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15 Sep
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DNC Statement on Yom Kippur

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021

DNC Statement on Yom Kippur

In observance of Yom Kippur, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and co-chairs of the DNC’s Interfaith Council, Dr. Carla Brailey and Sarah Levin, released the following statement:

“Yom Kippur is an opportunity to draw clarity from the reflection of our year, of how we lived our values, served our families and our communities, and upheld hope in times of both triumph and trial. As Democrats, we join with Jewish Americans on this day, to self-reflect and live our lives with tikkun olam in mind, as we strive to build a country that is inclusive and welcoming for all.

“Let us continue to hold strong to our conviction that a world of justice and love is always worth fighting for and that it begins with ourselves and our communities. G’mar chatima tova to all those who celebrate Yom Kippur, we wish you an easy fast and the clarity to find peace in the coming year.”

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10 Sep
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Virgin: Republicans to Blame for Biden Vaccine Mandate

Communications & Public Affairs
Sept. 10, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Virgin: Republicans to Blame for Biden Vaccine Mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in response to statements made by Governor Kevin Stitt after President Biden announced a national vaccine mandate yesterday evening.

“Over the last several months, Governor Kevin Stitt and Republicans in the Legislature have remained silent on how to keep our children safe during this pandemic.

“The governor and those same Republicans hamstrung local officials with Senate Bill 658, which stripped school boards and local governments of the ability to implement a policy that protects the lives of children.

“As Republicans in Oklahoma and across the country continue to play political games, hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans have been infected by COVID, students and teachers have gotten seriously ill, and too many Oklahomans have died.

“On top of the inaction from the last seven months, Americans have been forced to parse through misinformation and lies pushed by an extremist faction of the Republican Party. We have had to do so while Republicans that know better have remained silent out of fear of upsetting their fellow party members.

“Then, last night, President Joe Biden showed us that there are leaders in America that don’t believe COVID has to be our ‘new normal.’ In response, Oklahoma’s Republican leadership that has been silent on COVID since March finally spoke up – not in support of the lifesaving action, but against it.

“I understand that nobody likes a mandate, but if Republicans want to find someone to blame for the president’s actions, they should look in the mirror.

“Last November, when 1,400 Oklahomans had died of COVID, our caucus asked Governor Stitt what his plan was to keep that number from getting to 2,000. Today, 10 months later, more than 8,000 Oklahomans have died, and we are still waiting on a plan from the governor.”

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01 Sep
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Minority Leader Issues Statement on SB658 Injunction

Communications & Public Affairs
Sept. 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Minority Leader Issues Statement on SB658 Injunction

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Oklahoma County District Judge Natalie Mai placing an injunction on Senate Bill 658.

“As districts across the state are showing, local school boards are better equipped to protect students than Governor Stitt and the Oklahoma Legislature. This injunction reinforces each district’s power to keep students and faculty safe.

“School districts have the right to implement policies to protect children without fear of reprisal from Oklahoma Republicans.

“Senate Bill 658 was unnecessary and has cost taxpayers through litigation expenses, but more importantly, it has caused our school districts to hesitate in the face of a deadly pandemic. I appreciate Judge Mai’s commonsense injunction.”

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01 Sep
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Mullin’s Ridiculous Publicity Stunt Puts Americans at Risk

For Immediate Release

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

Mullin’s Ridiculous Publicity Stunt Puts Americans at Risk

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 1, 2021 – Despite strong warnings from the State Department not to enter Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) decided he was above the law and attempted to move a large sum of money into Afghanistan for a so-called “rescue effort.”

“Republicans continue to think that they are above the law and their acts are exceptions to the rules,” commented Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “This latest performance to circumvent Tajikistan’s laws is the second attempt for Mullin to enter Afghanistan after the Pentagon denied his initial entry.”

The State Department said in a statement that “it is almost impossible to overstate how dangerous Mullin’s ‘mission’ was.”

“This reckless and dangerous deed takes away valuable resources in rescuing Americans and put peoples’ lives in danger.

“Mullin and other members of congress need to let the State Department do what they need to rescue as many Americans as they can and stay out of Afghanistan. These secret trips do nothing to help the dangerous situation as over 120,000 people have already been rescued with fewer than 200 Americans remaining,” Andrews said. “This sophomoric stunt wasn’t just reckless, it was incredibly dangerous,” Andrews concluded

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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.

23 Aug
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Nichols Sees FDA Approval as Milestone in Fight Against COVID 

Communications & Public Affairs
Aug. 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Nichols Sees FDA Approval as Milestone in Fight Against COVID 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, released the following statement encouraging Oklahomans to get vaccinated and highlighting the significance of the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

“The speed the medical and scientific communities have moved to create and provide this vaccine to the American public has been historic as well as lifesaving,” Nichols said. “More than half of eligible Americans have been vaccinated. With the Delta Variant, it is scary to think about what today would look like without a vaccine.

“Oklahoma still has work to do. Despite recent success in getting people to get vaccinated, a majority of our eligible population remains unvaccinated. The vaccine has proved to be the safest way to protect yourself and others from death or serious illness due to COVID.

“We are duty-bound as Americans to do all we can to preserve our way of life. Please, do your part in combating this virus and get vaccinated.”

If you need help finding a COVID-19 vaccine provider, visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP Code to 438829 (GETVAX), or call 1-800-232-0233.

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