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08 Dec
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Calls for Senators to Acknowledge Biden, Return to Work

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Oklahoma Democratic Party Calls for Senators to Acknowledge Biden, Return to Work

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party called for Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and to return to the work of Oklahomans. With 35 days since the November 3rd election and 43 days until Inauguration Day, neither Senator has made any public statement confirming the results of the election.

Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, noted that both Senators stated that they would wait until President Donald Trump’s legal challenges were exhausted, but Andrews says that time has come. “Today is ‘safe harbor’ day, the day by which every state must officially certify its election results. Congress is bound by federal law to accept those certifications. The process has played itself out, and it is time for our Senators to acknowledge that fact,” said Andrews.

President Trump’s legal team has filed dozens of lawsuits in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia. Almost all of the lawsuits have been dismissed, dropped, or were decided against President Trump. None of the remaining legal challenges offer President Trump a path to overturn President-elect Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Andrews also expressed disappointment with Senator Inhofe and Senator Lankford concerning their activities surrounding the Georgia Senate runoff elections scheduled for January 5, 2021.

The Senators co-hosted and attended an in-person fundraiser in Oklahoma City on December 5 that raised money for Georgia Republican Senate candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Few attendees were seen wearing masks or maintaining social distancing. The Republican-led Senate has failed to work with the House to pass any form of relief or economic stimulus since the CARES Act in March. Most of the benefits, including the one-time $1200 stimulus checks, have expired or expire at the end of the year.

“While individuals and small businesses across our state are struggling to make ends meet, our Senators hosted a super-spreader fundraiser for the Georgia runoff. Not only was this irresponsible in light of the ongoing pandemic, it was a slap in the face to every Oklahoman desperate for help from the federal government. It is long past time for them to recognize the election results and get back to work on a relief package to help Oklahomans survive. They are being paid to work, not to wait,” 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.

08 Dec
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GOP Leader Plays Partisan Politics at Expense of Oklahoma Children

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

GOP Leader Plays Partisan Politics at Expense of Oklahoma Children

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following statement on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s blasting citizens and groups advocating for Oklahoma children’s safety and voicing their concerns over his anti-masker choice for the Oklahoma State Board of Education:

“It is incomprehensible for me to understand how any so-called leader can disregard the health and safety of our children and the teachers trying to protect students, their families, and themselves. Stitt accused concerned citizens and child advocacy groups of pushing a ‘political agenda’ on Monday. Protecting children is absolutely not a ‘political agenda.’ The data and experts have proven that masks work to save lives. The citizens and groups expressing their outrage against Stitt were not acting on behalf of any political party. Instead, sadly, it is our own state GOP leadership playing games for political gain,” said Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair.

“As our state continues to experience surges and cases and hospitalizations are at record highs, Stitt should be focused on curbing the COVID virus in our state versus picking petty partisan battles. This goes far beyond politics. It involves compassion and empathy, or, sadly, our Governor’s lack thereof when it comes to the lives of Oklahoma children and their families.

“We are calling on Stitt to honor his oath to protect all the people of our state. Oklahomans care deeply about our children and the people will no longer tolerate the Governor’s game-playing that will only serve to jeopardize the lives of our children, teachers, and their families. We will all remember in 2022 how Stitt put party politics before protecting the constituents he swore to serve,” 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 Nov
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Democrats Respond to OK Republicans Attempt to Influence AZ Election

Communications & Public Affairs
Nov. 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
wes.carter@okhouse.gov

Democrats Respond to OK Republicans Attempt to Influence AZ Election

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus members released the following statements in response to seventy Oklahoma Republican legislators attempting to persuade the Arizona Legislature to appoint electors to vote against the state’s official vote count winner.

“Oklahoma Republicans continue to support a Governor who hides behind the term ‘local control’ when refusing to protect Oklahomans during this pandemic,” said House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman. “Now, proving that ‘local control’ is just a talking point to use only when it suits them, Oklahoma Republicans are trying to overturn another state’s election – a state 1,000 miles away. Meanwhile, they remain silent on the real issues facing our state and cannot be bothered to speak up about record-high COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations. Oklahomans deserve better.”

“It is hard to imagine a bigger misuse of Oklahoma taxpayer resources than attempting to overturn the will of the people,” said State Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa. “I don’t make that distinction lightly either. From the Governor spending $2 million on arthritis medication to combat a respiratory virus to Epic spending $500,000 to build a school in California, we have seen terrible misuses of taxpayer money this year. However, it is unconscionable that my colleagues would use Oklahoma resources to undermine another state’s democracy.”

“It is the height of arrogance for these legislators to say they represent the will of the people,” said State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City. “Left to the devices of our Legislature, we would not have criminal justice reform, medical marijuana, or Medicaid expansion. We have real problems in Oklahoma that need all of our time and energy to solve. We can’t afford to waste Oklahoma resources on political pandering, which is what this is.”

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18 Nov
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House Dems Call on Two Virtual Charter School Board Members to Step Down

Communications & Public Affairs
Nov. 18 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

House Dems Call on Two Virtual Charter School Board Members to Step Down

OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of the House Democratic Caucus Education Policy Group released a joint statement in response to the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board canceling today’s previously scheduled meeting and Gov. Kevin Stitt firing School Board President John Harrington after the meeting was announced.

“Given the published intent of the meeting was to delve into conflicts of interest that exist on the board between members Phyllis Shepherd and Mathew Hamrick and Epic Charter Schools, we express deep concern that no plan exists for the body to meet until next month, especially considering the urgency with which Board President Harrington was removed.

“It is no secret that few decisions in the governor’s office of this magnitude happen without Governor Stitt’s approval, and on the surface, it does not seem like firing the member who appeared to be exploring such conflicts of interest, while leaving two board members who have clear conflicts to this investigation, was in the best interest of Oklahomans.

“The two board members in question should step down from their positions immediately. The conflict of interest is readily apparent for both. At a minimum, they must recuse themselves from all present and future matters related to this school district and specifically this investigation.

“Oklahoma families can wait no longer. The evidence presented in the audit of Epic Schools demands oversight from individuals who are independent and free of ties to the organization. Now is the time to act. Corruption has no place in Oklahoma government, we must call it out and demand its exit.”

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Democratic Caucus Education Policy Group Members: Rep. Melissa Provenzano (Chair) Rep. Andy Fugate, Rep. Trish Ranson, Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, and Rep. John Waldron

09 Nov
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Virgin, House Democrats to Call for Special Session, Mask Mandate Tuesday

Communications & Public Affairs
Nov. 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY: Virgin, House Democrats to Call for Special Session, Mask Mandate Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, is scheduled to host a press conference Tuesday to call on the Legislature to enter into a special session and renew the exemption for in-person public meetings during the pandemic and to once again call on Gov. Kevin Stitt to implement a statewide mask mandate.

“Earlier this year, the Legislature felt it prudent to have legislation to protect public bodies and ensure they could continue to operate without fear of spreading COVID-19,” Virgin said. “As this pandemic continues to grow in Oklahoma, it is common sense that we would extend this exemption and protect the lives of Oklahomans. At this juncture, we need to increase our defenses not put them down.”

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

WHERE: Oklahoma State Capitol, outside near the South entrance

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