Oklahoma Political News

  • July 27, 2022 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Saturday’s EDW Social and Legislative appreciation breakfast was attended by over 54 people and we had 6 new members joined us for the first time. There was plenty of donuts, muffins, fruit salad, lemonade, ice coffee, hot coffee and water to be had by all. Candidates Madison Horn, Cathy Cummings, Greg Clyde and Sarah the regional field director for Team Kendra and Debbie Hogue Downing  from Kendra’s  campaign were all there to give updates and take signups for volunteers for canvassing, phone banks, and post card writing.

    Representative Mauree Turner from HD 88 gave us a legislative update and shared their background and the 2 interim studies that they are requesting between sessions. Representative Turner is running for re-election in HD 88 and is the first Muslim to be elected to the Oklahoma legislature and the first non-binary person to be elected in the US. 

    Mary Jo Mitts and her great Membership Social  Committee  Samina Hope, Kathy Wallis, Gwen Shaw and Debbie Oliver took care of all the food and beverages, plastic ware, decorations,  and utensils. Judy Moon’s welcoming committee of Patsy Hollingsworth, Denise York and Paula Bailey did a great job of greeting everyone and getting name tags for our members and guests. Visiting and getting to know new members and people, that perhaps we had not met before was enjoyed by all.

  • July 08, 2022 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Send The Oklahoman Your Views on the Overturning of Roe v Wade by the Dobbs Decision

    One of our members, Joyce Bostsman, shared with us the article and request for letters by Clytie Bunyan the Oklahoman’s managing editor for Diversity, Community Engagement and Opinion. So please share your opinion or your story, the details are in the article.

  • July 08, 2022 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Oped by Anna Stuck

    It’s no secret that certain segments of our society have been wanting an end to abortion in this country. They are celebrating even now. As a Roman Catholic who considers herself pro-life, I can’t help but feel a little sick to my stomach. There is a comment I once read that I will probably never forget and it said “I’ll never understand why the road to an abortion-free America is being paved with the bodies of dead women.” A large part of the responsibility of being a moral or religious person is the idea that the ends cannot justify the means. The same is true of democracy. Watching our country traverse this path has driven home this point to me. In effect, democracy is the means. Morality is the means. Our founding fathers gave us the gift of a system that can bear the weight of progress, allowing it to move beyond the flaws of its creators.

    I have comforted my mother as we watch the local leaders of our church justify support for candidates who are morally repugnant in every way except their verbal stance on abortion. I have comforted my husband as the Supreme Court justified a shoddy rewriting of history in an effort to justify the forgone conclusion of a “pro-life” country. The Republican party, our family and neighbors, are quickly justifying the cost to other people in order to get what they want for themselves. I am grieving the loss of the noble means of democracy and integrity.

  • July 08, 2022 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    It was a hot 2nd of July at the Bethany Liberty Fest Parade but fun and festive and great camaraderie with other Dems. The Edmond Liberty Fest does not let candidates for public office walk in the parade, but will let elected officials be in the parade, so EDW has opted not to participate in the past. If our members want to walk and increase awareness of EDW in Edmond, we can sure get a spot in the parade next year, so let a board member know your thoughts.

    Sightings and fun at Bethany:

  • July 08, 2022 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Check out supplies needed at the office. Donations are welcome!

    • Shelves
    • Coffee Cups
    • Printer/Ink
    • Trash Cans
    • General Office Supplies
    • Paper
    • White Boards
    • Label Maker
    • Snacks (Gluten-free is appreciated )
    • Folding Tables (in half)
    • Sunscreen
    • Gatorade
    • Paper Plates
    • Power Strips


  • July 08, 2022 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    Your courage to step up and run for all of us makes a huge difference. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Democratic Values! To those who have made it to the general election CONGRATULATIONS! Joy Hofmeister for Governor, Vicki Behenna for OK County DA, and Cathy Cummings for County Commissioner D3. If you have a run-off good luck to you! Jason Bollinger and Madison Horn US Senate- Lankford’s seat.

    EDW members are engaged and willIng to help candidates as they can. To all candidates that are the Democratic nominee for their race, you can start the EDW Endorsement process now. If you are interested in an endorsement, please contact our Recruit, Support, Elect Chair Jo Beth Moad at RSE.chair.edw@gmail.com.

