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16 Sep
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Delay of SQ 820 Another Stitt Political

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Delay of SQ 820 Another Stitt Political Game

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 – Stitt is thwarting the people’s will with his hands all over the continuous delays in getting State Question 820, the legalization of recreational marijuana, on the mid-term election ballot. SQ820 received enough signatures to get on the November ballot and was filed in plenty of time. Still, new procedures for counting signatures conveniently delayed the process, and Stitt has refused to help ensure the voters’ voices are heard.

“When a state-run organization, overseen by the governor, delays a process that represents the will of the people, the state has an obligation to go above and beyond to meet that obligation so as not to suppress the voters,” commented Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“These constant delays are the same political stunts Oklahomans have come to expect from this man. He’s trying to keep the state question off the general election to avoid a large voter turnout. What does that say about his character? What does this say about the Republicans? We know that the Republican legislators have been furious about previous state questions that have passed, feeling that they know better than voters what should and should not be law.”

“Stitt and the Republicans will do everything they can to silence the peoples’ vote, especially if it comes to improved rights for everyday Oklahomans. If the issue were about book banning, women’s reproductive rights, or anti-LGBTQ+, Stitt and the Republicans would be fighting to get a state question on the ballot no matter the situation. But as long as it’s an issue that empowers the people to vote, voter suppression will again raise its ugly head,” 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.

26 Aug
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Senator Boren responds to Gov. Stitt’s attack on professional educators

Immediate Release: August 26, 2022

Senator Boren responds to Gov. Stitt’s attack on professional educators

OKLAHOMA CITY. – On Friday, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, warned against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order claiming to protect school employees from being pressured into paying union dues.

“On Thursday, the State Board of Education approved another 1,077 emergency certifications for teachers, bringing the total for this school year to over 3,000 because of Oklahoma’s unresolved and growing teacher shortage. Partisan and divisive executive orders like Governor Stitt’s are not protecting teachers. Instead, they give teachers one more reason to leave the classroom.

“There is no objective evidence that large numbers of teachers are pressured into joining unions in Oklahoma. Instead, this is one more partisan-driven, false narrative that slanders dues-paying members of the Professional Educators of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Educators Association, and American Federation of Teachers. Oklahoma cannot improve our schools when politicians keep on abusing their power to advance their toxic anti-public school agenda.”

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For more information, contact: Sen. Boren: (405) 521-5553 or Mary.Boren@oksenate.gov

18 Aug
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Education Secretary Focused on Tearing Down Public Education

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Education Secretary Focused on Tearing Down Public Education

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — August 18, 2022 – Ryan Walters, Stitt’s unilaterally appointed Education Secretary, continues to fail at putting your child’s public education first. Instead, he spends all of his time ripping public education apart with school vouchers that steal money from public education funds and funnel it into private schools all while destroying teachers’ and librarians’ ability to put their children’s education before political agendas.

“When you are a leader responsible for every child’s education, not just an exclusive few, your responsibility is to ensure all children receive quality public services and resources,” commented Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Oklahoma citizens pay public taxes and expect those taxes not to leave the public services in their area. Why isn’t Walters, a public servant himself, focused on strengthening public education instead of siphoning the public dollars for private use?” asked Andrews.

“Walters is failing as Education Secretary. He will further tank public education at our children’s expense if elected for a higher job that he is unqualified to manage. Considering him for Superintendent of Public Instruction will subject our children to more cuts, more culture wars, and less public dollars for education resources, and embolden more anti-public-education acts like school vouchers and banning books. Based on the failure of the ClassWallet debacle, Walters has demonstrated his lack of focus on the entirety of the job he currently holds. Why should we promote him?

“Oklahoma deserves better than what Walters has demonstrated as to what he will do for Oklahoma. Qualified and better-informed leaders understand how important public education is to the future of our state as well as better preparing students to handle going out into the world and to be better equipped to face diverse situations,” continued Andrews.

