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Fallin applauds after Senate passes measure to address ‘our $215 million budget hole,’ calls on House to follow

Governor Fallin on Monday signed legislation to provide $23 million for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Monday (November 6) issued the following statement after the state Senate in a bipartisan vote, 37-5, passed House Bill 1035X: “I want to applaud the Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate for passing this measure. We have been in special session six weeks now. […]

ANALYSIS – Capitol Review: Budget still murky, death penalty controversy deepens, Costello presses mental health policy reforms

Lethal Injection Chamber photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said on October 27 that House Republicans were ready to move on to alternative options for addressing the $215 million budget shortfall after a vote that day on a revenue package in a Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget (JCAB) meeting. Although the Legislature […]

Capitol Report for October 28: Consumers of American Journalism absorb two examples of why press freedom matters

News9 Alex Cameron (left0 and Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK editor, give the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

On this week’s Capitol Report – the weekend segment broadcast on Oklahoma City’s News9 and Tulsa’s Newson6 — news analyst Patrick B. McGuigan focused on two widely covered stories illustrating the continuing importance of the protected liberties news reporters enjoy in the American legal system. First, he pointed to the work of two reporters for […]

Puggerfest 2017 becomes a disco scene with the “Village Pug” performers

Boo, a female pug available for adoption through Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, looks like she’s smiling during Puggerfest 2017.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On a perfect fall day Oklahoma City’s Stars & Stripes Park became the grooviest scene ever with cute snorts and curly tails all decked out in 60s and 70s garb. The 14th annual Puggerfest raises funds to benefit Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma. […]

Celebration of Life event will honor peace and justice activist Lydia Polley on Oct. 14

Lydia Polley speaking at the 2013 OK-CADP annual dinner.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden and Patrick B. McGuigan October 4, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Born Lydia Pfrimmer in Arkansas, Lydia Polley came to Crescent, Oklahoma, with her parents at the age of four. She proclaimed to be, “an Okie ever since.” Lydia was a lifelong advocate of “peace and justice for all.”  An unwavering anti-death […]

American Architectural Foundation to host National Urban Ecosystems Forum in Oklahoma City this week


Forum participants will tour some of Oklahoma City’s open space developments to learn about public-private partnerships that have proven successful for the city, such as the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Image courtesy Myriad Botanical Gardens.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and Kirkpatrick Foundation will present the National Urban Ecosystems Forum in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. The forum will bring together multi-disciplinary leaders from Oklahoma City and around the United States to discuss urban development […]

ANALYSIS: Citing new study, attorneys make case for new proceedings in the Julius Jones case

Representing Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones, special guest speakers attorneys Amanda Bass and Dale Baich, both Federal Public Defenders for the District of Arizona, presented their case of Jones’ innocence to the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at the monthly board meeting held at the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City last on Sept. 5.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Patrick B. McGuigan The City Sentinel editor and publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – A team of attorneys say the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals should revisit a decision denying death row inmate Julius Darius Jones new judicial proceedings. In light of previously unavailable evidence – not available during his trial (two decades ago) in an […]

Commentary: Scott Biggs and the ‘four-corners’ stalling tactic on criminal justice reform

Rep. Scott Biggs. File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Once upon a time in Oklahoma, elected representatives of the people enacted  the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a package of laws designed to shift some criminal justice provisions from unnecessarily punitive strictures toward proven methods that have led to lower costs, less crime and more compassionate responses to the […]

CityRep opens season with Patsy Cline Sept. 16-24, Twain on October 6

In September, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” will star Julie Johnson at The Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theater.  Photo provided.

Staff Report UPDATE:   Stage and screen legend Hal Holbrook is retiring his signature one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight!” after more than six decades of playing the beloved author and humoris, thus canceling the scheduled Oct. 6 performance in Oklahoma City. This week, CityRep opens its sixteenth season with a two week run for the Oklahoma […]

Three candidates in September 12 county sheriff’s race promise to press jail reforms

Candace Liger, Community Organizer for ACLU of Oklahoma speaks at the VOICE (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement) Accountability Session regarding the Oklahoma County Sheriff special election which will take place on Sept. 15.

Patrick B. McGuigan Editor and Publisher, The City Sentinel Darla Shelden contributed to this report OKLAHOMA CITY – The September 12 election for Oklahoma County Sheriff has drawn widespread attention at the grass roots level, and recurring coverage from local news organizations. While special elections generally do not spark high turnout, a number of factors […]

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