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28 Jun
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Press Release: OK GOP Loses Big Bet on Affordable Care Act

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405-427-3366

SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act

Oklahoma GOP Leadership Loses Big Bet on Gamble with the Lives of Oklahoma Citizens

Oklahoma City – The supreme court upheld the decision on providing better healthcare to millions of Americans. However, due to the inactivity of our State’s Republican Leadership, Oklahomans will have to play catch up. The GOP leaders turned down $54 million in federal funding to set up a health insurance exchange.

Now, Governor Fallin has remarked that this act will cost Oklahomans $500 million which is simply incorrect. We have been led to believe that the healthcare law will “add hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit” and that “we still don’t know how much this law will eventually cost.” Wrong, and wrong again. Time after time the Congressional Budget Office has said the health care law will reduce the deficit – by more than $100 billion in the first 10 years, and more than $1 Trillion in the second decade. Passing health reform was the fiscally responsible thing to do, and suggesting otherwise is just dishonest. In addition, the affordable care act lowers health care costs for millions of Americans through health insurance exchanges, caps on out-of-pocket payments, tax credits, and expanded access to Medicaid. In fact, most of these benefits were put in place almost 2 years ago and have been helping Oklahomans afford healthcare ever since.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “It is immoral for the Republican leadership to gamble with the lives of our citizens and now they should start helping restore Oklahoma.”

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26 Jun
0

Watch Parties Tonight

Watch Parties Tonight:

1) Kay Floyd – HD 88
Phone: 405.757.0253
www.Kayfloydforoklahoma.com
Contact: [email protected]

Sieber Hotel
14th and Hudson
6-10pm

2) Mike Dover-HD 88
Phone: 495.524.0722
www.Doverforhouse.com

428 N.W. 34th @ 7pm

3) Steve Cortes – HD 88
www.cortesforoklahoma.com
Phone: 405.549.2460
Contact: [email protected]ma.com

3009 Paseo
Picasso Café
7-9pm

4) Rob Wallace- CD2
Mahylon’s BBQ
Chandler Road
Muskogee

5) James Lockhart
State Rep HD #3
918.653.7571

Long Lake Resort
S. of Poteau on HWY 59

6) Roger Shirley
State Senate D#7
918.424.9360

2125 N. Main
McAlester
6:30 pm
Masonic Lodge

7) Earl Everett
918.478.3863

316 W. Benge Rd.
Fort Gibson

8) Stephens County Democrats

16 South 8th St., Duncan, OK 73533
ph: 580-252-1976

9)  John Olson – Congressional District 3
6:30pm
Casa Laredo Latin Grill
403 S Cheyenne Ave – Tulsa

 

25 Jun
0

Tom Guild Supports Policy Directive from U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: [email protected]

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Tom Guild Supports the Recently Announced Policy Directive From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, supports the recently announced policy directive from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The DHS policy seeks to give limited protection to some undocumented individuals under 30 years old who were brought to the U.S. as children.  Those meeting the requirements of the new directive may avoid deportation or have their deportation proceedings suspended and become eligible to receive a deferral of such deportation actions and to apply for a two year application for work authorization in the U.S.

Under the newly announced policy, those who arrived in the U.S. before age 16, who have been in the U.S. at least five years, are in school or have served in the U.S. military, and are not a threat to national security are eligible to stay in the U.S.

“This newly announced policy beats the suggestions of some politicians who advocate self-deportation, by making immigrants lives in the U.S. so unbearable that they decide to leave our country.  It would be preferable if this do-nothing Congress would do their job and come up with a long-term solution.

In the meantime, this is a sensible and humane way to deal with the innocent children of undocumented immigrants, who were brought to this country and in some cases have no memories of or loyalty to any country other than the United States.  The prospect of deporting 18-year old high school valedictorians, who are aspiring to become our country’s next generation of scientists, doctors and attorneys, is the equivalent of cutting off our country’s nose to spite its face,” said Tom Guild.

