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01 Feb
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DNC on Black History Month

DNC on Black History Month

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins released the following statement on Black History Month:

“This month, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of Black Americans to our nation. We laud the achievements of heroes like John Lewis and Elijah Cummings; Pauli Murray and Ella Baker; Katherine Johnson and Fannie Lou Hamer; Marsha P. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr, C.T. Vivian, and so many others who have enriched our world. But while we celebrate their accomplishments, we also recognize the obstacles they faced day in and day out because of the color of their skin. We recognize the gap that remains between our nation’s founding promise of equality and the still unequal reality of being Black in America. We see these inequities and injustices in every corner of our society – from health care and housing to climate change and criminal justice. We saw it last year in the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other lives taken by systemic racism. And we saw it in the double standard law enforcement showed when handling peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters last year compared to the violent insurrection at the Capitol.

“So there is no doubt that the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow echo across our nation every day. But we have hope for a brighter future. For in the same month that we saw confederate flags flying into the Capitol, we also saw the swearing in of our nation’s first Black vice president. We witnessed the election of Georgia’s first Black senator. And we celebrated the selection of the DNC’s third Black party chair, who stands on the shoulders of giants like Ron Brown and Donna Brazile. This progress was the product of hard work, of grassroots organizing, of countless Black activists standing up and speaking out for what we believe in. As we celebrate Black History Month, let us also rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice and equality for all. The Biden-Harris administration is already hard at work advancing racial equity across the country, and the DNC is here to support them every step of the way.”

20 Jan
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces State Republicans’ Hateful Comments on Inauguration Day

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces State Republicans’ Hateful Comments on Inauguration Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, January 20, 2021 – The chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party tried to steal the spotlight from President Biden’s inauguration with a divisive, repugnant rant that parrots Trump’s stale talking points.

“The words of David McLain on behalf of his party are truly disgusting. He is behaving like a bully in the schoolyard, who didn’t get his way,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“McLain’s awful statement stands in stark contrast to the thoughts expressed by our Congressional representatives, all of whom are Republicans. They each took the high road by calling for reconciliation and offered congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. McLain should have talked with them before sending out his childish missive,” Andrews continued.

“If his whole meltdown wasn’t so sad, one could find irony in his calling corporations ‘fascist’ for removing Trump’s ability to lie and incite violence on their social media platforms. The real fascist, of course, is America’s former, disgraced, twice-impeached Republican president,” she said.

“That said, America is celebrating a new day, a new era full of hope and promise. We have much good to look forward to. I feel certain that McLain’s words will evaporate as quickly as the relevance of the man he continues to worship and adore,” concluded Andrews.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

20 Jan
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DNC on the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

DNC on the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“It’s a new day in America. At the same site where a violent mob attacked our democracy two weeks ago, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just swore a solemn oath to serve this country to the best of their ability – a testament to the endurance of the greatest democratic experiment in the history of the world. And I have every confidence in the success of this new administration. The challenges before our nation are many: We have a pandemic to battle, an economy to rebuild, a nation to unite and heal. The time has come for real leadership in the White House. The time has come to put the American people above partisanship. The time has come for a presidency grounded in hope and compassion, facts and science; a presidency that celebrates our nation’s diversity and fights for our nation’s most vulnerable. That’s what the American people voted for in November in record numbers. And that’s what we are going to see over the next four years. Grace. Dignity. Empathy. Under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first Black and Asian American woman to serve as our nation’s vice president, we have already made history, and now we will begin to build our nation back better.”

15 Jan
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Legislators Launch [Bipartisan] Mental Health Caucus to Address Ongoing Crisis

Communications & Public Affairs
Jan. 15, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Josh West
Office: (405) 557-7415
Contact: State Sen. Julia Kirt
Office: (405) 521-5636

Legislators Launch [Bipartisan] Mental Health Caucus to Address Ongoing Crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-eight members of the Oklahoma Legislature today announced the formation of a bipartisan, bicameral legislative caucus to serve as a forum for legislators to discuss bipartisan solutions to the state’s ongoing mental health and addiction crisis.

The caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh West, R-Grove, and Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, will convene monthly during legislative session to stay informed on key mental health issues and discuss ideas for improving care and systems in Oklahoma.

“Mental health and addiction are bipartisan issues that impact every Oklahoman in some way,” West said. “No matter your background or politics, whether you’re rural or urban, you’ve seen the devastating impacts of untreated mental health and addiction. So many of us have seen it in our own families or communities. This issue can and should unite us all.”

Kirt added, “It’s so important that we come together now, at the height of this crisis. With the stress and hardship of the global pandemic, mental health and addiction issues have grown to levels we’ve never seen as a state. This impacts every issue we deal with at the Capitol, from education to health and criminal justice.”

One in five Oklahomans had a mental health condition prior to COVID-19. Now an estimated 40% of Oklahomans are experiencing anxiety and depression, and the CDC reports that Oklahoma opioid overdoses have increased by more than 50% in the last 12 months. Due to an increase in the trauma associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the risk of childhood mental health conditions also has elevated.

Untreated mental illness and addiction leads to increasing costs for government and the private sector, less economic growth, and poorer educational and health outcomes. Nearly 60% of Oklahomans in need of treatment last year did not receive it, according to Mental Health America.

The Oklahoma Legislature will consider a number of bills and funding issues in 2021 that will shape the future of this issue, including agency funding, Medicaid changes, telehealth and mental health parity, law enforcement and first responder supports, and school-based services. This caucus will discuss and review key ideas with access to available data, national best practices and state experts.

Caucus membership is open to any interested legislators. The caucus will make available virtual attendance, practice social distancing, and will comply with health and safety guidelines as well as any protocols established for handling meetings during legislative session.

Founding members:

State Rep. Josh West, R-Grove (Chair)
State Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City (Chair)
State Rep. Steve Bashore, R-Miami
State Rep. Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa
State Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa
State Rep. Ty Burns, R-Tulsa
State Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa
State Rep. Jose Cruz, D-Oklahoma City
State Rep. Shelia Dills, R-Tulsa
State Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City
State Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow
State Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City
State Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa
State Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan
State Rep. Garry Mize, R-Guthrie
State Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City
State Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds
State Rep. Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula
State Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City
State Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City
State Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa
State Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso
State Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow
State Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika
State Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada
State Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton
State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer
State Sen. Blake Stephens, R-Tahlequah
State Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah
State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City

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13 Jan
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Plumber Mullin Embarrasses Oklahomans Again

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Plumber Mullin Embarrasses Oklahomans Again

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, January 13, 2021 – Markwayne Mullin, the person who is supposed to represent the people of Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District, continues to be an embarrassment to Oklahoma’s citizens. Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, says that it’s time for Mullin to grow up and recognize that he is not above the law.

“When asked to observe security protocols, he threw a tantrum when directed to go through a metal detector to get onto the House floor. He shouted at Capitol Police officers, ‘it’s my constitutional right’ and ‘they cannot stop me.’ He’s acting like a petulant child,” said Andrews.

“School children are required to pass through metal detectors to get to their classrooms. We all must be screened before boarding a flight or entering government buildings. Somehow, Mullin has the mistaken notion that he is above the law. He has clearly spent too much time under the wings of a failed President and now believes that he has more rights than the people he has taken an oath to serve,” Andrews continued.

Mullin is on record for his support of the so-called “blue lives matter movement.”

“His total disregard for the Capitol Police—and for his fellow lawmakers—demonstrates that Mullin supports nobody but himself. It is time for him to leave Washington and go back home to his family business where he belongs,” concluded Andrews.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

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