Statement on Governor Christie Ending Reciprocity Agreement

first_imgStatement on Governor Christie Ending Reciprocity Agreement September 07, 2016 Statement Harrisburg, PA – Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s press secretary, released the following statement on Governor Christie’s announcement of his intention to end the reciprocal income tax agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania:“Governor Christie has erred significantly in his decision to unnecessarily punish 125,000 Pennsylvanians and cost the commonwealth $5 million annually. This will also hurt our mutual interests in creating jobs and opportunity in the region. Governor Wolf continues to hope that Governor Christie will change his mind and reverse his decision today. Unfortunately, it seems that Governor Christie is committed to making Pennsylvania and our residents working in New Jersey suffer the consequences of his failure to enact a responsible budget in a bipartisan way.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Oklahoma State Beats St. Mary’s, Wins National Championship

first_imgI’d say this is legit, the cryatal ball has arrived in Stillwater @Lauren_Rew pic.twitter.com/u6a4yLZ17d— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) October 13, 2016So let’s take a dive back into the archives to see Oklahoma State’s title-winning game against St. Mary’s in the 1946 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time OSU would play in the Sugar Bowl until 2016, and the entire thing was incredible. Just listen to this opening of the game recap from the Sugar Bowl’s website.Men against boys. Even though the boys were pretty good, so were the bigger, more worldly men.Oklahoma A&M was a team that started seven war veterans, including fullback Jim Reynolds who flew 52 missions over Germany, and tackle Bert Cole who had been shot down over Yugoslavia and spent months among the Chetniks while making his way back to allied lines. In contrast, St. Mary’s was a lot like Alabama in 1945 with seven 17-year-old starters on a team with an average age of 18-1/2.Also, A&M, the heaviest team to play in the first 12 Sugar Bowls at a 203-pound average, was man-for-man 15 pounds larger than the Sugar Bowl’s youngest team ever.Oklahoma State rolled to a 33-13 win that day that flummoxed St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan. He literally locked the media out of his locker room after the game before finally letting them in to chat.“Too much power – too much speed. And, above all, too much Fenimore.”Fenimore ran for 125 yards that day and two TDs. He threw for another. The win for AP No. 5 OSU capped off a 9-0 season. OSU allowed just 76 points all year (can you imagine the Vines we would have gotten had Glenn Spencer been coordinator?) Here’s a look at the full schedule which included Denver and Tulsa.screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-33-17-pmI have no idea why the AFCA retroactively awarded OSU with this national championship, but apparently we are shipping in the trophies, the crystal and everything that goes along with a title. Here is the AFCA’s reasoning:The Oklahoma State squad of 1945 (then-referred to as Oklahoma A&M) had an average margin of victory of 23.2 points and still hold numerous school records, including fewest points allowed, lowest average points allowed, fewest first downs allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards allowed per game. The 1945 squad also ranks in the top 10 in several more offensive and defensive categories, all of which is remarkable considering that season was played 70 years ago.The AP No. 1 team that year was Army. Army’s schedule was soft! Louisville Field! Melville PT Boats! SMH! Sad!screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-36-28-pmAll of this unfolding on Thursday elicited maybe the greatest tweet I have ever seen. Such sweet words I never thought I would hear. But now they are true. Oklahoma State has a national championship in football! And we have the trophy to prove it.Look what showed up at #okstate ?? pic.twitter.com/Pq6KdHOUlg— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 13, 2016 Also, I bet none of these men every thought someone would make a GIF of them 70 years later.#okstate scores to beat St. Mary’s and win a national title. What a day! pic.twitter.com/WooxVfBIxz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 13, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. @Jake_Trotter they also beat Germany on the road— James Burcham (@e4burch) October 13, 2016Here’s what it looks like to win a national title. What a day.last_img read more

