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State Rep. Claudia Griffith dies, colleagues honor her legacy and character

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Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma state Rep. Claudia Griffith, a Norman Democrat, died Saturday (July 14) of a heart attack. Her passing triggered an immediate outpouring of sorrow from members of the Legislature on both sides of the aisle. State Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, said in a statement he was “heartbroken.” Griffith’s Democratic colleague Collin […]

Priority – Water here and water there, but nary a drop for the Caddo. For the rest of us? Time will tell

August 16, 2016: At announcement of the water compact in Oklahoma City’s Gaylord-Pickens museum, from left, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby (at the podium), Choctaw Chief Gary Batton, Gov. Mary Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

  Patrick B. McGuigan In Oklahoma, water is always important. Thereby lies many stories, including this one. Back in 2010, then-state Senator Jim Wilson, a Democrat from Tahlequah, held a press conference to denounce Republican speculation about possible sales of Southeast Oklahoma water to communities south of the Red River. In the course of that […]

The City Sentinel Endorsements, June 26, 2018 Election

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NOTE: These are June 26, 2018 primary endorsements only. Newspaper management will review all races for the runoff (if necessary) and general elections later this year. Local (Oklahoma City) races State Senate District 22, Republican Primary Stephanie Bice Senate District 48, Democratic Primary George E. Young House District 83, Republican Primary Jason Reese House District […]

Sen. Rob Standridge urges vigilance on local schools, pay raises for support and certified staff

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Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Sen. Rob Standridge and other legislators are growing concerned after hearing plans by multiple districts that want to give their administrators pay raises meant for support staff. The legislators want to ensure the pay raises are dispersed correctly and want to encourage the public to hold local school boards […]

A memory to celebrate: Oklahoma criminal justice reforms signed into law

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, now runs the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA). File photo

By Joe Dorman A certain Thursday late last month (April 26) was a very interesting day at the Oklahoma state Capitol, and one that I will remember for quite a long time. I had the pleasure of attending the press conference and bill signing for five criminal justice reform measures. These bills, while highly debated […]

ChoiceMatters question: After teacher raise, what is the plan to improve Oklahoma schools?

ChoiceMatters Executive Director Robert Ruiz.  Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With teachers poised to receive the largest salary increase in state history, parents and education reform groups are now asking legislators to focus on improving Oklahoma schools and boosting student outcomes. ChoiceMatters, which works to connect parents with educational resources and options, said the pay raises were needed but […]

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® oppose change to capital gains tax policy


Staff Report   The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS released the following statement and video today in regards to the detrimental issues surrounding a proposed change to capital gains tax policy.   Here is the link to the video by OAR member Brad Worster, CPM, CCIM.   STATEMENT   Speaking on behalf of the Association, Chief Executive Officer […]

Fallin signs tax hikes, senate passes further boosts

Governor Mary Fallin signs House Bill 3705, the $2.9 billion appropriation bill for common education for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year. The amount authorized in the measure is a 19.7 percent increase over the $2.4 billion appropriation bill for K-12 public education for the current fiscal year. Photo Provided by office of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week at the state Capitol began with passage on a major tax increase, perhaps the largest in state history. It ended with state Senate approval of further education-designated revenue increases. Governor Mary Fallin (on Wednesday, April 3) signed the $2.9 billion appropriation bill for common education for the upcoming […]

GERMANE COMMENTARY – Oklahoma House of Representatives: Hypocrisy in Wonderland

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by Mike W. Ray   OKLAHOMA CITY (3 March 2017) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives is demonstrating yet again that it is a hyper-partisan institution. Exhibit 1 was the House Rules Committee meeting March 1. Multiple bills authored by Republicans and heard in committee that day violated a House rule about germaneness. House Rule […]

Trying to save a life, lawyers for Julius Jones seek “writ of certiorari” from U.S. Supreme Court

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Patrick B. McGuigan The defense team for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones has filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. The November 27 filing asks the Court to order a hearing on new information in the Jones case. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rebuffed efforts to secure […]

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