection (see our separate story focused […]

Calling for ‘One OKC,’ David Holt enters race to replace Mayor Cornett

State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has announced he intends to run for mayor of Oklahoma City in 2018.
Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Senator David Holt officially entered the race for mayor of Oklahoma City on Monday, February 27. Holt has worked closely with Mayor Mick Cornett, who is not seeking reelection next year. A rising star in Oklahoma politics, Holt has a proven ability to raise money and a depth of experience […]

Capitol Report for February 25: Give Pruitt a chance, and will state Republicans spike criminal justice reform (again)?

News 9 Alex Cameron (left and CapitolBeatOK publisher Patrick B. McGuigan discuss politics on the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s segment of Capitol Report, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan reported concerns that a push from a freshman Republican legislator, aiming to undermine State Question 780, has drawn sympathetic words from Speaker of the House Charles McCall. McCall told the CapitolBeatOK editor he believed two state representatives had made a “compelling” case for restoring […]

OKC Zoo breaks ground on Sanctuary Asia – a haven for endangered animals

The OKC Zoo recently broke ground on Sanctuary Asia, its latest expansion project.  Pictured from left are: Dave Timberlake, of Timberlake Construction; Ace Torre, Torre Design Consortium; Dwight Lawson, Zoo executive director/CEO; Mayor Mick Cornett; and Cindy Batt. Oklahoma City Zoo Trust chairperson. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma City Zoo recently broke ground on Sanctuary Asia, its latest expansion project. The $22 million endeavor is Phase II of the Zoo’s master plan from 2010. 

The new Sanctuary will create a multipurpose environment, where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive while receiving world-class zoological animal care. […]

OCC’s 2017 Day at the Legislature to focus on the poor and the environment

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches 2017 Annual Day at the Legislature will feature morning keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. Mark Davies of Oklahoma City University and Commissioner Terri White of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The public is invited to attend the 34th Annual Day at the Legislature (DAL), hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, on Monday, March 6. This year’s event is themed, “Advocating Justice for the Poor and for the Environment.” Due to ongoing State Capitol renovations, this year’s event will […]

Stop the Violence holds fundraiser to support upcoming Spring Break Dance Camp

Registration is now open for the free Stop the Violence (STV) 8th annual Spring Break Leadership Singing and Dance Camp from March 13 – 18 at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Stop the Violence (STV) will host its 8th annual Spring Break Leadership Singing and Dance Camp from Monday through Saturday, March 13 – 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. The program will take place at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. The camp serves as a […]

John Rex Charter School’s ‘Fuel Up!’ is a cool success

John Rex Charter Elementary School’s key ‘players’ shared in the revelry at the ‘Fuel Up!’ Fundraiser held in February. Among the participants were, from left, school parents Zachary and Kelly Perkins, state Board of Education member Bob Ross, Joy Pierce and her husband, Head of School Joe Pierce. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – At least 200 people gathered in downtown Oklahoma City on a cool, pleasant February evening to raise thousands of dollars to support the John Rex Charter Elementary School. The now-annual “Fuel Up!” event provides supplemental revenues for the public charter school, which now serves some 450 students […]

Capitol Report for Saturday, February 18: Social Justice activist supports Republican idea, a Turkish journalist visits

News 9 Alex Cameron (left and CapitolBeatOK publisher Patrick B. McGuigan discuss politics on the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s Capitol Report segment, Patrick B. McGuigan detailed the support of social justice activist Bob Waldrop, who runs the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City, for Republican-sponsored legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to expand their role in provision of health care in the Sooner State. Waldrop is backing, for reasons […]

Will legislative Republicans kill criminal justice reform for a second time?

Kris Steele.  File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Speaker of the House Kris Steele, who now runs Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, is encouraging a freshman Republican member of the state House of Representatives “to take a deep breath, relax and stop misleading the public.” Steele issued a press release with that comment, in response […]

Turkish journalist Mahir Zeynelov concerned President Trump ‘might be deferential toward’ strongman ruler

Mahir Zeynelov, a Turkish journalist deported from his native land by strongarm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an interview with The City Sentinel. Photo by Pat McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor NOTE: Mahir Zeynelov was the first Turkish journalist deported from Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his crackdown on the free press there in 2016. He now lives in the eastern United States, and writes frequently for The Huffington Post. During his recent visit to Oklahoma City, he sat down […]

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