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18 May
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House Democrats Respond to Special Session Announcement

Communications & Public Affairs
May 18, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405) 962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

House Democrats Respond to Special Session Announcement

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Democrats released the following statements today after legislative Republicans called a special session to move the approving authority for American Rescue Plan funds from the executive branch to the Legislature.

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman:
“House Democrats have consistently warned against giving the executive branch excessive authority. Today, legislative Republicans listened and are now calling for a special session to reclaim Governor Stitt’s unchecked authority.

“Throughout the last month, media reports have shown that the Stitt Administration is not up to the task of ensuring taxpayer money is spent properly. It is apparent that the governor’s own safeguards have not been effective enough to ensure his cabinet members and appointees do their job to protect tax dollars.

“I appreciate Speaker McCall and Senate Pro Tem Treat for acknowledging the shortcomings of the governor and committing to a transparent, open process to disburse these funds.”

Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-OKC:
“My colleagues and I on the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding have worked diligently for months to properly distribute ARPA dollars to communities across our state for education, health care, broadband, and our economy. Our communities have suffered so much since the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s important that we get these funds distributed as soon as possible.”

“The Governor’s inability and unwillingness to distribute ARPA dollars has been worrisome, so I am grateful legislative leaders have decided to take action. As members of the Legislature, we take seriously the responsibility to appropriate funds to best serve Oklahomans.”

Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa:
“Today, the Legislature in a bipartisan fashion declared Governor Kevin Stitt can’t be trusted and is unfit to lead Oklahoma during this crucial time in our state’s history. Scandals, disinformation, disfunction, and incompetence led to this historic action by the Legislature.

“I hope all Oklahomans are taking note of the fact that the Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate have sent a clear signal that Governor Stitt shouldn’t be responsible for Oklahoma tax dollars.”

Rep. Collin Walke, D-OKC:
“I’m glad we’ve pulled the ARPA funds from the control of the most incompetent governor and administration in Oklahoma history – and that’s saying something!”

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11 May
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DNC on Women’s Health Protection Act Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2022

DNC on Women’s Health Protection Act Vote

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement following the vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act in the U.S. Senate:

“Make no mistake: reproductive rights will be on the ballot in November. The Republican Party’s extremism knows no bounds. They’ve made clear a federal ban on abortion is on the table should they take power. And across the country, Republican state legislators are poised to weaponize the anticipated far-right Supreme Court decision to threaten access to birth control and IVF, and even criminalize reproductive health care. This is what’s at stake.

“The majority of Americans oppose this extreme agenda. Republicans cannot be allowed to impose their ultra-MAGA wishlist on our country. We must elect more Democrats in November in order to protect the fundamental rights of all Americans. From now until Election Day, the DNC will work to do just that. And we will hold every last MAGA Republican accountable for their all-out assault on women’s health and for their continued efforts to strip away the rights of Americans.”

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09 May
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The Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Women’s Health Week

For Immediate Release

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

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Women’s Health Week

OKLAHOMA CITY—MAY 9, 2022 – The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following statement at the start of National Women’s Health Week, following news last week that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would deal a devastating blow to women’s health and reproductive rights. In addition, this past weekend Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed a GOP majority could focus on a federal abortion ban.

“This Women’s Health Week, Oklahoma voters deserve to know that the Supreme Court is set to overturn the critical protections for women’s health in Roe v. Wade because of the radical anti-abortion agenda that Republicans have been pushing for decades,” stated Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair.

“As if that wasn’t bad enough, Republicans have now opened the door to a federal abortion ban that could take their extreme agenda of eliminating women’s rights and further eroding health care access for women,” 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.

09 May
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Stitt Takes Credit for Democratic Work

For Immediate Release

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

Stitt Takes Credit for Democratic Work

OKLAHOMA CITY—MAY 9, 2022 – Our corruption-plagued-do-nothing governor can’t lead, so he has to fly on the shirttails of Democrats and take credit for the hard groundwork they put forth.

