05 Feb

Oklahoma Black History Heroes: Prentice Gautt

Prentice Gautt was born on Feb. 8, 1939 in Oklahoma City, OK.

In his early years, Gautt played high school football for Douglass High School in Oklahoma City. While playing high school football, he became the first African-American athlete in the state of Oklahoma to play in the All-State football game, where he was chosen as the MVP.

After he graduated high school, Prentice Gautt decided to attend the University of Oklahoma.

When he arrived in Norman, OK in 1956, he became the first African-American to start for the Sooners. However, he was not the first African-American to walk on.

As a freshman, local black doctors and pharmacists donated to the University of Oklahoma to allow Prentice Gautt to attend without having to fund the tuition himself. The reason Prentice was denied a scholarship by Bud Wilkinson was not entirely on Bud himself.

Coach Wilkinson was pressured by donors and boosters not to offer Prentice a scholarship. That only lasted until Prentice’s second season. Prentice graduated from OU in 1959.

In his career at Oklahoma, Prentice Gautt became a two time All-Big Eight selection, as well as being named to the Academic All-American team his senior season.

Prentice Gautt averaged 5.5 yards a carry in his career for the Sooners. He also rushed for 1,301 yards on 235 carries with 6 career touchdowns.

After playing for the Sooners, Prentice Gautt played seven seasons in the NFL. He played one season with the Cleveland Browns, where he was drafted in the second round, and six with the St. Louis Cardinals.

After his seven year NFL career, Prentice Gautt went on to coach at the University of Missouri, where he also earned his doctorate in Psychology.

After attaining his Ph.D, Gautt began a life in athletic administration. He first served as an assistant commissioner for the Big Eight Conference. Later he served as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 conference, where he served until his death.

On Mar. 17, 2005, Prentice Gautt passed away at the age of 66 in Lawrence, KS due to a bacterial infection.

After his death, Prentice Gautt was posthumously given the 2005 Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award by the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation, in May of 2005.

In his playing career for the Oklahoma Sooners, Prentice Gautt, ushered in a new era of Sooner football. He was courageous enough to face the scrutiny and ridicule from other races, even teammates, to do what he believed in.

In doing so, Prentice Gautt changed Oklahoma football forever.

Prentice Guatt

04 Feb

Governor Fallin’s $10 Million Dollar Band-Aid

State of Oklahoma



February 4, 2013


Rep. Richard Morrissette, District 92

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.

State Capitol – Room 543

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Contact: Jacklyn Brink-Rosen

(405) 557-7404

Let’s Correct the Stink!

Festering Structural Wounds Require More Than the Governor’s

$10 Million Dollar Band-Aid


(Oklahoma City, OK) Governor Fallin today proposed a $10 Million allocation to begin repairs on the crumbling state Capitol.

In response to Democratic state legislator Rep. Richard Morrissette’s long suffering appeal to simply “fix the building”, Governor Fallin, in her State of the State, proposed a mere $10 million dollars to address what is seen by building engineers as an urgent and dire safety emergency that will require more than one hundred million to fix.

“It’s like knowing the roof leaks, the siding are sliding and the toilet doesn’t work but addressing only one of these issues. The entire structure remains unfit. And, speaking of fit and unfit, the new fitness center is located in the Capitol’s sewage infiltrated basement!  The Governor stated in her remarks today that there is more than $600 Million in the Rainy Day Fund. It will take $150 Million to fix the Capitol correctly. Just correct the stink!” said Rep. Morrissette (D-OKC)

“What really stinks is the way the Governor plays politics over this important issue with the political right wing of her party. This gesture of $10 Million is a sham. You’re trying to fool the public by making them believe that you are addressing the problem.”

“Fix the building! Stop playing games! Take out a loan at zero interest or take $150 Million out of the Rainy Day Fund. Just do it! Fix the building, Governor! Let’s do it and do it right!” concluded Morrissette.



04 Feb

The Governor’s Plan for the Rich

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2013
Contact: Trav Robertson


Governor Mary Fallin Present State of the State 

Oklahoma City– Governor Mary Fallin told Oklahomans that she only cares about the wealthy in her State of the State address. Her plan for 2013 shows that she will ignore the problems that we face in areas like health, education, and government.

