06 Sep

Democratic Party Chair Statement on the Extension of Insure Oklahoma

September 6, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: 405.427.3366


Democratic Party Chair Statement on the Extension of Insure Oklahoma


Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Wallace Collins issued the following statement today after Governor Mary Fallin flip-flopped on her anti-health care agenda and asked the federal government for a one-year extension of Insure Oklahoma:


“Oklahoma Democrats are still advocating for a permanent fix to the huge gap in health care affordability. We are relieved that Governor Fallin has asked President Obama for help, but if she had accepted the $54 million in federal dollars provided by the Affordable Care Act, for our state’s health insurance exchange, then she would not have had to deal with this emergency at the 11th hour. We look forward to discussing options for implementing a long-term solution.”



29 Aug

Speaker Shannon and Senator Coburn Impeach President?

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Speaker Shannon told the nation that he trusted Senator Tom Coburn’s assessment that President Obama has committed high crimes.

Does Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon also believe President Obama should be impeached?

Shannon/Coburn Impeach

Click to watch the video interview


Blitzer: “but this impeachment notion, you think–should be off the table?”

Shannon: “I think if the President’s committed a crime, certainly there should be an investigation.”

Blitzer: “Do you think he has?”

Shannon: “I think that argument could certainly be made..but I certainly trust Dr. Coburn’s judgement.”

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20 Aug

Chairman Collins Statement on Monthly Jobs Report

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Wallace Collins released the following statement in response to the release of monthly data that show Oklahoma’s unemployment rate at 5.3% which has steadily rose from 4.9% in April.

“When Mary Fallin gave her vision for Oklahoma, she said job creation was a top priority. Now, for the second month in a row, Oklahoma has lost jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the Oklahoma economy lost 2,700 jobs in July after losing 3,500 in June. We have to wonder how many more jobs would be available if Governor Fallin would expand health care coverage for 140,000 Okies who are currently uninsured, but could qualify under the affordable care act. We need a Governor who is focused on improving the quality of life for our people so that we have a healthy workforce businesses can depend on.”

15 Aug

Dr. John Cox Candidate for Oklahoma State Superintendent


AUGUST 15, 2013 

Dr. John Cox Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Dr. John Cox, D-Peggs, a lifelong educator, is officially declaring his candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Dr. Cox is beginning his twentieth year as superintendent at Peggs Public School and 28th year as an educator.  He is also an adjunct professor of education at Northeastern State University, teaching Master’s level courses to aspiring superintendents and principals.


Dr. Cox has his doctorate degree (Ed.D) in educational administration and educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) from Oklahoma State University and his Masters Degree (M.S.) in Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Mathematics from Northeastern State University.


“I am humbled and proud of the support that is pouring in from around the state” said Cox. “This campaign is all about putting children first, ensuring educators are valued and standing up for the concerns of parents.”


Dr. Cox brings a wealth of experience to the campaign.  He serves as President of the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools, is vice-chair of the Oklahoma Schools Assurance Group and is co-chair of the Vision Committee sponsored by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council of School Administrators. He also served as the state superintendent’s appointee on the ACE Steering Committee and has served on both state superintendents’ advisory groups.


“Serving as a school superintendent and participating on the various boards and educational groups has allowed me to gain insight into educational issues that concern public schools” said Cox.  “Focusing on local control will return accountability to the school district where the best decisions can be made for the children.”



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12 Aug

Senator Burrage Comments on Governor’s Call for Special Session


Senate District 2
Senator Sean Burrage
Democratic Floor Leader

Mayes, Rogers Counties

August 12, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sen. Sean Burrage

Office: (405) 521-5555



Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage Issue Comments on

Governor’s Call for Special Legislative Session


OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage issued the following comments in response to Governor Mary Fallin’s call for a special legislative session to revisit tort reform in Oklahoma.

“The Democrats in the State Senate believe that a special session to revisit this issue is a waste of both time and taxpayer dollars,” said Burrage, D-Claremore. “At a cost of $30,000 per day, we are looking at spending close to $250,000 to fix a problem created by the Republican majority. It is clearly an issue that can wait and be addressed in the next legislative session.”

“But, if this is a done deal, let’s make this special session worth the time and the cost and handle the critical issue of the December 31 cutoff date on Insure Oklahoma. If the Governor and the legislature stand idle on this issue, 30,000 hard working Oklahomans who have access to health care through Insure Oklahoma will lose that coverage as they ring in the New Year. Because of that deadline, this is something we literally cannot wait until 2014 to address. The Republican leadership here at the Capitol clearly has its priorities wrong if they believe that addressing lawsuit reform in a special session is more important than finding a solution to providing access to healthcare for these hard working Oklahomans.”


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