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26 Jul
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Response to Trump Banning Transgender Military Members

DNC on Trump Banning Transgender People from Serving in the Military

In response to President Trump’s statement announcing that he will ban transgender people from the military, rebuking the military-led process currently underway to incorporate transgender troops into the armed forces, DNC National Finance Chair Henry Muñoz, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, and DNC Treasurer Bill Derrough, who was prevented from serving as a military officer because he was openly gay, released this statement:

“Right this moment, around the world, brave transgender service members are protecting the American people – including Donald Trump and Mike Pence. While the White House claims to be celebrating ‘American Heroes’ week, the president and vice president are shoving real American patriots back in the closet and putting our nation’s security at risk.

“Donald Trump said he would protect LGBTQ people, but today’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military proves his promise was another bald-faced lie. Democrats stand with the transgender community and we will fight this administration’s bigotry tooth-and-nail. Those who defend our right to live freely should be able to serve freely. This cowardly statement by Donald Trump shames our nation and its history of advancing diversity in our military – from the integration of African-Americans into the military by President Truman to President Obama’s ending of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – and it is an insult to the millions of Americans who have courageously served our nation.

17 Jul
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Trumps’ Made In America Hypocrisy

Trumps’ Made In America Hypocrisy

President Trump has deemed this “Made in America” week, but he won’t be featuring any Trump-branded products. President Trump outsources his products, when he can be making them here in America, and Ivanka Trump makes her products exclusively in foreign factories. The hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Trump outsourced Trump-branded products, including Trump ties, suits, accessories, shirts, eyeglasses and decor, even though there were factories making similar products in New York, Michigan and North Carolina.

 Letterman: “Where are the ties made… these are beautiful ties. The ties are made in where, China?… The ties were made in China.”

Trump: “I’ve been very open about that….  You buy that at Macys, by the way.”

In fact, Trump outsources Trump-branded products to at least 12 countries. 

Washington Post: “The Clinton ad claims that “Trump’s products have been made in 12 other countries.” This is correct. We know of at least 12 countries where Trump products were manufactured (China, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Honduras, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea). Further, Trump products transited other countries through the packaging and shipping process — meaning workers in more than 12 countries contributed to getting many of Trump’s products made, packaged and delivered to the United States.

It’s not just President Trump – his senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, relies exclusively on foreign factories to make her products and her brand lags behind the rest of the apparel industry in monitoring their foreign factories and disclosure.

Washington Post: “While President Trump has chastised companies for outsourcing jobs overseas, an examination by The Washington Post has revealed the extent to which Ivanka Trump’s company relies exclusively on foreign factories in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, where low-wage laborers have limited ability to advocate for themselves.”

Washington Post: “And while Ivanka Trump published a book this spring declaring that improving the lives of working women is ‘my life’s mission,’ The Post found that her company lags behind many in the apparel industry when it comes to monitoring the treatment of the largely female workforce employed in factories around the world.

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“The company still has no immediate plans to follow the emerging industry trend of publishing the names and locations of factories that produce its goods.”

14 Jul
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RELEASE: DNC Response to Flipping Republican Seats

Oklahoma Democrats Flipped Republican Strongholds

Democrats picked up House District 75 and Senate District 44 in the Oklahoma earlier this week, outperforming their GOP opponents in a state that Trump won handily.  Karen Gaddis got 52% of the vote in House District 75 and Michael Brooks-Jimenez won 55% of the vote in Senate District 44. This is tangible evidence that Oklahoma Democrats are working hard to close the gap and organize to build an infrastructure in order to win in races up and down the ballot.

