30 Sep

Dorman Campaign Releases Polling Memo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CONTACT: Alex Kaplan, Joe Dorman for Oklahoma  

[email protected] | 405-971-4563


  Dorman Campaign Releases Polling Memo – Schedules media conference call with polling expert, Tom Bonier

OKLAHOMA CITY  On Monday the Democratic nominee for governor, Joe Dorman, released a statement referencing a recent poll conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs touting a marginal 2 percent lead by incumbent Mary Fallin. Today the campaign released the memo (attached) and has scheduled a media conference call with pollster Tom Bonier, Co-Founder and Partner of Clarity Campaign Labs. Please RSVP with Press Secretary Alex Kaplan at [email protected]com.

WHO:             Conference Call with pollster Tom Bonier, Clarity Campaign Labs

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

RSVP:            Alex Kaplan, Press Secretary – [email protected]

Click here to see the Polling Memo:
Oklahoma Governor Survey MEMO 09.2014-1


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25 Sep

Dorman Calls Rehiring of CTB/MCGRAW-Hill “Mind-Boggling”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 25, 2014

CONTACT: Alex Kaplan, Joe Dorman for Oklahoma 

[email protected] | 405-971-4563


Yet Another Example of Fallin & Barresi’s Failed Leadership


OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Dorman, Democratic nominee for governor, said the proposed no-bid contract from the State Department of Education with CTB/McGraw-Hill is harmful for Oklahoma’s education system and exemplifies an anti-education agenda run amok.

“Janet Barresi’s decision to renew with CTB/McGraw Hill is mind-boggling and a reckless use of taxpayer dollars,” said Dorman. “This is a firm that botched the state writing tests not one, but two years in a row, and now Barresi wants to hire them again? She is completely tone-deaf to the needs of Oklahoma educators and children.”

Continued Dorman, “Mary Fallin shares the same failed education policies of Janet Barresi and has, in lockstep with Barresi, dug Oklahoma’s education system into a ditch with terrible ‘Fal-esi’ policies and blatant cronyism. Under their policies, these writing tests are supposed to be used for the A-F school grading system. There is no possible way to view that system as legitimate when it relies on these bungled tests. Clearly nothing — parents, educators, academic studies, facts — will get in the way of Fallin and Barresi’s Washington-bureaucrat agenda. They are dangerously out of touch with Oklahomans.”

Dorman said this whole fiasco is why Oklahoma must eliminate high states testing and elect a real pro-education official into the Governor’s office. 

“To provide an education system that helps our students and enjoys the full confidence of Oklahomans, we must get rid of high-stakes testing,” said Dorman. “Under my ‘Classrooms First’ plan, we will instead use the ACT to measure the progress of students, and we will use the money that went to CTB/McGraw-Hill for remediation. My administration will also never hire a company that has failed our students twice. Oklahomans deserve a Governor who will take the lead on fixing the failed policies of the last four years and create real solutions for our education system. Mary Fallin has failed our students, and she’s only making the problems worse. It’s time Oklahoma fire her on November 4th, just as they did with Janet Barresi.”

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24 Sep

Polls Show Fallin in Trouble – DC Interest Groups Come Running

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CONTACT: Alex Kaplan, Joe Dorman for Oklahoma 

[email protected] | 405-971-4563


Polls Show Fallin In Trouble – DC Interest Groups Come Running

OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Dorman, Democratic nominee for governor, held a press conference today to talk about the recent media buy from the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) for Mary Fallin. 

“The RGA is spewing lies in the recent media buy for Governor Fallin. Once again she is hiding behind Washington bureaucrats and depending on others to do her bidding,” said Dorman. “Why is the Governor afraid? Fallin is obviously out of touch with not only Oklahomans, but how to effectively run a campaign.” 

The RGA purchased a $193,660 broadcast media buy in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to run September 24 through October 6 and $22,368 on cable networks for the same duration. The ad arguably claims that Fallin has stood up to Washington on gun control, Common Core, and taxes. 

“This is a commercial that highlights Fallin’s flip flops. She took $3 million from the Affordable Care Act, she was a staunch supporter of Common Core until a majority of Oklahomans were against the policy, when in Congress, Fallin voted for HR 7311 in 2008 to allow protection for immigrant children, and she promoted a property tax increase on the backs of working Oklahomans,” said Dorman. “I’m tired of the lies she is allowing her D.C. cronies and her spokesperson to spread.”

“It’s time Oklahoma had a Governor who is wiling to take the lead on tough issues and address the needs of our citizens. I will work for the best interests of Oklahomans and a true voice for our state.”

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18 Sep

Senator Newberry Violates Oklahoma Ethics Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2014

Contact: Trav Robertson

P: (405) 427-3366


Newberry fails to disclose expenses for golf, office furnishings, gifts and airfare in ethics reports

Is he willfully breaking the law or does he not understand the laws he writes…$4,404.33 on interior designs?”

Oklahoma City—Today the Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Senator Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. An investigation revealed that the Republican Senator’s ethics reports disclose a person skirting Oklahoma ethics law by living on campaign funds.

“Once again, this is displays a serious pattern of bad behavior by the Republican leadership. Dan Newberry must believe that he is above the law or that laws don’t apply to the Majority Whip of the state Senate,” stated former Representative Wallace Collins.

Sections 257:10-1-7(3)(A)(B)(C)(D) and 257:10-1-14(12)(D) of Oklahoma Ethics Laws are clear that expenditures more than fifty dollars ($50.00) in the aggregate must be reported individually and described in such a way that a person reading the report can tell where and how the money was spent.

Contrary to the law, Senator Newberry’s ethics reports, lumps together almost twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00) of unitemized expenditures including green fees, airfare, lodging and gifts.

Collins continued, “I have never been able to buy an airplane ticket or hotel room for under fifty ($50.00) bucks. He knew the cost of these expenses, and he knew what the law says about reporting. It is time for him to come clean or resign his leadership post for his willful violation of state ethics laws. If he claims he didn’t know the law—he should resign from his position immediately for not having the knowledge of Oklahoma’s laws.”


02 Sep

ODP Response to Inhofe and Lankford attempt to assist Fallin’s campaign

Oklahoma Democratic Party’s statement in response to Inhofe and Lankford’s attempt to assist Mary Fallin’s floundering campaign:

“We believe that a Victory Tour is premature and optimistic, as Senator Inhofe and Congressman Lankford attempt to lift up the campaign of Mary Fallin, who has dropped 21 points in the polls, in a matter of weeks.

It is sad that Senator Inhofe can only appear in a tightly scripted and controlled environment apparently because he is afraid or can’t debate his younger opponent. Similarly Mary Fallin refuses to debate Joe Dorman across the state and we have yet to hear if Congressman Lankford will debate Senator Connie Johnson.

We look forward to talking about the failed education policies of all three candidates if they are willing to debate their opponents outside a tightly scripted and safe universe.”




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