26 Jun

Provenzano Requests Three Education-Related Interim Studies

Communications & Public Affairs
June 26, 2019

Contact: State Rep. Melissa Provenzano
Phone: (405) 557-7330

Provenzano Requests Three Education-Related Interim Studies

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Melissa Provenzano (D-Tulsa), a former teacher and public school administrator, has requested three different interim studies that focus on public education policy.

“My constituents elected me because of my education background,” Provenzano said. “Those constituents feel like I do that Oklahoma needs to recommit itself to education not only through funding but also through smart, data-driven policy. These studies are meant to provide a better understanding of the topic and to provide lawmakers, both republicans and democrats, with the data necessary to make wise and informed decisions regarding public education.”

The topics of the studies requested are as follows:

1. Creating the Workforce Oklahoma Businesses Need

This study would examine avenues to improve the relationship of public schools with Oklahoma businesses and increase the scale of collaboration to create workforce-ready individuals for the industries that are here and can’t find the workers they need to fill the jobs they have.

2. Virtual School Attendance Policies

The Virtual School Attendance Policies Study looks to better understand the possible disconnect between attendance rate and student performance in the virtual charter school system, and propose possible legislation to support increased graduation rates for virtual charter schools that more closely mimics brick and mortar schools success rates with regard to attendance and test scores.

3. Student Loan Debt Examination in Oklahoma – Borrowers Bill of Rights

Working with local agencies, the Student Loan Debt Examination Study would examine the student loan debt crisis in Oklahoma and work to propose possible legislation that will lead to fewer Oklahoma students with extreme student loan debt. The study would also examine what other states have done to ease this burden, and possibly explore a “Borrower’s Bill of Rights” that looks similar to the documentation provided when applying for a credit card or securing a home loan.

“These studies address top concerns among business leaders, education leaders and thousands of Oklahomans managing their way through student loan debt,” Provenzano said. “I requested these studies because I want lawmakers to have this information when we talk about education policy during the 2020 session.”

Representatives are allowed to request interim studies, but ultimately, the decision on whether the studies are approved resides with the Speaker of the House. All studies will be approved or disapproved by July 19, according to the Speaker’s office.


20 Jun

DNC on Court Ruling in Favor of Trump’s Title X Gag Rule

DNC on Court Ruling in Favor of Trump’s Title X Gag Rule

DNC Women’s Media Director Elizabeth Renda issued the following statement after a panel of three Republican-appointed judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump’s rule to strip Title X funding from health care providers like Planned Parenthood can take effect nationwide:

“Today’s court ruling in favor of Trump’s unconstitutional Title X gag rule is a direct threat to millions of low-income women and their families’ access to health care. Each year, 4 million Americans rely on Title X for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Trump’s gag rule would kneecap this critical program by barring health care providers across the country from telling patients how and where they can access an abortion. This is a declaration of all-out war on women’s access to health care.

“From day one, the Trump administration has attempted to chip away at women’s basic rights and freedoms by pushing policies that would take health care from millions of Americans, eliminate protections for sexual assault survivors, and strip women of their ability to make decisions about their own bodies with their doctors. Women are the core of the Democratic Party, and we will never stop fighting against this administration’s relentless attacks on our health care.”

19 Jun

DNC on Juneteenth

DNC on Juneteenth

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement commemorating the anniversary of Juneteenth, when slaves in Galveston, Texas received the news that the Civil War had ended and they were free at last:

“Today, we celebrate Juneteenth, the day enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederacy received the long-awaited news of their freedom. But while we recognize the progress our nation has made, we also know that the scars of slavery and segregation have not fully healed. African Americans still face injustices every day, in all areas of our society – from voter suppression and racial gerrymandering, to pay gaps and predatory lending, to police brutality and sentencing disparities. As we commemorate the day freedom’s call reached Galveston, let us continue to be vigilant against discrimination and bigotry, and let us recommit ourselves to the cause of justice and equality for all Americans – no matter the color of their skin.”

13 Jun

DNC Announces Candidates Participating in First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

DNC Announces Candidates Participating in First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Today, the DNC announced that twenty candidates have been invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate. Each candidate was invited based on the qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC and NBC News, announced publicly in February.

The first debate will take place over two back-to-back nights at 9 p.m. ET on June 26 and 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida. The debate will be broadcast in prime time on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo, and will be streamed online for free on a variety of digital and social platforms.

The following candidates have been invited to participate in the first primary debate:

Sen. Michael Bennet
Vice President Joe Biden*
Sen. Cory Booker*
Mayor Pete Buttigieg*
Sec. Julian Castro*
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Rep. John Delaney
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard*
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand*
Sen. Kamala Harris*
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Gov. Jay Inslee*
Sen. Amy Klobuchar*
Rep. Beto O’Rourke*
Rep. Tim Ryan
Sen. Bernie Sanders*
Rep. Eric Swalwell
Sen. Elizabeth Warren*
Ms. Marianne Williamson*
Mr. Andrew Yang*

* Candidates marked by an asterisk qualified through both polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds. The remaining candidates qualified through polling only.

10 Jun

The ODP Makes History Again – Elects First African American Woman Chair

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2019

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

The ODP Makes History Again – Elects First African American Woman Chair

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party elected new leadership this past weekend, choosing Alicia Andrews to serve as Chair for the next two years.

Alicia, the former Tulsa Democratic Party Secretary, and local Realtor was elected Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Saturday, June 8th, 2019. She is the first African American and first African American Women in Oklahoma history to chair the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Andrews earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and has been a Real Estate Consultant for nearly 12 years.

Former ODP Secretary, Communication Workers of America (CWA) union organizer, and Carl Albert recipient, Dave Ratcliff from Tulsa, will be Vice-Chair. Tim O’Connor from Yukon, appointed Secretary this past Spring when Ratcliff stepped down, won the Secretary seat. O’Connor is the President of the Oklahoma Central Labor Federation AFL-CIO and an OPEIU member. Rachael Hunsucker, an accountant from Coweta, has held the Treasurer’s seat the past two years and was reelected, Treasurer.

Ashley McCray of Norman, Marguerite Leon McGuffin of Oklahoma City, Victor Gorin of Oklahoma City, and Ali Canada of Tulsa were elected to serve on the State Central Committee as Affirmative Action members.


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

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