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20 Feb
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Leader Virgin Responds to BOE Revenue Certification

Communications & Public Affairs
February 20, 2019

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

Leader Virgin Responds to BOE Revenue Certification

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) released the following statement after the Oklahoma Board of Equalization certified a surplus of $574.5 million for the next fiscal year.

“Last year, after a decade of Republican policies that favor high earners at the expense of core services and low and middle income Oklahomans, House Democrats pushed this body to responsibly raise revenue and begin to reinvest in core government services,” Virgin said. “Today’s surplus is a direct result of House Bill 1010xx. However, this legislation must not be viewed as the end of our commitment to fund government but the beginning.

“Our education system is underfunded. Our criminal justice system is underfunded. The department of human services is underfunded. Rural hospitals are underfunded and many have closed. The buying power of our citizens has been greatly reduced and more Oklahomans find themselves working multiple jobs just to survive.

“The House Democratic Caucus believes that every dollar of this additional revenue should be put back into the agencies that have been raided in the name of high-income tax cuts and corporate greed.

“This additional revenue should go toward expanding Medicaid, putting more money into the classroom, and ensuring state employees are compensated fairly. This money should go toward restoring the earned income tax credit and creating a more equitable tax system. This revenue should go toward building a better Oklahoma.”

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20 Feb
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Child Protection Legislation Passes House, Heads to Senate

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Collin Walke
Phone: (405) 557-7335

Child Protection Legislation Passes House, Heads to Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation designed to better protect children in the custody of the Department Human Services passed off the House Floor on Tuesday.

House Bill 1036, authored by Rep. Collin Walke (D-OKC), passed with a bipartisan vote of 94-3.

The legislation would prohibit a parent who has had his or her parental rights terminated from being appointed to serve as the child’s guardian.

“Like a lot of our state agencies, DHS is underfunded and understaffed,” Walke said. “When agencies are underfunded and understaffed, they have to make hard decisions that they wouldn’t normally make if they had adequate resources. This legislation is a proactive measure that prevents DHS from allowing a parent that has had their parental rights terminated to serve as the child’s guardian.”

While presenting the legislation on the House Floor, Walke reiterated that there is a process in place to reestablish parental rights, and that this legislation won’t affect that process.

“This is about ensuring what is best for the child,” Walke said. “I encourage parents that have lost parental rights to do what is necessary to get them back, but the state isn’t going to let those parents act as a guardian until that process is complete.”

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14 Feb
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DNC on Trump Declaring National Emergency

DNC on Trump Declaring National Emergency

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after President Trump said he will declare a national emergency in order to build his border wall without congressional approval:

“This is a gross abuse of power, a waste of taxpayer dollars, a danger to our national security, and a pointless distraction from the issues that matter most to working families. Let’s be clear: there is no national emergency. Trump is treating taxpayer money like his personal slush fund, and it’s only going to make us less safe, less secure, and less stable as a nation.

“This temper tantrum has gone on for far too long and wreaked havoc on far too many lives. Mitch McConnell and the rest of Trump’s enablers need to wake up, hold Trump accountable, and tell him enough is enough. The American people will not stand for this. And Republicans will have hell to pay on Election Day.”

14 Feb
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DNC Announces Details For The First Two Presidential Primary Debates

DNC Announces Details For The First Two Presidential Primary Debates

NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo to host first debate in June; CNN to host second in July

Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2) showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible. Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

Today, the DNC is proud to announce NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo as its partner for the first debate and CNN as its partner for the second debate. To accommodate what is expected to be a historically large primary field, both debates will have the option of occurring over consecutive nights in prime time to make room for as many as twenty candidates, with the lineups for each night determined at random. This approach will provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience.

This agreement is unprecedented – no debate has ever aired in prime time on back-to-back nights. Both debates will be streamed online for free.

The DNC also announced the qualification criteria for candidates’ participation in the first two debates – a two-path system that employs both a polling threshold and a grassroots fundraising threshold, and uses the two measures in combination in the event that more than 20 candidates qualify.

“As Chair of the DNC, I am committed to running an open and transparent primary process. To that end, we’ve spent months working with media partners to provide this unprecedented opportunity for candidates and voters to get to know each other. Because campaigns are won on the strength of their grassroots, we also updated the threshold, giving all types of candidates the opportunity to reach the debate stage and giving small-dollar donors a bigger voice in the primary than ever before.” – DNC Chair Tom Perez

DETAILS ON MEDIA PARTNERS:

The DNC will partner with NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo to host the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary process. The debate will be broadcast simultaneously on all three networks, with real-time Spanish translations on Telemundo, in prime time on back-to-back weeknights in June. The debate will also be streamed for free on NBC News’ digital platforms including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms.

