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ANALYSIS: The Legislature’s Lost Weekend, and the storm ahead

Oklahoma State Capitol Dome.  Wikipedia Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators came to the state Capitol Saturday (May 20) for an unusual weekend work session, with an expectation or hope that some progress toward resolution of the state budget might be forthcoming. That, in turn, could possibly trigger a Sunday work day. Instead, it became a lost weekend. That […]

Group of state leaders call for passage of a budget

A group of prominent Oklahomans called for approval of a state budget in a timely manner. In this photo, former state Rep. Joe Dorman, who now runs the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, speaks at a state Capitol press conference. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday (May 19) at the state capitol, leaders of Oklahoma’s healthcare, education, oil & natural gas, and business communities gathered to call on legislators to approve a revenue package that has been discussed.  The package — $1.50 per pack tax on cigarettes, a 6 cent per gallon increase in […]

Titanic Thursday: Dueling Descriptions of budget talks yield a day of deadlock

Workers from the state’s oil and gas business gathered at the Capitol on Thursday (May 18, 2017) to oppose proposed tax hikes on their industry. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Early on Thursday afternoon (May 18) Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, walked into the Capitol print news room for an unscheduled session with reporters. In the course of that conversation, he replied to a question from this reporter, speculating that loss of work time due to bad […]

State Sen. Kay Floyd winner of ‘Guardian Award’ from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women

The Oklahoma Commission for the Status of Women (OCSW) presented Sen. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) with the 2017 Guardian Award at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Pictured L-R: OCSW Chair Maria Trapp-Braly, Sen. Floyd, OCSW Vice Chair Gloria Torres and OCSW Executive Director Kitti Asberry. Photo by Jennifer Brock, Oklahoma state Senate Staff.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) presented the 2017 Guardian Award on Wednesday (May 17) to state Senator Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, during a news conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “The Commission is delighted to recognize Sen. Floyd’s important contributions to Oklahoma women with the 2017 […]

In Oklahoma speech, John Dear remembers Mother Teresa, advocating non-violence, an end to war, and death penalty abolition

OK-CADP vice chair Don Heath with keynote speaker Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In a lifetime of opposition to capital punishment, Father John Dear has developed a powerful collection of stories about pivotal moments in the latter cause. He shared some of them in the keynote speech he delivered at the May 4 annual dinner of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the […]

Abolitionists celebrate 26th Annual Dinner with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear

OK-CADP 26th Annual Dinner keynote speaker, Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) held its 26th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner on May 4 featuring author and Noble Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear as keynote speaker. Over 150 people attended the event held at the Cathedral of Our […]

Tulsa Business, Community and Faith Leaders advance Immigration Reform as Legislative Priority

Participants in the Tulsa press conference for the Oklahoma Coalition of FWD.us, from left to right: 
Rodrigo Rojas, Director of Development and Communications, Teach for America; Elizabeth McCormick, Director of Clinical Education Programs, The University of Tulsa College of Law; Francisco J. Treviño, President and CEO, Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Deacon Kevin Sartorius, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Tulsa; and Laura Bachman, Immigration Program Manager, YWCA Tulsa. Photo Provided

Staff Report Tulsa, Oklahoma – A new statewide coalition is addressing what the group says is “the urgent need for immigration reform to keep the American Dream alive.” FWD.us is a national bipartisan organization started by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates among other key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the […]

Black Legislative Caucus to host A.C. Hamlin dinner May 2

A. C. Hamlin.  Wikipedia photo

Staff Report Oklahoma City – The 21st Biennial A. C. Hamlin Banquet will be held Tuesday May 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  A reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $50.00, and can be purchased in Senator Kevin Matthews’ office, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., […]

If recommendations take hold, common existing practices in Oklahoma death penalty cases would be limited

Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission co-hair attorney Andy Lester speaks during the press conference to announce the yearlong report findings.  Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Many recommendations in a new report from a bipartisan group that spent 18 months examining Oklahoma’s death penalty process would put in place new limits on common practices of prosecutors, bolster training and resources for lawyers defending persons accused of capital crimes, clarify jury instructions and bolster the role […]

In major report, Death Penalty Review Commission recommends extension of execution moratorium

The OK Death Pealty Review Commission led by former Gov. Brad Henry(  at podium).   Photo by Darla Shelden

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, April 25, 2017  – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission issued a unanimous recommendation that the state extend the moratorium on the death penalty which has been in place for more than two years. In a state Capitol press conference, former Governor Brad Henry, commission co-chair, told reporters, “The […]

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