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Archive for: March, 2018

The latest news from ‘Greater Tuna’ brings both humor and pity, as Reed and Jordan shine

Greater Tuna is back by popular demand! If you haven't checked out this side splitting comedy performed by Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed .. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan The news from Tuna, Texas is as relevant and laugh-out-loud humorous as ever, but leavened with some moments of pathos and pity. Working from the original script of Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, a total of twenty characters came on stage, miraculously brought to life through only two performers: Jonathan […]

Heather Coyle places bid for Oklahoma County District Judge

Assistant District Attorney Heather Coyle is running for Oklahoma County District Judge, 7th Judicial District, Office No. 8.  Photo by Payton Pettigrew

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   On March 15, Oklahoma City attorneys Mack Martin and John Coyle hosted a reception and fundraiser for Heather Coyle, who is a candidate for Oklahoma County District Judge, 7th Judicial District, Office No. 8. Approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters attended the event at Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse. “When I was made […]

A look at those who lobby at the state Capitol for public education, including tax increases


Stacy Martin and Patrick B. McGuigan What does a top contract education lobbyist make in Oklahoma? Margaret Erling’s lobbying firm makes $75,000 a year lobbying for the Tulsa Public Schools, the state’s second largest school district. The firm garners $50,000 a year as the lobbyist for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Fred Jordan’s lobbying firm […]

St. Baldrick’s OKC asks Oklahomans to again ‘brave the shave’ to fight childhood cancer


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Sunday, April 22, shaved heads and beaming smiles will abound as St. Baldrick’s OKC will hold its annual fund-raising event in the Western Avenue Corridor at VZD’s and Becks Garage. Registration will begin at noon, with head-shaving starting at 1 p.m.

Festivities will include head shaving, bands, […]

COMMENTARY – Gaming is expanding in return for chump change, will the ‘land fix’ be next?

Oklahoma and Indian territory. File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan The government of Oklahoma is poised to allow “ball and dice” gambling, to make tribal gaming here even more like the high-stakes games customary in places like Las Vegas. To garner several million dollars, the state is on its way to leaving billions in revenue on the table. The practical effect of […]

Speaker McCall and Minority Leader Kouplen cheer major tax increase approval in state House

House Speaker Charles (left) and House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen .  Photos provided.

Staff Report House Speaker Charles McCall and House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen released the following statements Monday (March 28) after the House of Representatives passed a package of revenue measures that would fund pay raises for teachers, school support staff and state employees and provide additional money for the classrooms. The plan provides first-year teachers […]

ANALYSIS – Houston-based company buys Lawton Constitution, more than three dozen seasoned journalists laid off


Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK Southern Newspapers, Inc., a chain whose headquarters is in Houston, Texas, has bought The Lawton Constitution. The sale finalized earlier this month, Brothers Brad Burgess and Bill Burgess Jr. have owned the Constitution since 2012. They bought it brothers Steve and Don Bentley, who had inherited it from their father, Bill […]

Commentary: Here on HTRAE (the Bizarro world where Republicans do the opposite of what you expect)

Steve Fair

Steve Fair On Monday night, the Republican led state House of Representatives passed House Bill 3705 by a vote of 94-6. The bill appropriates $2.9 billion to common education (K-12) the next fiscal year. This is the earliest the Oklahoma legislature has passed an education budget in several years. Debating into the evening, the House […]

Energy executive Martha Burger becomes OCU’s first female President

Martha Burger, former Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, has been named the first female President of Oklahoma City University. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Energy industry executive Martha Burger has been named the next president of Oklahoma City University.  The announcement was made on Sunday by OCU Board Chairman Ron Norick. Burger will become the 18th president and first female president of the 114-year-old university July 1. Burger is […]

OKC Parks hosts inaugural Easter Egg Hunt 5K on March 31


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Bring the whole family for holiday fun at the first ever Egg Hunt 5K Run on Saturday, March 31. Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department, the Easter celebration event will be held at Stars & Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive […]

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