House Democratic Caucus
Amidst calls from some state lawmakers to de-fund the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), other donors, including the House Democratic Caucus, have stepped up to the plate to help the provider of Oklahoma’s only statewide news network to keep its doors open.
House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, pledged at OETA’s fundraiser on Sunday to help OETA “not only with our vocal support, but also with monetary resources.”
The House Democrats each gave a donation, totaling over $3,100 to help put OETA over the top of its fundraising goal.
“The House Democrats believe in the mission of OETA, which is to provide educational, and not merely entertaining, programming to all Oklahomans,” said Inman.
OETA features programs that educate and entertain our children, including Sesame Street, Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Sid the Science Kid, and Dinosaur Train, among others. If state funding were to cease for OETA, “this would be a very different operation, and it would not – could not – continue to be a statewide operation,” said John McCarroll, executive director for OETA.
OETA reaches 95 percent of the state’s population. Many Oklahomans do not subscribe to a cable or satellite service and depend on over-the-air television stations. More than 1.8 million viewers — most of them Oklahomans but some from surrounding states — tune into OETA on a weekly basis.
According to James W. Utterback, Ph.D., President of Seminole State College and Chair of OETA, “OETA is the only media outlet to have the capability to transmit the culture of Oklahoma all across this state. It is also the only means of communication that can simultaneously reach virtually every Oklahoman with statewide emergency information.”
OETA has suffered 27% funding cuts in the last three years. Funding for OETA is only $3.8 million (from $5.2 million three years ago) in a budget of $6.5 billion, or 0.58% of total appropriations. The $1 million fundraiser, while a good achievement, would still not be enough to keep OETA’s current coverage and programming.
Citizens of Oklahoma are served with public television for less than $1.02 per capita in state funds. By comparison, citizens of Nebraska pay $5.73 per capita for public television access.
OETA provides a unique service which cannot be easily replaced. OETA, McCarroll said, would not be shut down because of an end to appropriations, but its coverage would be severely limited.
“In the end,” said Inman, “ending appropriations to OETA would hurt the people of Oklahoma while providing only minor budgetary relief. The valuable contributions OETA makes to our state clearly outweigh the costs.”
Senate Communications Division
The Senate today approved Senate Joint Resolution 25, which will allow voters this November to decide whether or not to take the Governor out of the parole process for nonviolent offenses. The resolution, authored by Sen. Josh Brecheen and House Speaker Kris Steele, is supported by the Governor.
“By removing the Governor completely for nonviolent offenses, parolees wouldn’t be forced to wait on the Governor to review their case,” said Brecheen, R-Coalgate. “One day of incarceration costs the state an average of $40 and it takes the Governor an average of 100 days to review paroles, costing taxpayers roughly $4,000 per individual. Removing the Governor from the process would save our state millions of dollars each year and allow her to focus on the job she was elected to do like helping create a balanced budget, attracting jobs to the state and strengthening our economy.”
SJR 25 would amend the state Constitution to give the Board total power to review and decide parole requests for nonviolent offenders. Violent crimes would still be reviewed by the Governor.
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Attorney General Eric Holder is no Johnny-come-lately to gun control.
A videotape has surfaced that shows him advocating gun control way back in 1995 and, scarier yet, he then advocted using Hollywood, the news media and government to “really brainwash people” into opposing the legal ownership of guns.
Holder was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia speaking to the Women’s National Democratic Club when he made the brainwash statement.
He said, “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes.”
Now, if Holder had said, we need to convince young people from unstable homes who are gang members and dope dealers to avoid firearms and quit killing people on the streets, we’d agree with that.
In 1995, Holder said that he wanted to use influential figures like then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry (a doper, by the way) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as widely watched tv shows to forward his anti-gun campaign. He sought to push that same agenda through public schools as well, “every day, every school, at every level.”
Sounds like government propaganda to me…and we all know what government propaganda did to Germany in the 1930s.
I’m Mike McCarville here on Cam and Company.
