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Thinking about ‘Comanche Nation v. Zinke’ – Just another appeals court hearing, or the start of something big?

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – In the Rocky Mountain state over coming days, an incremental battle over public policy in and adjacent to Indian lands will unfold before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The joust could become monumental to interested parties: the U.S. Department of the Interior, the […]

US Supreme Court to consider Julius Jones petition on Sept 24 while local judge splits the difference on DNA review

From left: Pro bono attorney Michael Robles of Crowell Moring and Dale Baich discuss details of the case with Julius Jones' family members Madeline, Antionette and Anthony Jones.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Friday, Sept. 20, 2018 Update:  The U.S. Supreme Court has rescheduled the Julius Jones case once again.  The next conference date would be October 5, but the case has not yet been added to the schedule on that date. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Friday, Sept 7, 2018) – On Friday […]

Women’s lives transformed by ReMerge diversion program

From left: Tricia Everest, Inasmuch Foundation advisory board chair; Terri Woodson, ReMerge executive director; and Heather Coyle, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney are seen with the eight ReMerge graduates: Traci, Jamee, April, Sheree, Laci, Maggie, Summer, and Chrystal (last). Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Once facing prison time, eight women recently graduated from Oklahoma’s successful ReMerge program.  The graduation ceremony was held at the Oklahoma History Center. Founded by former Oklahoma legislators Kris Steele and Todd Lamb, ReMerge is a comprehensive female diversion program designed to transform pregnant women […]

Soak up September’s First Friday on September 7

The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk for August will take place on Friday, September 7, 6- 9 p.m

Staff Report   The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk for August will take place on Friday, September 7, 6- 9 p.m. The Gallery Walk will have over 20 galleries featuring more than 80 artists who will host opening receptions, promising something for everyone. The Paseo Art Space presents the Paseo Arts Association’s “Paseo […]

John Marshall High School alumni to host #FreeJuliusJones fundraiser

A John Marshall High School Alumni fundraising event honoring Julius Darius Jones will take place on Saturday, September 15 at Cole Community Center.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Update:  Sept. 15, 2018 – The official after party will be held at Avenue 101, 5929 N May Ave, in Oklahoma City. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A John Marshall High School Alumni fundraising event honoring Julius Darius Jones will take place on Saturday, September 15 in Oklahoma City.  Organized […]

August 28 Runoff: Sooner rather than later, Republicans should nominate Matt Pinnell for Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor candidate Matt Pinnell .  Photo provided.

The City Sentinel Endorsement Some might consider it a miracle that Matt Pinnell made it into the runoff for the Republican Party nomination as Lieutenant Governor, although his ability should not be underestimated. But after all, he faced Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, who has clung to that job while seeking the state’s number two elective […]

Matt Pinnell, candidate for lieutenant governor, calls for Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy’s resignation

Lieutenant Governor candidate Matt Pinnell .  Photo provided.

Staff Report TULSA, OK – Lieutenant Governor candidate Matt Pinnell has called for his fellow contender, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, to resign from her position with the Commission. The request came amid the Corporation’s ongoing consideration of the Wind Catcher Energy Project — one of the largest cases in history — and Murphy’s acceptance […]

State Rep. Claudia Griffith dies, colleagues honor her legacy and character

Oklahoma state Rep. Claudia Griffith.  Facebook photo

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma state Rep. Claudia Griffith, a Norman Democrat, died Saturday (July 14) of a heart attack. Her passing triggered an immediate outpouring of sorrow from members of the Legislature on both sides of the aisle. State Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, said in a statement he was “heartbroken.” Griffith’s Democratic colleague Collin […]

The massive medical marijuana mess – rules, reactions and stormy conditions. But, wait a minute

Oklahomans overwhelmingl voted to legalize medical marijuana .  File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – There is an old adage from Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers. He commented sagely on the state’s utterly unpredictable weather patterns. Many Okies know it by heart: “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute.” Updated for current events, he might say: If you don’t like […]

Bypassing Oklahoma Legislature, voters approve medical marijuana statute. Now, advocates plead for special legislative session

Advocates for approval of medical marijuana provisions in Oklahoma law have joined together in the “Yes on 788 Campaign.”

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Voters approved State Question 788 in balloting that concluded on September 26. After a contentious and expensive campaign, the measure garnered comfortable approval – in an election marked by unusually high turnout. In final but unofficial results, the vote was 506,782 (56.84 percent) in favor, to 384, 872 opposed […]

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