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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 […]

Southern Republican Leadership Conference: Oklahoma’s Estela Hernandez is a key player

Estela Hernandez

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – When the 2016 Republican presidential campaign arrives full force in Oklahoma this weekend, conservative activist Estela Hernandez will be more than an interested observer. Hernandez is a key player for the state Republicans in promoting the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC), scheduled May 21-23, including Friday night’s “Energizing […]

Oklahoma City Weather Situation Update 2: May 7, 9:30 a.m

MSNBC coverage of severe weather outbreak in Oklahoma on May 7, 2015

Staff Report Crews continue to provide assistance and survey damage Thursday morning in the wake of Wednesday’s severe storms. High water remains an issue hindering travel at some points in south Oklahoma City, where the most rain fell Wednesday. Waterways in the south metro are still swollen as the watershed drains. The most significant damage […]

Gov. Fallin signs death penalty measure, execution critics decry her decision

Gas Chamber pic

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Friday (April 17) signed House Bill 1879, a measure allowing the state to perform executions through nitrogen hypoxia if the current method of execution – lethal injection – is ruled unconstitutional or becomes unavailable. The United States Supreme Court is currently reviewing Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocols. […]

State Representative David Dank dies in Oklahoma home

David Dank

BREAKING NEWS …. The City Sentinel has confirmed through state Capitol sources that state Representative David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, has passed away. Dank was a leading Republican advocate for Reform of wasteful tax exemptions. He guided a legislative study of tax expenditures that provoked intensive debate over the means and ends of ‘ incentivizing’ business […]

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