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Archive for: May, 2017

State Sen. Kay Floyd winner of ‘Guardian Award’ from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women

The Oklahoma Commission for the Status of Women (OCSW) presented Sen. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) with the 2017 Guardian Award at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Pictured L-R: OCSW Chair Maria Trapp-Braly, Sen. Floyd, OCSW Vice Chair Gloria Torres and OCSW Executive Director Kitti Asberry. Photo by Jennifer Brock, Oklahoma state Senate Staff.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) presented the 2017 Guardian Award on Wednesday (May 17) to state Senator Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, during a news conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “The Commission is delighted to recognize Sen. Floyd’s important contributions to Oklahoma women with the 2017 […]

Rep. George Young chosen for NCSL fellows program, schedules town hall meeting

Rep. George Young.  Photo rovided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma legislator is one of 33 state lawmakers and legislative staff members from across the nation chosen for a fellowship that focuses on children’s issues. Rep. George E. Young, Sr., was selected by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for its sixth Early Learning Fellows Program. One of […]

Manic Monday: As cigarette tax boost falls short in Oklahoma House, Senate plan would enact $510 million in tax hikes

President Pro Temp Mike Schulz

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives fell a few votes short of approving a cigarette tax increase on Monday (May 15). Meanwhile, the Senate passed, on a 36-9 vote, increases and changes in law aiming to increase government revenues a total of $516 million. Advocates say the cigarette tax hike, […]

Oklahoma law enforcement officers to receive training on handling dog encounters and veterinary crime scene analysis

A member of the Animal Rescue Team carries a large dog from a neglected kennel during an animal rescue, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Madison Co., Arkansas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States)

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Over the next week, more than 550 Oklahoma law enforcement officers will receive free training and resources regarding encounters between police and dogs.  The program will deal with issues such as understanding the process of bonding and forfeiture in cruelty cases, and veterinary forensics by […]

Positive Tomorrows tapped as OKA+ Demonstration School

o celebrate the announcement that Positive Tomorrows will become the 12th Oklahoma A+ (OKA+) Demonstration school, an event on May 18 will feature a ballet performance by Positive Tomorrows students as part Oklahoma City Ballet’s BalletReach program. Photo provided by OKC Ballet.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Positive Tomorrows has announced it will become an Oklahoma A+ (OKA+) Demonstration school. To honor this event, a Demonstration Celebration will take place from 12– 1 p.m., Thursday, May 18 at the Positive Tomorrows campus in Oklahoma City. Positive Tomorrows will become the 12th school in the […]

COMMENTARY: A blast from the past (2012) – This land is our land: Law, liberty and free markets

Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan NOTE: In light of recent news, we repost a commentary which first appeared November 29, 2012 on CapitolBeatOK. OKLAHOMA CITY, November 29, 2012 – In the 1920s, when my Canadian-born Irish Catholic grandfather (Bruce Arthur McGuigan) came to Chicago to find work, scattered shop windows still bore signs instructing, “No Irish need […]

Capitol Report for May 13: Coburn hits tax hikes, gambling expansion proposal ‘blows up’ budget deal … and a salute to city-area public high schools

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In this week’s Capitol Report segment on News9, Patrick B. McGuigan reviewed bipartisan opposition to a legislative proposal sharply limiting deductions for charitable contributions. Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn captured the fury of many conservatives over the proposal that would undercut giving while retaining ‘subsidies for out-of-state wind companies,’ bloated higher education administrative costs (and […]

Criminal justice reform advocates back Task Force measures at Capitol Rally

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman spoke at the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Rally held may 10 at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo by Patrick b. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates from around the state gathered at the State Capitol on Wednesday (May 11) to urge legislators to advance the remaining Justice Reform Task Force bills, developed through the work of a panel chosen by Governor Mary Fallin, this session. Advocates say that passage of the bills […]

Paseo Arts Festival 2017 set for Memorial Weekend

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City residents and visitors will gather for 41st Annual Paseo Arts Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – 29. Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with music until 11 p.m. On Monday, the Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

SNU student’s senior project advocates ending the death penalty

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Southern Nazarene University student Mady Martin spent her final senior semester creating a project called, “10 Reasons Oklahoma Should Abolish the Death Penalty.”. A 21 year old  business and behavioral science major, Martin was working on her senior project for the honors program when she […]

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