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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 – […]

BREAKING NEWS; categories: Legal policy, government reform, budget and taxes, other state news, ballot questions

On election night, Doug Dodson and state Rep. George Young were happy with early election results favoring criminal justice reform. Dodson was campaign manger of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform; Young is a Democrat from Oklahoma City. Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

Oklahomans approve criminal justice reforms: State Questions 780 and 781 Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved State Questions 780 and 781, marking a major turning point for reforming Oklahoma’s criminal justice system and investing in strengthening public safety and Oklahoma’s communities. Advocates say the two state questions will set Oklahoma on a […]

In study from Americans for Prosperity, Analyst takes critical view of State Question 779

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With Election Day 2016 only a week away, and early voting beginning on Thursday (November 3), thousands of Oklahomans are still searching for the answers to the numerous state questions that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. One of these questions is State Question 779, which would put a […]

ANALYSIS – Oklahoma’s largest newspaper recommends “NO” vote on State Question 776

The Oklahoman newspaper has encouraged voters to say “no” to a controversial proposal to enshrine capital punishment within the state constitution..  File photo

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In the lead editorial for Sunday (October 30), Oklahoma’s largest newspaper has encouraged voters to say “no” to a controversial proposal to enshrine capital punishment within the state constitution. Editorial writers for The Oklahoman asserted State Question 776 would “add provisions to the [state] constitution without any obvious […]

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