“What else can Oklahomans expect from a governor who cares more about his ego than the people he’s supposed to serve?” asked Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Stitt is so desperate to be relevant; that when he is not making false claims to boost said ego, he’s taking credit for the critical things Democrats have been working on for years. This is straight out of the national Republican campaign playbook and Stitt has, once again, joined the bandwagon; forgetting that he represents Oklahoma. Voters should be aware of his real goal of reelection, any way he can get it, including hiding corruption and taking credit for the work of others.

“Stitt spent his Thursday in a photo op session riding a mechanical bull at the Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma, congratulating the technology company for expanding its operations at the MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma. He is also taking credit for expanding connectivity broadband to rural Oklahomans,” Andrews continued.

“As a reminder, the Google data center was initiated as part of Democratic Governor Nigh’s (1973-1987) 1985 Business Incentive to bring business and technology to Oklahoma. Democratic Governor Henry (2003-2011) brought Google to Pryor, Oklahoma, in 2011, adding high-tech jobs to our state. Fast forward to the present, it’s the Biden administration’s Infrastructure Law that has given Oklahoma the ability to expand broadband into rural communities, not Stitt. In other words, Stitt’s ineffectiveness as a leader has pushed him to hijack Democratic accomplishments, so he can falsely claim credit for something Democrats have done instead.

“The Oklahoma Democratic Party is focused on bringing Stitt and his Republican cohorts’ corruptive and misleading ventures to light so that more Oklahoma voters are aware of what’s at stake this November. Stitt has run our state into the ground by aligning himself with MAGA rhetoric and corruption at every turn. Our job as voters is to ensure that we replace him with someone who cares about Oklahoma and will fight the lack of transparency, corruption, and the lies,” 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.

03 May
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53 Democratic State Parties Issue Statement on Leaked SCOTUS Intent to Overturn Roe v. Wade

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
Contact: asdc@dnc.org

53 Democratic State Parties Issue Statement on Leaked SCOTUS Intent to Overturn Roe v. Wade

“The shockwaves of Donald Trump’s presidency are neither gone nor forgotten. We are heartbroken – but not surprised – to see the draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court indicating it intends to overturn a half-century constitutional jurisprudence in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“Many of us live in states where abortion access has been overturned or torn apart by extremist Republicans who have no business interfering in personal health decisions. Abortion bans are not favored by a majority of Americans, and they never will be. They are, however, supported by an extremist group of right wing primary voters and donors – and that’s why the GOP continues to fight to restrict abortion access nationally and in our legislatures.

“In the wake of this decision, the Supreme Court’s anticipated opinion will signal a return of power to the elected representatives of each state and territory. Therefore, it is important now, more than ever, that we protect and exercise those rights that remain intact — our First Amendment rights to associate and to vote representatives into office who will stand firm and protect their constituents from the threats and whims of conservatives.

“Across America, our State Democratic Parties will work tirelessly to recruit, train, and support Democratic candidates for state and federal office who will fight for the right to abortion. We encourage our federal legislators to codify Roe immediately. We cannot and will not wait.”

Signed By:

Alabama Democratic Party
Alaska Democratic Party
Arizona Democratic Party
Arkansas Democratic Party
California Democratic Party
Colorado Democratic Party
Connecticut Democratic Party
DC Democratic Party
Delaware Democratic Party
Democrats Abroad
Florida Democratic Party
Georgia Democratic Party
Guam Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Hawai‘i
Idaho Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Illinois
Indiana Democratic Party
Iowa Democratic Party
Kansas Democratic Party
Louisiana Democratic Party
Maine Democratic Party
Maryland Democratic Party
Massachusetts Democratic Party
Michigan Democratic Party
Minnesota DFL Party
Mississippi Democratic Party
Missouri Democratic Party
Montana Democratic Party
Nebraska Democratic Party
Nevada State Democratic Party
New Hampshire Democratic Party
New Jersey Democratic State Committee
New Mexico Democratic Party
New York State Democratic Party
North Carolina Democratic Party
North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
Ohio Democratic Party
Oklahoma Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Oregon
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Rhode Island Democratic Party
South Carolina Democratic Party
South Dakota Democratic Party
Tennessee Democratic Party
Texas Democratic Party
Utah Democratic Party
Vermont Democratic Party
Virginia Democratic Party
Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands
Washington State Democratic Party
West Virginia Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Wyoming Democratic Party

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