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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

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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 […]

Cathy Costello campaigns across Oklahoma – and was featured speaker at a legislative meeting in New Jersey

Cathy Costello, candidate for Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor, addressed a New Jersey legislative breakfast in October. Her focus was on reforms in mental health policies. Photo Provided

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Cathy Costello has barnstormed the state of Oklahoma since her summer announcement of candidacy for the position of Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor. She has integrated the campaign for office into continued advocacy for reforms in mental health policies, uplifting the memory of her late husband Mark, who was state […]

Thirteen activists to be honored at Human Rights Award ceremony

The annual Human Rights Awards are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The public is invited to attend the presentation of the 2017 Human Rights Awards on Saturday, December 9, in the 4th Floor House Chamber of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.  The program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.  The event is free. The […]

COMMENTARY: Patchak and Payouts – As we find ourselves in times of trouble, speaking words of wisdom

Oklahoma State Capitol File photo.

Patrick B. McGuigan At the Capitol in Oklahoma City, a special session of the Legislature begag Monday morning, September 25. Oklahoma faces a budget crunch – in other words, business as usual. It is a distressing situation, arising in part from the inability of an overwhelming Republican majority in state government to follow through on […]

Endorsement: For Sheriff P.D. Taylor

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The City Sentinel P.D. Taylor has served Oklahoma County with distinction for decades. He merits election to a full term of office on September 12. In this time of challenge and controversy for the sheriff’s department, P.D. Taylor has the depth of experience needed to take the agency forward in the difficult days to come. […]

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