Oklahoma Political News

  • August 13, 2022 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    Are you looking for an impactful way to get involved this election cycle? Becoming a Campaign Liaison could be just what you are looking for!

    What does a campaign liaison do?

    • Make connections with assigned campaign representatives
    • Identify best campaign contact person for ongoing communication
    • Be familiar with Mini-Van and other tools available for campaigning, especially virtual campaigning
    • Work with the campaign to identify all of the volunteer opportunities for EDW members from now until November 3rd, including: Phone banking, text banking, literature dropping, postcard writing, sign delivery, or door knocking
    • Identify dates and times of Campaign Days of Action
    • Share campaign volunteer opportunities with EDW members via Facebook or email
    • Encourage EDW members to volunteer for campaign activities by texting or emailing interested members as needed
    • Be a presence at campaign activities where EDW members are volunteering
    • Encourage the candidate to attend EDW General meetings
    • Thank EDW members for volunteering for campaign events
    • Attend EDW Recruit, Support and Elect Campaign Liaison meeting(s)

    What a campaign liaison does not do:

    • Organize activities for the campaign, e.g. website, talking points for volunteers, cutting turf for contacting voters for door knocking or lit dropping and phone banking, creating scripts, setting dates and times for days of action

    If you are interested in becoming a campaign liaison, please email Recruit, Support, Elect Chair, JoBeth Moad, at rse.chair.edw@gmail.com.

  • August 13, 2022 7:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Recruit, Support, and Elect Committee, chaired by Jo Beth Moad, made the following recommendations of Democratic Candidate Endorsement to the EDW Board and the Board voted to bring them to the General Membership Meeting on 8-15-22 for approval with a recommendation of do pass. These 19 candidates have applied to EDW for endorsement, filled out an application, and have been interviewed by the RSE committee and the RSE committee has recommended endorsement by our 337 members of EDW. Now is the time for our members to volunteer and help get these incredible candidates elected!

    • Kendra Horn - US Senate (Inhofe Seat)
    • Joshua Harris Till - US Congressional District 5
    • Joy Hofmeister - Governor
    • Melinda Alizadeh-Fard - Lieutenant Governor
    • Jena Nelson - State Superintendent
    • Warigia Bowman - OK Corporation Commission
    • Cathy Cummings - District 3 County Commissioner
    • Vicki Behenna - OK County DA
    • Brandon Kirkpatrick - OK County Treasurer
    • Nick Singer - OK County Assessor
    • Carri Hicks - OK Senate Dist. 40
    • Julia Kirt - OK Senate Dist. 30
    • Blake Aguirre - OK Senate Dist. 22
    • Greg Clyde - OK House Dist. 83
    • Ellyn Hefner - OK House Dist. 87
    • Tegan Malone - OK House Dist. 95
    • Nana Dankwa - OK House Dist. 90
    • Chaunte` Gilmore - OK House Dist. 100
    • Mike Bockus - OK House Dist. 41
  • August 13, 2022 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    Can Oklahoma Do The Same?
    OpEd by Krista Jones

    On Tuesday, 8-2-22, Kansans rejected a right wing ballot initiative to remove abortion access from the state constitution by a huge margin 66-34% with 316,500 voters showing up at the polls to let their voices be heard. This sets the tone for mid term elections in November. The turnout was historic in both rural and urban counties. A broad coalition of organizations and stakeholders came together to make this happen.

    The Democratic Party made 30,000 calls to voters and sent 130,000 text messages to Kansas voters to mobilize and get out the vote. It worked! When women turn out to fight for abortion access- it’s a win. In the Oklahoman this week Tamya Cox-Toure, the director of ACLU of Oklahoma and co-chair of the Oklahomans Call for Reproductive Justice said that Kansans for Constitutional Freedom that urged voters to oppose the constitutional amendment have created a blueprint for states to win on abortion rights at the ballot box.

    Emily Wales, President of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which serves OK, KS, AK, and MS said “We are committed to long term fights.” It is too late for an initiative petition for this November, but it could be possible in November in 2024, the Presidential election. Initiative Petition signatures are based on a percentage of votes in the last gubernatorial election 2018 which was 1,145,552. Referendum Petitions that allow citizens to refer a law that the legislature has passed to a ballot vote for voters to uphold or repeal, requires 5%. Initiative petitions collect enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for a ballot vote after turning it in to the County Election Officials and verified by the Secretary of State takes 8% of the 2018 Governor’s election. An initiative Petition for a Constitutional Change takes 15% or approximately 171,833 based on 2018. 2022 election, of course will have new numbers with the new Governor’s election. 

