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2019 Oklahoma Book Festival to feature over 100 authors

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – More than 100 authors, poets, and book illustrators will gather with thousands of book fans and readers at Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on Saturday, September 21 for the second annual Oklahoma Book Festival. The event is presented by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL). Attendance […]

Tribal stances on gaming-fee increase contrast with past tax-increase position

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  Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   In 2018, officials with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma were among those endorsing the “Step Up Oklahoma” plan, which ultimately resulted in legislation that sought nearly $600 million in annual tax increases, including increased taxes on Oklahoma drivers’ purchases […]

COMMENTARY: Tribal Casino and Gaming Compacts getting renewed attention

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Jonathan Small and Curtis Shelton   In 2004 Oklahoma entered into casino and gaming compacts with all federally recognized tribes in the state to operate and profit from casinos and gaming in Oklahoma. These compacts essentially give the tribes the exclusive, monopoly right to operate and control casinos and gaming throughout the state in exchange […]

Trial begins Monday (November 19) in ACLU challenge to Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance

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Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma begin trial in federal court (the Western District of Oklahoma) on November 19 at 10 a.m. The legal action seeks to overturn an Oklahoma City municipal ordinance that bans panhandling and other forms speech from […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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