  • July 08, 2022 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Food for Thought: A Broader View of the Roe v Wade decision

    Oped by Carol Willis

    Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian and professor of history at Boston College, presented a very interesting interpretation of the importance of Roe v Wade being overturned. It was so compelling that it is worth asking everyone to think about the points she made. Many people who read this might have similar feelings. The ones who see this are not the ones who need to see it. This is a paraphrase of her words.

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the case of Roe v Wade is a harbinger of what could still be coming, and it is important that we take a deeper look at the implications of this decision.

    Because this decision actually took away rights from a sector of the American population (something the court has never done), the court is basically telling us that we no longer have a government that is defending democracy.

    During the 1920s, Republicans put businessmen (the majority of whom were wealthy white men) in charge of the government, got rid of many taxes, and believed that the country would run incredibly well and that fortunes would grow. They believed the wealth and favors of the business leaders would flow down to all ordinary citizens and we would all live happily ever after. These leaders established clear boundaries for race, gender, religion, and ethnicity in an attempt to create a stable world that was best for everyone.

    Unfortunately, these boundaries excluded most of the citizens of the country. The ultimate result of this business-run government was the Crash of 1929. By 1932, the population began to demand a government that responded to ordinary working people.

    From about 1933 until 1981, our government worked to ensure that everyone had a level economic playing field in which everyone had a chance to work hard and prosper. It built and put in place many benefits, including an infrastructure, secure banks, and many government agencies designed to meet the needs of all citizens.

    In the 1950s, the Supreme Court began to expand civil rights to increase the power of the federal government to be sure that a small group of white men could not dominate their black neighbors.

    The Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 was designed to ensure that individual states cannot take away constitutional rights. It was used to overrule laws that the Supreme Court considered discriminatory. It in essence said American people had the right to personal lives and that decisions such as reproduction and marriage should not be intruded on by states.

    The right to an abortion was protected by the right to privacy that was founded by the Supreme Court in the attempt to make sure that states don't pass laws that are discriminatory. This is the crux of the matter.

    Roe is merely a symbol of a project the Republicans have been pushing since Reagan. That project is to get rid of the federal protections that level the economic playing field, give citizens a basic social safety net, infrastructure, and civil rights. In other words, abortion rights is not the issue. The issue is power and who has it.

    If the federal government can't override states, that means all democracy should take place at a state level. This is an originalist argument from the Supreme Court. That means states can decide who gets the vote, and when you are powerful and wealthy, it is easy to get "your people" elected at the state level.

    This has allowed a radical minority of Republicans to use the filibuster and extensive gerrymandering to leverage the right to vote so that they have far more power than Democrats. When the power goes back to the states, a very few people have a lot of power, and those with money have even more power.

    The federal government began to delegate power to the executive branch to house agencies such as the EPA, Social Security, and Medicare within that branch of Congress. And by taking the federal government out of the social welfare of its citizens, those agencies will eventually be dismantled.

    When the Supreme Court sends questions back to the states to be decided, it takes power away from the federal government.

    By ruling, for example, that states must use public monies for religious education, it tears down the very important wall between separation of church and state--a fundamental basic of the constitution.

    What we are witnessing is the radicalization of the government. A very radical religious minority are imposing their will on the vast majority of American citizens. They are forming a hierarchical society in which white guys run everything. They are garnering power by stirring up fear over the most minor or issues such as critical race theory.

    We can no longer look the other way and hope that the system is going to hold. The religious minority has packed the Supreme Court with judges who will dismantle the federal government.

    Is it coincidental that our former president and his Republican supporters have worked to overturn our democracy at the same time the Supreme Court justices were put in place by the very people destroying our rights? Keep in mind, there are no ethics rules for Supreme Court justices.

    The awful truth is that no one is going to save us from us; therefore, it is extremely important that we not give up by thinking it is too late and that we have lost everything. It is much harder to reclaim a democracy when you have let it go.

    What has happened to democracy? What has happened to majority rule--to equality before the law and to equal access to resources?

    Believe it or not, but when this very scenario happened in 1851, protesters organized and peacefully pushed back. In the mid-terms of 1851, they stood on the bedrock conservative principles that we are all created equal and have a right to consent to the government under which we live, and they swept the elections.

