Oklahoma commerce – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:43:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T143024.308.png Oklahoma commerce – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ 32 32 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Approves Interlocal Agreement https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/muscogee-creek-nation-approves-interlocal-agreement/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:43:48 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/muscogee-creek-nation-approves-interlocal-agreement/ OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A meeting of the Business, Finance and Justice Committee of the National Council of the Muscogee Nation (Creek) was held in person and by teleconference on May 12 at the Mound Building. All laws will be submitted to the Plenary Council during the regular session on May 21. BFJ discussed the following […]]]>

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A meeting of the Business, Finance and Justice Committee of the National Council of the Muscogee Nation (Creek) was held in person and by teleconference on May 12 at the Mound Building.

All laws will be submitted to the Plenary Council during the regular session on May 21.

BFJ discussed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to the wording of the bills:

CNA 22-050 An act of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing an additional appropriation to the Secretary of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from the 2022 fiscal year budget of the Nation and Commerce. Rep. Patrick Freeman sponsored the bill, which passed as amended 4-0.

The Bill will appropriate funds from the Interest Account to the Permanent Fund in the amount of $127,268.00.

TR 22-077 Amendment to TR 19-076 (A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Resolution to Suspend All Special Credits and Donations) as amended by TR 20-150 and TR 21-080. Rep. Freeman sponsored the bill, which was delayed indefinitely 4-0.

The amendment would have allowed donations to political campaigns funded by the Secretary of Nation and Commerce’s FY22 budget.

TR 22-085 To authorize the Senior Chief to execute a certain interlocal agreement with the Pawnee County Board of Commissioners to detain defendants at the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center in Pawnee County, City of Pawnee, Oklahoma. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the bill, which passed 4-0.

The interlocal agreement will require the Muscogee Nation (Creek) to pay for housing for each criminal defendant at the rate of $45 per day.

CNA 22-058 A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Act amending MCNCA Title 49 § 1-105 titled “Drafting Committee.” Representative Sandra Golden sponsored the bill, which failed to pass after a 3-2 tied vote.

The bill would have changed the requirements for council members to serve on the editorial board.

CNA 22-059 A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Act amending MCNCA Title 37 Chapter 3. Subchapter 8 titled “Drug-Free Workplace” and creating a new subsection § 3-813 titled “Protection and Non-Discrimination medical marijuana license holders. Rep. Randolph sponsored the bill, which was delayed 30 days 4-0.

If passed, the law would allow the use of medical marijuana by MCN employees who hold a medical marijuana license issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health without risk of corrective action. (Drivers employed by the Transit Department are excluded) MCN employees are still not permitted to use, possess or be under the influence of medical marijuana during work hours.

CNA 22-060 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation allocating funds in the name of the District Trial Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to pay for continuous alcohol and blood alcohol monitoring services provided by Recovery Monitoring Solutions Corporation. Rep. Freeman sponsored the bill, which passed 4-0.

The law appropriates funds from the interest account on the permanent fund in the amount of $100,000.00. The purpose of the law is to stem the number of tribal citizens who are imprisoned and cannot afford bail, and wish to contract services to provide global positioning system monitoring, continuous alcohol monitoring , radio frequency monitoring and blood alcohol testing.

For video of committee meetings, visit: www.mcnnc.com.

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Study: These 10 cities have the most expensive journeys https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/study-these-10-cities-have-the-most-expensive-journeys/ Sun, 15 May 2022 14:15:23 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/study-these-10-cities-have-the-most-expensive-journeys/ (NEXSTAR) – You probably weighed health, retirement and other benefits before taking your last job, but what about the cost of commuting? Since many companies are bring employees back in the office when the price of gasoline is reach historic heightsjust the cost of driving to work can add up quickly, depending on where you […]]]>

(NEXSTAR) – You probably weighed health, retirement and other benefits before taking your last job, but what about the cost of commuting?

Since many companies are bring employees back in the office when the price of gasoline is reach historic heightsjust the cost of driving to work can add up quickly, depending on where you live.

A study by Autoinsurance.org ranked US cities by average commute cost and found that employees on the east and west coasts are worst off when it comes to lost salary dollars on the way to work.

