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06 Aug
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DNC on Voting Rights Act Anniversary

DNC on Voting Rights Act Anniversary

On the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement reaffirming the Democratic Party’s commitment to protecting every eligible American’s right to cast a ballot:

“55 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. It was a historic and hard-fought victory fueled by activists and civil rights leaders across the nation, by those who marched for freedom and organized for justice, who faced down billy clubs and baseball bats for the right to make their voices heard at the ballot box. John Lewis was one of those leaders. From Freedom Summer to Bloody Sunday, he risked his life for what was right. While we mark this year’s anniversary of the Voting Rights Act without one of its greatest champions, we must carry on his fight.

“Today, the Voting Rights Act is a shell of what it was on the day it was signed. The Supreme Court eviscerated key provisions in 2013 that helped protect against discrimination and secure the sanctity of the ballot for voters of color. Democrats in the House have passed legislation to restore this landmark law, but due to Republican obstruction, it has yet to be considered by the Senate. And with less than three months until Election Day, the Republican voter suppression machine is in full swing. In the middle of a global pandemic, Donald Trump and GOP leaders have made it their mission to silence as many voters as possible, especially in communities of color.

“Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people can participate, not fewer. We will keep fighting to end discrimination at the ballot box, expand access to vote-by-mail, and restore critical parts of the Voting Rights Act. In the words of Barack Obama, the best way to honor the lives of John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, and all of the heroes we’ve lost is by revitalizing the law they were willing to die for. That starts with electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

06 Aug
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*MEDIA ADVISORY** ODP Virtual Press Call on Inhofe Breach of Ethics

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

TODAY: Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Requests Inhofe Ethics Investigation

TULSA, OKLAHOMA — Today, August 6, 2020, at 2:00 pm CDT, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairwoman Alicia Andrews will host a press call via Maestro officially requesting that the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics, investigate Jim Inhofe for flagrant misuse of taxpayer funds for his personal use.

Senator Inhofe has repeatedly breached ethics rules. Inhofe was forced to reverse the purchase of Raytheon (defense contractor) stock in December after lobbying the Trump administration on increased defense spending. In March, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee were asked to investigate the Senator for insider trading.

What: Press Call

When: Today, August 6, 2020, 2:00 PM CDT

Who: Oklahoma Democratic Party & Chairwoman Alicia Andrews

Where: Press Call via Maestro – Register: okdemocrats.org/inhofe

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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.

06 Aug
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**MEDIA ADVISORY** ODP Press Conference on Inhofe Breach of Ethics

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

TODAY: Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Requests Inhofe Ethics Investigation

TULSA, OKLAHOMA — Today, August 6, 2020, at 11:00 am CDT, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairwoman Alicia Andrews will host a press conference officially requesting that the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics, investigate Jim Inhofe for flagrant misuse of taxpayer funds for his personal use.

Senator Inhofe has repeatedly breached ethics rules. Inhofe was forced to reverse the purchase of Raytheon (defense contractor) stock in December after lobbying the Trump administration on increased defense spending. In March, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee were asked to investigate the Senator for insider trading.

All attendees are asked to wear face coverings. There will be ample room to follow social distancing guidelines.

What: Press Conference

When: TODAY, August 6, 2020, 11:00 AM CDT

Who: Oklahoma Democratic Party & Chairwoman Alicia Andrews

Where: Tulsa Press Club, 415 S Boston Av #23, Tulsa, OK 74103

Press, please contact Angela Allmond, ODP Communications Director, at [email protected] to RSVP that you plan on attending.

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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.

04 Aug
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Oklahoma Democratic Party on Tulsa Black Lives Matter Mural

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

Interview Contacts:

Alicia Andrews, Chair
[email protected]
918-951-6344

Scott J. Hamilton, Executive Director
[email protected]
718-216-9200

Oklahoma Democratic Party on Tulsa Black Lives Matter Mural

OKLAHOMA CITY – Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, today called on Tulsa Mayor Bynum to lead with transparency.

Speaking about the city’s back-and-forth decision on allowing and then removing the Black Lives Matter painting from a city street, Andrews said, “As I understand it, the mural was painted without permission. Likely, the artists were caught up in the momentum of the nation and wanted to send a message that Tulsa is as inclusive as the other cities that displayed the same mural.

“Tulsa WAS celebrated as being a woke city. We were included in the national and international stories that heralded the awareness of the need for the conversation on racial justice,” said Andrews.

She said she had made inquiries in an attempt to get the full story – because, in her words, leaders must lead with facts.

“I was told that the city of Tulsa always intended to spend the money to remove the mural. They said that it has always been the plan.

“Well, …why now? Are we doing it now because we have had our moment in the sun? Was this North Tulsa’s consolation prize for the disastrous decision to allow a rally at the BOK Center that we were WARNED would be a super-spreader event? An event that, according to the CDC, was likely responsible for at least 500 new cases of COVID-19? Why now?” asked Andrews.

“The city is saying that the businesses adjacent to the mural want the mural removed. That is simply not true. The city gave the Greenwood Chamber a false choice,” explained Andrews. “The Chamber was told that it could stay if they were willing to take on the expense of maintaining the street – an expense that the city knew full well that the Chamber could not bear and should not be asked to bear,” Andrews said.

Greenwood has become a destination district and, according to Andrews, should be treated as such. “On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the nation’s most devastating race massacre coming, many MORE people will be coming to Greenwood. What side of history does the city want to be on?” asked Andrews.

“Governing is HARD work. I am calling for our elected officials, particularly the mayor, to LEAD TRANSPARENTLY and not to cave from pressures from outside of the affected district and to leave the mural as it is. Additionally, I ask that if the artists want to freshen the mural that they go through the proper channels,” Andrews continued.

“Hopefully, this time – they won’t be competing with the president for the mayor’s attention,” 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.

30 Jul
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Minority Leader Calls on Governor to Implement CDC Recommendations

Communications & Public Affairs
July 30, 2020

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

Minority Leader Calls on Governor to Implement CDC Recommendations

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, today released the following statement after a U.S. House of Representative COVID-19 subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, admonished Governor Kevin Stitt for not following the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommendations. Clyburn, who sent a letter to Stitt asking the governor’s office to submit documentation to the House subcommittee, said Stitt failed to implement five different recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

“We live in a time where every issue quickly becomes politically charged,” Virgin said. “I mention that because it is important to note that the recommendations the governor has chosen to ignore are coming from the White House. These different actions were created to keep citizens safe.

“In June, House Democrats asked the governor to implement a color-coded alert system that would help Oklahomans better prepare and react to the pandemic. We did not expect the governor to take that idea and create a less safe alternative to the CDC’s alert system. What we saw as a tool for transparency, the governor apparently saw as an opportunity to hide information from Oklahomans.

“The governor’s alert system waits longer than the CDC before recommending that actions be taken. This delay means more people will contract COVID. When you consider our rising cases and our rising hospitalizations, you can see how the governor ignoring these recommendations has been bad for Oklahoma.

“Additionally, think of the local municipalities that have been trying to navigate through this pandemic. They could have used this information to make better-informed decisions to keep their communities safe.

“Our citizens deserve to know when the governor received these recommendations from the CDC, what actions he took after he received them, and if he has chosen not to follow them, why he made that decision.

“Following the advice of public health experts is the best way to protect Oklahomans and the economy. We must implement these recommendations today. Every day the governor stalls for politics, more Oklahomans get sick.”

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