Guild added, “There will be those who favor process over humanity.  Some will favor harsh approaches instead of protecting valuable human resources.  Some will not choose to do unto others as they would have us do unto them.  If Congress would simply fulfill its constitutional responsibility to set reasonable immigration policy, stop gap measures would be unnecessary.”

The incumbent congressman in the Fifth District opposes the new DHS initiative.

Implementation of the new policy is set for August 15, 2012.

Guild is currently running as the Democratic Party Nominee for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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22 Jun
0

Ceremonial Signing Held for Victims’ Rights Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: State Rep. Wade Rousselot

Capitol: (405) 557-7388

 

Ceremonial Signing Held for Victims’ Rights Bill

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – A ceremonial signing held today recognizes the passage of an important new law that will allow Oklahomans to obtain lifetime victim protective orders, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Wade Rousselot – (D), House District 12.

            House Bill 2396, authored by Rousselot, extends the time in which a victim protective order remains in effect from three to five years and allows for a continuous victim protective order under certain conditions.

            “Oklahoma, along with the rest of the nation is plagued with domestic violence,” said Rousselot. “The victims of this mental and physical abuse are usually, but not always, women. When a victim fears for their safety because of escalating threats or even instances of violent behavior, they seek a form of protection, just as any of us would. A protective order sets boundaries between the victim and their tormentor. If violated, the tormentor goes to prison.”

            Rousselot said in order to renew a protective order, a victim has to face their tormentor in court. Extending the length of time in which the order remains in effect and allowing for a continuous protective order in certain cases, places less of a burden on the victim, he said.

            “The continuous protective order ensures the victims who have the most egregious tormentors do not have to face them every five years in court in order to renew the order,” said Rousselot.

 

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22 Jun
0

Chairman Collins Blasts Mitt Romney’s Hypocrisy on Jobs

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405-427-3366

Chairman Collins Blasts Mitt Romney’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Jobs: Former Corporate Raider Says He Would Protect American Jobs but in Private Sector He Was a Pioneer in the Practice of Shipping Jobs Overseas

Washington Post Investigation Finds That Mitt Romney Invested In and Profited Off Of Companies That Moved Jobs Overseas: LINK

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins released the following statement blasting Mitt Romney on his breathtaking hypocrisy on jobs as chronicled in a Washington Post investigation which found that while Mitt Romney pays lip service to protecting American jobs on the campaign trail he was in fact a pioneer in the private sector in the practice of outsourcing jobs overseas. The Washington Post found that as the head of Bain Capital Mitt Romney was a serial outsourcer of jobs and that Bain was among the earliest companies investing in and promoting the practice as a means of making millions for Romney, his partners and investors. Below please find a statement from Chairman Collins:

“Today’s Washington Post story confirms that during his time at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney consistently placed profits before people and bottom lines ahead of those on the assembly lines. The story shows that while Mitt Romney was actively running Bain Capital, they invested in and owned companies that ‘were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components.’ That’s not what Oklahoma families are looking for in a President.

“The fact is, it’s ‘Romney Economics’ to the core. It may have been a sweetheart arrangement for Mitt Romney, but for middle class Americans who saw their jobs moved overseas to increase Mitt’s profit margins, it was a raw deal.  With this in mind, Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on the issue of jobs in breathtaking.  On the campaign trail he says he’ll protect American jobs but it turns out that Mitt Romney was one of the founding fathers of outsourcing American jobs – all while raking in millions for himself.

“President Obama knows we need an economy built to last – that creates jobs of the future and makes things the rest of the world buys – not one built on outsourcing, loopholes, and risky financial deals that jeopardize our entire economy and threaten the security of the middle class. That’s not what Mitt Romney wants—he has a long and documented history of placing short term gains for himself ahead of the long term well-being of middle class American workers. ‘Romney Economics’ didn’t work for Massachusetts, it didn’t work for middle class workers who saw their jobs shipped overseas and it’s not going to work for Oklahoma middle class families.”

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