Oklahoma will vote on SQ 805 and SQ 814, November 3rd. Among other things.
The Oklahoma State Legislature referred State Question 814 to the November ballot to decrease appropriations made to the state’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Fund and direct the legislature to make appropriations to secure federal matching funds for the state’s Medicaid program. In simpler terms it means taking money originally designated for tobacco prevention programs, cancer research and other health improvements for Oklahomans to be given to our Republican Legislators to use to fund the State’s portion of the Medicaid Expansion instead of properly funding it from their own hoard. In keeping with Democratic principles, please vote No on this one.
State Question 805 is the only citizen initiative on the November ballot. It was designed to prohibit a convicted person’s former felony convictions from being used to impose greater sentences and to provide for sentence modifications to eligible individuals. Or more simply put, judges could not punish someone more harshly for committing a crime for a second time unless it was a violent crime. Again, in keeping with Democratic principles, please vote Yes on this one.
Just because social distancing is a pipe dream when it comes to our Trumpian neighbors doesn’t mean the rest of us should abandon it. The virus is still out there, as evidenced by the surging rise in cases and will still be out there come June 30th. Other states that were even more derelict than Oklahoma in addressing the issue are paying for their neglect. Stay safe and keep wearing masks and obsessively washing your hands. Avoid other people as if your life depends on it, because it just might. No, the Corona Apocalypse hasn’t been beaten down like a dog. No, we aren’t turning a corner! Oklahoma is currently experiencing a SURGE! We are out of ICU beds and the death toll proves we have no reason to celebrate anything. Republican politicians are lying through their teeth when they try to tell you different. And No, its not going to simply disappear no matter how hard Trump wishes it would. Just think, if we all stick together and do what the scientists tell us we’ll likely be the only ones still alive come this time next year.
And of course, being a general election, there are always questions about retaining judges. You can research them through the Ballotpedia portal if you like, but a better idea would be to always retain them all as long as Plague Rat Stitt is Governor simply because you would’t want to give him the opportunity to appoint any new ones, would you?
We are better prepared for the current Covid-19 Surge than we were earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean that life is going to get anywhere close to “normal”.
Things may seem desperate what with us running out of ICU beds and the Covid wards all at or near capacity, but our illustrious Wannabe-a-Trump Governor claims that he has a surge plan. If he does, I’d really like to know what it is because from where I sit, I’m not seeing any kind of plan and things are really spiralling out of control with every passing minute.
But regardless of what our Trumpian Plague Rat Stitt says, you do need to pay attention to what is changing and what you need to do to continue to keep you and your loved ones safe. Just because our politicians all seem to think we’ve turned a corner the statistics show radically different. The daily count of cases and deaths keeps on getting higher than the count from the previous day. Every day we are hitting a new record from the new record we hit the day before. Keeping on doing what you know will keep you and yours as safe as possible is the smart thing to do. And if you don’t feel safe going to any particular place, just stay home.
Lots of places to go for good information. OK State Dept of Health has the latest SITREP on what’s happening. OK Gov Department of Health
They’re on Facebook, too!
Track how the country is faring compared to the rest of the world: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.htm
Have you made your plan to vote?
Head on over to Make a Plan! to ensure your voice is heard. Included are all the links that will help you get you to the polls.
OK Voting Made Easy:
The Oklahoma Voter Portal (OVP) provides a “one-stop-shop” for your most requested voting needs. With a name AND date of birth (DOB), voters can:
- Verify Voter Registration Information
- View Voting Districts
- Find Polling Place Information
- View a Sample Ballot
- Check the Status of Absentee Ballots
- Respond to an Address Confirmation Notice – What is this?
By entering your name, date of birth (DOB), Oklahoma driver license number OR state ID number, AND the last four digits of your Social Security number, you can access additional features such as:
- Request absentee Ballots (includes Uniformed Services and Overseas Citizens)
- Change Political Affiliation
- Change a Residence Address or Mailing Address (Residence change must be within the county where you are currently registered.)
Due to the magic of advanced communication technology, one easy phone number allows you to reach your Senator or your Representative in the U.S. Congress. Use the number well and use it often! The number is 202-224-3121.
Stephens County Democrats News
When we don’t have a pandemic raging, the Stephens County Democratic Party meets at 7:00 p.m, every second Thursday of the month in Room 112, at the Red River Vo-Tech, Jerry B. Morris building, western-most building on the Duncan campus, 3300 W Bois D’Arc Ave, Duncan, OK. Come and see democracy in action. Join the discussion and learn about what we do. We’re on indefinite hold with the in-person meetings, but you can come join discussion and check for important announcements on our Facebook page as well as reading up on a constant stream of postings about the strange and alarming activities of our Republican minority rulers.
Comanche County Democrats News
Our Comanche County neighbors meet every third Monday in Lawton. Visit http://comanchecountydemocrats.org for info on their recent and upcoming events. This event will be held at the Great Plains Area Technology Center, 4500 NW Lee Blvd. in Lawton, Ok. 6PM to 8 PM.
WUFA, Women United for Action
For those not familiar with WUFA, it is a Lawton-based non-partisan group of concerned women who have banded together to pursue effective activism in opposition to the current Presidential and Congressional agendas. They organize activities to directly confront our elected officials through marches and protests as well as organized phone, email, and postcard campaigns. Its one more way to take action and be involved in the coming war for the soul of Democracy. Please contact marlenej <@> sbcglobal <dot> net to sign up for newsletters and calls to action.
We want to know what is on your mind! Please share concerns and joys with us as we work at staying attentive and not giving into the urge to turn off everything and zone out. WE CANNOT DO THAT!
- Why are our legislators so interested in eliminating abortion?
- Why do men lead the movement against Roe vs. Wade?
- Why do people continue to support Trump even though his economic plan is not helping them?
- Why does Oklahoma continue to refuse programs that will help our Oklahomans have better health options?
- Why does it appear that Lawtonians are not interested in a recycling program?
What are your questions?
Yes, there are Democrats in Stephens County, we are here and trying our darndest to get through to the citizens of Oklahoma that they do not have to settle for the second rate government they get from Republicans.
Cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.