California topped the list of most expensive routes, taking five of the top 10 spots:

City Annual trip cost
Fremont, California $15,005
San Francisco, California $13,015
Jersey City, New Jersey $10,602
Arlington, Virginia $10,385
New York, NY $10,275
San Jose, California $9,813
Seattle, WA $9,790
Irvine, California $9,526
Oakland, California $9,176
Chicago, IL $8,033
(autoinsurance.org)

If you’re looking for a cheap ride, you might want to consider Texas. According to the survey, four of the 10 cheapest rides are in the Lone Star State.

The cheapest route in the country is to Lubbock, TX ($2,874 per year), followed by Laredo, TX; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; Corpus Christi, Texas; Norfolk, Virginia; El Paso, TX; Memphis, TN; Tucson, Ariz.; and Cleveland, Ohio – all with an annual cost of less than $4,000.

Unsurprisingly, Lubbock average travel time to get to work was also the shortest, at just over 16 minutes.

The study authors used data from the 2019 U.S. Census American Community Survey to determine average commute times, median earnings, and average hours worked. To see assuranceauto.org for more information on the methodology and additional results.

Hafsa Batool, who works with digital marketing and e-commerce agency Skill Dollars, points out that the impact of cost isn’t felt the same when it comes to getting around.

“The higher your pay grade, the less likely you are to notice the cost of travel,” Batool said. “For someone earning $100,000 a year, travel will likely be less than $10,000, making it a relatively minor expense. But if you make $30,000 a year (or even just $50,000), that same expense can add up to 25% or more of your income.

The cost of travel is not only a consideration for employees, but also for employers after more than 4 million workers left their jobs in February in the so-called “Big resignation.”

A March 2022 Pew Research Center survey found that 63 percent of those who quit said low pay was a factor in their decision.

For many employers, forcing a return to work without adding the right incentives can be a tough sell when it comes to bringing in new hires.

“Remote work isn’t going away as the pandemic becomes rampant,” said Patrick Denver, owner of CouponNinja.com. “Companies that refuse to offer hybrid models and force employees to return to the office full-time will have a hard time retaining employees. Many employees have realized that the freedom of the work-from-home model is simply unbeatable. Returning to an office building will be difficult.

For anyone trying to save money on commuting, AutoInsurance.org suggests following your budget and exploring other modes of transportation, including carpooling, car sharing, bicycling, public transport or walking. Experts also suggest spreading out travel time to avoid traffic and planning ahead where you’ll park at your destination, if possible.

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Budget, ARPA funds discussed | News https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/budget-arpa-funds-discussed-news/ Fri, 13 May 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/budget-arpa-funds-discussed-news/ Attendees at the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Legislative Breakfast heard from Oklahoma District 2 Senator Marty Quinn and District 9 Chamber Representative Mark Lepak and posed questions. Quinn started the event with a budget update and said it was around $9 million, almost $1 million more than last year. Quinn said […]]]>

Attendees at the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Legislative Breakfast heard from Oklahoma District 2 Senator Marty Quinn and District 9 Chamber Representative Mark Lepak and posed questions.

Quinn started the event with a budget update and said it was around $9 million, almost $1 million more than last year.

Quinn said that when he debuted in 2010, the budget was around $6 million and that $9 million was the biggest budget he had been associated with in his career.

Quin said Senate Appropriations Chairman – Roger Thompson of Okemah – has done a good job of ensuring that money spent is not spent on current expenses.

“When it comes to one-time dollars, you have to make sure you don’t get used to it,” he said.

Quin said the main thing for him is the taxpayers.

“I always want to know what it’s going to do to the taxpayer, for that taxpayer – is it going to help, is it going to hurt?” he said.

An example of one-time dollars would be American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Claremore City Manager John Feary asked about the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission’s $113 million request for ARPA funds.

Feary said the project will impact 45 different communities in 14 Oklahoma counties, including Rogers County.

“I’m just asking all of you to continue to be our biggest advocate, because this $113 million spread across 45 different communities is a game-changer for a lot of those communities,” he said.

Feary said it would have a big impact on Claremore.

