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12 Jul
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RELEASE: Democrats Win Both House and Senate Seats in Special Election

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017

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

Democrats Win Both House and Senate Seats in Special Election

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party has released the following statement regarding HD75, and SD44 Special Election wins:

Last night’s House District 75 and Senate District 44 clear victories prove that Oklahoma is not a “Republican” state and voters are ready for change at the State Capitol. The ODP congratulates Representative-Elect Karen Gaddis and Senator-Elect Michael Brooks for their well-run campaigns and victories as they step forward to fight for our Democratic values.

When Oklahoma voters have the opportunity to get to know candidates and talk about the real issues facing Oklahoma–without the distracting background noise of national politics–they vote for Democrats.

Oklahomans proved tonight that they believe their children should have good schools, affordable health care, and that everyone should be able to work for a living wage. Those are the values of the Democratic Party, and that’s why we’ll continue to surprise the Republicans in the remaining 2017 special elections, and in 2018.

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

10 Jul
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RELEASE: DNC Announces Unprecedented Investments in State Democratic Parties

DNC Announces Unprecedented Investments in State Democratic Parties

WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) today announced the details of new unprecedented investments along with the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) to give local Democratic leaders, activists and organizers the resources they need to grow, get out the vote, and win elections.

The new investments dramatically boosts the DNC’s existing State Partnership Program (SPP). Beginning this October, all state parties will receive a monthly $10,000 investment from the DNC through 2018, which is a 33 percent increase over the base funding levels from 2016 and a 100 percent increase over 2015. This is a historic commitment to party building at the grassroots level.

In addition to the revised SPP, the DNC has made an unprecedented investment in local Democratic organizing by establishing a $10-million State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), the largest-ever DNC investment in state parties and their organizing efforts. Under the program, state parties will compete for grants to create and support grassroots engagement programs for millennial and youth voters, rural and base constituencies, and other electoral organizing efforts to win elections. The SPIF grant program also includes $500,000 in dedicated grants for Democrats Abroad, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the territories.

“The mission of the DNC is to win elections from the school board to the Senate. But for too long, we poured our resources into races at the top of the ticket instead of organizing at the grassroots and building a deep bench of talent,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “This unprecedented investment in our state parties is the first major step in our effort to get back to basics and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. Democrats across the country are ready to fight to expand economic opportunity and build a brighter future for all Americans – but we have to win elections first. As long as we keep cultivating our grassroots and making meaningful investments where it matters most, we’ll be unstoppable.”

“Our state parties are critical for empowering the grassroots of the Democratic Party and carrying our candidates to victory, especially at the local level,” said ASDC President Ken Martin. “But in recent years, we have not tapped into their full potential and have suffered losses both nationally and in our states. This new partnership presents states with an exciting opportunity to transform the progressive energy in our communities into meaningful victories on Election Day. I look forward to growing our partnership with the DNC as we march to victory in 2018 and beyond.”

The new investments also includes DNC funding for eight full-time ASDC staffers (including four new regional representatives), as well as initial guidelines for new organizer and volunteer trainings, and a new commitment from the DNC to build up the data and technological infrastructure in state parties. As part of that push, the DNC recently released a smartphone app to bolster neighborhood organizing and canvassing efforts. The app, called Knock 10, pinpoints the user’s GPS location to give them 10 nearby doors to knock on and a Resistance Summer script to get out the Party’s message. While anyone can use the app, only state parties will have access to the data it collects. Every state party will have the opportunity to take advantage of the new tool’s power to get more people involved in their communities.

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10 Jul
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ODP Welcomes New Field Staff

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2017

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

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Welcomes New Field Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Democratic Party announces new field staff as part of the Resistance Summer program.

The Resistance Summer program is a national initiative to resist Trump’s attacks on working families, train and organize grassroots movements and help elect Democrats across the United States. The ODP welcomes our new field staff members, Melanie Slates and Kornelius Morgan.

Melanie Slates from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is a 2014 Harding Fine Arts Academy graduate specializing in both piano and modern dance. She was selected to serve as an intern in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She moved to Washington D.C where she mentored high school juniors and seniors and even joined a professional dance company. Melanie is working in the Oklahoma City metro area in Senate District 44, Senate District 45, and House District 46.

Kornelius is an Army Reserve Platoon Leader from the Fort Gibson area. He attended Northeastern State, is a Tulsa Young Democrats Community Outreach Coordinator, and the 163 Precinct Chair. Kornelius is working in the Tulsa metro area in House District 75, House District 76, and Senate District 37.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is excited to have Melanie and Kornelius on our team working to accomplish our goals.

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

07 Jul
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Sexual Assault Violates Core Oklahoma Democratic Party Values

For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017

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

Sexual Assault Violates Core Oklahoma Democratic Party Values

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is deeply troubled by complaints of sexual wrongdoing against yet another Republican leader, State Senator Bryce Marlatt of Woodward, currently under investigation for sexually assaulting a female Uber driver–a young woman who was just trying to do her job.

Oklahomans rightly expect their elected officials to uphold the highest standards of integrity and should be able to trust that sitting legislators won’t violate the state’s sex crime laws.

The ODP applauds the Senate’s quick action to strip Senator Marlatt of his three leadership positions pending further investigation.

However, Republican leaders must do more to recognize how a culture of sexual misconduct can take root and flourish.

It is absolutely clear that Oklahoma’s Republican-led legislature has a problem with this, and the leadership teams in both chambers have an obligation to address it.

Steps have to be taken to stop this. Improvements have to be made in the training lawmakers receive on their conduct both inside and outside the Capitol. The message simply has to get through: sexual harassment, child prostitution, and sexual assault cannot be acceptable forms of behavior in our public servants.

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

01 Jul
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Trump’s Alarming Voter Data Collection

DNC on Trump’s Alarming Voter Data Collection

This morning, President Trump tweeted that “numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL.” In May, Trump created a so-called “Election Integrity Commission” to produce evidence in support of his baseless claim of widespread voter fraud. Led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, that commission recently asked all 50 states to turn over the personal voting data of their citizens. DNC Chair Tom Perez and Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement:

“The Trump administration’s sweeping effort to collect the personal voting data of every voter is deeply troubling. Study after study has proven that in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but Republicans like Kris Kobach, whom Trump hand-picked to run this voter suppression commission, have spent years lying about voter fraud in order to keep African American and Latino voters from the polls. Now, Trump and Kobach are pressuring states to help them turn the presidency into a propaganda factory for inflating their baseless voter-fraud claims and propping up their voter suppression efforts.”

“This is an abuse of the office of the president. Simply put, President Trump is trying to use voter data to intimidate eligible voters and suppress voter turnout. Leaders in every state should reject this attack on our democracy. Democrats believe that voting is a fundamental right in America, and that our democracy is stronger when more people participate in our elections, not fewer. We will fight this, and every effort to disenfranchise voters.”

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