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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 […]

Contractors’ group supports Stephanie Bice in Fifth District Congressional race

Garnering favorable notice after five years in elective office is Stephanie Bice, a Republican state senator representing District 22 (Yukon, Piedmont, Edmonw and Oklahoma City) at the state capitol. Bice crafte the liquor law reforms CapitolBeatOK designated one of Oklahoma’s top news stories in 2018. She is running for Congress in 2020.  Photo provided.

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Stephanie Bice has garnered an important endorsement early in her campaign for U.S. Congress.   The 380-member Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) announced last week they were endorsing the Oklahoma City Republican “to become the next representative of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congress District 5.” […]

Treasurer McDaniel reports growth in gross receipts despite sales tax decline

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury for both the month of June and Fiscal Year 2019 indicate ongoing growth in the state’s economy, but recent collection data is sending some mixed signals, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today. Reports released by McDaniel’s office show overall growth of 4.7 percent in […]

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

Curtis Shelton. Photo provided.

by Curtis Shelton, OCPA Research Fellow   With a budget agreement officially announced common education in Oklahoma is set to receive $157.5 million in additional appropriated funding for the upcoming fiscal year. This $157.5 million is coming after the $465 million in increased appropriations from last year’s legislative session. The bulk of this increased spending […]

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