During the Governor’s speech she talked about her rejection of the Medicaid expansion which would have immediately helped 600,000 Oklahomans, but Governor Fallin told those people that they should start feeling better because she would not help them. She said that the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was too much, but she ignored the fact that we have already paid for it with federal tax dollars. The $54 million for a Health Insurance Exchange that she sent back to Washington is Oklahoma’s money that will be used in a different state.

The moral issue of protecting life “in the womb and at birth” was brought up but as the Republican Party’s morals show, they do not care about the child afterwards because they are the party of “pro-birth”. The Governor’s actions spoke louder than words when she denied birth as a qualifying event to allow new parents to have their child covered under their insurance plan.

She reminded Oklahoma teachers and parents about the failed “A-F” grading system that was supposed to help schools. She also neglected to comment on her strategy to help keep schools safe for our children.

The Governor continues to cut services as she did with the Human Rights Commission, Indian Affairs Commission, and the Affirmative Action Committee. Now she wants to remove 40 more advisory boards that help keep her accountable. She talked about being transparent, but continues to hide emails from the public that guided her decision to not implement the ACA.

Governor Fallin wants to put money into projects like fixing the crumbling State Capitol Building, but she does not have a plan to pay for it. And her intention to further decrease state revenue by returning thousands of dollars to our wealthiest citizens can only result in Oklahoma’s continued decline.

As Oklahomans we need to choose between Mary’s path that leads to a poorly-educated and unhealthy population struggling to compete for jobs, and a path of common sense values that invests in getting Oklahomans healthy, providing them a well rounded education, and making sure they understand what their lawmakers are doing at the State Capitol.


31 Jan

February 2, 2013 Central Committee Call and Agenda

TO: Members of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State

Central Committee

FROM: Wallace Collins, Chairman

DATE: January 17, 2013


SUBJECT: Central Committee Meeting—February 2, 2013 Agenda

 The next meeting of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State Central Committee will be held on Saturday, February 2, 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 Monday, January 28th.

 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

Oklahoma Democratic Party

Central Committee Meeting




February 2, 2013

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


  1. Welcome and Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Invocation
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Officer Reports
    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Secretary
      1. Rules & Credentials Committee
      2. Convention Committee
    4. Treasurer
  6. Executive Director Report
    1.      Finance Plan
    2.      Budget
  7. Old Business
    1. Gene Hunt
  1. Lunch 
  1.  New Business
    1. Bill Clifford (information packet)
    2. Donna Russell — Proposed Constitutional


  1. Committee Reports
    1. Affirmative Action
    2. Congressional
    3. Senate Caucus
    4. House Caucus
    5. Federations
  • Veterans 
  • Democratic Women
  • Young Democrats
  1. District Reports
  • 5th District
  • 4th District
  • 3rd District
  • 2nd District
  • 1st District
  1. Adjournment


30 Jan

Rep. Seneca Scott Named Caucus Secretary for National Legislative Group

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

January 30, 2013



Contact: State Rep. Seneca Scott

Capitol: (405) 557-7391


Rep. Scott Named Caucus Secretary for National Legislative Group


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Seneca Scott was recently elected as secretary for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, a working group of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Rep. Scott, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation, has been involved with the NCSL since 2009. The Native American caucus, which acts as an advisory body for the NCSL on issues affecting Native Americans, consists of 72 members from 17 states, including 24 members from Oklahoma.

“It is such a privilege to represent Native American issues and culture on a national platform, and I am honored that my colleagues in the caucus have elected me to serve in this role,” said Scott, D-Tulsa. “I hope to use this role to encourage partnerships with other states that leverage Oklahoma’s unique position as a national leader on energy, health and infrastructure projects among the various tribes. We have an expertise built on experience here in Oklahoma that we can transplant to other states and regions to benefit the lives of so many more Native Americans.”

Rep. Scott has been involved with several NCSL initiatives during his time in the Legislature, including a partnership to encourage grocery stores to open in “food deserts” in various urban and rural areas. In addition, Scott presented Oklahoma’s Infrastructure Plan this past October at the NCSL CG/LA 4th North American Strategic Infrastructure Summit.

According to its website, the NCSL is “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories…[providing] research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues…The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country.”