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  • Oklahoma Democrat Flips Yet Another GOP-held Seat

    September 9, 2015


    CONTACT: Carolyn Fiddler
    National Communications Director

    Oklahoma Democrat Flips Yet Another GOP-held Seat
    Tuesday’s Win Marks Third Democratic Special Election Pickup in Three States in Just Over a Month

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant lauded the latest Democratic special election victory that flipped a previously Republican-held statehouse seat into Democratic hands. On Tuesday, Oklahoma Democrat Cyndi Munson won election to HD-85 with 53.8 percent of the vote. This pickup comes on the heels of the August 4 special election victory of Leanne Krueger-Braneky in Pennsylvania HD-161 and Taylor Bennett’s August 11 win in Georgia HD-80.

    “This third Democratic pickup of a GOP-held seat since the beginning of August indicates a pattern of Democratic successes that we expect will continue not only into the fall in key states like Virginia, but also into next year in battlegrounds nationwide," said Sargeant.

  • Ballot Battles: From the Statehouse to the White House

    Today Hillary Clinton is calling for 20 days of early voting in every state as part of a larger effort to draw attention to – and fight – discriminatory voting laws all across the country.

  • Okla. GOP House Candidate Has No Problem with Death Penalty for Gays

    Despite taking an anti-gay position so extreme it puts him in a category with Uganda's infamous "Kill the Gays" bill, Republican hopeful Scott Esk is running to represent the people of Oklahoma House District 91. The Moore Monthly uncovered Esk's shockingly radical views from a series of Facebook posts in which he said he "didn’t have a problem" with stoning gay people to death as punishment for their sins, adding "I think we would be totally in the right to do it."

  • Okla. GOP bans minimum wage increases

    As if to prove their indifference to giving hard-working constituents a fair living wage, Oklahoma's Republican-led legislature has banned all municipalities in the state from raising minimum wages within their own boundaries. From The Oklahoman:

    Oklahoma’s cities and counties are banned from setting their own minimum wage standards under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

    “Senate Bill 1023 protects our economy from bad public policy that would destroy Oklahoma jobs,” Fallin said in a prepared statement. “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers...”

    State Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, argued against the bill on the House floor, contending it was “immoral” to have a minimum wage so low that a person could work full time and still be classified as living in poverty.

    Fallin, however, said that raising the minimum wage would hurt Oklahomans.