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19 Aug
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Nichols Reacts to Governor’s Comments on Hulbert Schools

Communications & Public Affairs
Aug. 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Monroe Nichols
(405)962-7391 [email protected]

Nichols Reacts to Governor’s Comments on Hulbert Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, released the following statement in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s statement to ‘slam’ an Oklahoma school district that took precautions to protect their staff and students.

“The Governor has a platform to reach Oklahomans across the state. Instead of using it to plead with Oklahomans to get vaccinated, he has instead chosen to ‘slam’ a duly elected school board for taking action to protect their students and staff in the face of a deadly virus that has already claimed the lives of more than 7,600 Oklahomans. It’s time for the Governor to grow up and start leading this state through this pandemic or get out of the way.

“The greatest asset COVID has in Oklahoma is not misinformation, it’s Governor Kevin Stitt. Every week that passes where he refuses to use his platform to encourage vaccines and mask-wearing is a week we fall further behind where we could be in our fight against COVID. Oklahomans should take notice that at a time like this, their Governor did not choose to stand with schools, medical professionals, and families. He chose to risk lives because he lacked the courage to do what was right.”

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16 Aug
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Democrats Lead by Example as Annual Carl Albert Dinner is Cancelled

For Immediate Release

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

Democrats Lead by Example as Annual Carl Albert Dinner is Cancelled

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, August 16, 2021 – In stark contrast to the state Republican Party whose chairman hosted a super-spreader event this weekend, the Oklahoma Democratic Party has made the difficult decision to cancel its biennial Carl Albert Dinner previously scheduled to be held in-person for early November.

“We take our shared responsibility for the health and safety of Oklahomans very seriously. Although this is our single largest fundraising event, I am confident that we are making the right decision. With so many Oklahomans still unvaccinated and our local hospitals reporting an uptick in admissions due to COVID-19, we believe that a large indoor gathering is not in keeping with CDC guidelines,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“While we will all miss this wonderful time of gathering with friends old and new, the safety of our people has to be a priority,” continued Andrews. “I believe Democrats will fully respect this decision and continue to support the Party with their volunteer time and financial gifts.”

Andrews said the photographs of Saturday’s Republican rally at the state capitol were horrifying. “I simply can’t understand protesting something that does not exist,” said Andrews referring to rally’s call to protest vaccine mandates as well as the use of masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“To do so, while potentially infecting hundreds of people, reminds me of the rally that the former president held in Tulsa. We saw a major spike after that event and I fear we will see the same thing following this ill-advised Republican stunt,” Andrews said.

“Sadly, Republican leadership in Oklahoma continues to demonstrate a lack of any care at all for the most vulnerable people in our state. We must all take a stand to support the health of our friends, family, and neighbors. Until the Republican Party does just that, none of us should entertain any discussions about what is or is not ‘the Oklahoma Standard’,” 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.

13 Aug
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Dem Leader Reacts to Governor’s Statement on Mask Policies

Communications & Public Affairs
Aug. 13, 2021

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

Dem Leader Reacts to Governor’s Statement on Mask Policies

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Governor Kevin Stitt showing appreciation toward the announced mask policies of Oklahoma City Public Schools and Sante Fe Charter Public Schools.

“I am encouraged to see the Governor step out of the way of administrators attempting to protect their students and staff.

“House Democrats continue to believe these decisions are best made by elected school board members. However, the Governor’s statement today should be a signal to superintendents across the state that they are able to implement mask policies for their districts.”

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12 Aug
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Minority Leader Supports Parents, OSMA in Suit Against Governor

Communications & Public Affairs
Aug. 12, 2021

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

Minority Leader Supports Parents, OSMA in Suit Against Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed to overturn portions of Senate Bill 658, which strips away local control from Oklahoma communities.

“It is shameful that parents have to sue the Governor and the Legislature to keep their children safe.

“We have reached a point in this pandemic where some elected leaders are choosing political talking points over sensible responses that will save lives.

“I applaud the petitioners of this case, and I hope that it will help state leaders realize the severity of this situation.”

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10 Aug
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DNC Statement on Senate Passage of The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2021

DNC Statement on Senate Passage of The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Today, the Senate voted to pass President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan which would secure critical funding for our nation’s infrastructure. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

“Thanks to President Biden’s competent leadership, the bipartisan deal has passed the Senate and is on track to help create millions of good-paying jobs, make critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure, and continue our trajectory of historic economic growth. The passage of the bipartisan deal today is only further proof of President Biden and Democrats’ commitment of delivering for American families.

“From day one, President Biden promised to work across the aisle to accomplish his ambitious agenda and he has kept true to that promise. Now, thanks to his leadership, Republicans and Democrats have come together to invest in American workers, farmers, and businesses.”

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