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Patrick B. McGuigan, senior editor for The City Sentinel, is also editor at CapitolBeatOK, an online news service. His a member of The National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Tulsa Press Club. He has won journalism awards from SPJ, the Associated Press, the Amy Foundation and other professional organizations. He is the editor of seven books and the author of two, including "The Politics of Direct Democracy: Case Studies in Popular Decision Making."

Veteran’s Caucus Chair, Pro Tempore comment on independent investigation of Lawton Veterans Center, which did not substantiate allegations of abuse and neglect

The City Sentinel Staff Report Oklahoma City – Sen. Paul Rosino, Senate chair of the Legislative Veterans Caucus, said an independent investigation into social media posts alleging abuse and neglect at the Lawton Veterans Center – completed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Advocate General — showed no substantiated findings. “I felt it […]

Heads Up: If my posts go ‘missing in action” during these interesting times

Patrick B. McGuigan NOTE: This essay is adapted from a post that appeared the evening of Constitution Day (September 17) on the facebook pages for CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel newspaper. OKLAHOMA CITY – Should one or another of the Facebook pages with which I am affiliated go “missing in action,” I have no intention […]

Parental demand may change school choice landscape

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism The pandemic-related decision to provide online-only instruction at 7.5 percent of Oklahoma school districts, rather than in-class teaching, has generated a fierce backlash from parents. Many families are demanding greater school choice, ranging from the simple opportunity to choose either in-person or virtual education to endorsing the use of […]

Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board should ignore the drama, and provide Justice for Julius: A Commentary

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – Public policy development and administration is always a messy and tumultuous process. That has been particularly true of the drama surrounding the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board for several months. One board member, Allen McCall, has been hip-deep in efforts (with others) to make life miserable for fellow […]

Vatican Radio interviews Paul S. Coakley, American Archbishop, concerning federal use of the death penalty

Staff Report  OKLAHOMA CITY – Archbishop Paul S. Coakley spoke on the Catholic Church’s opposition to capital punishment in a recent interview for Vatican Radio. In the words of a press release from the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma, Coakley clarified the church’s formal opposition “in no uncertain terms.” Coakley is chairman of the Commission on […]

REFLECTION: Which black lives matter?

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Oklahoma City The genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement was moral outrage over the ill-treatment of young black men at the hands of police officers. Undoubtedly, the powder-keg moment was the shocking death of George Floyd this past May in Minneapolis. His death has sparked both peaceful protests demanding justice […]

Oklahoma City’s own Lester Claravall named one of the nation’s “Top 12” by NextGen

The City Sentinel Online, Staff Report Lester Claravall of Oklahoma has become the first national honoree in the 11-year history of the NextGen national awards program. NextGen, a national organization out of Washington DC, is a movement to inspire new leaders through innovation, training, and leadership opportunities in efforts to bridge the generation gap to […]

Oklahoma Senators Thompson and Standridge encouraged by state’s Top 10 ranking for highway bridges

The City Sentinel Staff Report Oklahoma City – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson and Transportation Committee Chair Rob Standridge issued statements soon after last week’s announcement that Oklahoma had gone from 49th in the nation to a Top Ten state for the condition of its highway system bridges. The two Republican leaders said, in a […]

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF: The most important decision in Oklahoma history, ‘McGirt v. Oklahoma’

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher  NOTE: This is adapted from a longer essay which appeared in The August print edition and last month at, and  In July, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the most significant legal decision in Oklahoma’s history. Here is a distilled analysis of this historic case.  Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the majority: “On the […]

Teacher numbers decline despite pay raises

Ray Carter, In 2018, lawmakers voted to raise taxes by roughly $600 million with a significant share of that money going to teacher pay raises, and then voted to raise teacher pay again in 2019. Over those two years, teacher salaries increased by an average $7,400 apiece. Lawmakers argued the pay raises would eliminate […]

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