02 Sep

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.”




28 Aug

“Fal-esi” policies cost Oklahoma NCLB waiver

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



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.”



21 Aug

Fallin applies for Obamacare funds after months of stalling

August 21, 2014
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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.”


20 Aug

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:

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2014

For More Information, contact:
Dakota Loomis
(785) 979-6345


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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19 Aug

Governor using tax dollars to campaign?

August 19, 2014
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: (405) 427-3366



Oklahoma City— The Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an Open Records Request for information relating to Public Service Announcements featuring Governor Mary Fallin. The issue revolves around the Governor’s alleged illegal use of state resources and staff to disseminate political information advocating her re-election.

Governor Mary Fallin’s use of tax dollars for her campaign continued on August 6, 2014, and August 10, 2014, when two different Public Service Announcements appeared on two different television stations in the Oklahoma County media market, both of which featured gubernatorial candidate, Mary Fallin. One PSA discussed tornados and the other discussed foster children.

Democratic Chairman Wallace Collins stated, “I think it is clear that Mary Fallin has been using tax dollars to bolster her campaign. The citizens of our state want transparent government-she needs to let us see if her staffed forced state agencies to create these PSAs.”

Recently, the Investigative Reporters and Editors publication named Mary Fallin one of the most secretive governors in the country as she received their dubious “Golden Padlock Award” for secrecy in government.

“The Governor doesn’t just appear in a Public Service Announcement. Someone on her staff knew and knows how these ads were paid for and created. It is time that Mary Fallin come clean and tell how these ads were created, produced and if tax dollars were used to pay for them. At the very least, these PSAs are in-kind contributions from corporations which is another violation of ethics laws,” Chairman Collins said.