The July debate will be broadcast on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español in prime time on back-to-back weeknights if more than one night is needed. An unauthenticated live stream of the debate will also be available for all users on CNN’s website, mobile apps and connected TVs via CNNgo.

Both agreements are unprecedented – no debate has ever aired in prime time on back-to-back nights before.

Location, venue, moderators, date and time, format and logistics of the first and second debates will be announced at a later date.

DETAILS ON THRESHOLD FOR PARTICIPATION:

Democratic candidates may qualify for the first and second debate by meeting one of the two following sets of criteria:

Polling Method: Register 1% or more support in three polls (which may be national polls, or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) publicly released between January 1, 2019, and 14 days prior to the date of the Organization Debate. Qualifying polls will be limited to those sponsored by one or more of the following organizations/institutions:Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Las Vegas Review Journal, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, Reuters, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Winthrop University. Any candidate’s three qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same organization, must be in different geographical areas.

Grassroots Fundraising Method. Candidates may qualify for the debate by demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from at least (1) 65,000 unique donors; and (2) a minimum of 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states. To demonstrate that the fundraising threshold has been reached, candidates must provide verifiable evidence, which they may do by authorizing ActBlue and/or NGP VAN to provide that evidence.

If more than 20 candidates qualify for the debate, the top 20 candidates will be selected using a methodology that gives primacy to candidates meeting both thresholds, followed by the highest polling average, followed by the most unique donors.

Press Contacts:

DNC
Adrienne Watson
Trump War Room Director
watsona@dnc.org

NBC News
Richard Hudock
Director of Communications
richard.hudock@nbcuni.com

CNN
Lauren Pratapas
Senior Director, Communications
lauren.pratapas@turner.com

13 Feb
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DNC Takes Major Step Forward In Chair Tom Perez’s Overhaul Of Democratic Data And Technology

DNC AND STATE PARTIES ANNOUNCE HISTORIC AGREEMENT ON DEMOCRATIC DATA

DNC Takes Major Step Forward In Chair Tom Perez’s Overhaul Of Democratic Data And Technology

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic state parties today announced a landmark agreement to achieve a critical component of Chair Tom Perez’s overhaul of Democratic data and technology by participating in a data exchange that will allow candidates, state parties, the DNC and the progressive ecosystem to share data and leverage all of the voter contact work of the entire Democratic community. In a vote this afternoon, state parties agreed to join with the DNC to acquire and swap data in real time with a new outside identity, the Democratic Data Exchange (DDEx), which will also acquire and swap data with progressive allies on a blind basis. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DDEx.

This historic partnership between the DNC and state parties to expand and evolve the Party’s data and tech capacity is the product of months of work by DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Senior Advisor Mary Beth Cahill, and Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) President Ken Martin.

Through the DDEx, Democratic campaigns will share their data to become the beneficiaries of cutting-edge investments in voter-contact strategies by outside groups, while those groups gain the tremendous benefits of access to the Democratic Party’s unrivaled voter data. As a result of this agreement, the Democratic Party and its allies have an unprecedented opportunity to unify the use of data across campaigns, up and down the ticket. Whether you’re working for a campaign or an outside group, whenever you talk to a voter, the entire progressive community can benefit from the outreach.

“This agreement gives our candidates the tools they need to win elections. Through this historic partnership with state parties, we’re providing Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot with an unprecedented wealth of data that will allow them to run highly-targeted campaigns that simply wouldn’t be possible under the status quo. This deal ensures that our campaigns aren’t leaving anything on the table as we head into the election of our lifetimes,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

“Today, the DNC and state parties have forged a historic partnership to give our candidates the data advantage they need to keep winning elections in 2019, 2020 and beyond. This agreement empowers state parties to provide candidates with vastly enriched voter data, putting them in the strongest possible position to win elections at every level,” said ASDC President Ken Martin.

“This is a watershed moment for Democratic data, and a historic moment for party unity. The importance of what Tom Perez and the state chairs have accomplished here cannot be overstated. They have delivered a deal that will have enormous benefits for our candidates, campaigns and organizations now and for years to come,” said former DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean.

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