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15 May
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Minority Leader Responds to Republican Budget Proposal

Communications & Public Affairs
May 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
Phone: (405) 962-7674

Minority Leader Responds to Republican Budget Proposal

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in response to the Republican budget proposal announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt:

This is what a budget looks like when you decide taxpayer money is better suited to sit in a bank than be invested back into state resources like our children, state employees, and middle and low wage earners. Our state agencies were brutally impacted by Republican cuts over the past decade. This budget fails to make these agencies, including the state department of education, whole.

The Republican budget will now be voted on and passed before lawmakers have a chance to go home, talk to their constituents and receive feedback from the people in their communities. I hope those constituents will ask “why?” After being in session since February, and being promised transparency from day one, why didn’t we allow constituents more time to provide feedback?

In contrast, House Democrats put out the “Brand New State” budget more than two weeks ago. We took transparency to the point of posting a line-by-line budget on www.brandnewstateok.com/budget.

House Democrats presented a budget that restores an Earned Income Tax Credit to more than 200,000 Oklahoma households. We have the only budget that expands Medicaid and increases healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans. Our budget is the only budget that invests $90 million into the state’s infrastructure. The “Brand New State” budget is the only budget that provides a $2500 pay raise to state employees so that their salaries are closer to those in the private sector. We have presented the only budget that ends the debtor prison that exists in our court system, and it is still the only budget that fully funds public education in Oklahoma.”

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08 May
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Sexual Harassment No Place in Politics and Society

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2019

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

Sexual Harassment No Place in Politics and Society

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party has released the following statement regarding the continuous and troubling conduct of Republican Legislators:

An independent counsel, Oklahoma City labor attorney Courtney Warmington, has been assigned by the Oklahoma House of Representatives to investigate sexual harassment charges of improperly touching two women, one a former member of the House, by two Republican Legislators, Rep. Chris Kannady, and Rep. Kevin McDugle. Warmington was also part of another sexual harassment investigation against former Representative Dan Kirby (R-Checotah) in 2017.

Protecting women and individual’s safety is a core part of our Democratic values. We do not condone acts of sexual harassment towards any human being. Oklahomans also deserve to know how the House is conducting the investigation. The Oklahoma Democratic Party calls on the Republican-Majority run House and the independent counsel to ensure an open and transparent investigative process. We cannot continue to tolerate nor turn a blind eye to all forms of harassment, particularly by intimidating “good ole boys” cliques and those hiding behind their prominent seats and positions.

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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.

05 Apr
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The Oklahoma Democratic Party Releases Delegate Selection Plan for 2020 Democratic National Convention

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2019

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

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Releases Delegate Selection Plan for 2020 Democratic National Convention

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today the Oklahoma Democratic Party announced to the public the Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention for a 30-day comment period.

The plan formally describes the process of how the ODP will select its delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. During the 30 day comment period the public can submit comments, questions, and concerns regarding the plan.

After the 30-day public comment period on the plan, it will be revised, approved by the ODP executive committee and submitted to the Democratic National Convention Committee for review and approval.

Oklahoma presidential preference primary will be held Tuesday, May 12th, 2020.

The Draft Plan can be viewed on the Oklahoma Democratic Party website okdemocrats.org. Comments may be submitted via email to delegateselection@okdemocrats.org.

All comments must be submitted by May 6, 2019.

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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.

05 Apr
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DNC on March Jobs Report

DNC on March Jobs Report

After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“As I travel the country, I continue to meet working families who want to see their wages grow. They want to provide for their kids and see their manufacturing jobs come back. They want a more prosperous life for themselves and their communities. That’s why Democrats are fighting day in and day out to build the brighter future they deserve. But Trump’s reckless threats to shut down commerce at the border and impose penalties on Mexico that could punish our auto industry risk destabilizing the economy and costing workers even more manufacturing jobs. And even as working families aren’t feeling the gains under Trump’s chaotic leadership, wealthy corporations and the top 1% are getting ready to celebrate another windfall on Tax Day thanks to the sweetheart deal they got from Republicans in Congress.

“The American people know that the Democratic Party has their backs. We are the party of working people; we are the party that believes health care is a right; we are the party fighting for good-paying jobs, affordable housing, access to quality education, and the chance to retire with dignity; we are the party of inclusion and opportunity for all Americans, and we will keep fighting to deliver on these priorities.”

03 Apr
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RELEASE: We Must Denounce All Forms of Hate

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2019

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

We Must Denounce All Forms of Hate

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on the racist vandalism targeting the Cleveland County Democratic Party office, and two other Norman locations:

Bigotry and hate have no place in our communities. The Oklahoma Democratic Party is disgusted by these cowardly attacks of hatred. We must send a message that racism will not be tolerated in our communities and take a stand against those fanning the flames of nationalism and bigotry.

Hatred is not a partisan issue and runs counter to our American values. Our diversity is what makes our country and state strong. Communities and leaders must work together, not lose hope, and speak up for those targeted by hate and bigotry.

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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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