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12 Jan
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DNC Statement on GOP’s Cowardly Dead-Of-Night Vote to Take Away Americans’ Healthcare

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2017
Contact: DNC Press – 202-863-8148

DNC Statement on GOP’s Cowardly Dead-Of-Night Vote to Take Away Americans’ Healthcare

DNC Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker released the following statement on the GOP’s cowardly 1:00 a.m. vote to take Americans’ health care away:

“The GOP’s cowardly middle-of-the-night attack on Americans’ health care is both politically foolish and betrays the 100-year struggle by presidents of both parties to help every American access affordable health care.

“The vast majority of Americans want the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act to be kept, tweaked, or expanded. Only one in four Americans wants the law repealed. Most Americans who have received care through the Affordable Care Act live in Republican-led districts, meaning that Republicans are stabbing their own voters in the back with this middle-of-the-night repeal vote.

“If Republicans in Congress get their way, as many as thirty million Americans are set to lose access to affordable health care. Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes could lose coverage and become uninsurable. The Affordable Care Act is literally the difference between living and dying for tens of thousands of Americans – without this insurance, 36,000 people a year could die before their time.

The Republican Party will regret the day they tried to take away Americans’ health care in the dead of night.”

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11 Jan
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DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile Issues Statement Trump Relationship with Russia

DNC Chair Statement on Trump’s Troubling Statements on his Relationship with the Russian Government

WASHINGTON – DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile issued the following statement:

“At his first press conference in 168 days, Donald Trump finally admitted that Russia hacked American political targets. After refusing to answer a question at the press conference about whether his campaign had any contacts with Russian officials, Trump reportedly told a reporter that there was no contact between anyone on his campaign and the Russian government – despite numerous reports to the contrary. Even more troublingly, in response to a question asking whether he would acknowledge the Intelligence Community’s conclusion that he was Russia’s preferred candidate, Trump also said it was a good thing that murderous dictator Vladimir Putin got the American President he wanted.

“We need a thorough, independent, and bipartisan investigation into the Russian attacks immediately. As part of that investigation, the commission must investigate President-elect Trump’s personal and financial ties to Russia, ties between his aides and Russia, and the alleged existence of compromising material obtained by Russia that could be used to blackmail him. Our national security is far too important to let Mr. Trump continue dodging these critical questions.”

Rough transcript below:

Reporter: Thank you, Mr. President-elect. On that intelligence report, the second part of their conclusion was that Vladimir Putin ordered it because he aspired to help you in the election. Do you accept that part of the finding and will you undo what president Obama did to punish the Russians for this or will you keep it if place?

Trump: If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.

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11 Jan
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Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Failed to File Reports for Outside Legal Contracts

According to the Frontier, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has not filed legally required reports since 2012, listing all the attorneys paid for outside legal services in numerous lawsuits.

“Though state law requires all agencies to report what they spend each year to hire outside attorneys, Attorney General Scott Pruitt has failed to follow that law since 2012, omitting his agency from reports he must compile, an investigation by The Frontier has found.

“Pruitt has engaged in years of complex litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency — which President-elect Donald Trump has nominated him to lead — as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. Pruitt is awaiting a confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 18 before the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Mark Hammons, an Oklahoma City attorney and chairman of the state Democratic Party, said he was troubled that Pruitt has not disclosed how the state funded its ongoing lawsuits against the EPA.”

Read more of The Frontier’s Report…
By Ziva Brannstetter Jan. 11, 2017

10 Jan
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The ODP Bids President Obama Farewell

The ODP Bids President Obama Farewell

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tonight, President Obama will deliver his farewell address. The Oklahoma Democratic Party reflects on how far we have come in the last eight years under President Obama’s leadership. We’ve had 74 months of job growth, made affordable health care a reality for millions of Americans, led the fight to ensure equality for all, and made a historic commitment to protecting the environment and addressing the impact of climate change. Obama’s record of achievement has made him one of the most popular outgoing presidents in history, with one of the highest approval rating of an outgoing President in 40 years.

As President Obama stated this week, “We’ve run our leg of the race, and we’ve done a pretty darn good job…by almost every measure the country is better off now than when I started.” And the Oklahoma Democratic Party concurs.

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The mission of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is to represent working people in Oklahoma and the best way to accomplish that is to elect Democrats to all areas of government. Oklahoma Democrats are progressive and sensible. We are optimistic about the future, and we are determined to see Oklahoma’s traditional values upheld. More information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party can be found at www.okdemocrats.org or by calling (405) 427-3366.

10 Jan
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Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations Around Oklahoma

Martin Luther King Parade
Sunday, January 15, 2017 , 3:00
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebration
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
5700 N. Kelley

NAACP/Jewish Cross Cultural Program
Sunday January 15, 2017, 6:00 PM The Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition is proud to co-sponsor this important community event. Location: Temple B’nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Day: MLK
On the third Monday of January each year, the entire nation takes pause to honor the life, memory, impact and service of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s birthday was Jan. 15, and though the holiday was established in many states long before, it wasn’t a federal holiday until Ronald Reagan signed the law in 1983. The first official federal observance was in 1986.

Observed on Jan. 16 in 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Day sees a variety of types of commemorations across the United States. Oklahoma City events range from the yearly parade through downtown to a silent march. Below get detailed information on the holiday events in the metro.

The Prayer Breakfast
The 20th annual Midwest City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Reed Conference Center near Rose State College will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.Organizers expect between 400-500 people will enjoy breakfast followed by speeches and music.

Silent March and Bell Ringing
Monday, January 16, 2017 The traditional 9 AM Silent March, representing the true spirit of the modern Civil Rights Movement, begins at the Freedom Center, 2609 North Martin Luther King Blvd., and travels west on 23rd to the History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. (map). At 11:00 am, the annual Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place.

Job Fair
Monday January 16, 2017, 9:00am-1:00pm Our job fair is free of charge to all job seekers. Douglas High School 900 N. MLK Jr. Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK.

Public Commemoration Program
Annual King Holiday Program Monday, January 16 2017, Noon St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 127 N.W. 7th , Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 2017 Celebrations “A Time for Change Is Now.” THE 2017 OKC MLK COALITION HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Program will be posted when available. Lift Every Voice And Sing Lyrics Written by- James Weldon Johnson Lift every.

Parade
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade Monday, January 16 2017 theme is “A Time for Change Is Now.” Thanks to you and the thousands of patrons who lined the streets to watch, last year’s King Holiday Parade was a success. Our 2017 theme, “A Time for Change Is Now.” takes on even greater significance.

Myriad Gardens Activities
In conjunction with the Ralph Ellison Foundation, the Myriad Botanical Gardens will hold an event on Jan. 16 featuring food trucks, music, crafts and readings. The schedule is as follows:

• 1 p.m.: Poetry Readings by Najah Hylton and Gregory McPherson II from Ralph Ellison Foundation
• 1:30 p.m.: Story Time
• 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Peace Dove Craft
• 2:30 p.m.: Reciting of Martin L. King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Steven Oliven from Ralph Ellison Foundation, on the Water Stage or South Lobby, Crystal Bridge (depending on weather)
• 3-4 p.m.: The Sanctuary Choir from the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of Truth will perform gospel music on the Water Stage or South Lobby, Crystal Bridge (depending on weather)

Photo Credit: King speaking to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, April 27, 1967 from the Minnesota Historical Society