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BREAKING: Could Oklahoma Appeals Court take a fresh look at the Julius Jones conviction?

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and supporters of Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Darius Jones will hold a “Free Julius Jones” rally on the South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. ABC’s The Last Defense screenshot

by Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden Wed., July 25, 2018   Updated:  Sun. July 29, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The City Sentinel has learned that the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA) has withdrawn a June order denying requests to look at evidence of racial bias on the Oklahoma County jury that convicted death row inmate […]

Tax Foundation critiques “Step Up Oklahoma” tax plan


Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tax Foundation, a well-known nonprofit that studies fiscal policy across the United States, has issued a critical analysis of the combination of tax changes and tax increases advanced over the past two weeks by Step Up Oklahoma. The foundation said the envisioned changes would make the state tax […]

Fallin and McCall joust over provider rate cuts and her veto, as spending scrutiny intensifies

Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall and Gov Mary Fallin. Photos provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, has chided Governor Mary Fallin in wake of last week’s Medicaid provider cuts, saying her veto of a budget plan that emerged in the fall special session was responsible for the crunch. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority announcement of the provider […]

ANALYSIS: The Legislature’s Lost Weekend, and the storm ahead

Oklahoma State Capitol Dome.  Wikipedia Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators came to the state Capitol Saturday (May 20) for an unusual weekend work session, with an expectation or hope that some progress toward resolution of the state budget might be forthcoming. That, in turn, could possibly trigger a Sunday work day. Instead, it became a lost weekend. That […]

Oklahoma Grand Jury report runs 106 pages, delivering strong criticism of death penalty process

The Oklahoma multi county grand jury released the report findings today in a 106 page document. File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor The Oklahoma multi-county grand jury, which began studying the state’s controversial death penalty process last year, issued its report today, Thurs, May 19. Staff for Attorney General Scott Pruitt delivered the report in the courtroom of Judge Don Deason. The investigative panel began after Oklahoma Corrections Department officials prepared the lethal […]

From Sinai, to the Capitol, to OCPA , the Ten Commandments

10 Commandments at OCPA

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin, state Representative Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) announced today the relocation of the Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma State Capitol to OCPA’s campus, located on private property ten blocks south of the capitol complex. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered […]

New Evidence in Glossip case will be presented Monday, September 14 by Legal Defense Team Member Don Knight

Richard Glossip's Legal Team Member, Don Knight speaks at a press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol.  Photo by Mark E. Sine

Staff Report Editor’s Note: This week, attorneys Don Knight, Mark Olive and Kathleen Lord, who are working to establish Richard Glossip’s innocence – released a lengthy memorandum to reporters worldwide. The memo outlined new evidence in the case they are making for Glossip’s innocence. They and others fighting to stop Glossip’s execution are asking for […]

Getting ‘down in the weeds’ — Robert Novak, David Broder and modern journalism

At left, David Broder on “Meet the Press” in 1966. At right, Robert Novak in 1966. Photo:

By Patrick B. McGuigan NOTE: This is adapted and updated from a November 9, 2009 commentary.  Novak died on August 18, 2009. Broder passed away on March 11, 2011. The passing of Robert Novak on August 18, 2009 brought introspection about my chosen profession. In a typically well-crafted commentary [published August 22, 2009 in The […]

Faith leaders in public office lead chorus of prayers after Charleston killings

On May 29, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, prepares U.S. military care packages with members of the USO. Thursday (June 18), Sen. Scott organized a prayer vigil for the families of those murdered during a church service in Charleston on Wednesday night. File Photo from Sen. Scott's Facebook page

by Patrick B. McGuigan Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, joined his colleague Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, in a U.S. Capitol prayer service held Thursday afternoon (June 18) to mourn for the nine people murdered at a church in South Carolina. In a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations, State […]

Mark Hammons elected Democratic party state chair, Connie Johnson wins vice-chair’s position

Connie Johnson and Mark Hammons

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2015 Oklahoma Democratic Convention was held Saturday (March 3o) at Oklahoma City Community College in southwest Oklahoma City. More than 500 Democrats from across the state attended. The election of new officers is always a highlight of the Democratic event A spirited race took place between Vice-chair Dana Orwig […]

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