Alec Baldwin isn’t happy with Sen. Jim Inhofe and the actor shared his thoughts with his more than 700,000 followers on Twitter by calling the Republican senator an “oil whore” – drawing a scathing response from the Oklahoma Republican.
“Is there a bigger Oil Whore alive than James Inhofe?” @alecbaldwin tweeted late Saturday.
Minutes later, Baldwin wrote, “Oil Whore Jim Inhofe has betrayed every man and woman who lost their livelihood on the Gulf due to BP’s overwhelming negligence…”
Then, after declaring, “We gotta get rid of Inhofe in 2014. He’ll be 79,” the “30 Rock” star tweeted at two Twitter users: “We need to have Inhofe retire to a solar-powered gay bar.”
Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey said in an email Monday morning, “These kind of outrageous statements made recently on Twitter by Robert Kennedy Jr. and Alec Baldwin stand in stark contrast to the civil debate Senator Inhofe had with Rachel Maddow last week.”
Dempsey added, “In truth, the far left and Hollywood elites have lost on their pet cause of global warming. The only way to get attention these days is to make outlandish and irresponsible comments on Twitter.”
This is at least the second time in a month that the Oklahoma senator has come under attack for his energy policies on Twitter.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74172.html#ixzz1pZps1qQv
Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, National Weather Center in Norman, OK, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners successfully hosted the first-ever National Tornado Preparedness Summit in Oklahoma City.
The goal of the summit was to use lessons learned from past disasters and share knowledge of state-of-the-art programs to improve mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to save lives and property. The conference also served as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.
“It was exciting to have more than 800 insurance agents, adjusters, company representatives, local/state leaders and insurance regulators together for a first-of-its-kind event,” said Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak.
The Summit covered all aspects of tornado mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. “Having experts representing more than 25 states at the summit allowed for wonderful discussions on lessons learned from previous tornado disasters and the sharing of best practices.” said co-chair of the Oklahoma Catastrophe Task Force, John Wiscaver. “We are also proud of the significant economic impact Oklahoma City gained as a result of this summit.” Wiscaver added.
“With speakers such as nationally recognized meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel, world-renowned social media strategist and speaker Crystal Washington, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb the Tornado Summit was destined to be a success,” said Kim Decker, Co-Chair of the Oklahoma Catastrophe Task Force.
Proceeds from the summit were given to support three great organizations. The American Red Cross, The University of Oklahoma’s Lindsey + Asp, a student ran public relations and advertising firm, and the Oklahoma State University Center on the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events all received contributions.
“Oklahoma City was the perfect location to host the inaugural National Tornado Summit. The National Tornado Summit 2013 will be held in Oklahoma City March 10-12, 2013 and will have more components including a day for the general public, and more breakout sessions specifically designed for emergency managers, first responders, re insurers, law enforcement, and the military”, said Doak.
Mar 19 2012 | Posted in General
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Mobile technology appears to be increasing the public appetite for news but it’s far from clear whether the news industry will profit from that, a study issued Monday concluded.
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its annual state of the news media report, found encouraging signs within the 27 percent of Americans who say they get news on their smartphones or tablets.
These consumers are likely to seek out traditional news sites or applications, strengthening their bond with old newspaper or television news organizations. People with tablets tend to read longer articles and spend more time with news sites than they do on phones or desktop computers, said Tom Rosenstiel, Project for Excellence in Journalism director.
Many people already make it a habit to check their tablets before going to bed to see what is going to be in a newspaper the next day, he said.
Unique visits to online news sites jumped 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, similar to the increase from the year before, the report said.
“The demand for conventional journalism endures and in some ways is even growing,” Rosenstiel said. “There were many people that didn’t predict that. The content is still coming from traditional news companies.”
Yet technology companies, rather than news companies, are better set up to take advantage of online revenue opportunities. The report found that five companies — Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo! — generated 68 percent of digital ad revenue in 2011.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/19/report-increased-news-consumption-on-tablets-could-be-encouraging-sign-for/?test=latestnews#ixzz1pYVdxM9h