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"To keep our kids on par with everyone else, we need successful bond elections. Bond elections aren't just for building ...
05/04/2022
Community members seek equity in OKCPS bond issue

"To keep our kids on par with everyone else, we need successful bond elections. Bond elections aren't just for building schools. They're to help run a district." — Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel | #oklaed

Community members gathered in the Douglass High School auditorium Tuesday, May 3, 2022, to discuss the upcoming OKCPS bond issue.

Opponents of the ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike expansion plan span the political divide, and they have said they will do ever...
05/04/2022
'Go away': Turnpike plan leads to turbocharged tensions

Opponents of the ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike expansion plan span the political divide, and they have said they will do everything they can to prevent or halt the project.

Opponents of the ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike expansion plan say they will do everything they can to prevent or halt the project.

"We knew going into the planning process there would be tough decisions to be made as we worked to address the universit...
05/03/2022
UCO to cut 30 vacant faculty positions, will retain all full-time faculty

"We knew going into the planning process there would be tough decisions to be made as we worked to address the university's budget deficit, particularly related to faculty positions at the university." — University of Central Oklahoma President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar

The University of Central Oklahoma announced Tuesday that the university will retain all full-time UCO faculty for the upcoming academic year.

More than two years after he was charged with embezzling student funds, Brian Hampton has not been located by police, an...
05/03/2022
Charged with embezzlement in 2020, former East Central University bursar still free

More than two years after he was charged with embezzling student funds, Brian Hampton has not been located by police, and questions still linger about the situation's fiscal impact on the regional university.

Former East Central University bursar Brian Hampton has a warrant out for his arrest owing to felony embezzlement and computer fraud charges.

"There is a very strong criminal justice component to it. It was one of the biggest driving forces behind the effort to ...
05/03/2022
Recreational ma*****na: SQ 820 signature collection starts today

"There is a very strong criminal justice component to it. It was one of the biggest driving forces behind the effort to start with. We are still seeing stories of people sitting in jail for small amounts of #ma*****na. It's still being used to enhance sentences." — Michelle Tilley

Proponents of SQ 820 to create a recreational ma*****na program will launch their signature process Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

"Thank you for those comments. I'll just also say that you all have already approved $10 million to spend. How is that n...
05/02/2022
Commission punts David Hooten proposal to use ARPA funds for dog training center

"Thank you for those comments. I'll just also say that you all have already approved $10 million to spend. How is that not piecemealing it out?" — Oklahoma County Clerk David Hooten

In a terse exchange with County Clerk David Hooten, Oklahoma County commissioners took no action on a proposed dog training center.

If only "Freedom Fries" had been introduced as evidence.
05/01/2022
It's a tough life being 'The Patriot'

If only "Freedom Fries" had been introduced as evidence.

Sean Roberts wanted to be called The Patriot on his 2022 election filing, but the State Election Board ruled that improper.

The #documentary produced by a French journalist whose Oklahoma County Jail media request became the subject of a contro...
04/30/2022
French documentary examines Oklahoma's female incarceration rate

The #documentary produced by a French journalist whose Oklahoma County Jail media request became the subject of a controversial voicemail by jail officials has made a partial debut. Watch the 24-minute film here.

Produced in 2021, a French documentary that examines Oklahoma's female incarceration rate has made its debut on YouTube.

If confirmed, Rick Braught will fill the final year of an unexpired term vacated by Phil Albert, who resigned from the #...
04/29/2022
Stitt picks Rick Braught for OU Board of Regents

If confirmed, Rick Braught will fill the final year of an unexpired term vacated by Phil Albert, who resigned from the #OU Board of Regents in January amid lingering allegations that he embezzled more than $7 million from a former employer.

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed businessman Rick Braught to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents to fill an unexpired term.

