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Archive for: March, 2018

CAIR-OK to host 12th annual banquet with keynote Imam Khalid Latif

CAIR-Oklahoma will host its 12th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 7, at the Sheraton - Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma will host its 12th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 7, at the Sheraton – Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Rd., in Midwest City. The theme of this year’s banquet is “Coming Full Circle: Embracing the Past […]

Oklahoma Earth Day events scheduled throughout April

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, was founded in 1970.  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Since its founding in 1970, Earth Day is a worldwide annual event, celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This list highlights a few of the events scheduled throughout April to raise awareness of what Oklahomans can do to help protect the planet. The Oklahoma City Parks Earth Day […]

Inaugural Craft Beer Forum set for April 7 in Stillwater

The inaugural Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma will be held on Saturday, April 7 at Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Sciences.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter STILLWATER, OK – The inaugural Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma will be held on Saturday, April 7 at Oklahoma State University. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the College of Human Sciences, on the OSU campus in Stillwater. This educational event is hosted by the OSU School of Hospitality and Tourism […]

New Trade Organization Working with Business and Medical Communities to Develop Responsible Rules and Regulations for Medical Cannabis

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New Health Solutions Oklahoma (NHSO) Focused on a Safe, Regulated Medical Marketplace OKLAHOMA CITY – New Health Solutions Oklahoma, Inc. (NHSO) a new trade association which describes itself as “dedicated to advancing emerging public health and economic development sectors in Oklahoma,” announced on Tuesday (March 20) its intention to advocate for the responsible and timely […]

Attorneys plan campaign kickoff event to support Natalie Mai for District Judge

Attorney Natalie Mai is running for Oklahoma County District Judge, District 7, Office 5.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March  21, 2018) – Attorneys Peter Scimeca, Danny Williams and Scott Adams, will host a campaign kickoff fundraiser to support Natalie Mai for District Judge on Tuesday, March 27 from 5 – 7 p.m.  The event will take place at Mickey Mantel Steakhouse, 7 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, in downtown […]

House Democrats praise Oklahoma High Court’s Decision allowing ballot initiative circulation to increase gross production tax rate

(L-R) Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. David Perryman and Minority Leader Steve Kouplen.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Several state House Democrats have responded to an Oklahoma state Supreme Court decision issued Monday (March 19) that allows an initiative petition to restore the gross production tax (GPT) to pay for education costs to proceed. State Question 795, as the proposal is designated, would increase the GPT tax rate […]

Oklahoma soon will be nation’s highest incarcerating state, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform promise aggressive new advocacy

ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel, former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and banker Gene Rainbolt spoke at the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform press conference. Behind them are graduates of the Women in Recovery (WIR) program in Tulsa. To Rainbolt's right is Damita Price, a woman who had been serving a life sentence for drug trafficking. Governor Mary Fallin recently pardoned her. OCJR Photo

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With Oklahoma potentially mere days away from becoming the highest incarcerating state in the country, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) have promised aggressive new advocacy for long-term improvements to the state’s broken criminal justice system. OCJR’s long-term plan for reform in Oklahoma will be to press for legislative approval, […]

Dr. Susan Sharp Crow to address race and the death penalty at OK-CADP annual dinner

Rev. Don Heath, Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty chair. Photo by Darla Shelden

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sociology professor and death penalty expert, Dr. Susan Sharp Crow will be keynote speaker during the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 21.  Her topic that evening will be “The Oklahoma Death Penalty […]

Capitol Report for March 10: A Democrat’s lament …, a 7 percent GPT seems like punishment …, and McGuigan’s fond farewell

Preparing for their March 10, 2018 broadcast: At left, Alex Cameron of News9, the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma, and Patrick B. McGuigan, founder of CapitolBeatOK and for the past eights years analyst for Capitol Report on the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma City.

In his Capitol Report segment for Saturday, March 10, Patrick B. McGuigan pointed to a commentary by Mike W. Ray, which was posted on CapitolBeatOK.com. The essay detailed steps majority Republicans in the state House took to tinker with germaneness rules in order to change the purpose of legislation. Ray also outlined maneuvers those running […]

Gov. Fallin, legislative leaders and district attorneys promise advance for criminal justice reform

Governor Mary Fallin, along with, from left Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat, House Majority Whip Terry O'Donnell, and District Attorneys Richard Smothermon (Lincoln and Pottatomie Counties) and David Prater (Oklahoma County), on March 5 announced an agreement has been reached that will allow six criminal justice reform measures to advance in this year's legislative session. The five also announced legislation would be fashioned for a coordinating council to oversee future criminal justice reform efforts. Photo Provided

Staff Report Governor Mary Fallin, joined by legislators, district attorneys and business leaders, announced early this month an agreement has been reached that will allow six criminal justice reform measures to advance in this year’s legislative session, as well as develop a coordinating council to oversee future criminal justice reform efforts. “These reforms are targeted […]

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