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11 Jan
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Barresi New Chief of Police?

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2013
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 BARRESI NEW CHIEF OF POLICE?

What is the Supt. of Public Instruction’s Stance on Armed Teachers? 

Oklahoma City– Oklahoma State Representative Mark McCullough plans to file legislation that will turn educators into police officers. He believes that Oklahoma teachers should carry weapons at school.

“Does Janet Barresi support this legislation?” asked Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice-Chair and educator Dana Orwig.

As the head of the State Board of Education, Janet Barresi needs to show leadership by protecting our children and teachers that she was elected to represent.

“Barresi has an opportunity to be a leader and direct the conversation on school safety,” said Chairman Wallace Collins. “Where does she stand on this bill? Does she want to become the new sheriff in town?”
 

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02 Jan
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Presidential Inauguration Committee

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 28, 2012
Contact: press@2013pic.org(202) 350-4260

PIC Releases Preliminary Public Ticketing Information for The Inaugural Ball
New Webpage Will Allow Americans Across the Country to Sign Up for Information About How to Purchase Public Tickets

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced plans to make a limited number of tickets for The Inaugural Ball available to the general public with the launch of a webpage where individuals can sign up for information about how to purchase tickets. Those who sign up will receive an email notification when tickets become available with a link where they can request up to two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The email sign-up page can be found here.

The second Inaugural of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will feature two official Inaugural balls on Monday, January 21st. In addition to the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military, Americans from across the country will be invited to share in the celebration at The Inaugural Ball, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every hall in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  
 
“The President and Vice President’s second Inaugural will continue their commitment to giving Americans from across the country the chance to share in this celebration,” said Stephen J. Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “Additionally, by holding a smaller number of Inaugural balls in a centralized location, we are continuing a more than 200-year-old tradition while reducing the burden on local law enforcement and security personnel, as well as on DC residents.”  
 
Public tickets to The Inaugural Ball are limited and will cost $60 each. In keeping with tradition and the President and Vice President’s commitment to honoring the brave men and women of the nation’s armed forces, tickets to the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball will be provided free of charge to invited members of the U.S. military.
 
Additional details and ticketing information for The Inaugural Ball and other Inaugural weekend events will be released as soon as they become available.
 
More information on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee can be found at www.2013pic.org and on Twitter at @ObamaInaugural.

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17 Dec
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Inman Names Remaining Leadership Positions for 54th Legislature

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 17, 2012

 

Democratic Leader Scott Inman

State Capitol Building Rm. 548

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

Contact: Valorie Owens

405-962-7604

Inman Names Remaining Leadership Positions for 54thLegislature 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 17, 2012) – The House Democratic Leader today announced the final leadership positions within the caucus for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions.

Last week Leader Scott Inman of Del City named Ben Sherrer of Chouteau the Democratic Floor Leader, and this morning he unveiled the assistant leadership team who will work with Floor Leader Sherrer to advance democratic ideals on policy issues in the House chamber.

“I have chosen exemplary leaders who bring integrity, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic to these positions,” said Leader Inman. “They are a diverse group of leaders and I appreciate the strengths in the differences between each of them.”

Appointed as Assistant Democratic Floor Leaders are Steve Kouplen of Beggs, Jeannie McDaniel of Tulsa, Brian Renegar of McAlester, Wade Rousselot of Wagoner, Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City and Emily Virgin of Norman.

Mike Brown of Tahlequah was re-appointed to the position of Democratic Appropriations and Budget Advisor.

“These are all critical appointments that will strengthen our caucus going forward, and both Floor Leader Sherrer and I are excited to work with such a dynamic, intelligent and committed group of public servants in the coming session,” said Leader Inman.

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14 Dec
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House Democrats Announce Leadership for 54th Legislature

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 13, 2012

 

Democratic Leader Scott Inman

State Capitol Building Rm. 548

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

Contact: Valorie Owens

405-962-7604

 

 

House Democrats Announce Leadership for 54th Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 13, 2012) House Democratic Leader Scott Inman today announced his leadership team appointments for the 54th Legislature.

“I am incredibly proud to be surrounded by such a dynamic and energetic leadership team, and I know moving forward that they will each work tirelessly to champion our democratic ideals on the House floor,” said Leader Inman, D-Del City.

