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Mural at former OKC Public School Administration Building asks “For My Future I Want….”

Six women created a large photo mural installation to hang outside the former OKC Public School Administration Building that asks, “For My Future I Want….”  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A group of Oklahoma City women have worked together to plan, develop and execute the installation of a large scale photo mural, named “Our Voice. Our Future. OKC.” The project is comprised of numerous 2×3’ printed photos of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. […]

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

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

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 […]

Commentary: The Great Armageddon tour of 2017

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State Rep. Jason Murphey This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. In my last column, I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a […]

Commentary: Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission – Read the Report!

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Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher The City Sentinel; founder, CapitolBeatOK.com OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 27, 2017 – The new Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report is a transformative moment in the history of, and the debate over, capital punishment in our state. I hope that every Oklahoman, regardless of their position on this divisive public policy issue, […]

COMMENTARY: No to the Magic Christian: The front-runner for Oklahoma County Sheriff is the worst choice. Both Taylor and Macy are better

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Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher and editor OKLAHOMA CITY – In the Republican primary, two well-qualified men have stepped up, seeking to take the place of former Sheriff John Whetsel, who resigned a few weeks ago. R. Brett Macy has never run for office, but a case can be made that new blood is what’s needed […]

COMMENTARY: Family Matters — In the Class 3A state championship basketball game, the Coaches Cudjoe count

The Star Spencer Bobcats, coached by Lance Cudjoe, compete in Oklahoma’s Class 3A basketball championship game on Saturday, March 11. Photo: Star Spencer High School Facebook.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I have had the privilege of knowing folks named Cudjoe for most of my life, but I need to pay closer attention to certain intra-family information, including spelling of the last name. Seriously, now: The Cudjo family unit attending the same church as the McGuigans comes from the branch […]

OPINION: Protecting the health of Oklahomans

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by Rep. Mike Ritze and Sen. Ervin Yen Some areas of Oklahoma, particularly rural communities, have a critical shortage of doctors. That gap has increasingly been addressed with the use of nurse practitioners. While registered nurses follow a doctor’s orders directing how a patient is to be cared for, nurse practitioners actually examine patients, make […]

OPINION: OTA Taking Your Tax Dollars From Oklahoma Schools

Frank Volpe is a retired U.S. Navy commander. Photo provided.

by Frank Volpe Dear Fellow Oklahomans: Nationally, we rank 49th in teacher pay and 48th in education, however, with 600 miles and counting we are #2, soon to be #1 in “pay as you go” turnpikes. THIS IS BACKWARDS. As we prayerfully prepare for another legislative session we cannot help but think of our schools, […]

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