And the fat lady sang…

The Oklahoma 2022 General Election is over. The Senate remains in Dem control and the House reverts to a razor-thin Retrumplican majority. And we Dems are back to bearing witness to the corruption, abuses of power and fecklessness of Retrumplican cowards, albeit with the knowledge that their Red Wave turned into a red drip that McCarthy is going to regret.

Calling all Dem Veterans!

Hey, Veterans! Did you know that OK Dems has a Veterans Committee that is fighting to advance and protect our common interests by electing vet-friendly Democrats to office?Check it out, both on the Web and on Facebook. On the Web: OK Dem Veterans Website and on Facebook: OK Dems Veterans Facebook Page

As an officially recognized federation within the Oklahoma Democratic Party, the ODPVC is focused on the election of Democratic candidates in all local, state, and national offices serving the Oklahoma community. They pay special attention to our veterans and people who support our veterans and active-duty military. Please visit their website and/or Facebook page and consider joining or renewing your membership. (Its just $10 bucks!) You can contact Mike Coucke: mgcoucke@gmail.com / 580-291-8392 (voice or text) to obtain a membership application form or from ODPVC: okdemvets@gmail.com / 405-496-5621
PO Box 54804, Oklahoma City, OK 73154

Trying to Get to a New Normal

No, the virus didn’t magically disappear when mask mandates began to disappear, and now Winter Flu Season is already underway along with a little extra called “RSV”. You can expect an uptick in Covid cases, too. Biden isn’t some kind of miracle worker! It took a lot of incompetence and corruption to put us in the situation we got ourselves into, so don’t expect it all to just disappear overnight. 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. Keep on top of the latest in masking recommendations and don’t throw your stash away just yet. And above all, GET YOUR VACCINATIONS and BOOSTERS!

Vaccines and boosters are still available at most pharmacies across the state as well as Urgent Care Clinics and all doctor offices that meet the storage requirements. Just remember, getting vaxxed and boosted is your ticket to a new normal. There are surges expected this coming Winter, so you might want to get ready.

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 State Retrumplican politicians all seem to still be in denial about the whole science thing, they haven’t convinced anyone without a death wish that there is nothing to fear. People are still dying across the nation. Oklahoma infection numbers are again on the rise. Remember that you never know the status of the unknown persons all around you when you step outside your home. 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. And don’t let anyone mock you or try to guilt-trip you if you decide to keep you and yours masked up.

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 at OK Gov Department of Health on Facebook, too!

For the best and up to date info for your particular county, please check with your local County Department of Health. Most have Facebook pages and many have their own websites.

Track how the country is faring compared to the rest of the world: Global Coronavirus Maps

If you are worried about blowback from people in your orbit over having chosen to protect yourself and those you love, take a lunch hour to slip away to get to a pharmacy in another neighborhood to get your vaccine. You have the right to keep your status as private as you like.

****** Note to Party Members******

The majority of Precincts are still without Precinct Chairs at this time. Anyone interested in becoming the chair of their precinct should contact Gary Edmondson. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get involved in our Great Democracy at the local level to stand up and raise your hand. Take heart, if Georgia can turn Blue, so can Oklahoma, but we need you to help us make it happen.

Don’t wait. Plan your vote in the 2024 General Election.

Yes, the Midterms are over, once and for all, but you can bet the voter suppression tactics are going to be creative and widespread come the next Presidential General Election in 2024. The Retrumplicans are desperate to win back the Senate even more than they were this last time around and Trumpty Dumpty thinks he’s going to be heading back into the White House. Be ready to go to work. 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.)
 

Call Congress!

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

Now that we don’t have a full-on 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. Bring your teens to learn how Democracy is supposed to work. Join the discussion and learn about what we do. You can come join the 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. However, postings have been a bits slower since Biden took office. Seems there’s a definite lack of sleezeballs and crooks in his administration. Things will surely pick up now that McCarthy has taken the House gavel and we bear witness to a slow-motion dumpster fire.

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 and regular Zoom get-togethers. 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! 

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.

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