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01 Nov
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ODP Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution Vote

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2019

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

ODP Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution Vote

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Alicia Andrews, released the following statement regarding Congresswoman Horn’s vote on the House Inquiry Resolution:

“The Oklahoma Democratic Party is proud of Congresswoman Horn’s vote in support of the Republican-led request to formalize the impeachment hearing process. Horn has been clear about her view that this process is not one to be taken lightly and about the importance of having an open and transparent process.

“The fact that Congresswoman Horn is thoughtful and deliberate bodes well for Oklahoma. The fact that the Congresswoman respects the Constitution, and takes seriously her duty to uphold the Constitution, bodes well for all Oklahomans. While there has been much talk about impeachment for weeks, the Congresswoman has been working to address student loan debt and rising prescription drug costs – issues that are affecting the day-to-day lives of millions of people across our state and our country. She has continued to keep her focus on what she can do to protect and fight for us at home and improve our lives and our communities. We are proud that she rose above the fray and continues to work for the people of Oklahoma.”

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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.

01 Nov
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House Democrats Praise Commutation Hearing as Crucial Step in CJR

Communications & Public Affairs
Nov. 1, 2019

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

House Democrats Praise Commutation Hearing as Crucial Step in CJR

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus members released the following statements after attending today’s commutation hearing. The hearing is being called “the largest commutation in U.S. History” after 527 Oklahoma inmates had their sentences commuted. This special commutation hearing is a direct result of House Bill 1269, authored by Rep. Jason Dunnington (D-OKC) and Rep. Jon. Echols (R-OKC).

“There is an opportunity for this hearing to be a real turning point for our communities,” said Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman). “We still have mountains to move when it comes to criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, but my hope is that years from now, we don’t look back at today as the end point but as the beginning of true change in the way our criminal justice system operates.”

“Listening to the 527 names being read out loud left me with a heavy but hopeful feeling,” said Rep. Kelly Albright (D-OKC). “How many of them had children who might now have the opportunity for reunification? How many now have the opportunity to stop the generational trauma of incarceration? This commutation was a big step in a positive direction, but more steps are necessary. We must remember that efforts at preventing initial incarceration have the best opportunity to stop the ballooning incarceration crisis we are facing. If we truly want to be a top ten state, that starts with providing services that help ALL Oklahomans to be successful in our society, such as diversion programs, mental health and substance abuse courts, access to health care, and especially access to a high-quality public education. The investments in Oklahomans must continue, not only with DOC, but with the Departments of Health, Education, Human Services, and others in order to continue to address our still outrageously high incarceration rate.”

“Today is a huge step in reforming the way our system treats people for non-violent crimes,” said Rep. Chelsey Branham (D-Edmond). “More than 520 people will be reunited with their families and have the opportunity to become contributing members of society, because of the votes of the people of Oklahoma. We must continue to provide the support Oklahomans need to be successful and to keep working to pass meaningful reforms.”

“I have worked and looked eye-to-eye with many women at Kate Barnard through my work with Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and Oklahoma Messages Project in the very room where the Pardon and Parole Board meeting was held today,” said Rep. Cyndi Munson (D-OKC). “It was surreal and incredibly moving to hear the 527 names of Oklahomans who will be commuted, released, and reunited with their families very soon.

“What happened today shows what is possible when we prioritize reform for our criminal justice system. We have made improvements, but we still have more to do. Let’s build on today’s momentum and keep going.”

“I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the House and Senate as we continue to improve incarceration rates in Oklahoma” said Rep. Ajay Pittman (D-OKC). “I am especially proud of the 70 ladies in Taft that worked hard to be included in this commutation.”

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22 Oct
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DNC on Bill Taylor’s Testimony

DNC on Bill Taylor’s Testimony

In response to acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“Today, Bill Taylor – Trump’s own top diplomat to Ukraine – made it clear that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo. Republicans have no more excuses. The Trump administration chose Bill Taylor for this position. Taylor served a previous Republican president. And yet, today he testified that the president extorted a foreign country in order to sway an election. Trump must be held accountable.”

22 Oct
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ODP Condemns Disgusting Remark

October 22, 2019

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

ODP Condemns Disgusting Remark

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on Trump’s horrific comparison of a constitutional impeachment inquiry to a lynching:

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is disgusted by the intentional, insensitive, and deeply offensive remark by a President of the United States.

“This type of racist language linked to a painful time in our history – the murder of thousands of African Americans, is a slap in the face to the loss of lives and the families who face the emotional trauma that lingers today. Moreover, it continues his pattern of using inflammatory language as a distraction from his disastrous policies,” stated Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Alicia Andrews.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party condemns the use of this term as a comparison to a constitutionally protected process intended to investigate wrongdoings and potential corruption. Trump is an embarrassment to our country and the presidency. We expect our leaders to have a better understanding of our country’s history and not engage in dangerous and divisive behavior.

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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.

17 Oct
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RELEASE: Our Country has Lost an Honorable Statesman

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2019

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
405-536-2417
Oklahoma Democratic Party

Our Country has Lost an Honorable Statesman

OKLAHOMA CITY – Our country has lost a true and honorable statesman who embodied integrity, dignity, and high morals. Congressman Elijah Cummings consistently represented our democratic values during times of unrest and injustice, no matter the circumstances. Cummings was a civil rights champion and advocate most of his life beginning at an early age of 11. He worked diligently to bring changes to Baltimore’s black-majority-district and brought awareness of civil rights issues to Washington D.C. in 1996 representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. His passing is an immense loss to our country and democracy, and he will be greatly missed.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is heartbroken by the loss of such an effectual and towering American. Our sincerest condolences to the Cummings’ family.

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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.

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