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Stitt signs Sanders, Bice Dyslexia Screening bill

House Majority Leader Mike Sanders receives the 2019 Oklahoma Legislator of the Year Award from members of the American Legion Department of Oklahoma. Pictured left to right are: Tim Smith of Ft. Gibson; Carl Kuykendall, State Adjutant, Rep. Sanders; Michael Taylor of Bethany; and Jimmy Ching, State Commander. Photo Provided.

The City Sentinel Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill requiring dyslexia screening for early elementary students not reading on grade level was signed into law by the governor on Tuesday (May 19).. House Bill 2804, authored by House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, requires screening for dyslexia for […]

Legislative leaders reach budget agreement

Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka (left) and Senate President Pro Temp Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. File photos

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism   The leaders of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and state Senate announced Monday (May 4) they have reached a budget agreement. Although lawmakers faced a $1.3 billion shortfall, the budget agreement cuts far less thanks to $866 million obtained from savings and by redirecting money from state pension […]

COMMENTARY, An Editor’s Notebook: Tumult and Timeliness in Oklahoma’s Indian Country

This historic map illustrates the extent of “Comancheria” in about 1850. Photo provided.

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City, OK – There was tumult in Indian Country last month, blended with timeless assertions of relevance from tribes that often get left out of the power games in Washington and Oklahoma City. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation garnered headlines with a separate peace with Oklahoma Governor […]

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma’s proposed return to “risky and incomplete” lethal injection protocol

Attorneys representing Oklahoma death row prisoners contend to resume executions with the same lethal injection protocol announced on Feb. 13, “is a recipe for another execution disaster.”  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Attorneys for Oklahoma death row prisoners have filed a Motion to Reopen the prisoners’ lethal injection protocol lawsuit, which was administratively closed in 2015 pursuant to a Joint Stipulation between the prisoners and the state. On February 13, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Attorney General […]

Oklahoma to resume state killings after acquiring same lethal injection drugs used in botched executions

Oklahoma officials announced on Feb 13, that the state would resume executions with an “updated version” of the lethal injection combo of midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride, the same drugs used in the botched execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett. File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State officials announced today, (Feb. 13), that Oklahoma would resume executions with an “updated version” of the lethal injection drugs used in past botched executions in Oklahoma. A press conference was held by Attorney General Mike Hunter Thursday morning accompanied by Gov. Kevin Stitt, […]

Oklahoma Democratic Party to present Blue Tie Gala and Campaign Academy training to kickoff 2020 election year

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will host its Blue Tie Gala Reception on January 18 at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel Reed Conference Center.  Facebook photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) will host its Blue Tie Gala  Reception on Saturday, January 18. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Rd, in Midwest City. The evening will include […]

Oklahoma Democrats will hold open presidential primary, Republicans & Libertarians retain closed primary


The City Sentinel Staff Report   Oklahoma City, OK – Every odd-numbered year, recognized political parties in Oklahoma are required to notify the Secretary of the State Election Board whether or not the party will allow registered Independents to vote in its primary elections. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Monday (December 9) that […]

On November 1, pre-registration open to citizens at age 17.5

Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud (left) and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole.  Photos provided.

  Staff Report Oklahoma citizens will be able to pre-register to vote when they turn 17.5 years old thanks to a new law going into effect on November 1. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, authored Senate Bill 496 this past session to make it easier for young voters to remember to […]

Capitol Gains adds experienced legislator Mike Thompson to firm

Mike Thompson, who formerly served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, has joined Capitol Gains,a government relations firm. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Capitol Gains is pleased to welcome Mike Thompson, former state representative and accomplished government affairs consultant, to its team of industry-leading experts. Thompson joins Capitol Gains, an established government relations firm, and will help to move the needle on issues critical to our state’s future. “We are honored to have Mike join […]

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

Ray Carter is the director of OCPA’s Center for Independent Journalism. Photo provided.

  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 […]

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