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Why I care about events in Kashmir

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Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Some friends have wondered about my recent interest in the decision of the government of India to first erode and then revoke the semi-autonomous status of Kashmir within the geographic area identified on maps as India. I have provided a forum to Nyla Ali Khan, a South […]

Equity and Fair Play at Center of Comanche challenge to Chickasaw land grab

This map is of "Comancheria" in about 1850. It is a Wiki document adapted from an old U.S. Postal Service map.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma continues to battle dubious acquisitions of lands the federal government placed in trust for the powerful Chickasaw Nation in secretive decisions. In a fresh filing in the federal Western District Court, lawyers for the Comanche have sought “declaratory and injunctive relief.” The Comanche […]

COMMENTARY: Changing Scenario in Saudi Arabia and a Need to Rigorously Implement New Laws

Kashmiri-American academic and author, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan. Photo provided.

Nyla Ali Khan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued new laws to allow women to apply for passports and travel without male guardians. The new laws, which will be implemented at the end of August 2019, “allow women to register a marriage, divorce, or a child’s birth, and obtain official family documents, which could […]

COMMENTARY: Let’s call the whole thing off: As policy and for principle, no more executions

After a recent setback in the Oklahoma v. Julius Jones case, the legal team working for Jones, a death row inmate, has filed a new petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Jones conviction is among the most prominent of controversial death row convictions helping to sustain national debate over the wisdom of public policy surrounding executions and the death penalty itself. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 – Over the past several years, doubts about the validity of death sentences and executions in this state, both past and pending, have increased. There is absolutely no reason to believe that there is any likely scenario in which this state […]

The full picture: 401(k) plans vs. public pensions

Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow.  File photo

by Curtis Shelton   Note: Curtis Shelton is a policy research fellow for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), the Sooner State’s largest public policy research group, which is based in Oklahoma City. OCPA recently highlighted how generous government pensions  can be for high-level officials like superintendents. While most government employees will not receive […]

COMMENTARY: At OU, refreshing leadership

Conservative “think tank” leader Jonathan Small says new University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly (pictured here) is providing “refreshing leadership” for the Norman-based institution. Photograph by Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch (

  Jonathan Small   More than three months ago, I said incoming University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly was a terrific hire. Since then, Gallogly has focused on the core work of a university, showing a relentless dedication to what’s best for students and their families. Presiding over his first meeting of the OU Board […]

Meeting Jesus, Along the Way (2017)

Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I saw Him in the summer of 2014 at Lake Hefner, when our Jewish community and friends prayed for three young men, children of Abraham murdered in another spurt of violence aimed at the nation and people of Israel. We followed Rabbi Vered Harris that day, who prayed for […]

COMMENTARY: Losing Oklahoma

Steven Vincent, candidate for OK State Senate District 45.  Photo provided.

By Steven Vincent   OKLAHOMA CITY – As a lifelong Oklahoma Democrat, the reality of political life has been clear to me for decades. Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in our nation, I live in a district where Republican voters outnumber Democrats nearly two to one. Oklahoma Republicans have super majorities in the […]

COMMENTARY: The ‘Uranium One’ story is (not fake) news, and big media has paid (at least some) attention Patrick B

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by Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City – In American journalism, a lot can happen in a week. On Tuesday (October 17), a pair of reporters for The Hill wrote this: “Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial […]

Commentary: Scott Biggs and the ‘four-corners’ stalling tactic on criminal justice reform

Rep. Scott Biggs. File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Once upon a time in Oklahoma, elected representatives of the people enacted  the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a package of laws designed to shift some criminal justice provisions from unnecessarily punitive strictures toward proven methods that have led to lower costs, less crime and more compassionate responses to the […]

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