    It is our turn to speak up. It is time to organize and to peacefully push back. It is time for our voices to be heard at every level of government from the bottom up and across all boundary lines. It is time for rational thought--not hysterical extremism. It is time for conversations with our friends and neighbors.

    We, as Democrats, are the last best hope for saving our beloved country from a theocracy or autocracy. There are more of us than them. There are more decent, thoughtful, law-abiding citizens than there are radical extremists.

  • July 08, 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    OKLAHOMA CITY– House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, and House Minority Caucus Chair Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, released a joint statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.

    “Today, the sky is dark. There is no way to sugarcoat that women in America, especially in states like Oklahoma, have fewer rights now than they did when they woke up this morning.

    “We know that Oklahoma’s restrictive abortion laws are not popular and that most Oklahomans believe this fundamental truth: abortion is health care. Yet legislative Republicans continue to propose and pass the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, which will result in women and pregnant people dying because they cannot access the health care they need.

    “Unfortunately, many Oklahomans understandably thought this day would never come. As extreme rhetoric stoked a small portion of the population that sought to strip away reproductive rights, too many were complacent because of Roe’s protections. We have and will continue to stand up for the rights of Oklahoma women to make their own private and personal health care decisions.

    “If any good is to come out of today’s ruling, let it be our action. The sky is dark today but through our demand and dedication to change, we can build a much brighter future.”


    House Minority Leader Emily Virgin
    House Caucus Chair Cyndi Munson

  • July 08, 2022 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The conservative majority of the Supreme Court of The United States overturned the constitutional protection provided by the Roe v Wade decision nearly 50 years ago, it now allows states to ban abortion. As we know, Oklahoma has the most restrictive abortion ban in the US that Gov. Stitt signed into law allowing that life begins at fertilization. Roe decided two things that under the 14th amendment the US Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. But the abortion right is not absolute. It must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion to overturn the long standing precedent, even though four of them during their confirmation hearings said they would not and that it was clearly precedent.

    Planned Parenthood Great Plains said trigger laws effectively banning abortion would take effect instantly across 13 states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Another 13 states are expected to enact abortion bans, leaving abortion legal in just 26 states. The group said nearly 36 million women of reproductive age will no longer have access to abortion. Emily Wales, the group’s president and CEO, said the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted the 250-year-old phrase “all men are created equal,” and stripped rights from every woman in America

    Women across the nation are reeling from this decision and trying to find the next steps forward for our daughters and granddaughters to have the same freedoms that we had. California lawmakers are placing a constitutional amendment protecting women’s reproductive rights on the fall ballot. At least 15 states affirmed or expanded abortion rights prior to Friday’s opinion and about 24 states indicated they would end or dramatically restrict access to abortion which is where Ok is. There is the possibility of ending the filibuster and codifying abortion rights nationally or bringing a referendum petition to place it on the ballot in the fall in Oklahoma. Both are heavy lifts, but always options and I would not rule anything out if we put our mind to it and our votes to elect like minded candidates is more important than ever. Stay tuned.

  • June 28, 2022 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    TO: Dennis Baker, Jason Bollinger, Jo Glenn, Madison Horn and Brandon Wade

    Dear Candidate,

    We had an inquiry from one of our members and the board felt it was worth putting the question to our candidates one last time before June 28!

    If you can reply by Friday, we will post your answer on our Facebook page and in our weekly newsletter! The questions are from EDW members who attended both candidate forums but are still undecided on your race.

    Please respond to these two questions:

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    Thank you SO MUCH! We appreciate your efforts to make Oklahoma a better place for all its citizens.

    Brandon Wade, Candidate for U.S. Senate

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    “I believe what makes me qualified to not only challenge Lankford, but be able to beat him as well is my roots. Being from Oklahoma and from the working class, I truly understand the struggles we are facing. The skills I have learned over the years while serving as the Committee Chairman for or local Union and on as the Vice President on the Executive Board for our International Union, will also help me communicate with all Oklahomans and make a connection with them. Meeting and discussing the real concerns with the people is the key to winning this race. The people want a candidate that will listen to them and work for them, not other interests. That is exactly what I am!"

