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News Analysis: Two more Oklahoma tribes, on July 2, sign ‘Declarations of Independence’ through new compacts


Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City – Two small Oklahoma tribes have, in their own way, issued brand new versions of the Declaration of Independence. The moves came on July 2 (last Thursday) when the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (JKB) and the Kialegee Tribal Town signed gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma. Governor […]

COMMENTARY: Reflections on Recent Days, looking back and thinking ahead – and asking a question

A U.S. flag snaps in the breeze in front of the Oklahoma History Center before a Martin Luther King Day parade. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan In the course of Human Events, it’s A.D. 2020. That’s Anno Domini – the Year of Our Lord – a phrase every American president, including each of the last two, used to give a dignified dating system for proclamations. We live in a time when the divisions in politics are nearly matched […]

‘Bostock’ Decision called “an incredible victory” – or “an injustice that will have implications in many areas”

Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Allie Shinn and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   Oklahoma City – A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court in mid-June reached for what Allie Shinn, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma characterized as ““This is an incredible victory for the movement for LGBTQ+ equality,” she said  “The highest court in the land has ruled today that LGBTQ+ people can […]

Analysis: Fifth District election advertising turns divisive for the GOP, Taylor’s an interesting alternative in the Fourth District, Horn is “steady on,” as her primary foe attacks – and other news for voters

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Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The latter stages of the Fifth Congressional District contest have turned even more contentious than customary for current politics – and that’s saying a lot. An independent expenditure has assailed state Senator Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma City on a few issues. The national group bashing Bice put […]

Republicans: Nominate JJ Stitt, who says he wants to be “half the Senator Tom Coburn was”

JJ Stitt.  Photo providws

The City Sentinel Primary Endorsement   JJ Stitt is the best Republican choice to serve the people as Oklahoma’s new “Mr. Smith” – a non-politician infused with mainstream conservative policy and personal values. If he is nominated on June 30 and then victorious in November, he would join the Sooner State’s present junior senator as […]

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd gives update on Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman

Oklahoma State Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman. File photo

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY –Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Friday on Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman’s continuing recovery. The Tulsa Democrat was seriously injured in a collision on the Turner Turnpike while traveling to the state Capitol for the legislative session on May 22. “On Wednesday, June 10, Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman was […]

Honoring ‘The Defender’ – one of America’s most consequential newspapers – and hoping for a new generation of independent voices

Beverly Reed at a meeting before his first race for Congress in 2000. Credit: Chicago Defender Charities Photo.

  Patrick B. McGuigan   NOTE: This review first appeared in The City Sentinel newspaper during the 2016 campaign season. It was reposted in 2019. As journalism faces collapsing business models and other mounting challenges, and in the midst of another presidential election year, the themes explored in the review remain, we hope, worthy of […]

Analyzing the Start of a New Era: Federal government greenlights Oklahoma gaming compacts for Comanche, Otoe-Missouria

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Patrick B. McGuigan   The U.S. Department of the Interior today (Monday, June 8) approved gaming compacts – between the Comanche Nation and Oklahoma, and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the state – starting a new era in state/trial relations. Despite direct opposition from many other tribes – including the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma’s most economically powerful […]

The City Sentinel Endorsements, June 30, 2020 Primary Elections


The City Sentinel endorsements for the June 30, 2020 Primary Elections in Oklahoma are featured in the June print edition, for both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. All endorsements are for the primary only. The newspaper will review all endorsements before any runoff elections and the general election in November. Additional endorsements beyond […]

ART LOVERS and Art LIKERS: Check out your options, and Staycation your way through Paseo!

The Paseo Arts Association has a new home, and a fresh new color.  Facebook photo

The City Sentinel, Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As Oklahoma’s first arts district, the Paseo Arts District continues to hold the safety of their visitors, artists and merchants as a top priority. With that in mind, the Paseo will not host its monthly gallery walk tonight (Friday, June 5), but ask you to […]

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