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22 Aug
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Free Online Training for Democratic Candidates

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Announces Free Online Training for Democratic Candidates

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is partnering with the National Democratic Training Committee to provide online training for any Democrat running for office and Democratic volunteers in the state of Oklahoma. The online candidate training apparatus is designed to give both first-time candidates and seasoned elected officials the know-how to run smart, successful campaigns at no cost to the candidate or the campaign.

Who: Democrats running for office and Democratic volunteers anywhere in this state for any position from School Board to Governor.

What: Free online training for all Oklahoma Democrats running for office and Democratic volunteers.

When: Training starts now and will always be available to Democrats in Oklahoma through this partnership between the Oklahoma Democratic Party and the National Democratic Training Committee.

How: Candidates and volunteers can sign up at www.traindemocrats.org/okdemocrats to get started.

“The Oklahoma Democratic Party is excited to be working with national experts at the National Democratic Training Committee,” stated Anna Langthorn, the Chair and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Providing quality training tools to all our candidates is one of our main goals for this year’s special elections and the 2018 election cycle.”

Questions about the program may be submitted by email to the Chair/Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Anna Langthorn at [email protected]

17 Aug
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Adopt the “Restoring Oklahoma” Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Scott Inman
Phone: (405) 557-7370

House Democrats Call on Republicans to Adopt the “Restoring Oklahoma” Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Democratic Caucus met today to discuss potential revenue measures for consideration should the Governor call for a special session. State Rep. and House Minority Leader Scott Inman today said a special legislative session was necessary in order to backfill the $215 million hole after the Oklahoma Supreme Court last week declared a $1.50 per pack fee on cigarettes unconstitutional. He said Democrats will stick with their original “Restoring Oklahoma” plan should the Oklahoma Legislature convene to tackle the budget issues.

“Democrats first presented a solution to these financial woes back in March, and we still believe it is the best option for Oklahoma,” said Inman, D-Del City. “Our caucus is disheartened because we fail to see a long-term strategy on the opposite side of the aisle. If there were ever a time to have a well-defined plan, it is now. The Democrats have that.”

Inman again called on Republican Leaders to discuss revenue measures and use a special session not only to fill the current budget hole but, to also set the state budget on a more stable path for the long-term.

Inman pushed back against the idea that $215 million could be filled by across-the-board cuts, saying lawmakers who pursued that option would need to “answer to their maker.”

“We won’t stand idly by while Republican lawmakers continue to slash agencies that have endured devastating blows time and time again. We should have made smart decisions while we were in session this past spring. The least we can do at this point is make wise choices now so rural hospitals won’t continue to be forced to file for bankruptcy and agencies won’t be left in the lurch,” Inman said.

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14 Aug
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RELEASE: Perez on 82nd Anniversary of Social Security

DNC Chair Tom Perez on 82nd Anniversary of Social Security

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the 82nd anniversary of the Social Security Act:

“When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, he said that this historic law would bring ‘protection to the average citizen’ and their family. Eight decades later, Social Security remains a cornerstone of our society, helping ensure the dignity of a secure retirement for millions of American families.

“Despite his campaign promise to protect Social Security, President Trump has proposed a budget that would cut billions from the program and leave some of our most vulnerable citizens without the economic security they deserve. Democrats believe that Social Security is a solemn promise that strengthens our middle class and expands opportunity [for] all Americans. As we celebrate this anniversary, we must continue to protect this vital program against the attacks of this administration and fight for the prosperity of generations to come.”

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12 Aug
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RELEASE: ODP Response to Charlottesville White Supremacist Protests

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2017

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

ODP Response to Charlottesville White Supremacist Protests

The Oklahoma Democratic Party rejects white supremacism in all forms. The Charlottesville protests are a cowardly display of ignorance and bigotry with deeply vile ideology that feeds on hate and fear.

Oklahoma Democrats stand in solidarity against white supremacism with people of color and all faiths across the United States and the world. We call upon every elected official in America to denounce the reprehensible acts of hatred and work to unite our country.

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

10 Aug
0

House Democratic Caucus Statement in Response to Oklahoma Court Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Rep. Scott Inman
Phone: (405) 557-7370
House Democratic Caucus Releases Statement in Response to Oklahoma Court Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Senate Bill 845 is unconstitutional.

SB845 was projected to raise more than $200 million for the current state budget by charging cigarette wholesalers a $1.50 per pack tax. During the legislative session, however, House Democrats warned Republicans that passing the unconstitutional legislation would have a detrimental impact on our state budget and state agencies. The measure passed the House with a partisan vote of 51 to 43.

The proposed revenue from the tax affects 7 percent of the appropriated budget to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, 10 percent of the appropriated budget to the Department of Human Services, and 23 percent of the appropriated budget to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The court’s ruling will likely prompt a special session, costing the state an additional $30,000 per day, and requiring lawmakers to return to the capitol to fix the now incomplete budget.

“In order to appease special interests, Republicans made a decision to ignore the House Democratic Caucus, Oklahoma citizens and the Oklahoma Constitution,” said Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa. “As a result of that decision, we are now facing a $200 million hole in our current budget. It is time for the Republican Leadership to stop playing political games and to start working on real solutions to fund state government. As we have been all year, the Democratic Caucus stands ready to negotiate a long-term solution to fix Oklahoma’s funding crisis.”

Rep. Collin Walke, D- Oklahoma City, a freshman Legislator said that he was elected to work for every day Oklahomans, and reiterated, “The Democratic Caucus will not support a solution that depends on regressive taxes while wealthy individuals and corporations continue to receive government handouts through tax credits, exemptions, and a decade of irresponsible tax cuts. It is time for the Republican majority to realize that an investment in the people of Oklahoma is an investment in the future of our state and it is absolutely imperative that the cycle of crisis created by negligent budgeting practices end.”

House Democrats held a public budget forum in the House Chamber on August 3rd, inviting all members of the House to listen to statements regarding the importance of these now threatened core services and to begin the work to reach an agreement in the event any of the revenue raising measures were struck down.

After the Forum, Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman stated, “We were sent to the Capitol to act in the best interest of the people, to provide core services for those most in need, to fund our schools, and build infrastructure for growth. The Democratic Caucus released a compromise budget plan that incorporated stable revenue to not only fill the budget shortfall, but also began the process of restoring cuts that have taken place over the last ten years. We put out a call to ask the Majority Caucus to come to [the] table and prepare for Special Session. Not a single member of the Republican Caucus showed up.”

The House Democratic Caucus is urging the Governor to call a Special Session immediately. Several members are requesting legislation be drafted reflecting proposals contained in the Restoring Oklahoma Plan, released in March of this year, with the intention to maximize the time used in a Special Session to not only restore cuts tied to the cigarette tax but also to put Oklahoma on a better path forward.

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