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Archive for: February, 2018

Free speech Chronology: UCO keeps contract with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis


Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis (AiG) was invited, then disinvited, then invited again to speak on March 5 at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond. The raging controversy that unfolded over several weeks early this semester got massive attention. After copies of contracts made it clear […]

ACLU’s Kiesel presses legislative leaders to deliver promised criminal justice reforms

Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of ACLU Oklahoma. Photo by Darla Shelden

Staff Report   As the March 1 committee deadline nears, the Oklahoma Legislature has not considered meaningful criminal justice reform measures authored this session, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Ryan Kiesel, a former state legislator who is now executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in weekend press release: “The governor, legislative […]

CAIR-OK to host 4th annual Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) will bring together Muslims and their interfaith partners from across the state for the 4th annual “Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol.” The day-long program will take place on Monday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

Diversity Center brings organizations together to aid LGBTQ community

Rev. Neil Coffman enters the new Diversity Center of Oklahoma located at 2242 N.W. 39th Street, directly across the street from Expressions Church where he is pastor. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City’s first nonprofit agency to provide Gender Diverse/LGBTQ health services opened its doors on Feb. 12.  About 60 people attended an open house event at the Diversity Center of Oklahoma’s new location at 2242 N.W. 39th Street. Visitors toured the facility, enjoyed refreshments, and heard comments from […]

Capitol Report for February 24: Renewed hopes for criminal justice reform? And, Medicaid managed care study released

News9 Alex Cameron (left0 and Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK editor, give the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

During the weekly Capitol Report segment, Patrick B. McGuigan drew from a recent Oklahoma Watch news story surveying possible criminal justice reform legislation pending during the legislative session at the state Capitol. The possible reforms are sponsored by five key players at the Capitol – Senators Greg Treat, Stephanie Bice and Roger Thompson, and Representatives […]

COMMENTARY: Will the state government of Oklahoma really forego hundreds of millions in annual revenues in return for a few million?

Oklahoma and Indian territory. File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Absent state approval for off-reservation gaming and a couple of exceptions which don’t apply to Oklahoma, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) prohibited gaming on post-1988 acquired Indian trust land unless it was on a reservation (tribal jurisdiction) – or in Oklahoma, where no reservation existed, a former reservation […]

A scorecard for Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform


Ben Botkin, Oklahoma Watch NOTE: This report is reposted, with permission, from Oklahoma Watch. About a dozen new and holdover bills that would overhaul Oklahoma’s criminal justice system are in the legislative pipeline. Although it’s too early to tell, there are indications the bills have momentum. In her State of the State address, Gov. Mary […]

Thursday trash pickup delayed until Saturday in Oklahoma City


Staff Report   Oklahoma City Trash and recycling collection scheduled for today (Thursday, February 22) has been postponed until Saturday, February 24 because of icy street conditions. Customers who normally have trash and recycling pickup on Thursdays should put their Big Blue trash carts and Little Blue recycling bins on the curb by 6 a.m. […]

Painted Sky Opera brings Florence Foster Jenkins to life in “Souvenir”


Staff Report Painted Sky Opera is featuring Oklahoma City native Molly Cason Johnson as the comically terrible singer Florence Foster Jenkins in “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins.” Performances are scheduled for Friday, February 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m, then on Friday March 2, and Saturday, March 3 […]

Red Tie Night benefiting Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund set for March 3


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund will host the 26th annual fundraising gala, Red Tie Night on Saturday, March 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 700 NE 63rd Street, in Oklahoma City. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction […]

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