    So State Question 820 to legalize recreational marijuana turned in 164,000 signatures last month for their ballot initiative, when they needed 94,000 for it to be placed on this November election, which is being checked by the election board and verified by the Secretary of State. These requirements are stated in Title 34 of the Oklahoma Statute, Article 5 and 24 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Depending on the wording of the petition, which will take all of the coalitions to work together will determine the percentage required for voters to sign. 

    Organizations and stake holders may already be looking at the Kansas blueprint to determine if it may work in Oklahoma? I know that Oklahomans care about Women’s Reproductive Health, and we care about Justice, and we care about the rights and freedoms written in the Declaration of Independence, and like Kansas, if we show up, we can win.

  • August 13, 2022 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    What are you reading this Summer?

    • Healthy as F*ck, the Habits You Need to get Lean, Healthy, and Kick @ss at Life by Oonagh Duncan
    • Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America by Mark Follman
    • Red Notice by Bill Browder
    • Nail’s Crossing by Kris Lackey
    • The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
    • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
    • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    • Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
    • Any Given Tuesday by Lis Smith
    • Horse by Geraldine Brooks
    • The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  • August 13, 2022 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings, Sally's List Supporters;

    I’m excited and proud to announce our endorsements for the 2022 general election - 30 AMAZING CANDIDATES; 13 incumbents and 17 newcomers! 

    “Hold the phone, Sara Jane,” I imagine you’re saying. “THIRTY CANDIDATES?! How can that be? I’ve been so sad and angry about Oklahoma politics, I was convinced nothing could possibly cheer me up.” Well, take a look at this!

    Sally's List-Endorsed Candidates for the 2022 Election

    This amazing group has been working overtime (and through every weather anomaly we’ve endured this year) to get elected and bring Oklahoma back into the 21st century. If some of the candidates on the newcomer list look familiar, that’s because we’ve endorsed them in the past and they’re either giving it another try or running for something new. After runoffs, we’re hoping to add two more. Stay tuned!

    Sen. Mary Boren, Sen. Kay Floyd, Rep. Ajay Pittman, Rep. Meloyde Blancett, and Judge Heather Coyle were all unopposed, and so are technically re-elected, but they've been included on the list to show our admiration for them. Cami Engles, a first-time endorsee, was reelected as a Shawnee City Commissioner in her primary and also doesn’t have a general election. Congratulations, Cami!

    This brave cohort of 30 filled out our endorsement survey and are committed to supporting these issues; Abortion Rights, Marriage Equality, Animal Welfare, Public Education, Parity in Pay, Separation of Church and State, to name a few. 

    Please visit their websites and support them if you can, including those who might not be appearing on your personal ballot. The only way forward in these difficult times is to elect more progressive women and non-binary individuals to public office. 

    >We’ll be having two events in September if you’d like to meet the candidates in person. On Wednesday, September 14, Sally's List will host “Move the Needle OKC” at Will Rogers Theatre, and on Wednesday, September 21, we’ll host “Move the Needle Tulsa” at Mother Road Market. (Details to follow in August.)

    Stay safe and cool and keep hydrating! 


    Sara Jane Rose

    Executive Director, Sally’s List

    Sally's List
  • August 13, 2022 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    Food for Thought: Feeling Antsy?
    Oped by Carol Willis

    Feeling a little antsy? Completely frustrated by all the maddening political injustices that clutter our minds every day? Maybe one of the quotes below will give you the inspiration or the solace that you need right now. After you have read them, please circle two very important dates on your calendar:August 15 and September 20.

    At our regular monthly meeting on August 15, the Edmond Democratic Women's Board will ask you to approve their suggested endorsements for the November election. Read about how or endorsements can be used by candidates elsewhere in this newsletter.

    In addition, our featured speaker that evening is H. J. Reed, a dynamic and very interesting former legislator who is going to help us understand how we got where we currently are in Oklahoma politics, and hopefully what we can do about it.

    On September 20, we are planning something very special for the membership. We are going to devote the entire evening to actually taking action to help flip Oklahoma from red to blue. We will have everything that you need as tools to take action:

    • Postcards, address lists, postage, and pens with suggested language for many democratic candidates. 
    • Stations you can visit at which you can learn how easy and painless it is to text , email, or phone bank for candidates
    • Volunteer sheets where you can sign up to drive or help candidates canvass
    • Campaign literature from many candidates

    >By the time we get to the end of our gathering on September 20, you will feel empowered and excited by the knowledge that you are prepared to help make a difference in our great state. We (EDW) are going to lead the charge in the efforts to vote our current governor out of office, elect candidates whose offices will be of great importance in future elections, and elect senators and representatives who are well-qualified to lead our state. 

