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Republican responses to tobacco fee spike illustrate party divisions

Gary Richardson, Photo provided.

Staff Report From Oklahoma conservatives at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City – all around the Sooner State, in fact – first-wave responses to last week’s widely anticipated state Supreme Court decision axing a tobacco tax levy were all over the proverbial map. While the state’s chief executive and her legislative allies expressed disappointment in […]

Commentary: The Great Armageddon tour of 2017


State Rep. Jason Murphey This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. In my last column, I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a […]

Fast and Furious: Democratic Party leaders assail GOP in wake of court ruling on tobacco tax

Monroe Nichols (left) and Colin Walke.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Although widely anticipated, the Oklahoma state Supreme Court’s unanimous decision striking down the tobacco “fee” enacted in May is provoking reactions ranging from shocked to celebratory. To be sure, the judicial ruling has also provoked political positioning in anticipation of a possible (perhaps likely) special legislative session. The City Sentinel’s […]

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reports strong start to fiscal year – July gross tax receipts up almost 9 percent

Oklahoma State Treasurer, Ken Miller.  Photo provided.

Staff Report July Gross Receipts to the Treasury provide additional evidence of an expanding Oklahoma economy with total collections topping the July 2016 report by almost nine percent, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced on Monday (August 7). Collections during each month of calendar year 2017, except for March, have shown growth. July receipts of $926.9 […]

A-1 Pet Emporium to host Customer & Rescue Appreciation Day on Aug. 19

During “Customer & Rescue Appreciation Day,” Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will be represented at the main A1 Pet Emporium location on August 19 at Britton Road and May Avenue and for a $5 donation, guests will be entered to win a backyard BBQ set which includes a gas grill, a propane tank, a Yeti 35 cooler, a case of COOP Ale Works beer, COOP t-shirts and mugs; and two $50 gift certificates. Photo provided.

by Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY OK – As a way of saying thank you to their customers and rescues, A1 Pet Emporium is hosting “Customer & Rescue Appreciation Day” on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The three A1 locations, 911 W Britton Road, in N.W. Oklahoma City’s Britton […]

ANALYSIS – Oklahoma State Government Spending: Higher Than Ever

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by Chris Shelton and Dave Bond Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Editor’s Note: The charts accompanying this story show dollars in millions. Oklahoma City – In discussions about taxes and state government spending in Oklahoma, some advocates insist that available funding has been slashed to the bone for important public services. However, the claim is […]

Jason Reese seeks House District 83 seat in Oklahoma City

Attorney Jason Reese is seeking the Republican nomination in state House District 83, which covers 
parts of NW Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills, The Village and southwest Edmond. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City attorney Jason Reese is seeking the House District 83 seat now held by state Rep. Randy McDaniel. Reese is off to a fast start, with about $25,000 in his campaign coffers. That is a tidy sum for a first-time candidate, and exceeds typical early contributions for state house races. A […]

OKC Zoo receives rare Amur Tiger Cub from Philadelphia Zoo

Three Sumatran tiger cubs with Amur tiger cub Zoya, 2nd from left on a scale at the OKC Zoo. Photo by Gretchen Cole

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has announced it is the new home of a rare female Amur tiger cub born at Philadelphia Zoo named Zoya, meaning “life” in Russian. The OKC Zoo staff, working closely with the Philadelphia Zoo team, has integrated the cub […]

Attorneys believe race study shows Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones’ death sentence is unconstitutional

Julius Darius Jones, now 37, is an African American man who was a University of Oklahoma freshman on a leadership scholarship when convicted in 2002 of the fatal shooting of Edmond insurance company executive Paul Howell, 45.  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In August 1999, Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy sought the death penalty against Julius Darius Jones, a former John Marshall High School honor student who was accused of killing an Edmond insurance executive, Paul Scott Howell. Jones is African American. He was only 19 […]

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reports gross receipts to state Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017 demonstrate that economic recovery is underway

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller, after a press conference on July 10, 2017. The two-term incumbent is term-limited in the elective position. He said is not yet decided on returning to the private sector, or seeking another political office. Photo by Pat McGuigan.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gross Receipts to the Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017 indicate the state’s treasury (reflective of the broader economy) began recovery at the midpoint of the fiscal year and continued through June, lagging slightly behind state gross domestic product figures (GDP), State Treasurer Ken Miller said Monday (July 10) during […]

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