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Susan Sharp Crow explores race and the death penalty at OK-CADP annual dinner

Attending the 27th Annual OK-CADP Meeting & Awards Dinner were (top row, from left) keynote speaker, Susan Sharp Crow, her husband Terry Crow, and Nancy Vollertsen, sister of the late Oklahoma death row exoneree, Greg Wilhoit. (Bottom row, from left) Linda Toure, wife of the late OK State Rep. Opio Toure and Madeline and Anthony Jones, parents of Julius Jones, who is on Oklahoma’s death row.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sociology professor and author, Dr. Susan Sharp Crow addressed over 100 attendees during the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (OK-CADP) 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on April 21.  Her keynote speech explored the serious concerns about race and the death penalty. The organization’s 2018 primary fundraiser was held […]

Reflections: DREAM a little dream for them – Still hoping for wisdom on immigration policy impacting those who are undocumented

In every state, undocumented workers pay millions of dollars in state and local taxes. Graphic from, an advocacy group founded by Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Patrick B. McGuigan This essay consists of not-so-rambling thoughts on immigration policy, driven by recent developments in the news. I am sometimes frustrated with the operational definitions of certain liberties that seem to animate the contemporary version of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but I’m glad they exist. Without the ACLU, the debate over […]

1889 Institute recommends school districts start “conversion schools”

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Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The 1889 Institute, an Oklahoma state policy think tank, has published “Conversion Schools: Local Districts Have No Excuse.” A short paper, released March 29, points out that school districts now have the power to free themselves of many of the rules and regulations imposed by the state. Local school boards […]

Editor’s Notebook: Conservative Linda Murphy seeks GOP nod for Superintendent, local teachers return to classes, pro-life students walk out around the nation

Linda Murphy, candidate for Republican nomination for superintendent of Public Instruction.  Photo provided.

  Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, a conservative educator runs for superintendent of public instruction, local public school teachers are returning to work after the end of their strike/walkout, and here and there across the nation, pro-life students have a “walk out” of their own. * Linda Murphy, who […]

OEA ends strike after some districts call teachers back to work

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma public school teachers strike ended Thursday, but most tax-financed schools in the Sooner State will not resume classes until next week. The Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest labor union, announced at a press conference held Thursday afternoon (April 12) it would end the job action, which […]

Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma promotes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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by Darian Towner, Prevention Specialist, House of Hope When it comes to ending sexual violence, there is no better time to act than the present. With a society that seems to be screaming for change and desiring both a healthier and safer atmosphere for women, we are being presented with the unique opportunity to shift […]

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signs law to increase tribal gaming, approves repeal of hotel/motel tax

Governor Mary Fallin on Tuesday (April 10) signed a measure that allows expanded casino gaming for Oklahoma’s Indian tribes.   Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Tuesday (April 10) signed a measure that allows expanded casino gaming for Oklahoma’s Indian tribes. The measure comes with increases in the state’s “exclusivity fees” which tribes with gambling operations send to the state government. The governor also signed House Bill (H.B.) 1012XX, which repeals […]

St. Charles Catholic School Auction slated for Saturday, April 14

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Staff Report   St. Charles Borromoreo Catholic School has scheduled its popular annual auction for Saturday evening, April 14. The event aims to raise money for a variety of improvements to the school facility, continuing a series of annual changes. Planners envision floor work, chair replacements, and a methodical switch to LED light fixtures at […]

Chief Justice Kane Assembly Knights of Columbus to honor Major Ed Pulido, journalist/educator Pat McGuigan

Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (ret.), will receive the Chief Justice Kane public service award in Oklahoma City on April 14.  Photo provided.

Billie Rodely OKLAHOMA CITY – The Chief Justice Kane Knights of Columbus Assembly No. 848 will honor two Oklahoma men for civic service and community leadership the evening of Saturday, April 14. Lou Falsetti, comptroller for the Chief Justice Kane Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, said in a letter that this year’s awards will […]

Seeking “Smart Justice” and promised reforms Oklahoma’s American Civil Liberties Union organizes Day at Capitol


Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – At a late March state Capitol event, the American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma — in collaboration with Smart Justice Oklahoma — pressed legislators to advance promised criminal justice reforms in the current legislative session. In conjunction with a lobbying day they hosted at the state Capitol in Oklahoma […]

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