    For us to be successful, every single member of Edmond Democratic Women needs to get involved at whatever level of comfort you are able. We are telling you early because we are counting on you! It will be an evening you won't want to miss!

    In the meantime, arm yourself with some of these thoughts:

    "The loudest voices rarely represent the majority. They're usually speaking for the extremes. You won't understand the views of a group until you've invited the quieter voices into the discussion. Don't mistake silence for disengagement. It's often a sign of deep reflection." Adam Grant, author and psychologist

    "You'll find that empty vessels make the most sound." John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten

    "One doesn't have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient." Charles M. Blow, American journalist

    "The greatest tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction." Fulton J. Sheen, American bishop

    "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Mother Teresa

    "The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato

    "Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others." Margaret Chase Smith

    "Sometimes what one has to say is too important to let fear get in the way." Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln

    "Opinion, in the end, decides where power resides." Benjamin Franklin

    "The good that we can do together surpasses the good that we can do alone." Benjamin Franklin

    "It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." Mark Twain

    "All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal." John Steinbeck

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." Charles Dickens

  • July 30, 2022 6:38 PM | Anonymous

    A fundraiser to support OK Senate and House Democratic candidates for re-election and election was held and many EDW members attended and helped raise funds. About 20 EDW members of the 70 who attended along with 9 representatives and 6 senators who addressed the crowd providing inspiration and Hope for the election coming up November 8th.

    House Democratic Minority  Leader Emily Virgin from Norman, and Senate Democratic Leader Senator Kay Floyd were there as well as Senators Julia Kirt, Carri Hicks and George Young from Ok County, and Senator Mary Boren from Cleveland County Senator Jo Anna Dossett from Tulsa, Representatives Cyndi Munson Minority Caucus Chair, Andy Fugate Minority Floor Leader, Monroe Nichols Minority Caucus vice chair from Tulsa, Forrest Bennett, Mickey Dollens, Collin Walke, all from Oklahoma County, and Representative Trish Ransom from Payne County and Representative Melissa Provenzano from Tulsa County.

  • July 30, 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Shared by Past President Gwen Shaw

    They say the night is always darkest right before the dawn. A flame rises just before it goes out. Dying creatures have a last surge of energy just before the end. And often, when life seems hardest, something good is about to break our way—I call it “the storm before the calm.” Psychologists call it an “extinction burst.” I’m writing this with a heavy heart at a point when outworn prejudices are spiking in my country. I’m finding the concept of extinction bursts comforting, and I hope you will, too.

    Here’s how it works.

    Somewhere, in a university laboratory, a rat sits by a machine, pressing a lever. Each push causes a pellet of food to drop from the machine. It’s a good time to be a rat. 

    But then, without explanation, the pellets stop coming. The rat grows perplexed, then frustrated, then furious. Then it goes completely off the rails. It presses the lever faster, harder. It bites at the lever, kicks it, probably shouts little rat curses at it. But the pellet never comes. 

    And then, not all that surprisingly, the rat gives up.

    Disappointment and tantrums

    This scenario, with its anticlimactic ending, is how an extinction burst works. It happens when we’ve been rewarded for a behavior, but then the reward stops. For a while, the frequency, intensity, and duration of the behavior increase. 

    You’ve seen this if you’ve ever watched a toddler throw a tantrum when the TV turns off. The toddler wants MORE television, NOW, and if the reward doesn’t come, the toddler throws a fit of screaming and thrashing that would land an adult in jail. 

    The logic of an extinction burst is self-evident: somebody wants something they’re used to getting, and they use everything in their arsenal to protest its withdrawal. The objective is to force other people or circumstances to continue giving them the rewards they expect.

    Don’t let an extinction burst discourage you

    Extinction bursts can be upsetting—they’re meant to be. When you stop smoking, the nicotine addict in you may crave cigarettes more than ever before. Stop chucking your dog treats from the table, and his miserable whimpers will test you to your core. Set a curfew for your teenager, and the rage from your previously loving child will hand you your heart on a plate.

    Stay the course.

    Extinction bursts are intense, but they’re also transient. If you can remain steadfast, the cravings will decrease, the dog will give up and fall asleep, the teenager will grumble into silence—maybe even (years later) thank you. Your job is to keep doing what you know to do until the burst dies away.

    Extinction-bursting into better things

    Every step forward toward a more just society draws extinction bursts from people who have learned to expect more than their share of privilege. 

    In the 1960s, biologist Rachel Carson conducted research proving that pesticides were poisoning wildlife, with devastating consequences. She published her findings in a book called Silent Spring, which would become the foundation of efforts to conserve the ecosystems we all depend on for our existence. 

