21 May

Tornado Relief

In the wake of the recent tornadoes that hit Shawnee, Newcastle and Moore the Oklahoma Democratic Party is gathering items to go into bags for the many people affected by the recent tornadoes.  In an effort to do so we are asking individuals, churches, sororities, fraternities and social groups to bring items listed between 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., to the headquarters:

Oklahoma Democratic Party Headquarters
4100 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

General Hygiene Products:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Face wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Women/Girl items:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New underwear (in women’s and girl’s sizes)
  • Brushes/Combs
  • Hair ties
  • Lotion
  • Socks (in women’s and girl’s sizes)
  • Razors
  • Body wash/Soap

Men’s/Boy’s items:

  • New Underwear (in men’s and boy’s sizes)
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Razors
  • Shaving  Cream
  • Socks (in men’s and boy’s sizes)
  • Body wash/soap

Baby/Children items:

  • Diapers & Pull Ups
  • Socks
  • Formula
  • Baby/Toddler food
  • Small toys
  • Books
  • Lotion
  • Baby Wipes

Other items:

  • Snacks
  • Water/Sports Drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Work gloves
  • Shovels/Rakes/Tools
  • Face masks
  • Trash bags
  • Large plastic tubs with lids
  • Permanent markers
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, etc.)

20 May

Central Committee Call – June 1, 2013

TO: Members of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State Central Committee

FROM: Wallace Collins, Chairman

DATE: May 20, 2013

SUBJECT: Central Committee Meeting—June 1, 2013 Agenda

The next meeting of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State Central Committee will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the George Krumme Center located at 4100 Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p. m. Lunch will be served. Central Committee members please RSVP to (405) 427-3366 by Wednesday May 29, 2013. I look forward to seeing each of you and my hope is that we have an outstanding attendance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on me.


With Kind Regards,

Wallace Collins Signature



Wallace Collins
Oklahoma Democratic Party, Chairman


06 May

House Democrats Announce Leadership Team for 2015-2016 Legislative Session

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

May 6, 2013

For immediate release

Contact: MaryAnn Martin, Ph.D.

(405) 962-7819

House Democrats Announce Leadership Team for 2015-2016 Legislative Session

OKLAHOMA CITY- House Democrats elected their leadership team today for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City, was reelected by unanimous consent to serve his third term as Democratic Leader.

Should the partisan makeup of the House change after the 2014 elections, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa, will serve as House Speaker Pro Tempore. McDaniel, currently serving her fifth term in the state House, was elected without opposition.

Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner, won re-election as Caucus Chair. Also serving his fifth term in the House, McPeak was elected to serve his third consecutive term as Caucus Chairman.

House Democrats elected Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, to replace Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, as Caucus Vice Chair. Dorman is term limited in 2014. Kouplen previously served as Assistant Floor Leader.

“I am honored and humbled to once again receive the support of the members of our House Democratic Caucus to serve as their leader,” said Leader Inman. “I look forward to fighting alongside my Caucus as we push to advance our agenda of improving our public schools, the lives of our seniors and veterans, and our state’s infrastructure, and to increase pay for our public safety officers.”

“I am honored by this nomination from Leader Inman to be Speaker Pro Tempore,” said McDaniel. “I value the respect of my fellow Caucus members for their confidence that they would support me to represent them in this prestigious position.  It is my goal to continue to be a voice for my district and a friend to all who serve here in the House.”

“I work to keep the lines of communication open within the House Democratic Caucus,” said McPeak. “I hope to do right by our outstanding members and to ensure that each of our members’ voices and concerns are heard. I am honored to continue to work with my colleagues in this capacity.”

“I’ve come to know my colleagues over the past five years and I am gratified with their support to serve as Caucus Vice Chair,” said Kouplen. “My job will be to support and help the caucus represent those Oklahomans who make this one of the greatest places on earth to live and raise a family.”

“With Rep. McDaniel’s compassion, Rep. McPeak’s’ firm hand, and Rep. Kouplen’s calm head, House Democrats have another phenomenal leadership team in place,” said Leader Inman. “We have a dynamic, enthusiastic caucus and our leadership team will work to capitalize on that energy in ways that benefit not only our constituents, but all Oklahomans.”



01 May

Sherrer Criticizes Proposal to Address Online Testing Problems


State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

May 1, 2013



Representative Ben Sherrer

State Capitol Building Rm. 500

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105



Sherrer Criticizes Proposal to Address Online Testing Problems

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Department of Education’s proposal to use partially completed test results is intolerable, state Rep. Ben Sherrer said today.

“The determination that unanswered questions will be scored as incorrect answers is absolutely intolerable,” said Sherrer, D-Chouteau. “The interruption of the test should invalidate the test. No student should be penalized as a result of the failure of the State Department of Education or its paid contractor to properly deliver the online test.”

Sherrer said the testing scores under the proposal would be grossly different from what the students would have achieved on the test.

“I find it offensive that this proposal is deemed by the State Department to ‘. . . assist in a small way with the disruption.’ The algebra EOI test is high-stakes for our students. Our local schools’ A-F grades depend upon student performance on these tests. I can’t believe the State Superintendent would propose to solve testing malfunction problems by using incomplete testing results and rating unanswered questions as incorrect.”


29 Apr

ALEC is not OK

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding their Spring Task Force Summit on May 2 – 3, 2013.  Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board.  (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations.  Participating legislators then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.

Sign the Petition!


By signing this petition, I am committed to educating fellow members as well as the public on what American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is and their purpose.  I am also committed to doing my part and participating in the action planned in Oklahoma City on May 2 and 3 to help have our voices of strong opposition to ALEC heard.