"We're going to get to the bottom of how this money moved, who signed contracts, why it happened, where the oversight wa...
04/28/2022
'Very questionable': House committee launching own Swadley's investigation

"We're going to get to the bottom of how this money moved, who signed contracts, why it happened, where the oversight was and not only find out who did it but hold them accountable and make sure it never happens again." — Rep. Ryan Martinez (R-Edmond)

The House of Representatives will launch its own Swadley's investigation regarding the Tourism and Recreation Department's canceled contract.

"Really, at the end of the day, when you're talking about McGirt, you're really just waving a bloody shirt. It doesn't h...
04/27/2022
In Castro-Huerta arguments, SCOTUS considers scope of state jurisdiction after McGirt

"Really, at the end of the day, when you're talking about McGirt, you're really just waving a bloody shirt. It doesn't have any direct pertinence on the legal analysis here." — #SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts

In oral arguments for Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, the Supreme Court considered the legal implications and practical repercussions of McGirt.

After conducting nearly 17 hours of candidate contest hearings that started Monday morning and concluded early Tuesday m...
04/26/2022
After 17 hours of hearings, 3 candidates struck from ballots

After conducting nearly 17 hours of candidate contest hearings that started Monday morning and concluded early Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma State Election Board struck three prospective candidates from their respective ballots.

After nearly 17 hours of candidate contest hearings, the Oklahoma State Election Board struck three candidates from their respective ballots.

Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in #Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, in which the state is que...
04/26/2022
SCOTUS to hear state's McGirt challenge in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in #Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, in which the state is questioning jurisdictional changes brought about by the court's 2020 decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

With Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Wednesday, the state hopes to limit the impact of the McGirt decision.

Doubts about whether anyone actually calls Rep. Sean Roberts "The Patriot" were underscored earlier in the morning when ...
04/25/2022
What's in a nickname? Election Board strikes 'The Patriot' from Sean Roberts' candidacy

Doubts about whether anyone actually calls Rep. Sean Roberts "The Patriot" were underscored earlier in the morning when Roberts himself seemed to stumble through the spelling of "patriot" as he entered his appearance before the board.

On Monday, incumbent Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn contested the candidacy of opponent Rep. Sean Roberts for the statewide position.

"No [Foggy Bottom Kitchen] employees, agents, officers or representatives are to appear on any state park property resta...
04/25/2022
Tourism Department cancels controversial Swadley's contract for state park restaurants

"No [Foggy Bottom Kitchen] employees, agents, officers or representatives are to appear on any state park property restaurant location unannounced or unaccompanied. Any attempted unauthorized access to the restaurants will be considered trespass."

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has cancelled its Swadley's contract for the operation of restaurants in state parks.

"Many people have or are moving into the community because they have chosen to be in a top-tiered community, and their e...
04/25/2022
New Edmond city manager Scot Rigby excited to 'tackle daily issues'

"Many people have or are moving into the community because they have chosen to be in a top-tiered community, and their expectations are that #Edmond will continue to be a destination for them, their families, businesses and friends."

Scot Rigby, Edmond's new city manager, answered questions about his experience in public administration and excitement for city projects.

"He would always quote his father, who said, 'Son, when you do good, you do good for all people.' And he would give that...
04/23/2022
Former Seminole Chief, Sen. Enoch Kelly Haney dies at 81

"He would always quote his father, who said, 'Son, when you do good, you do good for all people.' And he would give that quote on a regular basis about our obligation as members of the Senate to look after everyone." — Former Sen. Stratton Taylor

Former Seminole Nation Chief and Oklahoma State Sen. Enoch Kelly Haney has died at age 81. He sculpted "The Guardian" atop the State Capitol.

"From review of the minutes of Nov. 20, 2018, and the evidence presented at trial, the court finds that the plaintiff ha...
04/23/2022
Judge: Edmond Planning Commission acted appropriately in Arcadia Peak case

"From review of the minutes of Nov. 20, 2018, and the evidence presented at trial, the court finds that the plaintiff has failed to prove that the city acted in a manner that is willful and unreasonable." — Oklahoma County District Court Judge Richard Ogden

An Oklahoma County District Court Judge ruled in favor of the City of Edmond Planning Commission in a case about a 2018 denial of a plat.

