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13 Jun
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RELEASE: GOP Banning Senate Hallway Interviews

DNC on GOP Banning Senate Interviews

In response to news the Senate will no longer allow reporters to film interviews with senators in its hallways, breaking years of precedent, DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson released the following statement:

“Republican senators want so badly to hide their healthcare repeal that they’re barring the filming of interviews in their hallways. This is a pathetic and disturbing attempt to silence the press as Trump and Republicans prepare to take away healthcare from millions and millions of people to give millionaires and billionaires another massive tax break.”

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12 Jun
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RELEASE: Former ODP Intern Dies Traveling in Europe

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2017

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

Former ODP Intern Dies Traveling in Europe

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is deeply saddened by the news of Daniel Holland’s sudden death. Daniel, a University of Oklahoma student in international studies, worked at the ODP as a research intern during the summer of 2016. Daniel was well respected and active in the OU Rotaract Club, passionate about politics, foreign affairs, humanitarian efforts, and diplomatic issues. Our thoughts are with the Holland family.

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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.

12 Jun
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Lower Court’s Muslim Ban Block

Perez on Muslim Ban Ruling

Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s block of President Trump’s Muslim ban. This comes just weeks after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found that his executive order was “rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.” DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Discrimination is not a national security strategy, and prejudice is not patriotism. That’s why judge after judge is coming to the same conclusion: Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional assault on our nation’s foundation of religious freedom and an attack on the Muslim community. Such bigotry and intolerance has no place in a country built on the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice for all.”

09 Jun
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Former Senate Democratic Leader Appointed to Ethics Commission

Governor Mary Fallin Appoints Longtime Attorney, Former Senate Leader to Ethics Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has appointed longtime Shawnee attorney Charlie Laster, who served two years as Democratic leader of the Oklahoma Senate, to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

Laster replaces Wanda Jo Pettigrew, whose term expires in July. She is completing her second successive five-year term. State law prohibits anyone from serving more than two times in succession.

Laster’s term is for five years, and will run until July 2022.

“Charlie Laster has both the legal knowledge and personal character necessary in making rules on the ethical conduct for state elected officials and employees as well as investigating and prosecuting violations of Ethics Commission rules,” said Fallin. “Being a former candidate and elected officeholder, he also is familiar with the financial disclosure statements and the campaign contributions and expenditure reports required and maintained by the commission.”

The Ethics Commission also maintains lobbyist registrations and reports, and has the power to issue advisory opinions when requested.

“I appreciate Governor Fallin’s trust in naming me to the Ethics Commission, which is the public watchdog of state government,” Laster said. “Good government requires elected officials and employees who follow our state ethics laws.”

The governor appoints one member to the five-member commission. The others are appointed by the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the state Senate president pro tempore, the speaker of the state House of Representatives and the state attorney general.

Fallin had to select a Democrat and someone from the 5th Congressional District. State law requires that no more than three can be of the same political party and no more than one congressional district may be represented at a time. Three of the other members of the Ethics Commission are Republicans, and Pettigrew lives in the 5th Congressional District.

Laster has practiced law in Shawnee since 1979. He was elected to the state Senate in 2003 to fill the seat vacated when Brad Henry was elected governor, and served until 2012. During his tenure, he served as co-floor leader from 2006 until 2008, and as Democratic leader from 2008 until 2010.

Laster earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma (OU).

He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Shawnee. They have two children: Kara, who graduated from OSU and is studying law at OU, and Luke, who is a student at OSU.

About the Oklahoma Ethics Commission

Created in 1986, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission: serves as the official repository for financial disclosure statements, campaign contributions and expenditure reports, and lobbyist registrations and reports; accepts and files any information voluntarily supplied; distributes forms for reporting the information to the state and county election boards; makes all reports available to the public; preserves reports for at least two years from receipt or length of tenure in office; issues advisory opinions when requested; holds hearings, subpoenas witnesses, compels witness attendance and testimony, administers oaths and affirmations, takes evidence, and subpoenas records; and enforces and collects late fees provided for in the Ethics Commission Act.

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08 Jun
0

RELEASE: DNC Chair Tom Perez Statement on Comey Hearing

DNC Chair Tom Perez Statement on Comey Hearing

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after fired FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee:

“Comey’s testimony just gave us the clearest and most damning evidence yet that President Trump lied to the American people and is likely under investigation for obstruction of justice – a serious and disturbing charge. While Trump continues to attempt to protect himself and his friends, today’s testimony shows that he doesn’t care about the attacks on our democracy and on the American people. This behavior should alarm every member of Congress and every American citizen. Justice must be blind. Democrats and Republicans alike must stand together to see that it is served.”

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