“The Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission is established to plan, coordinate, and implement special programs and events to celebrate the historic highway’s centennial in 2026 with the support of the Oklahoma Historical Society Oklahoma,” according to the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission Act.

Quinn said he would follow up on the request on Monday.

“I don’t see how they could say no,” he said. “It’s not being overconfident. It’s a major agreement that affects many cities in Oklahoma.

Rogers County District III Commissioner Ron Burrows echoed Feary’s desire to receive funding from ARPA.

“We have never – in my years of involvement with the city and county – capitalized on Route 66 and here is the opportunity,” he said. “Everyone would benefit from that in Rogers County.”

Burrows said the county is focused on expanding rural broadband — a $32 million project — half of which they have.

“We are looking for the other half and the demand is not that great considering the investment,” he said.

Burrows said they didn’t want to spend their money, but rather invest it.

“We are looking to make this huge investment for Rogers County,” he said.

Lepak said the governor decides which projects receive ARPA funds.

Lepak said it’s important that funds are spent on one-time projects that don’t overlap with other projects.

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Bartlesville Radio » News » AG O’Connor speaks at the Chamber Forum https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/bartlesville-radio-news-ag-oconnor-speaks-at-the-chamber-forum/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:03:27 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/bartlesville-radio-news-ag-oconnor-speaks-at-the-chamber-forum/ Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor was the guest speaker at the Greater Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce Forum sponsored by Ascension St. John Jane Phillips. O’Connor made a quick connection with attendees by sharing stories of his family and growing up in a hard-working Tulsa home where the budget was tight but […]]]>


Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor was the guest speaker at the Greater Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce Forum sponsored by Ascension St. John Jane Phillips.


O’Connor made a quick connection with attendees by sharing stories of his family and growing up in a hard-working Tulsa home where the budget was tight but life’s lessons were learned with lots of love and a little of discipline.


The GA commended Oklahoma’s utilities for the great job they did during the harsh winter of 2021 as they saved lives by staying. O’Connor said Texas lost 260 people and Oklahoma lost none.


He then spoke about the challenges utilities face in recouping their losses while protecting ratepayers.


The general spoke about his life before politics when he was a litigator and the great surprise he had to discover that human trafficking was more than smuggling people into the country. The cold reality, he said, was to find out how bad the problem was with female students being hunted down and groomed to be trafficked into soft porn and eventually into prostitution with the threat of death if they tried to get away. escape.


O’Connor is a big fan of our police. He said that because America tends to run away from law enforcement, Oklahoma needs to run to it and support it.


The general is very determined to keep the Feds from encroaching on the Oklahomans. In the short time since his appointment, he said he has sued the Biden administration 11 times for excess of power.

O’Connor calls the Biden administration’s “disinformation department” the “shut up department.” He said he appreciates different points of view and that the debate or the collision of opposing ideas results in the truth. He warned: “Don’t silence us. He added that the “Ministry of Truth” is a new low saying it comes from the same people who cite parents of schoolchildren as domestic terrorists.


In conclusion, O’Connor is staunchly pro-life. He says the border problem is now a 50 state problem and he told how 6 cartels have divided OK into districts and they are determined to grow within the state because “slavery and sex bring billions of dollars to the cartels” and he’s here to enforce the law.


The juiciest part of the presentation came during questions and answers when the attorney general was asked about McGirt. Below is the unedited response in podcast form:


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Oklahoma Christian ousts Lady Chaps in 13 innings at LSC tournament https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-christian-ousts-lady-chaps-in-13-innings-at-lsc-tournament/ Sat, 07 May 2022 22:21:16 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-christian-ousts-lady-chaps-in-13-innings-at-lsc-tournament/ TYLER — Hannah Pate’s 13th-inning single broke a tie and lifted No. 6 seed Oklahoma Christian over No. 3 seed Lubbock Christian University 10-9 in a quarter-final matchup. Lone Star Conference softball tournament on Saturday. Pate’s single to left field came with two outs. It marked Tristyn Hamilton, who had one-out single and moved to […]]]>

TYLER — Hannah Pate’s 13th-inning single broke a tie and lifted No. 6 seed Oklahoma Christian over No. 3 seed Lubbock Christian University 10-9 in a quarter-final matchup. Lone Star Conference softball tournament on Saturday.

