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“Census Sprint to the Finish” event to boost census response set for Friday at State Capitol

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – With the approaching end of the US Census just two weeks away, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) and the state Department of Commerce’s “OK, Let’s Count!” initiative are partnering to boost Census response among state and nonprofit employees. Joining them in the effort are the […]

Oklahomans encouraged to request absentee ballots now for August 25 runoff election

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma voters are encouraged to request their absentee ballot for the August 25 primary runoff election as soon as possible. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug 18, but election officials urge people to request one now if they are concerned […]

Analysis: Pardon and Parole Board Review of Death Sentences: Two Paths

By Randy Bauman, ACLU of Oklahoma, Of Counsel June 23, 2020   Julius Jones is seeking relief from his death sentence per a procedure clearly allowed by law and regulation. Under Article 6, Section 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution, the Governor is given the authority to reduce criminal sentences upon favorable recommendation of the Pardon […]

Oklahoma Senate Democrats call for racial justice

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Democratic Caucus released the following joint statement on Tuesday, with additional comments issued by Senators Kevin Matthews and George Young. Democratic leader Senator Kay Floyd, today (June 9), sent a press release to The City Sentinel and other news organizations. Three statements follow: “In the aftermath of the tragic death […]

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 […]

Stitt signs Sanders, Bice Dyslexia Screening bill

The City Sentinel Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill requiring dyslexia screening for early elementary students not reading on grade level was signed into law by the governor on Tuesday (May 19).. House Bill 2804, authored by House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, requires screening for dyslexia for […]

Legislative leaders reach budget agreement

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism   The leaders of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and state Senate announced Monday (May 4) they have reached a budget agreement. Although lawmakers faced a $1.3 billion shortfall, the budget agreement cuts far less thanks to $866 million obtained from savings and by redirecting money from state pension […]

COMMENTARY, An Editor’s Notebook: Tumult and Timeliness in Oklahoma’s Indian Country

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City, OK – There was tumult in Indian Country last month, blended with timeless assertions of relevance from tribes that often get left out of the power games in Washington and Oklahoma City. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation garnered headlines with a separate peace with Oklahoma Governor […]

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma’s proposed return to “risky and incomplete” lethal injection protocol

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Attorneys for Oklahoma death row prisoners have filed a Motion to Reopen the prisoners’ lethal injection protocol lawsuit, which was administratively closed in 2015 pursuant to a Joint Stipulation between the prisoners and the state. On February 13, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Attorney General […]

Oklahoma to resume state killings after acquiring same lethal injection drugs used in botched executions

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State officials announced today, (Feb. 13), that Oklahoma would resume executions with an “updated version” of the lethal injection drugs used in past botched executions in Oklahoma. A press conference was held by Attorney General Mike Hunter Thursday morning accompanied by Gov. Kevin Stitt, […]

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