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COMMENTARY: ‘The more things change, the less they stay the same’

Joe Dorman.  File photo

by Joe Dorman   Jaded observers of Oklahoma politics often express their cynicism with the phrase, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In other words, while we may think we are making a difference, in reality, we are all just spinning our wheels. As someone who believes in the power of […]

2019 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence winners announced


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the winners of its 2019 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence awards honoring five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The awards will be presented at the 33rd annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention […]

Moody’s Investor Service gives Oklahoma City government top-notch bond rating

Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman.  File Photo

Staff Report Moody’s Investor Service cited Oklahoma City “management’s ability to navigate challenging financial times” in revising its outlook to stable for the City’s top-notch bond rating. Moody’s affirmed the City of Oklahoma City’s Aaa rating in a report issued in February, revising last year’s negative outlook to stable for 2019. It’s the ninth year […]

Oklahoma Mentor Day honors 86 Oklahoma mentors


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Last month, eighty-six outstanding Oklahoma mentors were honored during the seventh annual Oklahoma Mentor Day, presented at Oklahoma State University by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative. “The goal of Oklahoma Mentor Day is to recognize outstanding mentors […]

Oklahoma Senate consider ‘pay-for-success’ permission for criminal justice and other areas of public benefit

Senators Roger Thompson (left) and Wayne Shaw.  Photos provided.

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved a bill by Senators Roger Thompson and Wayne Shaw that would permit state agencies to enter into pay-for-success contracts with private entities if there is a public benefit to the state. Senate Bill 210, which cleared the panel on February 20, sets […]

Legislative panel advances measure to increase small business owners’ access to health insurance

Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The state Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee has unanimously approved a bill by President Pro Tempore Greg Treat that would help more small business owners gain access to quality, affordable health plans. Senate Bill 943 increases access to association health plans (AHP) by making state law more closely reflect federal […]

Legislative Democrats press united “Brand New State” Agenda

floyd and virgin

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, and House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, introduced a plan for a “Brand New State” on February 5, the day after Gov. Kevin Stitt unveiled his plans as the new governor. Brand New State was described in a press release from the […]

Oklahoma Christian University to host Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will speak at Oklahoma Christian University on Monday evening, Feb. 18.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Monday, February 18, criminal justice expert Bryan Stevenson will discuss “Complex Dialogues”  in the Garvey Center Main Auditorium , 2501 E. Memorial Road, on the Oklahoma Christian University campus in Edmond.  Doors open at 5 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Stevenson, author of […]

Chef’s Feast 2019 themed “Unmask Hunger” set to benefit kids in Oklahoma

The 32nd annual Chefs’ Feast, presented by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, will take place on Friday, March 1 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Less than 300 tickets remain for the 32nd annual Chefs’ Feast, themed, “Unmask Hunger” on Friday, March 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63 Street, in Oklahoma City. The Mardi […]

ACLU’s Allie Shinn tapped as new Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director

ACLU-OK Deputy Director, Allie Shinn will become the new executive director of Freedom Oklahoma starting March 4. Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Freedom Oklahoma has announced that Allie Shinn will become the organization’s new Executive Director starting March 4. A long time advocate for LGBTQ rights, Shinn comes to Freedom Oklahoma from the ACLU of Oklahoma, where she served as Deputy Director. During her time at […]

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