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14 Jul
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Lowe Calls on Governor Stitt to Mandate Masks as Cases Rise

Communications & Public Affairs
July 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jason Lowe
Phone: (405) 557-7367
[email protected]

Lowe Calls on Governor Stitt to Mandate Masks as Cases Rise

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jason Lowe, D-OKC, released the following statement urging Governor Kevin Stitt to follow in the steps of governors from 25 states and mandate masks be worn in public spaces and private businesses. This comes after Oklahoma hit a record high of 993 new COVID-19 cases, the state’s first daily report over 900.

“As a COVID-19 survivor, seeing the rapid rise in cases is alarming. Oklahomans must know that the pandemic is far from over and that we still must do what we can to protect ourselves and our community.” Lowe also applauds the leadership of the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman mayors for taking the first steps to enact a mask mandate in public spaces and private businesses and believes the state should take charge as well.

“In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, we must follow the directives of the CDC and our healthcare professionals, all of which who advocate for the widespread use of masks. Matters of public health should never be partisan. I urge Governor Stitt to follow in the steps of fellow governors and put the health and safety of Oklahomans first and mandate that masks be worn in public spaces and private businesses.”

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13 Jul
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Lawmakers Identify Seven Needs to Restart In-Person Education

Communications & Public Affairs
July 13, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Melissa Provenzano
Phone: (405) 557-7330 [email protected]

Contact: State Rep. John Waldron
Phone: (405)557-7410 [email protected]

Lawmakers Identify Seven Needs to Restart In-Person Education

Former Educators: “New Normal” Must Mean “New Respect” for Public Ed

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two lawmakers with a background in public education today identified several different requirements that the Oklahoma State Department of Education should guarantee before restarting in-person instruction.

State Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa, is a former educator and administrator, and State Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa, is a former public school teacher. Still deeply connected to the education community, these two lawmakers identified seven different needs that must be met before school can resume in the fall.

“2020 is no typical year,” Provenzano said. “When adding COVID-19 to crowded classrooms, hallways, and lunchtime, you begin to understand the challenge of social distancing in a school. Yet we can’t just cancel school indefinitely. We feel that ensuring these seven items is the best way for schools to ensure they are doing what is best for students, parents, teachers, and administrators”

Here are the seven needs that the Democratic legislators identified:

  1. Guaranteed supply of enough PPE and necessary cleaning supplies for all staff and students.
  2. Classrooms and school buildings that meet new COVID-19 CDC air ventilation standards.
  3. Funding for all schools to get computer and internet access in the hands of every child.
  4. A waiver request from OSDE to the federal government to allow an exemption from federally mandated testing.
  5. The creation of a COVID-19 sick leave policy that protects teachers and students.
  6. The development of standard operating procedures for when COVID-19 is transmitted at school.
  7. Alternative education sites to continue education in the event of a teacher contracting COVID-19.

The lawmakers see these seven items as necessary to ensure the most productive, safe education environment possible.

“Nobody is saying cancel the school year,” Waldron said. “What we are saying is that before we rush students into classrooms, let’s ensure the classrooms are safe, well equipped, and ready to meet the demands of this ongoing pandemic.”

On top of the seven items listed, the House Democrats echoed words from Gov. Kevin Stitt while calling for a stop to education funding threats.

“We have heard repeatedly now that we are in a ‘new normal,’” Provenzano said. “As policymakers from the president down have all spoken about the economic importance of schools being open, as former educators we hope that in this ‘new normal’ we will see a new respect for public education.

“It is unfair to ask administrators to navigate these volatile waters while also dealing with continual threats of education cuts from politicians trying to score political points.”

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09 Jul
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Slams OK GOP for Leadership Failure

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2020

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

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Slams OK GOP for Leadership Failure

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on Oklahoma Republican Leadership’s Complacency in addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic:

“Oklahoma is in bad shape,” stated Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Alicia Andrews. “Our numbers are off the charts as we see confirmed cases of COVID-19 spike and an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in our state.”

“Health experts and the data have demonstrated that wearing a mask along with social distancing helps control the spread of the virus. So why haven’t our Republican state leaders advocated more on wearing masks and limiting social gathering to save lives? When did the health and safety of our citizens become politized as they stand silent on the issue?,” Andrews continued.

“Complacency to not do more to curb the spread of the coronavirus throughout Oklahoma ̶ where our state is now on quarantine travel status for New York ̶ is leadership failure. More must be done to care for our citizens by reconsidering our current open state status when doing business. Where are our Republican leaders during this time of crisis? Why have they been so quiet in not addressing these life and death concerns? Such complacency is unacceptable, and we must no longer be quiet because Oklahomans have had enough. We will remember this lack of leadership come November,” Andrews concluded.

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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.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party

09 Jul
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DNC on SCOTUS Decisions on Trump Tax Records

DNC on SCOTUS Decisions on Trump Tax Records

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not preclude a president from complying with a criminal or congressional subpoena:

“No one is above the law – not even the president. Today is a victory for accountability. The American people deserve to know the depth of Donald Trump’s corruption. Reporting has already revealed Trump’s long history of tax fraud, dubiously avoiding taxes, and potentially paying bribes to lower his tax bill. But we haven’t gotten the full truth because Trump has broken with decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns after saying for years that he would. He even suggested that candidates are hiding something if they don’t. So what is Trump so desperate to hide? We’re one step closer to finding out.”

08 Jul
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DNC on SCOTUS Attacking Reproductive Health Care

DNC on SCOTUS Attacking Reproductive Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers can deny birth control coverage:

“Reproductive care is not a luxury – it is a necessity. That’s why President Obama and Vice President Biden fought to pass the ACA and its contraception guarantee in 2010. And since then, more than 55 million Americans have gained access to birth control with no co-pay through the Affordable Care Act. This decision is an egregious attack on the rights of women and those seeking reproductive care, especially in communities of color. Democrats will keep fighting to make sure everyone has the right to make decisions about their own body, their own family, and their own future. Make no mistake: reproductive health care is on the ballot in 2020. And the American people are ready to elect a president they can trust to protect it.”

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