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Capitol Report for May 7: Oklahoma’s Charter Schools, and a conservative’s lament

News9's Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK
News9’s Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK

In this week’s Capitol Report on News9, the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma City, Patrick B. McGuigan applauded Oklahoma’s charter schools, pointing to the bipartisan efforts of the late John Bryant, a Republican, and of Sandy Garrett, a Democrat. ‘

Their work established such schools for Oklahoma in 1999. He praised educators Janet Grigg and Freda Deskin, and noted that Harding Charter High (founded by Janet Barresi) was recently named Oklahoma’s most challenging school in a Washington Post survey.

McGuigan said he is “reflective” in light of Donald Trump’s success in the Republican presidential race. Calling himself a “Reagan conservative” McGuigan told reporter Alex Cameron he saw elements of Reagan in all of this year’s GOP candidates — “except Donald Trump.”

McGuigan said he won’t support the socialist or democratic socialist agenda of this year’s national Democrats. Pointing to his Adam Smith tie, the CapitolBeatOK editor said he believes

“‘The wealth of nations’ comes from free people and free markets, not dependence on government.” McGuigan said recent events brought to mind a poem by William Butler Yeats, which includes these lines: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Watch the Capitol Report here

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