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Gary Richardson is focused on making 2018 the year voters choose a change agent – him

Gary Richardson, Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Gary Richardson, the former U.S. Attorney in Tulsa who in 2002 ran for governor of Oklahoma as an independent, is running this time as a Republican. He says he believes the GOP base is ready for a change agent, and that he is the agent. Asked to give a […]

Group of state leaders call for passage of a budget

A group of prominent Oklahomans called for approval of a state budget in a timely manner. In this photo, former state Rep. Joe Dorman, who now runs the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, speaks at a state Capitol press conference. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday (May 19) at the state capitol, leaders of Oklahoma’s healthcare, education, oil & natural gas, and business communities gathered to call on legislators to approve a revenue package that has been discussed.  The package — $1.50 per pack tax on cigarettes, a 6 cent per gallon increase in […]

Criminal justice reform advocates back Task Force measures at Capitol Rally

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman spoke at the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Rally held may 10 at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo by Patrick b. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates from around the state gathered at the State Capitol on Wednesday (May 11) to urge legislators to advance the remaining Justice Reform Task Force bills, developed through the work of a panel chosen by Governor Mary Fallin, this session. Advocates say that passage of the bills […]

Oklahoma Legislator George Young Praises Death Penalty Review Commission Report

Oklahoma State Rep. George Young commends the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission’s findings which unanimously recommended the state continue its moratorium on capital punishment.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair-elect Rep. George Young has given high praise to the recently released Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report. Young thanked the bipartisan commission for its work reviewing Oklahoma’s death penalty process. The commission, comprised of 11 members – both men and women from different […]

Black Legislative Caucus to host A.C. Hamlin dinner May 2

A. C. Hamlin.  Wikipedia photo

Staff Report Oklahoma City – The 21st Biennial A. C. Hamlin Banquet will be held Tuesday May 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  A reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $50.00, and can be purchased in Senator Kevin Matthews’ office, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., […]

Editorial: Top Ten Reasons NOT to make Mike Christian the Republican nominee for Oklahoma County Sheriff

OK County Sheriff

The City Sentinel newspaper 1. Mike Christian’s ‘Distasteful Toast’ – Details in page one story in The Oklahoman, March 31, 2017. 2. Last year, his campaign literature inaccurately claimed that he had the support of U.S. Sen. James Lankford, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole. In fact, not one in that trio of well-known […]

Analysis: As the stomach turns, a tribal casino in Guymon makes no sense

Historic map of Oklahoma and Indian Territory, 1890. What is now the Panhandle was then deemed “public lands.”

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor Concerning a casino “for” the Shawnee tribe in Guymon, a critical summary: Over recent weeks, news stories indicate the U.S. Department of Interior (which means the Bureau of Indian Affairs – BIA) has given the green light to a “Golden Mesa Casino” in the Texas Panhandle. Chief Ron Sparkman […]

Good words about George Young – minister, legislator, community leader

State Rep. George Young.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative George E. Young, Sr., D-Oklahoma City, flows in and out of the news naturally, as a direct and inevitable result of his involvement in myriad community causes, and effective advocacy for District 99 at the state Capitol. Young recently received an award  from the United Way of Central […]

After multi-year tumultuous journey, REAL-ID sails through Oklahoma Legislature, and Fallin signs it

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law House Bill 1845, the REAL ID Act. In this photo, the tall man standing near the front of the Senate chamber is David Holt of Oklahoma City, who carried the bill for Pro Temp Mike Schultz of Altus during the final debate on Feb. 28. Senate Staff Photo.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed the REAL-ID Act (House Bill 1845) into law on Thursday, March 2. Joining her as she affixed her signature were House and Senate leaders. After years of debate and discussion, the measure gained comfortable approval – sailing through the House on a 78-18 vote […]

Governor Fallin names Patrick Wyrick to Oklahoma state Supreme Court

Patrick Wyrick. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Patrick Wyrick, an attorney with the office of the state attorney general, has been named to the state Supreme Court. Fallin’s first opportunity to name a justice to the state High Court six years after her inauguration. Under the state’s system, members of the state Supreme Court appear on […]

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