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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 (http://oklahomawatch.org/).

  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 […]

Editor’s Notebook: No blathering allowed at Auditor’s debate, prescient thinking about water, practical curriculum, and “agency capture” in Oklahoma governance

The City Sentinel publisher, Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan From an editor’s notebook, a debate among three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the state Auditor and Inspector’s job, an “old” commentary on water policy now seems the first draft of history, a reality-based curriculum for trades professionals, and an excellent study on needed reforms in governance of state agencies. * […]

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

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 […]

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