11 Jan

Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Failed to File Reports for Outside Legal Contracts

According to the Frontier, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has not filed legally required reports since 2012, listing all the attorneys paid for outside legal services in numerous lawsuits.

“Though state law requires all agencies to report what they spend each year to hire outside attorneys, Attorney General Scott Pruitt has failed to follow that law since 2012, omitting his agency from reports he must compile, an investigation by The Frontier has found.

“Pruitt has engaged in years of complex litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency — which President-elect Donald Trump has nominated him to lead — as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. Pruitt is awaiting a confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 18 before the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Mark Hammons, an Oklahoma City attorney and chairman of the state Democratic Party, said he was troubled that Pruitt has not disclosed how the state funded its ongoing lawsuits against the EPA.”

Read more of The Frontier’s Report…
By Ziva Brannstetter Jan. 11, 2017

10 Jan

The ODP Bids President Obama Farewell

The ODP Bids President Obama Farewell

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tonight, President Obama will deliver his farewell address. The Oklahoma Democratic Party reflects on how far we have come in the last eight years under President Obama’s leadership. We’ve had 74 months of job growth, made affordable health care a reality for millions of Americans, led the fight to ensure equality for all, and made a historic commitment to protecting the environment and addressing the impact of climate change. Obama’s record of achievement has made him one of the most popular outgoing presidents in history, with one of the highest approval rating of an outgoing President in 40 years.

As President Obama stated this week, “We’ve run our leg of the race, and we’ve done a pretty darn good job…by almost every measure the country is better off now than when I started.” And the Oklahoma Democratic Party concurs.


The mission of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is to represent working people in Oklahoma and the best way to accomplish that is to elect Democrats to all areas of government. Oklahoma Democrats are progressive and sensible. We are optimistic about the future, and we are determined to see Oklahoma’s traditional values upheld. More information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party can be found at or by calling (405) 427-3366.

10 Jan

Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations Around Oklahoma

Martin Luther King Parade
Sunday, January 15, 2017 , 3:00
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
5700 N. Kelley

NAACP/Jewish Cross Cultural Program
Sunday January 15, 2017, 6:00 PM The Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition is proud to co-sponsor this important community event. Location: Temple B’nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Day: MLK
On the third Monday of January each year, the entire nation takes pause to honor the life, memory, impact and service of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s birthday was Jan. 15, and though the holiday was established in many states long before, it wasn’t a federal holiday until Ronald Reagan signed the law in 1983. The first official federal observance was in 1986.

Observed on Jan. 16 in 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Day sees a variety of types of commemorations across the United States. Oklahoma City events range from the yearly parade through downtown to a silent march. Below get detailed information on the holiday events in the metro.

The Prayer Breakfast
The 20th annual Midwest City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Reed Conference Center near Rose State College will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.Organizers expect between 400-500 people will enjoy breakfast followed by speeches and music.

Silent March and Bell Ringing
Monday, January 16, 2017 The traditional 9 AM Silent March, representing the true spirit of the modern Civil Rights Movement, begins at the Freedom Center, 2609 North Martin Luther King Blvd., and travels west on 23rd to the History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. (map). At 11:00 am, the annual Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place.

Job Fair
Monday January 16, 2017, 9:00am-1:00pm Our job fair is free of charge to all job seekers. Douglas High School 900 N. MLK Jr. Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK.

Public Commemoration Program
Annual King Holiday Program Monday, January 16 2017, Noon St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 127 N.W. 7th , Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 2017 Celebrations “A Time for Change Is Now.” THE 2017 OKC MLK COALITION HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Program will be posted when available. Lift Every Voice And Sing Lyrics Written by- James Weldon Johnson Lift every.

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade Monday, January 16 2017 theme is “A Time for Change Is Now.” Thanks to you and the thousands of patrons who lined the streets to watch, last year’s King Holiday Parade was a success. Our 2017 theme, “A Time for Change Is Now.” takes on even greater significance.

Myriad Gardens Activities
In conjunction with the Ralph Ellison Foundation, the Myriad Botanical Gardens will hold an event on Jan. 16 featuring food trucks, music, crafts and readings. The schedule is as follows:

• 1 p.m.: Poetry Readings by Najah Hylton and Gregory McPherson II from Ralph Ellison Foundation
• 1:30 p.m.: Story Time
• 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Peace Dove Craft
• 2:30 p.m.: Reciting of Martin L. King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Steven Oliven from Ralph Ellison Foundation, on the Water Stage or South Lobby, Crystal Bridge (depending on weather)
• 3-4 p.m.: The Sanctuary Choir from the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of Truth will perform gospel music on the Water Stage or South Lobby, Crystal Bridge (depending on weather)

Photo Credit: King speaking to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, April 27, 1967 from the Minnesota Historical Society

06 Jan

Obama Economy Created 156,000 Jobs Last Month, Bringing Total to 15.8 Million Since 2010

For Immediate Release
January 6, 2017
Contact: DNC Press – 202-863-8148

Obama Economy Created 156,000 Jobs Last Month, Bringing Total to 15.8 Million Since 2010

WASHINGTON – DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released the following statement in response to the December jobs report, which is the last monthly report of President Obama’s tenure, and which showed wages growing at the fastest pace since 2009, with 156,000 new jobs created and the unemployment rate remaining below five percent:

“The last eight years of Democratic leadership in the White House have clearly steered our economy in the right direction. At the end of the last Republican administration, our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month and millions of Americans were losing their homes and life savings. But under the Obama economy we have roared back. Wages are growing faster than at any point in the last seven years, the unemployment rate is less than half of its peak during the Great Recession, and U.S. businesses have added more than 15.8 million new jobs since early 2010.

“As Donald Trump prepares to take office, the American people are watching closely to see if he works to build on our progress or drag us backward. Everything Trump has done so far only reinforces the notion that he’s in this for himself and doesn’t care about ordinary hardworking Americans. His refusal to put his business assets in a blind trust has already created a litany of conflicts of interest. And he has abandoned his promise to ‘drain the swamp’ by filling his cabinet with special interests, Washington insiders, and the same Wall Street billionaires who contributed to the last financial crisis.

“None of this bodes well for families who can still feel the effects of the Great Recession. Democrats will hold Trump accountable if he attempts to use the presidency to enrich himself and undo our hard-won progress. And we will continue to offer the ideas and solutions that will move the economy forward and lift up American workers.”

05 Jan

DNC Statement on Trump Rewarding Florida A.G., Pam Bondi with White House Job

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2017
Contact: DNC Press- [email protected]

DNC Statement on Trump Rewarding Florida A.G., Pam Bondi with White House Job

WASHINGTON – The DNC released the following statement in response to a report that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be awarded a senior job in Donald Trump’s administration. In 2013, Bondi declined to investigate Trump University following an illegal political contribution made by Trump through his Foundation to Bondi’s re-election campaign for $25,000. Trump also hosted a political fundraiser for Bondi soon after. Trump’s fraudulent university ultimately scammed more than 5,000 people out of $40 million and was investigated by Attorney Generals in multiple other states.

“Pam Bondi’s appointment by Trump to a position in our nation’s highest office will be the latest transaction between two people whose previous corrupt dealings hurt thousands of Americans who made the mistake of trusting Trump with their education and Bondi with protecting them from scams. Bondi is being rewarded once again for participating in Trump’s world of pay-to-play with a posh job in the White House. We shouldn’t be surprised – this is exactly the kind of corruption that Trump brings everywhere he goes. Jump in Ms. Bondi, the swamp is warm.” –DNC National Press Secretary Adrienne Watson

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