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Priority – Water here and water there, but nary a drop for the Caddo. For the rest of us? Time will tell

August 16, 2016: At announcement of the water compact in Oklahoma City’s Gaylord-Pickens museum, from left, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby (at the podium), Choctaw Chief Gary Batton, Gov. Mary Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

  Patrick B. McGuigan In Oklahoma, water is always important. Thereby lies many stories, including this one. Back in 2010, then-state Senator Jim Wilson, a Democrat from Tahlequah, held a press conference to denounce Republican speculation about possible sales of Southeast Oklahoma water to communities south of the Red River. In the course of that […]

In state House District 83, Jason Reese garners Keating, OPEA endorsements

Candidate Jason Reese is seeking the Republican party nomination in state House Distirct 83.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – As the June 26 primary nears, candidate Jason Reese – seeking the Republican party nomination in state House District 83, has gained the support of former Governor Frank Keating. He also has garned other notable endorsements in his campaign. Keating praised the candidate, saying, “The people of Oklahoma recognize […]

The City Sentinel Endorsements, June 26, 2018 Election

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NOTE: These are June 26, 2018 primary endorsements only. Newspaper management will review all races for the runoff (if necessary) and general elections later this year. Local (Oklahoma City) races State Senate District 22, Republican Primary Stephanie Bice Senate District 40, Democratic Primary George E. Young House District 83, Republican Primary Jason Reese House District […]

Former OCU player Lou Dunbar II drafted to Harlem Globetrotters

Lou Dunbar II of Oklahoma City University, son of legendary Globetrotters showman and current coach Sweet Lou Dunbar, was selected in the Harlem Globetrotters 2018 player draft.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The world famous exhibition basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, announced their 12th annual player draft, selecting five players, including Lou Dunbar II of Oklahoma City University, son of legendary Globetrotters showman and coach Sweet Lou Dunbar. Lou Dunbar II, is a 6-3 guard who earned All-Sooner […]

Gary Jones endorses Cindy Byrd for State Auditor

Oklahoma Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones has endorsed his deputy, Cindy Jones, in the June 26 primary election for the elective position. File photos.

Staff Report Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, Gary Jones, is encouraging Republicans to vote for Cindy Byrd in the upcoming GOP primary. Byrd has served as Deputy State Auditor since Jones took office in 2011. “Cindy Byrd has been an integral part of the success of this office over the last eight years,” Gary Jones […]

COMMENTARY – Trump’s triumph, Pruitt’s problems, and Renzi’s role

In the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to clear out the “swamp” in Washington, D.C. Now, what will he do about Scott Pruitt?

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, OK – Count me among the traditional conservatives who have doubts about the substance of President Donald Trump’s announced accord with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Concerned about Kim’s stability and the history of American flirtations with dictators (FDR with Stalin, Nixon with Mao, and Obama with Castro, to name […]

As the world (and the stomach) turns: Inappropriate behavior at OU and tax-financed film subsidies in Oklahoma


Stacy Martin, Independent Journalist Oklahoma City – Despite allegations of sexual impropriety on the part of John Scamehorn, the Oklahoma Film and Music office is not planning on changing eligibility guidelines for those receiving taxpayer rebates for films produced in Oklahoma, said chief information officer Leslie Blair. Scamehorn’s film. “Pax Masculina,” received $73,000 from the […]

NewView Oklahoma hosts Keys to Work Transition Institute and upcoming groundbreaking event

Students participating in NewView Oklahoma’s Keys to Work Transition Institute will learn independent living and job-readiness skills.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Teens who are blind and vision impaired are participating in NewView Oklahoma’s Keys to Work Transition Institute for one week in Oklahoma City. Students participating in the program will learn independent living and job-readiness skills while interacting with leaders from the Oklahoma City community. The […]

American Banjo Museum to host 3rd annual Americana Fest

Horseshoe Road members (L-R) Kyle Dillingham, Brent Saulsbury and Peter Markes, will perform at the American Banjo Museum’s Americana Fest on June 23. Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The American Banjo Museum, located at 9 E. Sheridan Avenue in the historic Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City, will host its third annual Americana Fest on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’ve put together a wonderful line-up of live music […]

Editor’s Notebook: No blathering allowed at Auditor’s debate, prescient thinking about water, practical curriculum, and “agency capture” in Oklahoma governance

City Sentinel editor, Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan From an editor’s notebook, a debate among three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the state Auditor and Inspector’s job, an “old” commentary on water policy now seems the first draft of history, a reality-based curriculum for trades professionals, and an excellent study on needed reforms in governance of state agencies. * […]

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