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COMMENTARY: Bandana DNA results inconclusive – fight over Julius Jones’ innocence continues

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  By Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher Wednesday, October 31, 2018   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In a news story published today (October 31) on page one of The Oklahoman, reporter Nolan Clay presented some analysis of DNA results in one of the most controversial death penalty cases in state history. Clay wrote that results show […]

A Chorus for Coyle – Support Heather on November 6

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The City Sentinel Endorsement   Heather Coyle is a solid citizen, and an outstanding attorney. The City Sentinel endorses her in the November general election for the job of judge in the 7th Judicial District, Office No. 8. Candidates for elected judicial office can (carefully) campaign and spend money for (usually restrained) advertising, but rarely […]

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter assumes ‘responsibility’ for evidence task force, November opponent Mark Myles wonders ‘what took so long, and why now?’

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced this week, in a press release from his state government office, he will “assume authority over and responsibility for the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Task Force going forward.” Law enforcement agencies, Hunter and other state officials have been criticized for slow movement in […]

VOICE Accountability Session to Host Candidates for Oklahoma Governor & State Superintendent

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –VOICE OKC will hold another Accountability Session on Sunday, September 30, this time featuring candidates running for Oklahoma Governor and State Superintendent.  The event will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City. The event […]

‘Move the Needle’ to showcase 44 Sally’s List candidates on the November ballot


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – According to Sara Jane Rose, Sally’s List founder and executive director, there will be a total of 44 Sally’s List-endorsed women appearing on the November 6 general election ballot. Rose said, “In 2016, there were only 12…the pink wave is alive and well in Oklahoma. Seven Sally’s List candidates triumphed […]

COMMENTARY: About that derogatory ‘values’ advertisement in a statewide race

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by Craig Parker This past week, I was made aware of an organization called Oklahoma Values who set out to raise money and air derogatory commercials about a man running for Governor. This organization, not part of any campaign, feels the need to make sure all of Oklahoma hears bad things about a candidate for […]

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 […]

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