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06 Aug
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DNC on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

DNC on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Karen Carter Peterson released the following statements reaffirming the Democratic Party’s commitment to protecting every American’s right to cast a ballot:

“For more than half a century, the Voting Rights Act has been a central pillar of our democracy,” said Tom Perez. “Generations of activists fought for the law’s passage, endured centuries of bigotry, and some ultimately sacrificed their lives in the fight for equality at the ballot box.

“Today, those rights are under an all-out assault. Donald Trump and Republicans across the country are trying to deny millions of Americans access to the voting booth, especially in communities of color. From gerrymandering to voter roll purges to discriminatory voter ID laws, voter suppression tactics are a key part of the Republican playbook and have been for decades. And in 2013, the conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by striking the requirement for states with a history of discrimination to have changes to their voting laws ‘pre-cleared’ by the Justice Department — a disastrous decision that has spurred a wave of new voter suppression laws from Republicans in Congress and across the country.

“Democrats believe that our nation works best when more people can participate in our democracy, not fewer. That’s why we’re fighting every day to expand access to the right to vote, end discrimination, and restore critical protections of the Voting Rights Act.”

“Across the country, GOP-led state legislatures are using discriminatory voter roll purging practices and using morally bankrupt laws to suppress the rights of minority communities,” said Karen Carter Peterson. “Our voting infrastructure is at grave risk of foreign sabotage, and our president refuses to protect integrity of our democracy.

“Democrats won’t stand idly by while Republicans undermine the foundation of our democratic process. We’re taking action. In addition to expanding resources for voters and supporting campaign voter protection programs, we’re also focused on building a resilient party infrastructure to protect the right to vote every year, in every ZIP code.”

03 Aug
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DNC Chair Tom Perez on July Jobs Report

DNC Chair Tom Perez on July Jobs Report

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

“Donald Trump’s reckless policies continue to hurt millions of hardworking families. Despite the promises Donald Trump made to the American people, Trump’s economy isn’t helping most Americans. Corporations have used their tax windfalls to line the pockets of their rich executives, not to increase wages for their workers. Meanwhile, workers at places like Harley-Davidson are losing their jobs.

“This November, Americans have a stark choice. Republicans want to keep rewarding the rich. Democrats want to build an economy that works for everyone. We want to create good-paying jobs that allow people to provide for their family and put themselves on a path to retirement security. And we will continue to fight for the economic opportunities every working family deserves.”

27 Jul
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Perryman Comments on Wind Catcher Project Cancellation

Communications & Public Affairs
July 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. David Perryman
Phone: (405) 557-7401

Perryman Comments on Wind Catcher Project Cancellation

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. David Perryman expressed extreme disappointment in today’s announcement by Public Service of Oklahoma that it was canceling its Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project. The project was to be the nation’s largest ever wind farm comprised of 800 turbines located in the Oklahoma panhandle. Unfortunately, since the concept of the project was unveiled, it has been under attack by the fossil fuel industry and politicians who are funded by the fossil fuel industry, Perryman said.

“Oklahoma citizens and utility customers across the southwestern U.S. are the losers with the cancellation of this project,” said Perryman, D-Chickasha and minority floor leader for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. “The infrastructure, including all machine heads and hubs were to be manufactured in the U.S., and additional components would be manufactured in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.”

“The 2.5 megawatt turbines were designed to enhance siting efficiency, offer industry-leading reliability and allow for higher energy production,” Perryman said. “The project had been previously approved by regulatory agencies in Arkansas and Louisiana with Oklahoma and Texas dragging their feet. The $300 million in Oklahoma property taxes that this project would have generated, the $65 million in state and local revenue, the 4,400 indirect jobs during construction and 80 permanent jobs once it went online will be hard to replace, but the greatest impact of this project’s cancellation will be consumers losing $7 billion in utility rate savings over the next 25 years. I’m incredibly disappointed with this lost opportunity to further diversify Oklahoma’s economy and bring much needed revenue to our state.”

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26 Jul
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Americans With Disabilities Act Anniversary Statement

Democrats Are Fighting For People With Disabilities

DNC Chair Tom Perez and former Rep. Tony Coelho, Chair of the DNC Disability Council and the primary sponsor of the ADA, released the following statement celebrating the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act:

“Twenty-eight years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed​ into law, marking a historic achievement for equality and inclusivity in America. Today, we celebrate the millions of Americans with disabilities who fought tirelessly for their rights, and the progress we’ve made toward equality in employment, ​and ​access to public spaces, transportation and accommodations. Thanks to their courageous activism and bipartisan dedication, more Americans have the right to live freely and independently in their communities.

“But that right is under constant attack. President Trump has openly mocked people with disabilities, and the Republican Party is determined to erode the civil rights of the one in five American adults that have a disability. They’ve worked to slash Medicaid, remove protections for patients with pre-​existing conditions, and undermine access to special education programs. And they just nominated yet another Supreme Court justice who would weaken critical protections for people with disabilities.

“The Democratic Party believes no American should ever face discrimination based on their disability status. From the earliest days of the disability rights movement through the Obama administration, Democrats have fought for equality at every turn – and we will not let these Republican attacks to go unchecked. Not only are we dedicated to electing leaders up and down the ballot who will fight for equality for people with disabilities, but we support and invest in candidates like Billie Sutton in South Dakota and others who are fighting to ensure representation in elected office. Come November, voters will show Trump and Republicans that their attacks on the ADA and disability rights are immoral and unacceptable.”

24 Jul
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RELEASE: GOP Operatives Not Above the Law

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018

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

GOP Operatives Not Above the Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement regarding the latest developments on the Medical Marijuana rulings debacle:

From Washington to Oklahoma – voters should be outraged and disturbed by closed-door private meetings and corrupt actions by not only the Oklahoma Board of Health’s overreach rulings but also Republican operatives pushing their private agendas.

While Trump is in Washington doubling back on Russian election interference and questioning our intelligence community, Fallin and her GOP collaboratives are mimicking the same ridiculous Republican leadership and ineffective governing in Oklahoma.

Legalized medical marijuana was taken to a vote of the people and passed on June 26th. The Health Board overreached their authority and banned the sale of smokables and requiring a licensed pharmacist to manage dispensaries. We now learn that as the Health Board met, the Board of Pharmacy Director was busy trying to secure the pharmacist requirement with a job offer. The Health Board attorney blackmails herself with threatening emails. Then, Attorney General Mike Hunter sits back silently and doesn’t counsel Fallin until after she rubber-stamps the measure. Now everyone is trying to back peddle the mess they created.

The Oklahoma GOP and their agents have taken another shameful page right out of Trump’s handbook. From sending self-threatening emails and filing false reports, unethical interference meant to influence decisions, lack of proactive legal counsel, to the Governor’s flip-flopping leadership – the GOP is running amuck in our state.

This brazen attempt to shut down the will of the people at all costs is unacceptable. Oklahoma voters will not stand by as another attempt to squash a State Question approved by voters is torn apart by those opposed to the measure and try to circumvent the will of the people. Oklahomans are fed up with the Republican failed leadership and the lambs that follow. Voters will remember come November.

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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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