“What takes place in classrooms and schools can make or break our state. A strong public education is essential to our community and the development of future citizens to be competitive in a global world and economy. Walters is more interested in distracting from real issues facing our schools with his fake “wokism” balderdash. It’s vitally important that the public not be fooled into believing that Walters has their children’s education first on his mind. If he did, he wouldn’t be using students and teachers as political pawns and ignoring the real public education crisis our state is dealing with – teacher shortages and an underfunded education system,” 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.

28 Jul
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The GOP Game of Distraction and Pivoting

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

The GOP Game of Distraction and Pivoting

OKLAHOMA CITY—JULY 28 2022 – Oklahoma Republicans are again flinging false attacks on Democrats for their own blunders. The only way the GOP knows how to deal with the successes and accomplishments of Democrats and the Biden administration is to blame others while they hide their own scandals and corrupt actions. Oklahomans are tired of hearing the whining of a Party that has been running our state for over 11 years. The Bridge the Gap program was designed to allocate $8 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to help low-income families and students during the pandemic.

“The Federal government has demanded funds be returned for questionable expenditures and failure to follow regulations. But Oklahoma Republicans are instead deflecting from their own failures by blaming Democrats. Stitt forced Oklahoma school districts to return to in-person learning, putting the health and safety of teachers and students at risk and eventually leading to extreme outbreaks that pushed school closings. He is now pointing fingers and trying to pivot on the issues because the Feds are onto his mishandling of the money on his watch,” stated Oklahoma Democratic Party Executive Director Scott J. Hamilton.

“Stitt called for an internal audit to make it look like he was looking into the issue but refused to disclose the findings. The Federal government wasn’t having any of this mischief. Stitt claims to be an accomplished businessman who would make Oklahoma a top 10 state. He has instead proven how he would turn us into the lowest ranking State in the union while making him the worst corrupt governor in history,” continued Hamilton.

“We must not be distracted by the Republicans and Stitt’s pathetic tactics of pivoting and passing blame. Stitt is desperate to remain relevant as scandals engulf him and those he has appointed. The only ones to blame for our State’s failures are Stitt and his cronies, who will bow to his every wish. It’s important for voters to clearly understand that Stitt isn’t looking out for Oklahomans’ best interest. He is only interested in himself, his vanity, and how he can turn a profit for himself and his friends. Come November, Oklahomans’ voices will be heard,” concluded Hamilton.

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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.

26 Jul
0

When Will the OKGOP Wake-up?

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

When Will the OKGOP Wake-up?

OKLAHOMA CITY—JULY 26, 2022 – The silence from the OKGOP and our state’s Republican leaders is deafening regarding their hate-filled, bigoted candidates. It’s almost as if the Republicans are afraid to stand up against one of their own bullies for fear of political retaliation and loss of voter support. Their inaction should clearly demonstrate their true character and alliance.

“Oklahoma Republicans have a notorious and sickening history of either promoting hatred or not publicly condemning dangerous hateful vitriol, especially during a volatile time in our history. And this is as our nation is still reeling after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in the name of Christian Nationalism,” noted Scott J. Hamilton, Oklahoma Democratic Party Executive Director.

“Oklahoma Republicans have a responsibility to stand up to hatred among their candidates and leaders,” stated Hamilton. “To remain silent alone shows that the OKGOP supports antisemitism and bigotry towards LGBTQ+ groups and has no backbone to put the fair treatment of any marginalized group ahead of politics. There is no place for hate and intolerance from candidates, leaders, or the Republican Party. Silence only allows the ugly head of bigotry to grow until it is out of control, as we have seen on the national stage and throughout our country’s history.

“It’s easy for the Oklahoma Republican Party and Republican leaders to hide from directly dealing with complex issues because they may not understand the different cultural wars at play. This is why all candidates and leaders need to be better informed and more aware of our differences and start applying critical thinking before they run for office and attend diversity training while in office. When we raise and hold our children accountable not to hate, no less should be accepted from our adult leaders,” Hamilton 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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