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10 Nov
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Oklahoma Democrats Will Open Primaries to Independent Voters

[Oklahoma City, OK, November 10, 2015] In honor of Oklahoma’s 108th birthday on Monday, November 16th at an event entitled “Welcome to the Party!” the Oklahoma Democratic Party will formally notify the State Election Board that Independents will be allowed to vote in all Democratic primaries beginning in 2016 through 2018.

The event will take place at the State Capitol in Room 206 at 9:00 a.m., and will be open to the press and special guests. Democratic legislators from the House and Senate will also be in attendance to show their support and encourage even more voters to participate in the most important practice of our Democracy.

“It is imperative that all Oklahomans have the opportunity to cast their vote and participate in the democratic process of selecting their elected leaders. This is, however, not the final step but it is a first step in ensuring greater access to the ballot. No one should be excluded from exercising his or her right and we will continue to fight for greater ballot access for all Oklahomans,” stated Mark Hammons, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

Voters registered as Independents and Democrats will be allowed to vote in all primaries beginning in 2016, including the Presidential Preferential Primary on March 1, 2016. Almost thirteen (13) percent of registered voters in Oklahoma are registered as Independent.

WHO: Oklahoma Democratic Party Leadership

WHERE: Oklahoma State Capitol – Room 206

WHEN: MONDAY, November 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. CT

CONTACT: Sarah Baker
(405) 824-7077
Sarah@okdemocrats.org

09 Nov
0

Oklahoma Democratic Party Files Open Records Requests with the Offices of Governor Fallin and Attorney General Pruitt on Anagnost Investigation

[Oklahoma City, OK, November 9, 2015] Last week Mark Hammons, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, called for an independent investigation into the actions of Governor Fallin and her staff and of Attorney General Scott Pruitt as to their involvement and interference into the investigation of Tulsa surgeon, Dr. Steven Anagnost. Reports from The Frontier and the Dallas Morning News indicate that Governor Fallin may have intervened in said investigation at the request of former Texas Governor Rick Perry who received campaign contributions from the doctor.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party has today filed Open Records Requests to the offices of Governor Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt for all records and correspondence pertaining to the Oklahoma Medical Board of Licensure and Supervision’s investigation of Dr. Steven Anagnost.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will hold a press conference to discuss these requests as well as suggested amendments to the Oklahoma Ethics Rules on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM in the Press Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

 

05 Nov
0

News9 – OK Democratic Party Calls For Investigation Into Fallin, Pruitt

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26 Oct
7

ODP Statement on Fallin’s Announcement of Cuts to Oklahoma Agencies

Mary_Fallin[Oklahoma City, OK, October 26, 2015] Today Governor Fallin announced that government agencies should prepare to cut nonessential expenses by 10 percent. This is further proof that the Republican led legislature is incapable of governing at the most basic level. Their inability to project revenue within the margin of error allowed by the Oklahoma Constitution is a new low in Republican fiscal responsibility with continued unnecessary and painful cuts to essential public services.

This latest announcement highlights the irresponsibility of the Governor and Republicans in approving a tax cut despite knowing there would be a $600 million budget shortfall. This is further compounded by the fact that we now know next year’s budget shortfall could easily double to over $1 billion and because of that agencies will continue to receive even deeper cuts.

In Governor Fallin’s release she talks about protecting “essential services” and getting “ahead of this issue as we enter a difficult budget year.” The irony is the Governor, her department heads, and the Republican legislature failed to do exactly what she is now calling on agencies to do as a result of her deficiency.

Governor Fallin and legislative Republicans have long claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility. Today’s announcement further underscores how far their empty political rhetoric is from the truth.

26 Oct
0

Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Fallin’s Announcement of Cuts to Oklahoma Agencies

[Oklahoma City, OK, October 26, 2015] Today Governor Fallin announced that government agencies should prepare to cut nonessential expenses by 10 percent. This is further proof that the Republican led legislature is incapable of governing at the most basic level. Their inability to project revenue within the margin of error allowed by the Oklahoma Constitution is a new low in Republican fiscal responsibility with continued unnecessary and painful cuts to essential public services.

This latest announcement highlights the irresponsibility of the Governor and Republicans in approving a tax cut despite knowing there would be a $600 million budget shortfall. This is further compounded by the fact that we now know next year’s budget shortfall could easily double to over $1 billion and because of that agencies will continue to receive even deeper cuts.

In Governor Fallin’s release she talks about protecting “essential services” and getting “ahead of this issue as we enter a difficult budget year.” The irony is the Governor, her department heads, and the Republican legislature failed to do exactly what she is now calling on agencies to do as a result of her deficiency.

Governor Fallin and legislative Republicans have long claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility. Today’s announcement further underscores how far their empty political rhetoric is from the truth.