OSU Continues To Win Close Games, And Mike Gundy Says That’s No Accident

first_img“I think there is some truth to them believing in themselves makes a big difference. When you start to win over a period of years, you feel like you’re going to win,” added Gundy. “Your mind is much more powerful than the physical part of your body, and we believe in that, so they just play hard and I’m proud of them.“I told them in the locker room that it’s fun for me to sit back and cross my arms and watch them play, even though the games are exciting and pressure-packed. It’s fun to watch them. They like being around each other, they’re good young men, they play hard, and as a coach, what more could you ask for? Nothing.”What more could you ask for as a fan?! I’ve gotten burned about this before, but I don’t care. As a simple consumer of college football, being an OSU fan is more fun than being an Alabama fan. It just is. Does Alabama play in more big games? Sure. But Oklahoma State plays more fun ones week in and week out.We can discuss whether that’s actually what you want as a college football program, but what isn’t up for debate is that every Saturday is a thrill until the very end.“Gundy preaches it to us all the time,” Washington told the Tulsa World. “Right before practice is over, we’ll do a little fourth-quarter deal. That’s really just separates us from different teams, I feel like. In the fourth quarter I feel like we’re still playing just as hard as we were the first through the third.”OSU actually didn’t score in the fourth quarter on Saturday (if I had told you that before the game, you would have though horrendous things, right?), but it probably would have if not for taking a knee at the very end.What are the responses of other staff members over all this end-of-game consternation? Assistant coach Mike Yurcich needs a cigarette and Glenn Spencer continues to preach love and trust.Far and away the 2 best answers on how #OKState wins close games. Gold from Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer. pic.twitter.com/h4K8iLB8BI— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 13, 2016It really is an amazing time to be an OSU fan, even when it doesn’t feel like it. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m not sure it’s necessarily been “fun” to watch the way eating ice cream is fun or catching fish is fun, but Oklahoma State has now won 11 of its last 12 games that have been decided by less than 10 points. It doesn’t seem sustainable, and yet … it kind of has been over the last few years.It did so again on Saturday in Stillwater as it took down Texas Tech 45-44.Head coach Mike Gundy explains why he thinks this is happening.“No fear, no frustration and no fatigue is what we talk about,” said Gundy after the game. “Truthfully, I talk to the players about the core values and the accountability we have in our program. I wish I could give you and X’s and O’s, or say that I could give a Vince Lombardi pregame and halftime speech.“I think it’s the overall concept of our program. It’s our nutrition, it’s our sleep method that we use, it’s our strength training. I think that at the end of the games, we’re somewhat fresh. I know they scored at the end of the fourth quarter, but we got more pressure on (Mahomes) in the end of the fourth quarter than we did the entire game.”This is true. Justin Phillips got a monster sack in the fourth quarter, and Mahomes was hanging on for dear life on the final drive.last_img read more

Justice Hill passes Thurman Thomas for rushing record as true freshman

first_imgOklahoma State’s true freshman tailback Justice Hill’s emergence has catapulted him into an elite group. In Saturday’s game against TCU, he launched himself to No. 1 in rushing yards among OSU true freshmen, passing hall-of-famer Thurman Thomas in the process. He did so with this run.Here is the list of freshmen rushing leaders for OSU.Mike Hamilton (961 yards)Justice Hill (943 and counting)Jamaal Fobbs (928 yards)Thurman Thomas (843 yards)And here’s the list of true freshmen:This seems pretty good. pic.twitter.com/dSyAS8p3lf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 19, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Graduate Transfer Names Oklahoma State His Leader

first_imgFormer Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker is expected to graduate this semester from the school and is seeking a graduate transfer. After making an official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State on March 4, Ryan Bartow of 247sports reports the Cowboys made quite a favorable impression — to the point where OSU is now the leader in his recruitment.Baker was originally planning to take official visits to Texas Tech and Wake Forest, but has cancelled those as he narrows his list with a decision looming. He visited UCF on March 20-21, and still plans to take an official visit to Arizona State the weekend of March 30, according to Bartow. He’s also hearing from Iowa State, Houston and West Virginia.Because Baker will graduate in May, he will have one year of eligibility remaining at his next school as a part of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.Baker tore his ACL last spring and sat out the 2016 season with the Tigers. He is back to full health, and could be an immediate impact player wherever he chooses to spend his final year of eligibility.In 2015, he started three games playing 253 snaps, recording 15 tackles and two interceptions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Zach Sinor’s Heisman Campaign Kicks into Overdrive at Big 12 Media Days

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. If you can’t get enough of the #Sinor4Heisman campaign, then day three of Big 12 Media Days was for you!After weeks of humorous videos and images released on social media, the campaign for Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor has officially reached its apex at Big 12 Media Days. It started with the release of an “official” Sinor for Heisman website.The best way to describe it? Geocities.AdChoices广告This site, a throwback to 90’s build-your-own webpage, can only be described as so bad it’s good. It comes complete with a spinning title, the infamous dancing baby graphic, and a twinkling star background. My personal favorite parts are the “punters are people too!” line running across the screen and this photo:Sinor didn’t leave it there. He was caught walking around the Star handing out pamphlets to the media.And there’s brochures too pic.twitter.com/lQtDUhFB7o— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 18, 2017Also, let’s talk about that facial hair.#OkState punter Zach Sinor says he thinks he’ll win the Heisman because he “likes cool dogs” ?He’s got my vote! #Big12MediaDays #Big12FB pic.twitter.com/YLhWaoqWdL— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) July 18, 2017Glad to know that Sinor and Rudolph competing for the Heisman won’t get in the way of their friendship.At this point is it fair to say OSU has done a better job promoting Sinor for Heisman than Rudolph? I wouldn’t argue with you if you made the claim.I realize some are tired of it (though I don’t understand why), but what better way to pass the time until the season starts, than enjoying one of the funniest social media campaigns ever produced by a college athletic department? Bravo.last_img read more

