27 Nov

RELEASE: Tom Perez on Trump’s Racial Slur

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DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on President Trump’s racial slur disparagingly calling U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” at an event that was supposed to honor Navajo code talkers in the Oval Office:

“Donald Trump continues to debase the office of the presidency. These code talkers deserve our nation’s praise and gratitude, not a president who disrespects the Native American community and dishonors Native American veterans. What Trump displayed today was an embarrassment to our values and a disgraceful insult to the heroes of our history. Our country deserves better than this.”


16 Nov

MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show with Anna Langthorn

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Democrats feeling new energy, flipping seats in red Oklahoma


15 Nov

RELEASE: Democratic Caucus Statement on Continued Cuts to Agencies

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Nov. 15, 2017

Contact: State Rep. Steve Kouplen
Phone: (405) 557-7306

Democratic Caucus Statement on Continued Cuts to Agencies

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus has released the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1019.

“Today’s passage of the revised general appropriations bill, House Bill 1019, reflects a failure of the Republican majority to listen to their constituents, invest in the state’s future, and uphold their commitment to continue services for our most vulnerable populations. The measure cuts nearly 50 agencies an average of 2.5 percent with only seven months left in the fiscal year. All of these cuts will come from remaining funding effectively doubling the percentage cut.

Because this budget relies so heavily on one-time funding, including the raiding of several agency revolving funds and draining the state’s savings account, House Republicans have once again guaranteed a budget shortfall for the next legislative session.

Republican leadership has thrown up their hands and claimed this budget is the only option. This is patently false. They have refused to bring up several recurring revenue measures that only require 51 votes, including capping the itemized deduction and eliminating the capital gains exemption.

Additionally, Republican leadership team failed on their promise to bring 75 percent of their caucus in support of a recurring revenue package that included a modest increase in the gross production tax.

After two months of games, the Republican majority has passed the budget they had long intended; one that blindly cuts funding from agencies without consideration of the effects of those cuts. It has become painfully obvious that Republicans at the State Capitol never intended to solve the budget crisis during this special session. For seven weeks, House Republican leadership has given false hope to state employees, teachers, seniors, and many other groups desperate for stability and much-deserved pay raises. By the former Appropriation & Budget Chair’s own admission, this entire special session has been orchestrated to lead to this very outcome.

House Democrats will continue to fight for responsible, equitable, and stable revenue raising measures that will put our state on a more solid fiscal path going forward, including the revenue measures referenced above, a restoration of income tax cuts for high earners, and a restoration of the gross production tax cuts that have made Oklahoma’s rate the lowest in the nation.”


15 Nov

RELEASE: Tom Perez on Oklahoma’s Win

Tom Perez on Oklahoma’s Special Elections

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after a Democratic victory in the Oklahoma Senate:

“Congratulations to Allison Ikley-Freeman on her victory in her state Senate race, which flipped one more Republican-held seat from red to blue, a district that Trump carried just last year. At 26, Ikley-Freeman becomes the third openly gay person to be elected to the Oklahoma legislature. As we saw earlier this year, Oklahomans are voting for Democrats in these deep-red districts because they know our candidates will work to resolve the budget crisis facing Oklahomans and help build an economy that works for every working family, not just a wealthy few. Tonight’s results have once again added to our growing streak of victories from last week and over the summer. But this is just the beginning. The DNC is proud to have invested in this race and we will continue working with the Oklahoma Democratic Party to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”


14 Nov

Squandered Opportunity by Republican-Super-Majority Failed Leadership

Failed Republican Leadership

Oklahoma is in this budget mess due to the squandered opportunity and failed leadership by Republican-Super-Majority run legislature! When the Republicans continue to make promises they cannot keep, it’s time to make a change at the capitol.

"Lawmakers had plenty of sensible options for recurring revenues that could have balanced the budget responsibly. Instead, they are doubling down on one-time money and cuts. This is the inevitable but unfortunate consequence of last week’s failed vote in the House of Representatives on HB 1054.

For those fearing the worst cuts, the new budget represents a partial reprieve. Overall funding is just $30 million, or 0.4 percent, less than the budget passed in May, according to our preliminary analysis. It avoids further cuts to Common Educations, Corrections, and several other critical agencies. In addition, it mostly fills the massive shortfalls that were facing the Medicaid agency, DHS and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. This will hopefully allow these agencies to rescind the devastating cuts they would otherwise be forced to make starting December 1st. "

See original OK Policy article by David Blatt – Squandered Opportunity

Remember this today when you head to the polls. Democrats have 3 candidates ready to commit to making that change and all it takes is for you to show up today and VOTE!

Get out and Vote BLUE Oklahoma: Chris VanLandingham HD76, Steven Vincent SD45 & Allison Ikley-Freeman SD37. We need to see Democrats turning out at the polls and VOTING! Learn more about your district candidates and share:

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