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Oklahoma City sales tax collections climb in newest report; penalty reductions for city citations offered

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The City Sentinel Staff Report   Sales tax collections improved again in the Sooner State’s capital city, and the Council has voted in favor of a kind of amnesty for tickets and other citations. The June sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were up 3.1 percent compared to the same month […]

Two Years of Oklahoma Growth Revenue

Curtis Shelton, policy fellow, pictured in the library of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

Curtis Shelton, OCPA Policy Fellow Oklahoma’s state treasurer has released the monthly report for May revenue collections. The report shows total gross receipts collected in May were $1.07 billion— a 10.6 percent, or $103 million, increase over the same month from the prior year. This marks the 24th month in a row of year over […]

Lawyers, Activists seek Clemency for Julius Jones. Case issues detailed

Federal Public Defenders Amanda Bass and Dale  Baich, representing Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones, plan to press for clemency for their client.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones plan to press for clemency for their client. The news was shared at a recent event supporting Oklahoma’s leading organization coordinating efforts to end capital punishment in Oklahoma. Lawyers announce clemency campaign to seek “Justice for Julius” At that […]

Getting to know Nyla: Appreciating Rose State’s Professor Khan

Top, from left: Gen. Rita Aragon (ret.), Nyla Ali Khan, Patrick B. McGuigan; Bottom Row: Verbus M. Counts and his wife Sandra. Photo by Rebecca Thompson, from Dialogue Institute luncheon, June 11, 2019.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   Oklahoma City – Professor Nyla Ali Khan delivered a memorable speech at the Oklahoma City headquarters of the Dialogue Institute, with the theme, “Building Community and Engaging Young People in the Process of Democracy.” The presentation was a thoughtful, considerate and insightful exposition of a personal philosophy rooted […]

After nine months, University of Oklahoma has not answered Open Records Request


by Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin   Oklahoma City, OK, June 17, 2019 – Nine months ago today, our Open Records request was “snail-mailed” to the Open Records Office at the University of Oklahoma. That letter, dated September 17, 2018 sought to recover from the University information about the activities of OU staff members […]

OK-CADP elects 2019-2020 board officers

Rev. Don Heath and Dr. Elizabeth Overman have been re-elected as OK-CADP’s executive board chair and vice chair respectively, for OK-CADP’s 2019-2020 term. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) has announced the election of its 2019-2020 Executive Board of Directors.  Rev. Don Heath was re-elected as the organization’s Board Chair after serving in that position for two years, and as vice chair for two years […]

The Value of Fathers and Father Figures

Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children.  Photo provided.

Travis Arnold Time spent together over a meal is something that strengthens relationships, develops positive behaviors, creates connections and provides stability for our kids. In many situations for adults, the lack of a consistent mealtime stems from an inability to provide food for the table. In the United States alone, more than 15 million households […]

OK-CADP fundraiser features Innocence Project’s Vanessa Potkin and pays tribute to death penalty foe Jim Rowan

Vanessa Potkin, Director of Postconviction Litigation for the Innocence Project and Executive Producer of the ABC documentary “The Last Defense,” was the keynote speaker at the OK-CADP Annual Dinner on June 8. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –Nearly 200 guests attended the 28th Annual Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) Awards Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, June 8 at the Capitol View Event Center in Oklahoma City. The evening included a cocktail reception, a buffet dinner by Ingrid’s Catering, followed by an awards program.  Flowers were […]

Economic activity, state revenues grew in May, McDaniel reports. Weather impact not yet measured

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury, an indicator of current economic activity in Oklahoma, continued to grow in May. This transpired in spite of devastating floods in large portions of the state, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced on June 7. “Our hearts go out to the flood victims and we remain […]

Commentary: Legislative session marked by both victories and defeats

Joe Dorman is CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. This 2010 file photo, by Pat McGuigan, was taken during his tenure in the Oklahoma state Legislature.

  Joe Dorman Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Oklahoma City – The end of the 2019 legislative session finally arrived just before Memorial Day. While there were some great ideas passed into law and a budget that provided additional funding to many worthy causes, there were also several issues left unaddressed. For instance, the […]

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