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COMMENTARY: Senator Shortey’s Shortcomings

Steve Fair

by Steve Fair Last week the Oklahoma State Senate unanimously voted to strip Senator Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, of his privileges as a State Senator. He can still vote, but he doesn’t have an office, a legislative assistant or a parking place. Shortey was evidently caught in a motel room with a 17 year old […]

Good words about George Young – minister, legislator, community leader

State Rep. George Young.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative George E. Young, Sr., D-Oklahoma City, flows in and out of the news naturally, as a direct and inevitable result of his involvement in myriad community causes, and effective advocacy for District 99 at the state Capitol. Young recently received an award  from the United Way of Central […]

Capitol Report for March 11: That ‘2017’ governor’s race, school choice data, tip of the hat to capital city high school coaches

News9's Alex Cameron (left) and Patrick B. McGuigan, editor of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel on the weekly show, Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s segment of Capitol Report on News9, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan covered three issues in rapid-fire style. He joked the 2018 Oklahoma governor’s race has begun so early that he is calling it “the 2017 gubernatorial race.” Among Republicans, while Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb probably did himself some good by opposing Mary Fallin’s […]

‘Furry person’ Wrinkles the pug needs your help (really money!)

Wrinkles, a blind and diabetic pug rescued by Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma, is seen after emergency gallbladder surgery was performed at Neel Veterinary Hospital. Photo by Darla Shelden

Contribute to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue of Oklahoma’s “gofundme” page! Patrick B. McGuigan March 5, 2017, UPDATED: March 23, 2017 Wrinkles surgery and Go Fund Me Page Oklahoma City – I have written previously about the life and death of Ivy Jane Shelden, the lovely black pug who was companion, for more than a […]

Dr. Ed Shadid to ponder mayor’s race?

Ed Shadid is considering running again for Oklahoma City Mayor. Phot by Mary E. Sine.

Commissioner Maughan, Council Member Stonecipher also consider running for mayor. Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, announced his candidacy for mayor this week. He is the likely front-runner in the race to succeed incumbent Mayor Mike Cornett, who announced last week he would not seek reelection (see our separate story focused […]

Calling for ‘One OKC,’ David Holt enters race to replace Mayor Cornett

State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has announced he intends to run for mayor of Oklahoma City in 2018.
Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Senator David Holt officially entered the race for mayor of Oklahoma City on Monday, February 27. Holt has worked closely with Mayor Mick Cornett, who is not seeking reelection next year. A rising star in Oklahoma politics, Holt has a proven ability to raise money and a depth of experience […]

Will legislative Republicans kill criminal justice reform for a second time?

Kris Steele.  File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Speaker of the House Kris Steele, who now runs Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, is encouraging a freshman Republican member of the state House of Representatives “to take a deep breath, relax and stop misleading the public.” Steele issued a press release with that comment, in response […]

Dove Schools listed as Oklahoma Schools of Character, Math Challenge Saturday in Tulsa

Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City is located at 919 N.W. 23 Street in the capital city. Photo from Dove’s website.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY –  Some recent news from Dove Charter Schools: Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City has been named a 2017 Oklahoma School of Character. The local school is one of six in the state honored as a School of Character for this year. The only other Oklahoma County school so designated is Dove […]

Allbaugh discusses death penalty with coalition opposed to executions

Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahoma City – New Oklahoma protocols and procedures for capital punishment are “in the final stages to be presented to the Attorney General’s office” soon — but will then “have to go through the court system,” said Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Allbaugh’s comments came during a […]

Lydia Reeder’s ‘Dust Bowl Girls’ – much more than a great story about competitive sports

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor of The City Sentinel, introduced Lydia Reeder at a Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame book-signing party last week. Reeder is the author of ‘Dust Bowl Girls.’ Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the most important character is not the “king” referenced in the final installment, but Gandalf the Wizard. His is a central and heroic role, self-sacrificial and affirming of the goodness and decency in the fellowship that formed to oppose tyranny and […]

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