    When Silent Spring came out, the lucrative industries selling the harmful pesticides attacked Carson like rats biting a lever. One scientist authored a review called “Silence, Miss Carson.” Others called her hysterical, unscientific, disloyal, and unpatriotic. 

    Rachel Carson stayed the course. Before long, the first environmental protection laws came into being.

    Around the same time, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into a formerly all-white elementary school. An angry mob gathered to throw objects and scream protests. All the white parents pulled their children out of school. Only one teacher agreed to teach Ruby. Every day that year, as Ruby walked to school, one white woman threatened to poison her, while another held up a miniature coffin with a black baby doll inside.

    I don’t know how she—or her parents—did it, but Ruby stayed the course. And while American society is still shockingly racist, at least children of color don’t draw mobs of raging white adults just for attending school.

    At the time that I’m writing this, civil rights in my country are being restricted to an appalling extent. For the first time, the Supreme Court has overturned a precedent ensuring that American citizens have fewer rights than before. We can all see instances where the United States seems to be moving away from equality, rather than toward it. For those among us who have a uterus, who are BIPOC or gay or trans, it’s a frightening time

    My hope is that it’s also an extinction burst.

    The decline and fall of the patriarchal pyramid

    It’s not surprising that people who benefit from controlling other people go nuts when they feel control slipping away. And the pyramid of power that has shaped modern society—especially the society of the United States—is crumbling. Fast. 

    At first, it was a group of upstart colonists who objected to the monarchy that ruled them. They agreed that “all men are created equal.” By this they meant all white, land-owning men like themselves. It never occurred to them that others—people of color, women—might also be created equal. But by introducing the concept of a society of equal citizens, they laid themselves open to losing control.

    Slowly, over the decades and centuries, that control has eroded. In the twentieth century the changes sped up (a female scientist challenging the pesticide industry? a little girl breaking the color barrier in education?). With the advent of internet technologies and virtually infinite communicative capacity, more and more citizens have been able to point out more and more inequities in our supposedly equitable society. If you’d told me when I was twenty that I would one day be legally married to another woman, I would have questioned your sanity. But here we are.

    An extinction burst only happens when the current system is threatened with, well, extinction. That’s why I’m not just horrified by the legal and political tumult in the US, but also a little optimistic. The rat is kicking and biting the lever. The toddler is shrieking on the floor. The power structure is throwing a tantrum.

    This is the time to stay the course.

    Quiet persistence

    Here’s a comment Gloria Steinem posted on Instagram, discussing the overthrow of Roe v. Wade: 

    “[I]f we get an unjust ruling from the Supreme Court, we’re not going to obey it. It will just devalue the court. It’s painful—I don’t mean to say that it won’t also hurt individuals—but we have to understand that the Supreme Court only has the authority over us that we give it.”

    Steinem said this calmly, quietly. There’s no need to scream and rant when we’re following a course toward a more just society. We just need to make sure the extinction burst doesn’t scare us into capitulating, into giving bullies whatever it is they want. 

    Rachel Carson stood by her research. Ruby Bridges kept going to school. Whatever we’re doing to take a stand for our beliefs, we need to just keep doing it. 

    We don’t have to join in the violence, physically or emotionally. We don’t have to fight with our families, throw food at the wall like a toddler or an ex-President. We just have to remind ourselves that the extinction burst means something is about to disappear. We just have to remember that the rat eventually gives up.

    We just have to stay the course.


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  • July 30, 2022 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    The thermostat read over 100 degrees but it’s election season and one of our members is up for re-election in the Senate so EDW members show up and knock doors for Senator Carri Hicks. Senator Hicks had a great turnout of volunteers to knock doors and drop literature for the election on November 8th. Debbie Hogue Downing, Debbie Lobdell Brooks and Krista Jones were some of the 20 volunteers that showed up to support Senator Hicks in her re-election campaign. After knocking doors Debbie Lobdell Brooks invited all over to her house about 3 blocks away for Cuban tacos and cool down refreshments!

  • July 30, 2022 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Another awesome day working to build affordable homes through Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build along with future homeowner María and friends from Edmond Democratic Women. EDW members Laura Batchelor and her husband Lee, Krista Jones  as well as foreman Mitch, Maria and Rick from Habitat.

    We helped with finishing a house (cleaning windows and such!) for a neighbor because the Women Build house had some supply chain delays. It’s amazing to see the houses at different stages. The professionals help us volunteers pitch in effectively. 

    Hope the homeowners get the stability and asset they seek. 

    Sign up for Women Build or other volunteer opportunity here

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