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State Rep. Marcus McEntire discusses longstanding GOP effort to expand Medicaid

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Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday (April 24) rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats. Speaking to a […]

TSET putting nightclubs ahead of doctors?

Policy Analyst Curtis Shelton, pictured in the library at the Oklahoma Council of Policy Affairs, says it is time to ask whether TSET’s “spending practices are truly improving Oklahoma’s health statistics, or if it is time to reform the system and redirect future settlement payments to higher priorities such as rural healthcare.” Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY -– Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has spent as much, and sometimes more, promoting bars and nightclubs and a boathouse foundation than it has on recruiting rural doctors to Oklahoma, records show. Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a […]

Analysis: Comanche v. Chickasaw at the High Court

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   OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has rebuffed the arguments of the Comanche, a western Oklahoma tribe, in the case of “Comanche v. Zinke.” But in March the Comanche submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking justices to consider issues raised in litigation. […]

1889 Institute joins Mackinac Center for important study on How “To End Corporate Welfare”

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Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Critiques of robust government interference in picking winners and losers in the economy believe government support for businesses through subsidies and other special treatment, commonly referred to as corporate welfare, has proven time and again to be an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. But the practice persists, with policymakers […]

Oklahoma State Senate approves Rob Standridge’s ‘Oklahoma First!’ legislation

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Staff Report   The full Senate has given approval to a bill aimed at ensuring more state contracts are awarded to Oklahoma businesses. Sen. Rob Standridge is the principal author of Senate Bill 376, the Oklahoma First Act. Standridge said the exact mechanisms are still being honed as the bill moves through the legislative process, […]

Oklahoma’s Gross Receipts show growth for 23rd straight month, McDaniel reports

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Staff Report Oklahoma City – In spite of lower oil and gas prices, Gross Receipts to the Treasury have reflected growth in the Oklahoma economy for 23 consecutive months, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced last week. February receipts of $971.5 million are 10.7 percent higher than collections from the same month of last year. “Oklahoma’s […]

Pace of work intensifies at Oklahoma state Senate, Republican Treat and Democrat Floyd unveil key proposals

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The pace of work at the state Senate intensified in recent days, in advance of the formal start of the legislative session in February. Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, filed a legislative package that would give new-Governor Kevin Stitt new authority to choose directors […]

Regional Food Bank responds to federal government shutdown

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has announced that anyone impacted by the federal government shutdown can seek food assistance at over 1,300 community-based partner agencies throughout central and western Oklahoma.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has announced that anyone impacted by the federal government shutdown can seek food assistance at over 1,300 community-based partner agencies throughout central and western Oklahoma. “We have reached out to our partners in 53 counties and asked that they […]

In his first release Gross Receipts report, Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel says tax revenue grew 13.2 percent during 2018

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  Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury grew at a double-digit pace, increasing by more than $1.5 billion, during calendar year 2018, Oklahoma state Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced this week. Gross receipts for 2018 were slightly less than $13 billion and grew by 13.2 percent compared to calendar year 2017 […]

Nathaniel Harding seeks Ward 6 Oklahoma City Council seat

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  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – The first time The City Sentinel visited (back in December) with Ward 6 council candidate Nathaniel Harding, this reporter commented he was impressed the hopeful was going door-to-door more than a month before the February 12 election. He replied, “I’ve actually been knocking doors for much longer […]

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