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'Peake performance

Aubrey McClendon retains his Chesapeake CEO position, despite an advisory firm's recommendation.


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Clifton Adcock
Chesapeake Energy Corp. leaders were able to stave off a recommendation to oust the Oklahoma City-based company’s CEO Aubrey McClendon and former U.S. Sen. Don Nickles from the board at June 10’s annual shareholder meeting.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Super intentions

How reformer Janet Barresi plans to revamp education.


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Clifton Adcock
After about half a year on the job, one legislative session and at least one highly contentious state Board of Education meeting under her belt, Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she still has the same amount of energy, if not more, than when she took office.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Myriad questions

Foundation officials insist OKC got a good deal on a multimillion-dollar property, but one City Council member is scrutinizing the details.


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Clifton Adcock
When the Myriad Botanical Gardens publicly revealed the progress from the adjacent park’s ongoing renovation in April, many in Oklahoma City considered it a success.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

‘Stoning’ Sally

In Sally Kern’s forthcoming tome, the Republican lawmaker describes bloggers, activists and media casting verbal stones.


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Clifton Adcock
Few people in Oklahoma politics are as polarizing as state Rep. Sally Kern. Beloved by some, reviled by others, the preacher’s wife, schoolteacher, grandmother and state representative has made national headlines more than once.
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

‘Out of compliance’

Could some of Oklahoma’s laws regulating corporate donations be at odds with federal case law?


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Clifton Adcock
State laws restricting corporate independent campaign expenditures and requiring registration as a political action committee in Oklahoma are considered “unenforceable” in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, according to some state officials.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Timeline on the table

The document that will guide MAPS 3 resource allocation and staffing priorities nears Oklahoma City Council approval.


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Clifton Adcock
The timeline arose after the subcommittee overseeing the MAPS 3 convention center requested a revised timeline from Architectural Design Group in order to speed up the convention center’s progress. With a price tag of more than $250 million, the convention center is the most expensive MAPS 3 project.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mass transit ABCs

Sing along: analysis, budgets and commuter rail!


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Clifton Adcock
Several metro-area municipalities are setting aside money in their upcoming fiscal year budgets to help pay for a study that could lead to commuter rail lines running to and from downtown Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Captive year

A year since his arrest, alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning has admirers lauding him as a ‘hero’ and President Obama calling him a lawbreaker.


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Clifton Adcock
Freedom of information advocates voiced support for U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Oklahoma native accused of one of the biggest information leaks in history.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Double park

How will Myriad Botanical Gardens renovations affect the MAPS 3 central park?


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Clifton Adcock
Under a MAPS 3 timeline that has yet to receive the City Council’s stamp of approval, the $130 million park, located between what will be the future boulevard and the realigned Interstate 40 and Robinson and Hudson avenues, would be one of the last projects completed in the program.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Show me the money

Two groups were behind nearly half of the cash flow in the contentious Oklahoma City Council election.


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Clifton Adcock
The final campaign reports are filed from this year’s Oklahoma City Council elections, and the amount collected and spent in the four races, both by candidates and two groups making independent expenditures, is significant.
 
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Convention-centric

The MAPS 3 timeline could get revamped to hasten the convention center’s construction, pushing back completion dates for other major projects.


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Clifton Adcock
The recent MAPS 3 convention center subcommittee meeting pegged a site for the new center, while a timeline approved by the group has major implications for almost all other MAPS 3 projects.
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Restoration project

The proposed city budget allows for the reinstatement of previously eliminated public safety positions.


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Clifton Adcock
The public got its first glimpse at the proposed city budget for the upcoming fiscal year during the May 10 City Council meeting.
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crossroads Mall’s future at a crossroads

Mayor’s roundtable discusses potential options for use


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Clifton Adcock
A decision about the future of the troubled Crossroads Mall may be coming within the next few months, and one of the property’s managers laid out some possible options at the May 11 Mayor’s Development Roundtable.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

Explanation point

At least 16 organizations that participated in the recent Oklahoma City Council election may not have complied with state reporting laws and the city charter.


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Clifton Adcock
The recent Oklahoma City Council elections raised several questions about anonymous donors after an unprecedented amount of money was funneled through at least two nonprofit groups: one on behalf of firefighters, the other on behalf of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Forward OKC program.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nichols’ tower

The latest building block for Larry Nichols is chairing a new economic development nonprofit for OKC.


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Clifton Adcock
Outside of elected officials and public employees, it’s hard to argue that Devon Energy Executive Chairman Larry Nichols isn’t one of the most influential people in Oklahoma City government.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
 
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