Pate’s single to left field came with two outs. It marked Tristyn Hamilton, who had one-out single and moved to second on a groundout.

Oklahoma Christian (39-12) advanced to a semifinal later Saturday against Texas A&M-Kingsville (44-8), which is ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II and ranked second in the tournament.

LCU (37-10) will be vying for a spot in the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. The Lady Chaps are No. 2 in the latest South Central Region rankings and No. 13 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Top 25 D-II.

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Norman Mineta, Transportation Secretary at the time of 9/11, dies | Oklahoma News https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/norman-mineta-transportation-secretary-at-the-time-of-9-11-dies-oklahoma-news/ Wed, 04 May 2022 01:12:55 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/norman-mineta-transportation-secretary-at-the-time-of-9-11-dies-oklahoma-news/ ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans in top government positions and ordered the grounding of commercial flights after the September 11 terrorist attacks as the country’s federal transport secretary, died on Tuesday. He was 90 years old. John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta passed away […]]]>

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans in top government positions and ordered the grounding of commercial flights after the September 11 terrorist attacks as the country’s federal transport secretary, died on Tuesday. He was 90 years old.

John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family in Edgewater, Maryland, east of the nation’s capital.

“His cause of death was heart disease,” Flaherty added. “He was an extraordinary public servant and a very dear friend.”

Mineta broke racial barriers for Asian Americans by becoming mayor of San Jose, California early in his political career. He went on to become the first Asian American to serve as Federal Cabinet Secretary, serving under both Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush.

Bush then awarded Mineta the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a statement, the former president said Mineta was “a wonderful American story about someone who overcame hardship and prejudice to serve in the United States military, Congress, and the cabinet of two presidents.”

“As my Secretary of Transportation, he showed great leadership in helping to prevent further attacks on 9/11 and after. As I said when presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Norm gave to his country a life of service and he gave his fellow citizens an example of leadership, devotion to duty and personal character,” the former president said.

The son of Japanese immigrants who spent two years of his childhood in a World War II internment camp, Mineta began his political career as leader of his hometown of San Jose before joining the Clinton administration as as Commerce Secretary and then to cross party lines to serve in Bush’s cabinet.

As Bush’s transportation secretary, Mineta led the department during the crisis of September 11, 2001, as hijacked commercial jets headed for US landmarks. After a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, Mineta ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to ground all civilian planes – more than 4,500 in flight at the time. It was the first such order issued in American aviation history.

Mineta was later tasked with restoring confidence in air travel following the terrorist attacks. He oversaw the hasty creation of the Transportation Security Administration, which took over responsibility for aviation security from the airlines.

Within a year, the TSA had hired tens of thousands of airport screeners, put airline security guards on commercial flights, and installed high-tech equipment to screen air travelers and their baggage at the airport. search for bombs.

The effort was ridiculed at the time for wasteful expense and causing long lines at airports. But Mineta, widely appreciated and respected in Washington for his in-depth knowledge of transportation issues, managed to escape the brunt of that criticism.

In 2006, he resigned at 74 after 5½ years in his post, making him the longest-serving transport secretary since the agency was established in 1967.

Born on November 12, 1931, Norman Yoshio Mineta was 10 years old and was wearing his Cub Scout uniform when he and his parents were transported to incarceration in Wyoming after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and served as an army intelligence officer in Korea and Japan. After three years in the military, he returned to San Jose to run his father’s Mineta insurance agency.

Mineta’s foray into politics came in 1967, when the mayor of San Jose approached him to fill a vacant seat on the city council. He was re-elected and served four more years on council before winning the city’s first seat in 1971, making him the first Asian-American mayor of a major city. She now has an airport that bears her name.

Mineta was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 10 terms representing Silicon Valley. During his tenure, he lobbied for more funding for the FAA and co-authored landmark legislation that gave state and local governments control over decisions about highways and public transportation.

The co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus also scored a personal victory when he helped pass the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which required the US government to apologize to the 120,000 Native Americans Japanese forced to live in wartime internment camps. Former internees also received reparations of $20,000 each.

