Oklahoma will vote on Medicaid expansion June 30th. Among other things.
Our governor chose the primary for the election, likely figuring there would be more of the Republican faithful turning out than Democrats since they have more candidates. So, mark the date. Maybe consider getting a mail-in ballot. Having chosen to make the rich richer, the GOP will likely be screaming voter fraud over mail-in voting come election time. Don’t let them get away with it.
Just because social distancing is working doesn’t mean we should abandon it. The virus is still out there, as evidenced by the spiking 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.
On the ballot, look for Oklahoma State Question 802, Medicaid Expansion Initiative. For details on the measure check out https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_State_Question_802,_Medicaid_Expansion_Initiative_(June_2020)
No, the Corona Apocalypse hasn’t been beaten down like a dog. 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.
Seriously though, you don’t need to hoard toilet paper. Or hamburger meat. So, stop it! Grocery stores are on a better footing now and there are few, if any shortages.
But, 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 different. Oklahoma has NOT flattened the curve. Not at all. We’ve got hotspots all over the state and in every corner the daily count of cases and deaths keeps on getting higher than the count from the previous day. 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
Words to pass down for many generations to come:
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.)
Just the facts:
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.
End of the Roe or How Women Became Chattel Once Again… Be alarmed! VERY ALARMED!
Start Now to Make a Plan to Vote in 2020!
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.
Stephens County Democrats News
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.
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.
Our next meeting will be August 24, 1:30 p.m., First Christian Church in Lawton.
There is going to be a protest against human detention at Sheridan Road and the Ft. Sill Gate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Watch the paper for more information.
One of our young WUFA members sent an email and asked us if we had ever thought about expanding WUFA. She said she was going to graduate in another year and would be interested in starting a WUFA group wherever she relocates! Wow! We were pretty excited about that!
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?
See you one week from today, June 15!
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.