28 May

“C” is for Caring


Oklahoma’s 2013 legislative session was officially ended last Friday – one week early – after all of the local newspapers had been put to bed. That was disappointing because today, they do not have to explain why nothing will be done on Medicaid or considering the need for safe rooms for new school buildings and remodeling of older structures or the many other social and safety problems this state has.

The state had insufficient funds to furnish long overdue pay raises for public employees, to adequately fund public education system or give essential support to local volunteer firefighters. Yet, a few Million Dollars were available to finish a couple of museums. We had a few Million more to support for-profit-private charter schools which directly reduced public school funding while praising an “increase.” It’s sad that the “increase” is still less than the loss of educational dollars over the last 5 years while the new student population has grown by over 30,000!

A very apt analogy of the present school system in Oklahoma was posted on the internet today. The anonymous education author is a hero to this writer and the words should be shared.

“C” is for Caring. Today, as parents were leaving my school for the summer, I realized something that the corporate puppet masters of public schools may have overlooked. Parents want some of our schools to be “C” schools, where corporate measures of success are moderated by virtues that can’t be measured.

I realized this as one parent of 2 adorable children was leaving. The parent looked the part of a suburban, mini-van soccer parent. But I know the back story of those kiddos and know that one of the students will not likely be the corporate version of an “ideal” student – no AP classes- no gifted or talented – no National Merit Scholar.

“C” school parents don’t worry that their kids will be excluded because of their inability to meet the corporate version of “excellence.” “C” schools provide a fertile soil of acceptance for children to grow to their ultimate ability regardless of challenge. And parents of children with unique learning challenges may rather send their child to a “C” school than a school where “high achievement” is typical.

Parents also want their children to learn from teachers who model unconditional commitment to teaching all students who (enroll) with economic and cultural challenges. By observing this, day in and day out, children witness the level of painful commitment it takes from some adults to walk alongside the most challenging of children. And witnessing this makes children more caring and more equipped to serve their community in difficult situations.

“C” is for Caring and it’s good enough for me.

This teacher should be awarded a public service medal. More public school instructors need to speak out on the problem of for-profit corporations taking over the curriculum to be taught and the testing of students. One size does not fit all and to try forcing that on young minds should not only be a crime, but the lawmakers who support it should be held accountable at the ballot box!

The Stephens County Democratic Party (SCDP) will meet May 30, 2013 at the “Harvest Gate” Restaurant, 3015 N Highway 81, Duncan OK. The no-host dinner will start at 6:00PM with the business meeting starting at 6:30PM sharp. (NOTE: This is a change in starting time for business meeting.)

There will be an overview of the recently held Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention along with a discussion of the last two years legislative sessions, the effects on Oklahoma’s financial solvency and reductions in benefits to our less fortunate neighbors.

Not registered to vote yet? Attend the meeting. Registration forms will be available. Assistance with any questions will also be available. Plan to attend and enjoy good fellowship.

Kenneth Wells
Stephens County Democrat

24 May

Memorial Day 2013

In observance of Memorial Day, the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters will be closed this Monday, the 27th.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28th.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

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.”