In 1993, Mineta became chairman of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee — another first — but he quickly lost that position after Republicans took control of the House in 1994.

Mineta resigned from Congress in 1995 to join Lockheed Martin Corp. as senior vice president of its transportation division, which built and operated electronic toll systems.

But Washington recalled five years later when Clinton, in the final months of his presidency, nominated him to replace William Daley as Commerce Secretary.

Mineta then became the first cabinet secretary to move directly from a Democratic to a Republican administration. He was the only Democrat in the Bush cabinet.

As Secretary of Transportation, Mineta successfully promoted private investment in roads and bridges such as the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road and helped secure passage of a $286 billion highway spending plan. dollars after nearly two years of wrangling with Congress.

After overseeing the rapid launch of the TSA, Mineta saw his department cut by nearly two-thirds when the TSA and Coast Guard were transferred to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 in the largest government reorganization in nearly six months. decades.

After retiring from public service, he joined the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice president and settled with his wife, Danealia, in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay.

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Chea reported from San Francisco.

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Construction camp for 7th and 8th graders | Business & Energy https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/construction-camp-for-7th-and-8th-graders-business-energy/ Mon, 02 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/construction-camp-for-7th-and-8th-graders-business-energy/ The joys and rewards of building something! Confidence building! Application of mathematical and scientific concepts! Pride and Achievement – “I did this!” These are some of the rewards students will experience at OSU-OKC Build Camp. Not just for non-academics, the build camp will benefit future teachers, engineers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects, home builders, plumbers, electricians, […]]]>

The joys and rewards of building something! Confidence building! Application of mathematical and scientific concepts! Pride and Achievement – “I did this!”

These are some of the rewards students will experience at OSU-OKC Build Camp. Not just for non-academics, the build camp will benefit future teachers, engineers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects, home builders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, contractors, and more.

Understanding how things work and go together improves career paths and education at all levels.

The wage gap between men and women is caused, in part, by the fact that girls are shunned or avoid higher paying jobs, such as those in the construction industry, for lack of confidence or knowledge about these careers.

Picking up a tool at a young age and working alongside supportive adults goes a long way in opening a student’s mind to possibilities in school, career, and life.

The goals of the OSU-OKC Build Camp sponsors, all of whom have found rewarding careers in construction-related careers, are to allow students to experience practical building skills in the real world, to help students to gain the confidence and purpose that comes from accomplishment, as well as to familiarize students with career and employment opportunities in the lucrative construction industry.

Here is the registration information. We encourage you to consider this opportunity for your teenage boys and girls.

OSU-OKC construction camp for 7th and 8th graders

When: Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27

Where: OSU-OKC, the northwest corner of campus at NW 10th & Portland

(The campus is on the SE corner of NW 10th & Portland)

Eligibility: boys and girls in grades 7 and 8. Buses pick up students from OKC Public School at specific locations. Non-OKC Public School students may require transportation to and from the OSU-OKC campus.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Fees/Charges: None

Sponsors:

Will Blake – VESTA Foundation Solutions 405-708-7370

Marla Cloos – Building My Future 405-237-8188

Jackie Listen – Coach Zig Ziglar 405-642-3496

Jack L. Werner, Ph.D. – A-Z Inspections 405-412-7861 x 2

Sean Hutson – Simpson Strong Tie 405-821-8945

Chad Detwiler – Oklahoma Disaster Recovery 405-698-8610

Mike Means – Oklahoma Home Builders Association 405-843-5579

Terry Clinefelter – OSU/OKC 352-284-8866

Ben Bigelow, Ph.D – Foundation OR 970-556-4214

Suzanne Broadbent – ​​Lawyer 405-550-0805

Note: Jack L. Werner is the owner of A to Z Inspections, a commercial and residential inspection company serving the Southwest. Jack is a regular columnist for The Oklahoma City Sentinel. He teaches home inspections for Francis Tuttle Career Tech and Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) and Universal Design courses for the Oklahoma Home Builders Association, honored by the National Association of Home Builders Association as a CAPS Instructor of the year 2019.