"The ability to refuse medical care stands at the core of each person's right to decide what happens to their own body."...
04/22/2022
Involuntary commitment regulations protect fundamental rights

"The ability to refuse medical care stands at the core of each person's right to decide what happens to their own body." — Commentary by Jessica Pfau, executive director of Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers

It's hard to watch a person suffer when we feel they could be helped, but there is good reason for strict laws around involuntary commitment.

"It would have been much more professional if all of this matter had been documented and filed so it could be public rec...
04/21/2022
DA Allan Grubb files last-minute recusal before Ron Arthur hearing

"It would have been much more professional if all of this matter had been documented and filed so it could be public record and open to the public so accurate conclusions could be reached." — Special Pottawatomie County District Court Judge David Cawthon

The preliminary hearing for former Shawnee Schools coach Ron Arthur was continued in Pottawatomie County District Court today.

Oklahoma County voters will decide June 28 on $260 million in bonds that would help fund a new county jail, but it's not...
04/21/2022
Maintenance plan for new Oklahoma County Jail remains unclear

Oklahoma County voters will decide June 28 on $260 million in bonds that would help fund a new county jail, but it's not yet clear how the county will keep a new jail from falling into disrepair like the current facility.

Voters will decide on funding for a new Oklahoma County Jail on June 28. But even if it is built, questions remain about how to care for it.

At a 2018 conference, Swadley's Bar-B-Q founder Brent Swadley explained how he started his company by "bootlegging barbe...
04/20/2022
Brent Swadley in 2018: 'Wouldn't be where I'm at today if I followed by the rules'

At a 2018 conference, Swadley's Bar-B-Q founder Brent Swadley explained how he started his company by "bootlegging barbecue," revealed that a former employee nearly bankrupted his restaurants by embezzling money and made multiple references to not following rules.

In 2018, Brent Swadley spoke to a conference for Christian business leaders and described the "unconventional" origins of his company.

"If we can land some of these major, major companies and some of these investments, it will have a generational impact o...
04/18/2022
Crafting new incentive, Oklahoma tries to lure $4 billion Panasonic battery plant

"If we can land some of these major, major companies and some of these investments, it will have a generational impact on the state of Oklahoma. The supply chain that will follow is just unbelievable." — Governor Kevin Stitt

Efforts to lure an enormous Panasonic battery plant to northeast Oklahoma involve the creation of a new state business incentive program.

Of 125 #Oklahoma legislative seats up for election this year, 53 incumbents were reelected by default Friday when no one...
04/18/2022
Open races could determine future of State Senate

Of 125 #Oklahoma legislative seats up for election this year, 53 incumbents were reelected by default Friday when no one filed to run against them. Still, a handful of wide open House and Senate races are worth watching.

The future of the Oklahoma State Senate is at stake during the 2022 election cycle. Several vacant State Senate seats are up for grabs.

"Outbreaks of bird flu in the U.S. and France have led to a decrease in egg-laying chickens. Compounding the issue is th...
04/17/2022
Frugal rabbit worried about the price of eggs

"Outbreaks of bird flu in the U.S. and France have led to a decrease in egg-laying chickens. Compounding the issue is the war in Ukraine, which has strained the world's grain supply."

The price of eggs in America has made the Easter Bunny a little hesitant this year to hand out his goodies w***y nilly.

The 16 candidates for CD 2 include state legislators, the controversial head of the Oklahoma GOP, officials from tribal ...
04/16/2022
Packed CD 2 race tops Oklahoma congressional contests

The 16 candidates for CD 2 include state legislators, the controversial head of the Oklahoma GOP, officials from tribal nations, members of law enforcement, several tribal citizens, political newcomers and a former professional boxer.

