30 Sep

Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Indictment and Resignation of Stanley Glanz

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 30, 2015] The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement today in regards to the indictment and resignation of Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz:

We are reminded today of the importance of the justice system and the integral role it plays in holding our elected leaders accountable. We want to thank the members of the grand jury who endured a long and arduous few months as they reviewed mountains of evidence and considered the testimony of 32 different witnesses. We would also like to thank the grassroots organization “We The People,” whose petition efforts led to the grand jury investigation.

An institution of corruption, even to an extent not yet known to the public, has lost a few bricks in its wall today. It is now up to us – particularly the people of Tulsa County – to take action in electing a leader who will work to rebuild faith and trust in the department and will commit to serve and protect all citizens under their watch.

We wish Undersheriff Rick Weigel the best as he transitions into leading the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department in the interim, and hope that he will be steadfast and transparent in his efforts repairing the department and its tarnished reputation.

While we take no delight in Sheriff Glanz’s indictment and resignation, the Oklahoma Democratic Party looks forward to working with Tulsa County Democratic leadership in seeking out a qualified, honest candidate to replace him as the new Tulsa County Sheriff.

30 Sep

Job Search Assistance Links

Losing your job is often something we are not prepared for. It is important that when it happens, you know where to go for information, job listings, and support. 

Here is a list of job assistance websites available for those who have lost their employment:

Have other resources we could link to?
Leave them in the comments or contact us directly. 

29 Sep

Oklahoma Democratic Party Weighs In on Fiorina’s Visit with OIPA

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 29, 2015] – Today, GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will speak to oil industry stakeholders at an invitation-only meeting at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City.

Carly Fiorina will, no doubt, continue to reflect on her time as CEO of Hewlett Packard as an example of what makes her the perfect candidate for President. What we have come to learn is that despite her claims, she did not “rescue” a failing company and instead used underhanded employment practices, allowed subsidiary sales with an enemy of the United States to boost their bottom line, and ushered in a merger which resulted in 30,000 layoffs and then shipped tens of thousands of those jobs to China. The hardworking people of HP didn’t see anything close to even one-tenth of what Fiorina ultimately received in her $21 million severance package 3 years later when she was finally ousted for her failed leadership.

Fiorina’s failed leadership at HP should not be allowed to spill over into leadership of the American people, our livelihoods, trade relationships, and the U.S. economy. Oklahomans don’t want or need a President that is willing to ship jobs overseas and not even consider taking responsibility for her own actions.

It seems quite ironic that Fiorina’s visit to Oklahoma comes on the same day as we are seeing up to 1,000 layoffs happen right here in Oklahoma City. We will be interested to hear what Fiorina suggests that OIPA members do to prevent further layoffs like those happening within the energy industry today.

25 Sep

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Statement on Resignation of Speaker Boehner

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 2015] – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman Mark Hammons regarding the resignation of US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):

“Today we want to thank Speaker Boehner for his many years of service to our country. While our party disagreed with the Speaker on many issues, we do wish him and his family the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. While the Speaker’s resignation comes as a shock, we firmly believe that this reflects the inherent failure of the extremist Tea Party faction of Republicans in Congress to lead or govern. We call upon our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation to work with Speaker Boehner to help prevent any impending government shutdown and urge them to vote for a Speaker that will work with members of both parties to bring common sense back to the halls of Congress.”

25 Sep

Oklahoma Democrats Disappointed in Inquiry of Army Ranger School from U.S. Representative Steve Russell of Oklahoma

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 2015] – Recently, Oklahoma’s own Congressman Steve Russell (R-5), sent a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh – the Pentagon’s top Army leader – demanding documentation regarding the conditions under which new trainees in the Army’s Ranger School were evaluated and their performance ratings – but only for the women.

Just over a month ago, two women, First Lieutenants Kristen Griest and Sayne Haver, graduated from the Ranger School. These two women made history as they were among the first women accepted to the school and the first two to complete the program.

As the military begins to move towards opening all positions to women, there has been much apprehension and scrutiny about this transition; however, Congressman Russell’s demands, despite multiple reports from top Army officials asserting that no changes or accommodations were made for the female trainees that are not also given to male trainees, seem outright misogynistic and demeaning. Out of 400 students that started the school there was a 67-percent drop/fail rate and among the 20 female students it was an 85-percent drop/fail rate as of August 15th. By those numbers alone, we can see that these women have given their all and pushed through to complete their training; a fact that should never be in question.

“Insinuations from Congressman Russell that these women can’t pull their own and support their fellow troops simply because they are women are unconscionable in 2015. Time and time again we see that women, when put in the same conditions as their male counterparts, are just as capable of performing the duties assigned to them. Characteristics which we demand from specialized military programs, like the Army Rangers, must be built, taught, and conditioned no matter who you are. Brute strength can be built; emotional discipline under stress must be conditioned for all of us; combat tactics, skills, and specializations are taught. There is no reason to think that these women would not be able to perform and be judged by the same conditions as all other trainees,” stated Mark Hammons, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“We await the results of the inquiry – as does the rest of the country – and our hope is that not only will these women and the Army be cleared of these accusations, but that from here forward statements and demands such as Congressman Russell’s will cease and our U.S. military will continue to expand and grow through inclusion.”