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18 Sep
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Senator Newberry Violates Oklahoma Ethics Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2014

Contact: Trav Robertson

P: (405) 427-3366

SENATE LEADER VIOLATES OKLAHOMA ETHICS LAWS

Newberry fails to disclose expenses for golf, office furnishings, gifts and airfare in ethics reports

Is he willfully breaking the law or does he not understand the laws he writes…$4,404.33 on interior designs?”

Oklahoma City—Today the Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Senator Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. An investigation revealed that the Republican Senator’s ethics reports disclose a person skirting Oklahoma ethics law by living on campaign funds.

“Once again, this is displays a serious pattern of bad behavior by the Republican leadership. Dan Newberry must believe that he is above the law or that laws don’t apply to the Majority Whip of the state Senate,” stated former Representative Wallace Collins.

Sections 257:10-1-7(3)(A)(B)(C)(D) and 257:10-1-14(12)(D) of Oklahoma Ethics Laws are clear that expenditures more than fifty dollars ($50.00) in the aggregate must be reported individually and described in such a way that a person reading the report can tell where and how the money was spent.

Contrary to the law, Senator Newberry’s ethics reports, lumps together almost twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00) of unitemized expenditures including green fees, airfare, lodging and gifts.

Collins continued, “I have never been able to buy an airplane ticket or hotel room for under fifty ($50.00) bucks. He knew the cost of these expenses, and he knew what the law says about reporting. It is time for him to come clean or resign his leadership post for his willful violation of state ethics laws. If he claims he didn’t know the law—he should resign from his position immediately for not having the knowledge of Oklahoma’s laws.”

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02 Sep
0

ODP Response to Inhofe and Lankford attempt to assist Fallin’s campaign

Oklahoma Democratic Party’s statement in response to Inhofe and Lankford’s attempt to assist Mary Fallin’s floundering campaign:

“We believe that a Victory Tour is premature and optimistic, as Senator Inhofe and Congressman Lankford attempt to lift up the campaign of Mary Fallin, who has dropped 21 points in the polls, in a matter of weeks.

It is sad that Senator Inhofe can only appear in a tightly scripted and controlled environment apparently because he is afraid or can’t debate his younger opponent. Similarly Mary Fallin refuses to debate Joe Dorman across the state and we have yet to hear if Congressman Lankford will debate Senator Connie Johnson.

We look forward to talking about the failed education policies of all three candidates if they are willing to debate their opponents outside a tightly scripted and safe universe.”

 

 

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28 Aug
0

“Fal-esi” policies cost Oklahoma NCLB waiver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2014
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: (405) 427-3366

 

FALLIN AND BARRESI CONTINUE PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

After cutting education by $200 million-22.8%-they attempt to blame the President
“Fal-esi” policies cost Oklahoma NCLB waiver

 

Oklahoma City— Governor Mary Fallin today expressed “outrage” at the announcement that Oklahoma would no longer receive a wavier of the No Child Left Behind standards. Apparently the Governor has not been paying attention. Even before she signed legislation repealing Oklahoma’s adoption of the Common Core standards (which both she and her State Superintendent Janet Barresi enthusiastically supported–they were for it before they were against it), it was clear that one consequence of that repeal would be that Oklahoma would no longer be eligible for the NCLB waiver.

But that didn’t stop Fallin and Barresi from flip-flopping on their positions regarding standards for Oklahoma students. Their reckless disregard for the work that had already gone into the adoption of the Common Core standards promises to cost the state over $100 million–taxpayer money that should be going directly into the state’s classrooms. And the loss of our NCLB waiver due to legislative and executive foolhardiness actually puts the state in line to receive more federal control instead of less–exactly the opposite of what Fallin has said she favors.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice-Chair and educator Dana Orwig said, “The Governor’s lack of leadership and her State Superintendent’s incompetence have already damaged our educational system in so many ways. The bad news just keeps coming for our students and parents. We cannot afford four more years of flip-flops and failure.”

 

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21 Aug
7

Fallin applies for Obamacare funds after months of stalling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2014
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: (405) 427-3366

FALLIN FLIP FLOPS AGAIN ON INNOVATION GRANT

Fallin’s administration applies for Obamacare funds after months of stalling

Oklahoma City— Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Wallace Collins, said Fallin’s statement on applying for an innovation grant through the Affordable Care Act is another issue on which she has flip-flopped. Why is Governor Fallin constantly changing her mind?

“Mary Fallin’s failed leadership has cost hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans health care by not accepting the $54 million to set up an Oklahoma Insurance Exchange in 2011,” said Chairman Collins. “While Fallin’s poll numbers have dropped 21 points and Joe Dorman outraised her by $28,000 this past period, this innovation grant application is merely a political stunt that her advisers have forced her to make.”

The American Cancer Society’s advocacy group argues in a recent report that: “providing low-income adults and families access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage is critical in the fight against cancer. Governors and lawmakers have the opportunity to provide millions of Americans health care coverage to help detect cancers early, when treatment is more effective and less costly, and to save lives by preventing some cancers from occurring in the first place.”

Chairman Wallace Collins concluded, “It is time for Mary Fallin to move on and let Joe Dorman take over the Governor’s office. Joe has a proven track-record of leading bipartisan initiatives with great success, and we believe he is the leader that will work to ensure health care is a priority for all Oklahomans.”

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20 Aug
0

Fallin Invites Chris Christie to Oklahoma…

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is attending several fundraisers with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today. As Christie fundraises in the midwest, we want to point out the failed policy initiatives that Republican Governors are promoting.

See below a recent press release from the Kansas Democratic Party:
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For Immediate Release
August 20, 2014

For More Information, contact:
Dakota Loomis
(785) 979-6345
dakota@kansasdems.com

 

Brownback, Christie Share Record Of Credit Downgrades, Open Investigations

TOPEKA – Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon issued the following statement addressing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign fundraising visit to help Gov. Sam Brownback and his faltering campaign:

Sam Brownback and Chris Christie have a great deal in common: both have caused credit rating downgrades, both are dealing with criminal investigations of their staff and associates, and both have put their own political agendas before what’s best for the people of Kansas and New Jersey.

Now outside special interests like Gov. Christie’s Republican Governors Association are doing all they can to defend Sam Brownback’s failed leadership. But in the end there’s no defending Brownback’s failed experiment, especially by Gov. Christie who has the exact same record.

The fact is Kansas is going broke under Gov. Sam Brownback and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the last person he should turn to for financial advice.

Under the leadership of Gov. Brownback, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Kansas’s credit rating because of Brownback’s “structurally unbalanced budget.” And as more Kansans call out Brownback  for his failed experiment, what is Brownback’s solution? Bring in the only Governor whose budget record is as bad as Sam Brownback’s.

The economic future of Kansas under Gov. Brownback is dark, but it’s no brighter in New Jersey under Gov. Christie. New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded six times under Christie, tying a record for the most number of downgrades under a single governor while the credit agencies are threatening to lower them again. Thanks to Gov. Christie, New Jersey now has one of the lowest credit ratings in the country.

As the two Governors campaign together today, don’t expect to hear solutions for the budget problems facing Kansas and New Jersey. Instead just expect the same tired excuses for their failed leadership because there is no defending their record of economic mismanagement.

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