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25 Feb
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2017 DNC Chair and Officer Elections: Perez New DNC Chair – Ellison New DNC Deputy Chair

2017 DNC Chair and Officer Elections: Perez New DNC Chair – Ellison New DNC Deputy Chair

The Democratic National Committee held their 2017 Winter Meeting this past week in Atlanta to elect DNC Officers. Tom Perez and Keith Ellison emerged as the favorites with first round voting results of 213.5 votes for Perez and 200 for Ellison. Second round voting results gave a win to Tom Perez with 235 votes and 200 votes for Keith Ellison.

Perez, former U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017, is the first Latino leader of the Democratic Party. He is the son of immigrant parents and has been a progressive advocate for workers, a community organizer, and union supporter. As a sign of unity, Perez’s first motion was to appoint Ellison as Deputy Chair:

“I would like to begin by making a motion, it is a motion that I have discussed with a good friend, and his name is Keith Ellison,” Perez said during his acceptance speech, announcing the appointment.

“Did I hear a second?” asked Perez.

“Second!” the DNC audience shouted.

Newly appointed DNC Deputy Chair, Keith Ellison, also an organizer and progressive advocate for the working class, spoke to DNC members about unifying the Party:

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison said.

Election of remaining officers followed the Chair elections. The new DNC Leadership is listed below:

  • Chair: Tom Perez, former U.S. Secretary of Labor under Barack Obama
  • Deputy Chair: Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district
  • Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation: Karen Carter Peterson
  • Vice Chairs:
    • Michael Blake, New York Assemblyman
    • Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary–Treasurer of the AFL-CIO
    • Grace Meng, U.S. Representative from New York’s 6th congressional district
  • Treasurer: Bill Derrough
  • Secretary: Jason Rae
  • Finance Chair: Henry Muñoz III

Position of chair

The chair of the DNC is charged with carrying out the party’s policies and overseeing the Democratic National Convention. One of the main functions of the party chair is to raise money for the party and to direct where that money is spent in local, state, and federal races. The 2017 chair race is notable because it is the first contested chair race since 2005. When Democrats have controlled the White House, a Democratic president typically recommends a chair and the party members approve that choice. [1]

  1. Democratic National Committee, “Bylaws,” accessed February 8, 2017

24 Feb
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RELEASE: House Minority Leader Scott Inman – Featured Guest on “The Hot Seat”

OKLAHOMA CITY (24 February 2017) – House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, will be the featured guest on “The Hot Seat” program this weekend.

Prompted by program moderator Scott Mitchell, Inman will discuss the $900 million state budget hole “and how we propose to climb out of it.” One partial solution that’s the subject of negotiations between the Democrats and Republican legislative and executive leaders is raising the oil/gas gross production tax from 2% to 4%.

“The Hot Seat” airs at 7:50 a.m. Saturdays on KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City. Afterward the program is streamed on the Internet, where it can be accessed at www.news9.com/yourvotecounts.

MIKE W. RAY
Media Director, Democratic Caucus
Oklahoma House of Representatives
(405) 962-7819 office
(405) 245-4411 mobile

24 Feb
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RELEASE: House Dems Caucus – Tahlequah, OKC Legislators Oppose Measure which Poses a Threat To Autism Law that’s Been on Books for Barely Four Months

Tahlequah, OKC Legislators Oppose Measure which Poses a Threat

To Autism Law that’s Been on Books for Barely Four Months

OKLAHOMA CITY (24 February 2017) – It took at least four attempts in eight years before the state Legislature required insurance carriers – in a law that went into effect Nov. 1, 2016 – to provide coverage for autistic disorders. The victory may be short-lived, state Rep. Matt Meredith lamented Friday.

House Bill 1712 by Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, and Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, would allow any “domestic insurer … transacting business in this state” to “offer a health benefit plan that does not contain one or more regulated health benefits.”

During debate on the measure in the House Committee on Insurance, Meredith, D-Tahlequah, asked, “What will this bill do to the autism bill that passed last year?”

Moore told Meredith that the bill the Legislature passed in 2016 would not be repealed, but services could be eliminated from insurance coverage options.

HB 1712 conveys the impression that legislators are “more concerned with the bottom line than what insurance will cover,” said Rep. Shane Stone, D-Oklahoma City. Oklahomans “will be hurt by what we are doing in this committee today,” he warned.

Moore’s bill received a “do pass” recommendation from the Insurance Committee in a 6-4 vote Feb. 21 – Meredith, Stone, and Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City, were among the opponents – and awaits a vote by the entire House of Representatives.

House Bill 1712 “would effectively undo the legislation which the Legislature passed last year, regardless of what Representative Moore told me,” said Meredith, D-Tahlequah.

House Bill 2962, by then-Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, requires insurance coverage for autistic disorders. The bill passed both the House and the Senate in split votes last year and was signed into law by the governor. Moore, chairman of the House Insurance Committee, and Brown, a retired insurance agent, both opposed HB 2962.

Meredith’s predecessor in House District 4, then-Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, introduced three bills during his tenure (HB 1312 in 2009, HB 1624 in 2010, and HB 2529 in 2012) in efforts to make insurance coverage for autistic disorders compulsory, but all three measures died. In fact, Moore made the “do not pass” motion in 2009 that killed Brown’s HB 1312 in the House Committee on Economic Development and Financial Services, the House Journal shows.

Meredith, who manages his family’s insurance agencies in Tahlequah and Muskogee, voted against Moore’s HB 1712 and vowed to oppose the measure if it is brought to the House floor for a vote.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are many types of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

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MIKE W. RAY
Media Director, Democratic Caucus
Oklahoma House of Representatives
(405) 962-7819 office
(405) 245-4411 mobile

22 Feb
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Celebrating Angela Monson’s Achievements – Black History Month

Celebrating Angela Monson’s Achievements – Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Oklahoma Democratic Party celebrates the achievements of Angela Monson, the first African-American woman assistant majority floor leader in the Oklahoma legislature.

After graduating from Oklahoma City University with a degree in criminal justice, Monson went on to earn her Masters of Science in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She also worked for the Oklahoma Department of Correction in Shawnee and as a traveling city manager in Oklahoma before pursuing a career in politics.

Monson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 for District 99 and served as an Oklahoma Senator for District 48 from 1993 to 2005. In 2003 Monson became the first African-American woman to fill the role of assistant majority floor leader in the Oklahoma legislature. She also served on numerous committees to include Chair of Education, Chair of Finance, Chair of the Appropriations Sub-committee on Group Health and Employee Benefits, and Appropriations, and Vice-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Health and Social Services.

Largely involved with the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, Monson sponsored many health care bills and was nationally recognized for her involvement with the Mental Health Parity Act. After serving in the Senate, Monson began her work as the Director of Health Policy Development and Analysis for the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center and is a member of the OU Medical Center board of trustees. She has been recognized as Legislator and Woman of the Year in Government and received the Silver Banner Award from the Tuscan government, Kate Barnard Award, and Friends of Children Award.

22 Feb
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RELEASE: DNC Chair Statement on White House Rollback of Transgender Protections

DNC Chair Statement on White House Rollback of Transgender Protections

WASHINGTON – DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released the following statement:

“It’s clear that the most extreme elements of this administration are in total control. There is no group, no matter how vulnerable, that they won’t target, and absolutely no Republican official who can stop them is lifting a finger to do so. Secretary Betsy DeVos and others in the Trump administration know transgender kids are at increased risk of bullying and suicide, and yet she and this entire administration signed off on this shameful action anyway. This isn’t politics, it’s disgusting violence that targets the most vulnerable members of our society.”

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