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    "With the union I’ve learned to listen to opposing views and find common ground. Most of the answers we seek aren’t far left or far right. It will take all of us coming together to find them. I will use these skills to help all Oklahomans to come together to find the answers that will make Oklahoma successful in whatever comes our way.

    I feel the best way to do this is to get out and meet as many people as possible. I truly feel that is the best way to make the connections that must be made to build the trust that is needed, as well as, deserved. I will be open and available to have any conversation that is needed to help the voters understand where I stand on any issue. In short just building trust and connecting with everyone I will be working for. It is my job to represent the people of Oklahoma and I will do that to the best of my ability.

    Again thank you all for the additional questions and I hope to gain your support! I look forward to winning the primary and then turning this seat blue. That is when the real work will begin. Together we can make the changes that we need to make!”

    Jo Glenn, Candidate for US Senate

    “First of all thank you and the entire Edmond Democratic Women membership for providing such riveting political forums. I was fortunate enough to attend both of them and the support and feedback in the room was amazing.

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    "All of the candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and many of them are not unique to one candidate. For me it is a long and varied work history which for many years, I was able to advocate for clients in court in sometimes hostile settings and sometimes friendly settings. Being able to evaluate your audience to tailor the tone of your message to appeal to the audience without pandering or aggravating is actually a skill. I have found that my style of campaigning has been well received by voters of urban an rural counties.

    That being said, in order to win we must also convince Republicans that this year, they are better served by electing a democrat. Not an easy task but my experience and skill should serve me and the Democratic Party well."

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this? 

    "My strength is meeting people, listening and talking about issues and what election choices can bring to their communities. I plan to partner with local democrats to not only help my campaign but to hopefully strengthen the campaigns of all the democrats. If each candidate campaigns separately without the full assistance of local democrats then the chances to change voting patterns is not good.

    I also plan to research the vastly different areas of the state to assess real needs and hopefully offer real solutions. Example: Affordable rural broadband. Everyone talks about it and the Republicans promise it but nothing gets done. I would partner up with out Corporation Commission Candidate, Warigia Bowman, (whose masters and doctorate thesis was on this particular subject and we would go visit those counties and present concrete ideas to how to accomplish this. I think it would help both campaigns.

    Also I would be there to tout local legislative candidates and county officers. We tend to ignore these counties because of voter party disparity and the situation of losing more democrats gets worse."


    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    I am a lifelong Oklahoman with deep roots in this state. I grew up in rural Oklahoma but have lived in the Oklahoma City Metro for nearly ten years. I was brought up to appreciate hard work and dedication to our community and my family. What makes me uniquely qualified is not only do I have prior federal government experience and am an attorney and small business owner, I have built a team from Oklahoma, of people who understand and live the realities we are facing here every single day. My team and I are equipped to relate to and engage with voters regardless of political philosophy—meeting them where they are and finding common ground on the issues that matter. We have been running a professional campaign since day one—something an opponent of James Lankford MUST do to win in November. We know Oklahoma and the issues Oklahomans face better than anyone else in the race, including Lankford himself. Further, my legal background and prior federal government and foreign affairs experience will allow me to stand toe-to-toe with James Lankford on the issues. We know Senator Lankford is well-spoken and as an incumbent, is fairly well-versed on a lot of issues (even though we disagree with him). As a trained debater and lawyer, I am too, and I am prepared to challenge Senator Lankford starting June 29th. I am the only candidate in this race who is prepared to do so.

    1. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    We will talk to voters where they are. We plan to knock doors, make calls, and send text messages. Also, given my age (30 years-old), I am uniquely positioned to engage and excite young voters, who are typically less engaged. Beyond that, there is a huge swath of voters who vote only in presidential elections that don’t feel motivated and aren’t frequently reached out to outside of elections every four years; we will be talking to those voters as well. We know that if we motivate progressive voters, we can absolutely win against Lankford in November.

    Additionally, given my rural roots, DC experience, and legal background, I am able to talk with and relate to voters of any demographic and part of the state. We proved this by successfully launching our campaign in my rural, conservative hometown of Carter, Oklahoma. This is important because, to win in November, we have to get Republicans on board. I have been doing that without compromising our progressive values, and I will continue to do so.

    Thanks so much,

    Team Jason

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