As an ICC Certified Accessibility Examiner/Plans, performing ADA compliance inspections, Jack received the Mayor’s Committee on Disability Issues “Clearing the Path” award. Jack sits on the board of Daily Living Centers, a non-profit organization providing adult day care. Jack served in the U.S. Army, December 1, 1966 through December 1, 1970; Russian linguist, 4th Infantry Division, K Co., 75th Airborne Rangers, two tours in Vietnam. Jack has been a Rotary member for 40 years and has served as President of Rotary SOKC and the SOKC Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne Broadbent, a retired lawyer, practiced construction law and commercial law. She has served on various boards and commissions, including Putnam Heights Preservation Area, OKC Historic Preservation Commission, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, and Positively Paseo.

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Shapiro raises nearly $18 million for gubernatorial campaign | News, Sports, Jobs https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/shapiro-raises-nearly-18-million-for-gubernatorial-campaign-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 05:26:37 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/shapiro-raises-nearly-18-million-for-gubernatorial-campaign-news-sports-jobs/ HARRISBURG — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro has raised nearly $18 million in campaign contributions over the past 15 months — more than all nine of his potential Republican opponents combined. From labor unions in Pennsylvania to a Democratic megadonor in California and philanthropists in New York, Colorado, Indiana and Oklahoma, Shapiro’s vast […]]]>

HARRISBURG — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro has raised nearly $18 million in campaign contributions over the past 15 months — more than all nine of his potential Republican opponents combined.

From labor unions in Pennsylvania to a Democratic megadonor in California and philanthropists in New York, Colorado, Indiana and Oklahoma, Shapiro’s vast donor base has helped position him to enter the season. general election with money.

Unlike GOP hopefuls who are depleting their campaign funds fighting for supremacy in a crowded field, Shapiro has no Democratic challenger. It has given the current attorney general the chance to avoid a frenzied spring of politics and focus instead on courting traditional donors — and a few unexpected ones — ahead of a fall run that could break campaign spending records. in the state.

This lack of opponents also allowed him to avoid spending much of the money he raised, according to campaign records, leaving him with a cash balance of just over $16 million. dollars in early April. By contrast, GOP candidates started the month with far less cash in hand. Former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain had the most available, with $1.7 million in his campaign account.

Still, big national groups like the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations have yet to start pumping money into Pennsylvania, a key battleground in the 2022 and 2024 midterm presidential elections. such injections of cash could quickly change the landscape of fundraising in Pennsylvania after the May primary.

Also a potential game-changer in the coming months: so-called independent spending by people or groups who can’t coordinate with campaigns, but can still spend money on TV ads, direct mail and the like. supports that can help a specific candidate.

The stakes are high. The person who wins the governorship sets the political and policy agenda for the state and has the power to appoint cabinet members with broad authority, including election oversight. Depending on which party controls the legislature, the outcome of the gubernatorial race could profoundly alter the future direction of Pennsylvania.

Muhlenberg College political analyst Chris Borick said he was not surprised by the volume of money and outside interest in this year’s gubernatorial race. For starters, he said, modern political history in Pennsylvania does not favor Democrats: Voters here have alternated between electing Democrats and Republicans to the state’s highest office in recent years. decades. If this tradition holds, a Republican should succeed incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf — and reversing him will take work and money.

Borick also said Democrats appear unlikely to take control of either legislative chamber in the fall election. As a result, they focus their efforts on maintaining control of the executive, if only to control the actions of the legislature.

Anne Wakabayashi – who works for The Win Company, a Democratic-aligned media consultancy – said oversight is paramount.

“With the GOP legislature that we have trying to pass laws that would make us look more like Texas or Florida, the governor’s veto pen is so important,” Wakabayashi said, adding that out-of-state donors who understand Pennsylvania’s role as a key pivot state recognize the power of the veto.

Shapiro’s last two campaign finance reports run to over 4,000 pages and include contributions ranging from less than $50 to $1 million each from three wealthy out-of-state donors: Karla Jurvetson, a philanthropist and a prominent Democratic contributor from Silicon Valley; Bill Harris Jr., former PayPal executive and founder of a fintech company near San Francisco; and doctor Jennifer Duda of Menlo Park, California.

