|June 29, 2012|
Primary Election Results — The biggest surprise for many commentators resulting from Tuesday’s primary elections was the defeat of incumbent Congressman John Sullivan by challenger Jim Bridenstine in Congressional district 1. Other incumbent Congressmen facing primary challenges like Frank Lucas and Tom Cole were re-elected overwhelmingly. In the 2nd Congressional district, where incumbent Dan Boren opted not to seek re-election, both Republicans and Democrats will have runoffs to determine their nominees. In the 6-way Republican primary, State Chamber member Markwayne Mullin led the pack with State Representative George Faught placing second. In the 3-way Democrat primary, both Wayne Herriman and Rob Wallace managed to receive more than 40% of the vote and will head to a runoff.
In state legislative races, all incumbents were retained by voters except for Representative Guy Liebmann of Oklahoma City. Pending the certification of results, Representative-elect Mike Turner will now represent House district 82. Runoffs will be necessary in eight state legislative races: Senate district 15 in Norman; Senate district 17 in Oklahoma City and Shawnee; Senate district 33 in Broken Arrow and Bixby; Senate district 43 which runs from Newcastle to Duncan; House district 53 in Moore; House district 70 in Tulsa; House district 14 in Muskogee and Fort Gibson; and, House district 88 in Oklahoma City. The runoffs will take place on August 28, and the general election will take place on November 6.Of the candidates supported by the State Chamber’s We Mean Business PAC, 18 of 20 won their primaries outright or now head into runoff elections. To support the efforts of the We Mean Business PAC, download a contribution form by clicking here. To see the results from Tuesday’s primary elections, click here. To find out where candidates in your area stand on important issues, click here to visit the Oklahoma Prosperity Project website.
Contact Cordon DeKock
Registration Open For Small Business And Small Manufacturer Regional Summits — Lt. Governor Todd Lamb has asked the State Chamber to help spearhead an effort to generate a 2013 Small Business and Small Manufacturer Legislative Agenda. To do so, six summits, targeted at businesses with 100 or fewer employees, have been scheduled across Oklahoma in order to receive input from all areas of the state. The participants will be requested to discuss issues affecting their businesses and potential specific methods for addressing them. Partners joining the State Chamber include the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the local chambers in the areas of each event. In order to register for these complimentary events, click here.
The State Chamber Of Oklahoma's Business Roundtable is a TV show presented by Cox Communications that tells the business story of Oklahoma and how legislation affects Oklahoma's economy. State Chamber President Fred Morgan hosts weekly Roundtable guests including Oklahoma's business leaders and legislators. This week, Mohammad Farzaneh, Co-Owner of Home Creations, will be the guest. (replay)
Watch at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings on Cox channel 3 or 703 in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metro areas. The show is also available 24-hours a day on Cox On Demand. Become a fan on Facebook for all the latest updates, behind the scene pics and more! To see all past episodes, visit our website!
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Individual Mandate Taxation Provisions Of Affordable Care Act Are Constitutional — In a decision released on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-4 vote, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions allowing for taxation penalties (called “shared responsibility payments”) for individuals not purchasing or maintaining health insurance are constitutional.
In a press release, State Chamber President Fred Morgan stated “We are extremely disappointed in this decision. This is exactly what we feared when we formed the Oklahomans for Free Market Health Solutions coalition last year to help support an Oklahoma-based solution to the federal exchange mandate in the ACA. We now face a situation where a health insurance exchange crafted by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. will now be forced upon Oklahomans. We cannot let this happen and must take swift action to create a private sector driven health insurance marketplace in order to avoid a federally mandated system.”
To see a copy of the Supreme Court decision, click here (the first six pages are a summary of the decision). To see a copy of the State Chamber’s press release, click here. To see a copy of Governor Fallin’s press release, click here.
U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Corporate Political Spending — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Montana law that limited political spending by corporations. The 5-4 decision determined that the 2010 Citizens United ruling applies to state and local elections. The ruling in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock maintained that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money for the election or defeat of not only national candidates, but state and local candidates as well. The ruling has renewed efforts by those that oppose Citizens United for a Constitutional amendment that would limit corporations’ influence in electoral campaigns.
Lack Of Movement On Defense Budget May Lead To Layoff Notices — Pursuant to the 2011 Budget Control Act, a $500 billion across-the-board cut to the U.S. Department of Defense will be in effect on January 2, 2013 without action by Congress. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires companies to issue layoff notices to employees 60 days prior to termination. The federal requirement would cause notices to be issued by November 2, if tied to the budget sequestration’s start date. Many defense contractors and associated manufacturers have begun preparing for the impending cuts. Senator James Inhofe wrote about the ticking clock on The Hill’s Congress Blog this week. Click here to read the Senator’s post.
Federal Appellate Court Upholds EPA Regulations — Led by Texas and Virginia, 14 states had sued to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit emissions from industry and vehicles intended to reduce global warming. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits once it determines emissions cause harmful effects. The three-judge court unanimously dismissed industry arguments that global warming theories were not well supported.National Association of Manufacturers President, Jay Timmons, said the ruling was “one of the most costly, complex and burdensome regulations facing manufacturers. By moving forward, the EPA is adding to the mounting uncertainty facing manufacturers of all sizes.” The greenhouse gas regulations will require new permitting for over six million stationary sources, including 200,000 manufacturing sites, 37,000 farms, and millions of others including schools, universities, hospitals and even residences.
Contact Arnella Karges
Why We Need To Bring Common Sense Back To Our Courts — The Chicago Tribune reports Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and Nike have been named in a new trademark suit filed by a guitarist who's been known on stage as "Durantula" since the 1980s, a persona he officially trademarked in 2010. Mark Durante, who played with The Aliens, Public Enemy, The Next Big Thing and the Slammin Watusis in the 1980s, says he's been on the Chicago music scene for years and has the nickname trademarked. Click here to read the article.
Tulsa Pipeline Expo Scheduled — The 2012 Tulsa Pipeline Expo will be held August 27-29, at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Tulsa. This three-day forum provides networking opportunities for pipeline, utility, construction, and water and wastewater companies from across North America. The Expo includes a trade show, educational opportunities, a golf tournament and other networking events. For more information, to register to attend, to sponsor the event or be an exhibitor, please click here.
2012 Oklahoma Conference On Manufacturing — Wednesday, September 26 at the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills Hotel. This is our state’s most important gathering of manufacturing professionals, giving everyone a chance to learn from one another and set the agenda for economic growth and development. For more information, click here.
Save The Date! — Oklahoma’s first Health Literacy Summit will be held on September 27 at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center in Norman. Registration coming soon, but for more information, you may call 405-830-2790.
Book Your Hotel Room Now For D.C. Fly-In — The State Chamber's Washington, D.C. Fly-In is scheduled for October 2-3, 2012. This year, we are offering two hotel options: The George, for members who prefer to stay close to Capitol Hill; and The Hotel Monaco, for members that prefer to stay closer to some of the city's attractions. Room blocks are now available for both hotels for a group rate of $329/night for The George and $359/night for The Hotel Monaco. For more information and to reserve your room, click here. Event information and registration coming soon!
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