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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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09 Nov
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Democrats Celebrate Historic Win

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2020

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

Democrats Celebrate Historic Win

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party celebrates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s historic win:

“The American people have made their voices heard for democracy and to build back the soul of our nation for the better. Now is the time for unity and a time to begin the healing,” stated Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair. “This victory is a referendum on the past four years, but we must put our differences aside, start working together, unite our country, and focus on governing our nation for every American citizen, not only a select few.”

“President-Elect Joe Biden made history winning the most votes of any presidential candidate in history. The glass ceiling is broken — we elected our first woman and woman of color to the White House, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. What a time to celebrate in our country.

“I am confident that President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will begin the hard work of healing our country on day one. It’s time to restore relationships with foreign leaders, tackle a virus that has killed one too many Americans, and build back our economy. The Oklahoma Democratic Party looks forward to bringing hope back to our country with our newly elected President and Vice President,” 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.

07 Nov
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DNC on President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

DNC on President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the American people elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States:

“The American people chose hope. They chose dignity and opportunity for all. They chose to build back better. And after four years of hate and division, they chose unity. Now it’s time for our nation to come together. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are ready to go to work for American families. They will not just be president and vice president for Democrats, but for all Americans. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will begin to heal our nation’s wounds, rebuild our economy, and put Americans back to work.

“This is a historic victory. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won more votes than any other ticket in American history. We rebuilt the blue wall in the Midwest and flipped formerly red states like Georgia and Arizona. And Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and first person of color to be elected vice president of the United States. We’ll tell our grandchildren about this moment. We’ll tell them how Kamala Harris broke down barriers and showed future generations, especially young women of color, that there is no height to which they cannot aspire. We’ll tell them how millions of Americans organized and mobilized to lift Joe and Kamala to victory.

“This success didn’t happen overnight. It was the result of four years of hard work by countless grassroots activists across the country who marched, organized, and voted for the brighter future they deserve, who turned their anguish into action and made their voices heard. The DNC was proud to support their efforts by building the strongest infrastructure for a party nominee in our history. From the moment I took over the DNC in 2017, we began laying the groundwork to take back the White House and support Democrats at every level of the ballot. We engaged the grassroots and shattered fundraising records; we invested early and organized everywhere; we marched, and we tried to give a voice to the voiceless; we worked hand in hand with state parties and took no voter for granted; we championed diverse candidates and brought barriers of color, creed, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity crashing down. And our work paid off in spades. Over four years, we took back the House, the White House, and governorships across the country. We won hundreds of seats down the ballot and we will compete in two runoff elections that will determine the balance of the Senate.

“So today, we celebrate. We celebrate not just the end of an incompetent and compassionless presidency, but the beginning of a better one – a presidency grounded in the values of inclusion and opportunity for all. A presidency that believes health care is a right, diversity is a strength, and our economy should work for everyone.

“To the families of those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19, and to all our Americans yearning for change, our message is simple: You will finally get the leadership you deserve. The era of cruelty, chaos, and corruption is over. It’s time to build back better.”

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