A range of Pennsylvania-based unions and their affiliated parent companies have also contributed heavily to Shapiro’s campaign, collectively donating more than $3.7 million since the start of 2021.

The Greater PA Carpenters PAC of Philadelphia has topped the list of union donors so far, giving Shapiro $500,000. The union representing Pennsylvania educators and the union representing mechanics and heavy equipment operators in the construction industry came in second with $400,000 each in contributions, campaign records show.

Yet more than six months from the general election, it is Shapiro’s individual donors who stand out with their six-figure contributions.

Billionaire Thomas Hagen, chairman of the board of the Erie Indemnity Company, ranked 951st on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people as of April 27, gave Shapiro $500,000 in two separate donations last year, according to campaign records.

Micheal Rubin, the billionaire founder of sports e-commerce company Fanatics, Inc. and owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, contributed $250,000, while venture capitalist David Magerman, tech company executive Christian Larsen and philanthropist based in Indiana Deborah Simon each donated $200,000. .

Nearly a dozen individuals or political action committees donated $100,000 or more. This list includes an unexpected name: John Middleton, co-owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Middleton is a longtime supporter of GOP candidates. A decade ago, he was one of former Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s biggest donors.

Also included are more anticipated supporters, such as Wolf, a known Shapiro supporter.



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Ted Cox named Purcell Citizen of the Year https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ted-cox-named-purcell-citizen-of-the-year/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ted-cox-named-purcell-citizen-of-the-year/ John D. Montgomery Purcell Mayor Ted Cox was honored last Thursday at the Heartland Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce banquet as Purcell Citizen of the Year. Ronny and Diann Nelson were named co-Goldsby Citizens of the Year. Another annual part of the Chamber Awards Banquet is the nomination of Giving Time Award winners. Purcell Councilwoman Theda […]]]>

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Purcell Mayor Ted Cox was honored last Thursday at the Heartland Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce banquet as Purcell Citizen of the Year.

Ronny and Diann Nelson were named co-Goldsby Citizens of the Year.

Another annual part of the Chamber Awards Banquet is the nomination of Giving Time Award winners.

Purcell Councilwoman Theda Polk has been named the winner of the Gateway Guardian Award.

The Gateway Guardian Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates leadership in government.

Landmark Church has been named the recipient of the Spirit Guardian Award, given annually to an individual or organization that demonstrates distinguished human service.

The winner of the Vision Guardian Award is Purcell’s teacher, Lori Frankenberg. The award is given to an individual who exemplifies distinguished leadership in the field of education.

Savannah Pyle, owner of Savvy Parke at Purcell, has been named the winner of the Cornerstone Guardian Award for Distinguished Business Leadership.

The banquet was sold out at Southwind Hills in Goldsby with 300 attendees. This is the word of Elisabeth Baker, Executive Officer of the Chamber.

A live auction at the banquet raised $7,000 for the room.

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Bart Reagor asks to maintain his release from prison during the appeal https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/bart-reagor-asks-to-maintain-his-release-from-prison-during-the-appeal/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 23:28:30 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/bart-reagor-asks-to-maintain-his-release-from-prison-during-the-appeal/ Bart Reagor, the former CEO of Reagor-Dykes Auto Group who was convicted in October of fraudulently obtaining a $10 million loan, is asking a federal court to extend the time in which he is supposed to start serving his sentence of 14 years in prison. A motion filed by Reagor’s attorney asks the court to […]]]>

Bart Reagor, the former CEO of Reagor-Dykes Auto Group who was convicted in October of fraudulently obtaining a $10 million loan, is asking a federal court to extend the time in which he is supposed to start serving his sentence of 14 years in prison.

A motion filed by Reagor’s attorney asks the court to allow his client to remain on bail until a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on his appeal.

The motion also cited Reagor’s appeal and health as the reason for extending the May 9 deadline that Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk set in March after handing down a 168-month prison sentence.

Reagor faces up to 30 years in prison after a federal jury in October found him guilty of making a false statement to a bank, finding he fraudulently obtained a $10 million business loan in 2017 for his car dealerships from the International Bank of Commerce, based in Oklahoma.

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