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Patrick B. McGuigan, senior editor for The City Sentinel, is also editor at CapitolBeatOK, an online news service. His a member of The National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Tulsa Press Club. He has won journalism awards from SPJ, the Associated Press, the Amy Foundation and other professional organizations. He is the editor of seven books and the author of two, including "The Politics of Direct Democracy: Case Studies in Popular Decision Making."

Ed Shadid faces three opponents in March 3 election for Ward 2 City Council

DR. Ed Shadid, James Cooper, Rev. Major L. Jemison, Suzanne Nichols, VOICE Facilitator.  Photos by James Nimmo.

By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher Council Member Dr. Ed Shadid is seeking a second term on the City Council, where he has been a passionate vote for accountability in use of public resources. He is being opposed by three opponents in the March 3 election, including Rev. Major L. Jemison, a well-known east side minister. […]

Ward 6 Council Member Meg Salyer faces Dario Alvarado and Bob Waldrop in March 3 primary

Seal of City of Oklahoma City, taken from web

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   Incumbent Oklahoma City Council Member Meg Salyer faces two individuals who want her spot on the local governing body, where she has served since 2008. Like other candidates for city jobs, Salyer has said she wants to assure “neighborhood needs” are met. Last fall, when she announced her intention […]

For CityRep, Jerome Stevenson and JuNene K are brilliant, at “The Mountaintop”

from left, JuNene K as Camae, and W. Jerome Stevenson as Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre production of “The Mountaintop.” Photo provided

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   Set on the night before the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, “The Mountaintop” is an imaginary exposition of the slain civil rights leader’s last few hours on earth. Under the direction of Rene’ Moreno, the two performers, W. Jerome Stevenson as Dr. King and JuNene […]

A Publisher’s Appeal: Can this print newspaper continue as a weekly?


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher It has been an honor to work with this community newspaper for nearly a decade. As publisher since last year, the kind words of so many readers who appreciate our staff’s commitment to the heart of our town have edified me. This week, I turn to readers with a specific […]

‘Vigilant in how we treat each other’ – Dr. King’s last hours at ‘The Mountaintop’

Stevenson as Dr Martin Luther King JR

    By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – Widely described as one of the most powerful fictitious portrayals thus far of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his prime, Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” is the first 2015 production at The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep). It runs Feb. 8-15 at the Freede Little […]

Martin Luther King, Jr., as someone we could know, at ‘The Mountaintop’


by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher The new production from the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre remains controversial in some circles. It shows us a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is a man with faults, doubts and “issues.” Even so, the tale lifts up and honors the memory of MLK’s role in the American civil rights […]

Portrayals of Dr. King, his wife and close allies highlight a stirring “Selma”


by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   “Selma” powerfully captures the character, vision and magnetism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and, thankfully, that of his wife. David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King are revelations. Close your eyes, to hear MLK’s voice in Oyelowo’s cadence. As you open them, […]

Oklahoma City’s ASTEC charter school gains ‘excellence’ distinction


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   ASTEC Public Charter Schools were given the distinction level of “Excellence,” by Certified Healthy Schools. In a release sent to CapitolBeatOK, school officials said they were “proud of the work our employees have put forth to ensure we are a healthy school. Special thanks to Harold Hamm and Continental […]

For Kids: Tear Down That Wall

Ronald Regan, picture taken from web

By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher Education is the source of personal reformation and the pathway to achievement of dreams. Throughout my carrer in writing, reporting and teaching, I have supported education reform in the broadest sense. But after decades of observation and hoping against hope, I have lost all confidence that central planning and monopoly […]

Diverse group of Oklahomans named 2014 Human Rights Award winners

Vicki Miles-LaGrange

By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – A diverse group of Oklahomans have been named 2014 Human Rights Awards winners. Recognition for each came on Human Rights Day — Wednesday, December 10th — at a ceremony held in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. The chairman of the Alliance that sponsored the […]

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