Read on what Oklahoma and national media are saying about these results:

The Washington Post: “Democrats see hope in Oklahoma special elections” 

Mic: “While America was watching the Trump-Russia drama, Democrats flipped two deep-red state districts” 

Daily Beast: “Democratic Candidates Just Pulled Off Surprise Wins In Two Oklahoma Statehouse Races” 

Daily Kos: “Don’t look now, but Democrats just flipped two more seats from red to blue Tuesday night” 

NewsOK: “Big night for Oklahoma Democrats” 

KOCO Oklahoma City: “Democratic Party lands big win in Oklahoma special election” 

KRMG News: “Democrats take GOP seats after resignations” 

KRQE News 13: “Democrats snatch 2 statehouse seats in Oklahoma surprise” 

KJRH News 2:  “Oklahoma Democrats sweep 2 special elections”

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12 Jul
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RELEASE: Democrats Win Both House and Senate Seats in Special Election

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

Democrats Win Both House and Senate Seats in Special Election

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party has released the following statement regarding HD75, and SD44 Special Election wins:

Last night’s House District 75 and Senate District 44 clear victories prove that Oklahoma is not a “Republican” state and voters are ready for change at the State Capitol. The ODP congratulates Representative-Elect Karen Gaddis and Senator-Elect Michael Brooks for their well-run campaigns and victories as they step forward to fight for our Democratic values.

When Oklahoma voters have the opportunity to get to know candidates and talk about the real issues facing Oklahoma–without the distracting background noise of national politics–they vote for Democrats.

Oklahomans proved tonight that they believe their children should have good schools, affordable health care, and that everyone should be able to work for a living wage. Those are the values of the Democratic Party, and that’s why we’ll continue to surprise the Republicans in the remaining 2017 special elections, and in 2018.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

10 Jul
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RELEASE: DNC Announces Unprecedented Investments in State Democratic Parties

DNC Announces Unprecedented Investments in State Democratic Parties

WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) today announced the details of new unprecedented investments along with the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) to give local Democratic leaders, activists and organizers the resources they need to grow, get out the vote, and win elections.

The new investments dramatically boosts the DNC’s existing State Partnership Program (SPP). Beginning this October, all state parties will receive a monthly $10,000 investment from the DNC through 2018, which is a 33 percent increase over the base funding levels from 2016 and a 100 percent increase over 2015. This is a historic commitment to party building at the grassroots level.

In addition to the revised SPP, the DNC has made an unprecedented investment in local Democratic organizing by establishing a $10-million State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), the largest-ever DNC investment in state parties and their organizing efforts. Under the program, state parties will compete for grants to create and support grassroots engagement programs for millennial and youth voters, rural and base constituencies, and other electoral organizing efforts to win elections. The SPIF grant program also includes $500,000 in dedicated grants for Democrats Abroad, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the territories.

“The mission of the DNC is to win elections from the school board to the Senate. But for too long, we poured our resources into races at the top of the ticket instead of organizing at the grassroots and building a deep bench of talent,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “This unprecedented investment in our state parties is the first major step in our effort to get back to basics and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. Democrats across the country are ready to fight to expand economic opportunity and build a brighter future for all Americans – but we have to win elections first. As long as we keep cultivating our grassroots and making meaningful investments where it matters most, we’ll be unstoppable.”

“Our state parties are critical for empowering the grassroots of the Democratic Party and carrying our candidates to victory, especially at the local level,” said ASDC President Ken Martin. “But in recent years, we have not tapped into their full potential and have suffered losses both nationally and in our states. This new partnership presents states with an exciting opportunity to transform the progressive energy in our communities into meaningful victories on Election Day. I look forward to growing our partnership with the DNC as we march to victory in 2018 and beyond.”

The new investments also includes DNC funding for eight full-time ASDC staffers (including four new regional representatives), as well as initial guidelines for new organizer and volunteer trainings, and a new commitment from the DNC to build up the data and technological infrastructure in state parties. As part of that push, the DNC recently released a smartphone app to bolster neighborhood organizing and canvassing efforts. The app, called Knock 10, pinpoints the user’s GPS location to give them 10 nearby doors to knock on and a Resistance Summer script to get out the Party’s message. While anyone can use the app, only state parties will have access to the data it collects. Every state party will have the opportunity to take advantage of the new tool’s power to get more people involved in their communities.

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