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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 […]

A change in the affairs of mankind – ‘The arm of commerce has borne away the gates …’

Frederick A. Douglass, the great American abolitionist of the Nineteenth Century. Wikipedia Photo

Frederick A. Douglass Rochester, New York – While drawing encouragement from “the Declaration of Independence,” the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age. Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. […]

Chair of Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus, Kay Floyd coordinates legislative strategy, critiques majority priorities

Oklahoma state Senator Kay Floyd. File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City, who represents Senate District 46 (in the heart of the capital city) was elected Democratic Caucus Chair this winter. In a recent exchange with The City Sentinel, Sen. Floyd explained her duties and outlined challenges Democrats, who now hold six seats in the […]

An Editor’s Notebook: Life, laments, grades and goodness

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, participated in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., held Friday (January 27).  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, Lankford and life, Kiesel is concerned, Goodwin gives grades – and Fallin’s a fan of generous state workers. On Friday, U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, participated in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., held Friday (January 27). After the event, he […]

Oklahoma City Senator David Holt will press for major teacher pay hike

State Sen. David Holt.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has long promoted a pay hike for public school teachers. In a recent interview, he detailed the reasons for his advocacy. “We can’t have the future we want for our state without a solid education system. We can’t have a solid education system without quality […]

Editor’s Notebook: OCPA analyst decries OBA attack on Pruitt, Mayor Mick meets President-elect Trump, F.D. Moon Elementary welcomes Santa

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors met Thursday (December 15) with President-elect Donald Trump at his office in New York. Leading the delegation, at Trump’s right in this photo, was Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Photo from conference of mayors Facebook page.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, the nomination of Scott Pruitt ignites a home-state clash of the titans, members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors visit the president-elect, and students at a local elementary school welcomed Santa (and one of the “most famous reindeer of all”) for a visit this week. […]

Oklahoma conservatives applaud Scott Pruitt’s selection to run EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – President-elect Donald Trump’s designation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provoked dismay among national environmental groups, but strong support from the state’s Republican leadership. While positive affirmations about his performance have been common in the week since his designation, Pruitt has his share […]

Oklahoma state Sen. Kay Floyd garners national “excellence award”

State Senator Kay Floyd.  Photo provided.

Staff Report The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) recently named Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner. The award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. “Receiving […]

Big Wind’s Big Loss: As Vermont goes, so goes Oklahoma?

Outgoing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, speaks on the floor of the state Senate at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Departing state Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, wants state government to eliminate the Zero Emission Facility Tax Credit sooner (in 2017) rather than later. In recent testimony before the Incentive Evaluation Commission, Mazzei pointed out that in 2010, the credit reduced tax coffers $3.7 million – […]

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