The candidates for CD 2 in this year's U.S. House Elections include state legislators, tribal officials and a former professional boxer.

Filing for the 2022 election in #Oklahoma concluded Friday. Catch up on which candidates are seeking what offices.
04/16/2022
Crowded fields for most statewide offices in Oklahoma

Filing for the 2022 election in #Oklahoma concluded Friday. Catch up on which candidates are seeking what offices.

Multiple candidates filed their 2022 campaigns for statewide elected offices with the Oklahoma State Election Board this week.

Four Republicans — Kevin Calvey, Gayland Gieger, Robert Gray and Jacqui Ford — as well as two Democrats, Mark Myles and ...
04/15/2022
Candidates crowd Oklahoma County, Pottawatomie County district attorney races

Four Republicans — Kevin Calvey, Gayland Gieger, Robert Gray and Jacqui Ford — as well as two Democrats, Mark Myles and Vicki Behenna, are vying to succeed OK County DA David Prater, who is retiring after 16 years.

With an open Oklahoma County DA seat and an investigation into the Pottawatomie County DA, both district attorney races have become crowded.

With #Oklahoma's 2022 candidate filing now concluded, take a gander at the crowded fields in two U.S. Senate races.
04/15/2022
Double Senate races: Inhofe retirement draws a crowd

With #Oklahoma's 2022 candidate filing now concluded, take a gander at the crowded fields in two U.S. Senate races.

Two Oklahoma Senate races are crowded. Sen. Jim Inhofe''s retirement set off a scramble, and Sen. James Lankford has several challengers.

A 2012 agreement between the City of #Edmond and Summit Sports Partners to build an indoor sports complex has been cance...
04/14/2022
With first agreement canceled, Edmond pursues new indoor sports complex plan

A 2012 agreement between the City of #Edmond and Summit Sports Partners to build an indoor sports complex has been canceled, but the city is in discussions to construct a similar complex on the other side of I-35.

Edmond officials canceled a 2012 agreement with Summit Sports Partners to build an indoor sports complex but are in talks to build another.

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ICYMI: Today, I spoke with Oklahoma County Jail trustee Ben Brown about a voicemail released by NonDoc yesterday. Jail administrator Greg Williams is heard saying “Covid is our friend,” referencing the millions in Covid-relief funds the jail has received. Williams and his communications director, Mark Opgrande, also talk about how they’ve “only had three deaths” due to Covid. Opgrande says if they can get another $150 million, it’d be “the best thing that would happen out of this.” The two didn’t realize the phone had not been hung up. Brown tells me he feels these comments are no big deal. "I kid and say things that, you know, that really aren't true, but they're done in a kiddy manner between two friends. And those friends kind of understand what it means, and they get it. So I, you know, I hate that this is being blown up,” he said. FULL STORY: ⬇️⤵️⬇️
NonDoc is really one of very few publications that are doing actual journalism. This only validates every single thing we’ve stated about the Oklahoma County Jail. SHUT… IT… DOWN!!!
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Thank you to all of my supporters. Already getting a lot of messages saying Frank Urbanic for OKC Mayor won tonight’s debate! The clear loser of tonight’s debate was Mayor David Holt. You lost an opportunity to speak to the amazing people of OKC; we won’t forget that on Feb. 8. Thank you to my opponents. Thank you to NonDoc, The City Sentinel and KWTV - NEWS 9. Let’s keep OKC #OpenForBusiness!
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Thanks to NonDoc for spending a day in Guthrie this week!
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Check out Bailey Perkins Wright, state advocacy and public policy director for the Oklahoma Food Banks, on the latest episode of NonDoc's podcast!
I just finished re-reading Stoker's DRACULA (which I hadn't done in many, many years)and I learned a new phrase: ignoratio elenchi. Latin for a purported refutation that does not in fact prove the targeted falsity, but merely establishes a related but strictly irrelevant proposition. Hmmmmm.