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25 Feb
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Adds Director of Communications to Staff

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February 25, 2015

Oklahoma Democratic Party Adds Director of Communications to Staff

[OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 25, 2015] – This week the Oklahoma Democratic Party announced that Sarah Baker has joined the staff as Director of Communications.

IMG_3286_SmallBaker joins two other staff members, David Scott, Interim Executive Director, and Kimberley Bishop, Finance Coordinator.

Baker formally opened her own marketing and public relations business in 2010, has served as Vice President of Communications for Oklahoma PTA, and most recently ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives District #43 in Yukon. Baker has years of experience in all aspects of media communications including print, television and radio, direct marketing, social media, and web-based media communications. She has also been an advocate for everyday Oklahomans, worked actively with the Oklahoma legislature for the past 3 years on pro-public education issues and legislative action, and was involved with the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Character Development Education Task Force.

David Scott said, “I am excited to bring Sarah on and utilize her skills to grow awareness about the Oklahoma Democratic Party. We look forward to the opportunity to improve communication with Democrats across the state and highlight the exceptional efforts of Democrats at the local level and at the Capitol.”

As Communications Director, Baker will not only work directly with the media and focus on communications efforts with local Democratic leaders but will also monitor and report on legislative activity at the Capitol.

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 www.okdlive.wpengine.com or by calling (405) 427-3366.

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02 Feb
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ODP State of the State Response

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February 2, 2015

Oklahoma Democratic Party State of the State Response

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today Democratic leaders called on Governor Fallin to take a new direction and work with Democrats to focus on building a stronger middle class. We need to begin promoting economic mobility, providing access to affordable health care and increasing education funding for Oklahoma families. The Oklahoma Democratic Party’s response to the State of the State highlights several troubling economic indicators that show that Gov. Fallin’s policies are not working. Among those are the $300 million budget shortfall and a new report from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy showing Oklahoma’s tax system ranking 16th worst for fairness.

Healthcare:

Oklahoma’s obesity and heart disease rates were mentioned in the State of the State address, but the one major option to provide better healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, accepting Medicaid Expansion dollars, was not. The truth is if Gov. Fallin accepted these funds it would provide $15.6 billion in economic growth over the next 10 years, create more than 13,000 jobs and save $692 million by insuring people who are now served at state cost by three state agencies.

Education:

She voiced a need for greater “educational attainment” but again no specifics on how to achieve that end. Under the Fallin Administration, Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to education at -23.6%. How does she intend to restore that funding to meet the increased need in addition to dealing with the increase in student population? Every cut in state funding for higher education has been met with higher tuition rates, meaning fewer students can afford college or career tech. Students end up having higher debt loads when they do graduate. Plus, many students must work while attending school, which means they will most likely be unable to finish during a standard four-year term.

Veterans:

There was absolutely no mention of the problems that exist at the seven Veterans Centers across the state, and similar problems in the private-for-profit nursing homes in Oklahoma.

Infrastructure:

Governor Mary Fallin’s speech was long on admirable goals, but extremely short on details of how to achieve those goals. She started off saying she wants “safer roads and bridges,” but did not say where the money would come from to rebuild that infrastructure.

Mental Health:

Fallin is late to the game with regards to the needs of people with mental health issues. Oklahoma only spends $53.05 per capita to provide mental health services, falling far below the national average of $120.56. The recidivism rate for offenders going through the drug or mental health court system is only 25% versus the recidivism rate for offenders simply fulfilling their sentence in prison being nearly three times that rate.

Prison Reform: 

How is the governor going to deal with the current prison problem, with our prisons at about 116% capacity and a shortage of staff that has about eight prison staff for over every 600 prisoners? This is an extremely unsafe condition for the inmates and the staff. Additionally, the workers in our state’s prison system have not had a pay increase in over seven years, causing staffing levels to fall to about 60% of needs. Why would anyone want to work under these conditions? How could the governor defend huge salary increases for agency heads last year, when the workers at risk need support the most?

Economy:

The idea of the legislature only dealing with fiscal issues every two years is so old, it is new again. The Oklahoma legislature used to only meet every two years, but it was decided that to meet annually would be a better way to deal with issues in a more timely way. If the state cannot accurately predict a budget one year in advance, how can it do so for two years in advance? Can you imagine what kind of budget would have come from a legislature that budgeted with the price of oil at $110 a barrel, but has now dropped to less than half that amount? It would be disastrous.

Raiding agency revolving funds is a short-term solution for long-term needs. The legislature did that last session and look at the results. A projected $300 million budget deficit that is probably, in reality, at least $400 million or more. This is just a “Band-Aid” approach for a long term shortage.

“Democrats are ready to work with Gov. Fallin and Legislative Republicans when the focus is on building an economy that works for, not against, the middle class,” said Chair Wallace Collins. “But what we will not support is more of the same failed policies that rig the system and force workers and seniors to pay more just so those at the very top can get more breaks. It’s time for Republican leaders to abandon these failed policies that have left Oklahoma with deficits.”

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26 Jan
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Oklahoma Democrats Announce Interim Executive Director

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 January 26, 2015

 

Oklahoma Democratic Party Announces Interim Executive Director

[OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, January 26, 2015] – The Oklahoma Democratic Party has announced that Executive Director Trav Robertson has taken a leave of absence to explore another opportunity. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Party’s Central Committee voted unanimously to promote David Scott as Interim Executive Director. Robertson served in the position for over 3 years and Party officials say that Robertson will be available to assist in the transition and provide any help necessary in the coming months.

Following the vote, Scott responded by thanking the Central Committee and stating: “It is humbling to be selected as the new Interim Executive Director for the Oklahoma Democratic Party. I am grateful for this opportunity and for everything that I have learned from our leadership team. We are going to continue to move the Party forward through collaboration and build on the successes we had in 2014.”

Scott has served as the Director of Information Technology at the Oklahoma Democratic Party’s headquarters since September 2011. For the past 3 years he has been responsible for maintaining of the comprehensive voter file used by most Democratic candidates in the state. Scott also assisted with directing campaign field work and volunteer activities for the state party and many Democratic candidates in Oklahoma.

Scott, a native of Ada, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Oklahoma City University. At just 25 years old, Scott is one of the youngest Executive Directors for a statewide Democratic Party. Scott is also a member of the Choctaw Nation and is possibly the only Native American Executive Director of a State Democratic Party in the nation.

“It has been a pleasure working with Trav Robertson for the past 3 years. We have built an outstanding organization through partnerships across the state with candidates, partner organizations, Party leaders, elected officials, donors, and volunteers. We appreciate everything that Trav has done and will continue to do for Oklahoma Democrats but we look forward to where we will go under David’s enthusiastic leadership,” said Party Chairman Wallace Collins.

Information about Oklahoma Democrats can be found at www.okdlive.wpengine.com, by visiting the Oklahoma Democrats Facebook page, or by calling (405) 427-3366.

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