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07 Oct
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Democrats Welcome Hofmeister

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Democrats Welcome Hofmeister

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, OCTOBER 7, 2021 – The Oklahoma Democratic Party welcomes Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to the Oklahoma Democratic Party. This addition is more than the commencement of a robust primary; it is also a signal that Oklahomans of good conscience are waking up to the extremism of the Republican Party in Oklahoma.

We look forward to our primary campaign and election and will enthusiastically support the nominee of our Party. As of October 7, 2021, this primary consists of former State Senator, Connie Johnson who announced her candidacy in May and current state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, giving Oklahomans a real choice for new leadership.

“We welcome others who care about public education, good jobs with decent wages and benefits, who care about sensible public health policies and finding ways to provide medical care to Oklahomans and who care about equally administered justice and equal rights for all of our citizens….to join Joy Hofmeister in finding a home to the Democratic Party,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“Oklahoma has been subjected to an extreme right-wing ideology for too long and it has hurt our state and its citizens. Perhaps we are seeing this spell finally break,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party,” concluded Andrews.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

28 Sep
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Munson Named to UCO Presidential Advisory Council

Communications & Public Affairs
Sept. 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Munson Named to UCO Presidential Advisory Council

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, was recently named as a member of the University of Central Oklahoma’s President’s Council of Advisors.

As a member of the council, Munson hopes her experience with state policy and community building can provide valuable insight to UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar.

“As a proud alumna of UCO and first-generation college graduate, it is an honor to give back to and serve my alma mater in this way,” Munson said. “I am the leader I am today because of the opportunity I had to receive a higher education.

“Many of my constituents attend or have attended UCO,” Munson said. “As our world continues to change, the role of higher education has become exceedingly important. I look forward to this opportunity to help UCO continue to prepare students for whatever is next in their lives.”

President Neuhold-Ravikumar welcomed Munson to the council.

“Representative Munson’s experienced perspective and valuable feedback will help shape the university’s strategy toward intellectual and workforce development and community engagement,” Neuhold-Ravikumar said “We are honored and excited to have her voice and support at the table.”

To contact Rep. Cyndi Munson, call (405)557-7392 or email [email protected]

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21 Sep
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What is the Oklahoma Republican Party Hiding from the Public?

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

What is the Oklahoma Republican Party Hiding from the Public?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 21, 2021 – When will the Republicans set the dates for the special legislative session and finalize the state map on redistricting? They have the staff, so that’s not the problem. What’s the real reason for delaying? These are just some of the questions posed by the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“This is another example of our Republican-super-majority legislature stacking the deck to protect their jobs. Politicians picking their voters rather than the voters picking their representation,” commented Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “They don’t want challenges. The Governor, Pro Tem, and Speaker have the power and are showing us that they don’t intend to use it for the good of Oklahoma.

“The Census estimates were way off; 2/3 of all districts have to be redrawn. Republicans are creating an unnecessary delay. What’s with the ‘behind closed doors’ approach — what are they hiding from the public?” asked Andrews?

“There’s no transparency. There’s no accountability. What if someone wants to run against an incumbent? The Oklahoma Democratic Party demands the special session dates be released and maps published and for the Republicans to stop hiding behind

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

17 Sep
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Democratic Leader Holds Interim Study on Ending State Grocery Tax

Communications & Public Affairs
Sept. 17, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Democratic Leader Holds Interim Study on Ending State Grocery Tax

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, hosted an interim study Thursday focused on exploring Oklahoma’s state sales tax on groceries.

The study, which included speakers from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Oklahoma Policy Institute, National Conference of State Legislatures, TSET, and the Oklahoma Municipal League, looked at how the state tax on groceries affects Oklahomans.

“We heard a lot of comments and concerns regarding the state sales tax on groceries,” Virgin said. “I feel confident leaving the study that there are people on all sides of this conversation who want to see the tax end. Now it’s about finding the political will to make it happen.”

One of the key talking points of the study was regarding the state’s regressive tax system.

“Sales taxes are the most regressive types of taxes we have,” said Paul Shinn, Oklahoma Policy Institute budget and tax senior policy analyst. Due to the reliance on sales taxes, like the grocery tax, Oklahomans making the least money pay significantly more in taxes as a percentage of their income than those making the most, Shinn said.

Some of the strongest points made in favor of the tax were actually about protecting cities, which is something Virgin and Democrats care about deeply.

“We aren’t going to support a policy that takes away money from cities,” Virgin said. “Most Americans live in an area where there isn’t a state tax on groceries. Oklahomans can too. We just need to get serious about it happening here.”

Oklahoma’s current grocery sales tax credit helps, but due to an increased cost of living over the last three decades, it doesn’t go far enough.

“Oklahoma has a sales tax relief credit with the intent to offset the sales tax on groceries, but the credit hasn’t changed since 1998,” said Bailey Perkins Wright, a state advocate and policy director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “The price of milk is way different today for Oklahoma families than it was 23 years ago.”

Moving forward, legislation will be crafted to address the state sales tax on groceries.

“Last session, we eliminated a big chunk of taxes for corporations and even tried to eliminate the corporate income tax completely,” Virgin said. “Those conversations and negotiations seemed to take place in weeks if not days. We have the authority and ability to end the taxes on milk and bread next session so that Oklahomans can start saving money in 2022. House Democrats will have a legislative vehicle ready to do just that.”

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16 Sep
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Stitt’s Government Overreach Hypocrisy

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Stitt’s Government Overreach Hypocrisy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 16, 2021 – Stitt is crying government overreach as the Biden administration works tirelessly to curb the pandemic and save lives.

“Stitt has been missing in action as cases and hospitalizations surge in our state. His only response to Biden’s mandates to protect Americans is to claim government overreach – a violation of freedom and state rights. At the same time, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that Stitt has overreached his own authority in tribal gaming compacts and his managed Medicaid plan,” commented Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“Stitt and the Republicans are only interested in their own partisan agendas, not working to protect Oklahomans, especially our children. Stitt’s faux outrage over President Biden’s tireless efforts to protect the safety of all Americans is so very disappointing.

“If Stitt were truly concerned about government overreach, he would be focusing his attention on his own hypocritical actions, stop overstepping his authority, and circumventing the legislators’ responsibilities,” Andrews said. “Oklahomans deserve a leader who respects the process and cares about our citizens. Stitt’s time is up,” Andrews concluded.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

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