Leader Inman appointed Ben Sherrer of Chouteau as the Minority Floor Leader for the 54th Legislature. Serving directly under Leader Inman, he will be charged with maintaining contact between the leadership and the members of the House on policy issues and working to advance the goals of the Democratic Party.

For the past four years Rep. Sherrer has served in leadership as the Minority Whip and as the Senior Judiciary Advisor for the Democratic Caucus.

“Since elected Rep. Sherrer has served with integrity, compassion and conviction, and he’s also one of the hardest working men I know,” said Leader Inman. “I am confident in his skills and understanding of the challenges ahead, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming session.”

Representative Sherrer graduated from Inola High School and continued on to Oklahoma State University for his undergraduate degree and Oklahoma City University for his Juris Doctorate. Prior to opening his own law office he was an auditor for the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s office, a bailiff for the Oklahoma County District Court, and both a city and town attorney for Chouteau and Pryor, respectively.

Leader Inman appointed Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita to serve as the Minority Whip. The Whip is charged with marshaling support for positions on the floor. Rep. Hoskin will be working closely with Leader Inman and Democratic Floor Leader Sherrer throughout the session.

“Rep. Hoskin cares deeply about the welfare of our state, and I know he will work hard to move Oklahoma forward,” said Leader Inman.

Rep. Hoskin graduated from Vinita High School and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his honorable discharge he continued his education at Northeastern State University where he earned his Masters of Education in School Administration. He taught American History and Government at Vinita Public Schools then served as an Administrator for Locust Grove Public Schools. Rep. Hoskin is a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Serving as the Assistant Minority Whip is Cory Williams of Stillwater, who held this position during the 53rdLegislature.

Rep. Williams graduated from Stillwater High School and went on to attend Oklahoma State University where he received a B.S in Political Science and a M.S. in International Trade and Development. He completed his law degree from Oklahoma City University and currently operates his own law firm.

Eric Proctor of Tulsa was re-appointed to serve as Deputy Minority Floor Leader.

Prior to being elected to state office, Rep. Proctor served as a youth minister and a high school Economics, History and Government teacher.

The House Democrats last year re-elected Warner resident Jerry McPeak to serve as Caucus Chair, and re-elected Joe Dorman of Rush Springs to serve as the Caucus Vice-Chair.

Leader Inman appointed Curtis McDaniel of Smithville to serve as the Minority Caucus Secretary.

Rep. McDaniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and a Masters in Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A longtime educator, he served as a vocational agriculture instructor at Oney, Helena-Gotry, Smithville and Newcastle school districts, and later as principal at Smithville High School until his retirement upon election to office.

“I think with our leadership team we’ve struck a great balance of rural and urban legislators who will give their all in the service of this state,” said Leader Inman.

 

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12 Dec
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Fallin Forces Resignation

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 FALLIN FORCES RESIGNATION

Governor Mary Fallin Forces State Health Board Member to Resign

Oklahoma City–  Oklahoma’s Department of Health is managed by a nine-member board which is comprised of people appointed by the Governor. Recently, it became public knowledge that Governor Fallin’s rejection of Medicaid dollars forced the board’s public health policy committee chairman, Glenn Davis, DDS to resign. 

Davis, a dentist from Shawnee, told the Governor in a resignation letter, “I will not serve as a ‘rubber stamp’ for the status quo in this political environment.” 

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “The Governor is sending our money to other states, which is so ridiculous that her appointees are rejecting her anti-health policies.”

The Governor first accepted and then turned away $54 million in Federal funds to set up a health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Now those funds have been sent to other states, while she allows the Federal Government to come in and set up an exchange for Oklahoma.

“She continues to put her head in the sand on implementing the Affordable Care Act,” commented Chairman Collins. “She should act like a leader and be responsible with our tax dollars.”

Earlier this week Governor Fallin tried to take credit for the improved overall ranking of Oklahoma in a national survey of public health.

“Governor Fallin wants to proclaim ‘look what I did’ almost three years after historic healthcare reform was passed on the federal level!”, Chairman Collins continued. “If you look at the benefits of Obamacare, she should be one of the President’s biggest cheerleaders.”

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Source: Oklahoma Improves State Health Ranking (Governor’s Office)