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Capitol Report for January 6: Managing the ‘cost-drivers’ in Oklahoma state government, and “The Trouble with Trump”

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

In this week’s edition of Capitol Report on News9 in Oklahoma City, policy analyst Patrick B. McGuigan and reporter Alex Cameron discussed the three “cost-drivers” in Oklahoma government. In Corrections, the path to reform is “not complicated,” McGuigan said – state officials need to implement a policy consensus that has existed “at least since 2012.” […]

OCU named a ‘Best College Value’ by Kiplinger’s

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University was recently named a 2018 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, a leader in personal finance news and business forecasting. Out of 100 private universities that made the list, OCU is ranked #71. The rankings are available online. The list will appear in print […]

Law Enforcement Association takes heat, but says they follow law

Mike Waters, Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – A professional association of law enforcement officers recently has come under fire for — members and association officials contend — enforcing the law. The Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association (OSA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association whose mission is to represent elected sheriffs in all 77 counties in Oklahoma. Recent accusations of […]

Oklahomans will vote on medical marijuana June 26

Oklahomans will go to the polls on June 26 to vote on the legalization of medical marijuana .  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, Jan. 4, Governor Mary Fallin established June 26 as the date Oklahomans will vote on the state’s medical marijuana ballot measure. Fallin filed an executive proclamation placing State Question 788 on the June primary election ballot. The governor’s other option was to place the […]

Myriad Gardens brings winter adventures to downtown Oklahoma City

January will be filled with great winter events for the entire family at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.  Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As the new year gets underway and cold weather abounds, the perfect outdoor experience is the Devon Ice Rink located at Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Featuring 5,500 square feet of real ice, the Devon Ice Rink offers skating, seasonal food and beverages. Members […]

COMMENTARY (Part II): It didn’t start with County Commissioners, and didn’t end with the Health Department – Dealing with mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma Government

From left:  Gov. Mary Fallin, Gary Jones and Jonathan Small.  Photos provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Part I of this commentary examined the current controversy centered on mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse at the Oklahoma Department of Health. That portion of this review of Oklahoma governance also touched on state government’s unwillingness to implement – either rapidly or incrementally – a broad bipartisan consensus on […]

COMMENTARY (Part I): It didn’t start with County Commissioners, and didn’t end with the Health Department – Dealing with mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma Government

Oklahoma State Capital.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The high costs of mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma government get documented from time to time. At a time when there is persistent demand for higher taxes and increased spending, the past can inform the present. Many Oklahomans believe taxes are high enough, and government could be […]

Kick Off the New Year In Paseo: January First Friday hits on Jan. 5

On Jan. 5, the Paseo Paseo Arts District will feature the “Turn the Page” art exhibit   Photo provided.

Staff Report The Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk for January will take place on Friday, January. 5, from 6 – 10 p.m. In the Paseo Art Space will be the “Turn the Page” art exhibition by five Oklahoma artists who express what turning the page means to them through their art. Visual “pages” […]

CityRep lands the legendary Judy Collins as Holbrook’s replacement

Judy Collins. Photo by Brad Trent

Staff Report   CityRep, Oklahoma’s award-winning professional theatre, will present legendary multi Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins in an extraordinary one-night only concert event, “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim,” on Friday, March 9. This event replaces the performance of Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight,” a fundraiser canceled after Holbrook’s retirement. Collins is known for […]

Capitol Report for December 30: Good economy, government mismanagement, Fallin’s liberal shift, execution moratorium, legislative turnover and Democratic gains

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

In the New Year’s weekend edition of Capitol Report for the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma City, Patrick B. McGuigan laid out some of listing of the top state government news stories. In first place (mentioned last week), is the financial scandal at the Oklahoma Department of Health. In second, McGuigan told News9’s Alex Cameron, […]

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