Uruguay’s Torreira ready for ‘scary’ Arsenal move

first_imgTransfers Uruguay’s Torreira ready for ‘scary’ Arsenal move Patric Ridge 04:41 7/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Torreira - cropped Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Sampdoria Uruguay Premier League Serie A Lucas Torreira’s father has revealed his son’s camp are “scared” by the Uruguay midfielder’s impending move from Sampdoria to Arsenal. Lucas Torreira will be prepared for life in the Premier League when his “scary” transfer to Arsenal is completed, according to the player’s father.Goal recently revealed that the Gunners will sign Torreira, who has started in Uruguay’s last two World Cup games, from Sampdoria once the midfielder’s campaign in Russia is over.The 22-year-old will become Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the transfer window, with deals for Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (released by Juventus) already wrapped up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar There are doubts over Torreira’s ability to adapt to a more physical league than Serie A, but his father Ricardo claims his son has a programme ready to help him settle in England.”There will be people that will accompany him,” he told Teledoce.”He won’t be alone. It’s a big change [going to England] and we don’t want to think about it yet because we’re scared.”The truth is it’s tough to manage the language, adapt to the [London] society and customs and at the same time not lose ours.296 – Lucas Torreira made the most recoveries (296) among the outfield players in Serie A in the 2017-18 campaign. Worker. pic.twitter.com/NfrVhQuuDl— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) 9 June 2018″But there’s a whole programme getting readied for Lucas.”Uruguay next face France on Friday, July 6 in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.last_img read more

10 fundraising mantras for 2013

first_imgLet 2013 be the year that you exceed your nonprofit fundraising and marketing goals. Not sure how to reach your full potential this year?The team here at Network for Good has outlined the 10 critical areas of focus for successful nonprofits, including social media, mobile and maximizing online giving. You can discover our recommendations for your 10 Fundraising Mantras for 2013 and let them guide you to true fundraising enlightenment.One of the mantras is to keep your donors! Do that with:1. Focus on donor retention more than donor acquisition. Instead of spending more time hunting for new donors, invest in fundraising success by working to keep the donors you have.2. Focus on donor lifetime value, not one-off campaigns. Gauge success by the way your supporters behave over their entire time of supporting you. This requires a commitment to building donor relationships and to looking at your response rate over time.3. Focus on results, not effort. It’s not how hard you are working. It’s what happens as a result of that work. Consider this when allocating time and resources to donor acquisition vs. donor retention.4. Focus on your most passionate supporters. Understand who your most loyal donors currently are. Do you know how to identify those people? Create a special plan to analyze your donors and continually cultivate the most committed. It is extremely difficult to replace these star supporters if they stop giving.The free guide is here. (Registration required.)last_img read more

How to win more grants for your cause

first_imgIn order to survive — and thrive — nonprofits need to diversify their funding sources. In addition to individual giving, grants are another piece of a well-rounded funding plan. Of course, the best way to succeed in getting grants for your organization is to have a solid plan in place for securing them. Creating a calendar, having a documented grantseeking process, and using a decision-making matrix can help you to identify the right grants for your organization.So, what if you don’t have a solid grants strategy in place? You’re in luck.Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will be our special guest at 1pm EDT on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 for Network for Good’s next free webinar, Building a Powerful Grants Strategy. Register for this free webinar on creating your grants strategy and make a plan for securing the right grants for your projects. I hope you’ll join this session — Cynthia is sharing useful worksheets and will be answering your questions to help you target and win the grants your nonprofit needs.last_img read more

How to Create a Board Fundraising Campaign

first_imgWant to find a way to inspire your board to be a bigger part of your fundraising team? A social, peer-driven fundraising campaign can a great way to get your board involved, grow your list, recruit new donors, and raise money through a campaign that gets people excited. By leveraging your board, who likely have large networks and strong influence, you can expand your reach by tapping into their connections.How do you convince your board to get on board with this plan? Follow these 10 steps to launch a peer fundraising campaign powered by your biggest champions—your board members:Get buy-in:Get your board excited about your campaign by giving them a clear vision of your target that shows the impact on your mission, as well as your bottom line. Next, help them see how their involvement will help you expand your outreach and raise more money. Illustrate how each board member’s fundraising page and resulting donations bring you closer to your program goals. Describe how your board fundraising campaign fits into your larger fundraising strategy.Define a focus:Instead of a general fundraising appeal, your campaign may be more effective when it focuses on a specific project, program, or emergency need. This can also set the campaign apart from other appeals and help make the impact feel more tangible for potential donors.Set your goals:Once you’ve defined your campaign focus, you can determine the goals for your campaign. This will likely mean setting a goal for dollars raised, but you may also want to include goals for participation or the number of new donors gained. Then, make sure each board member understands the goals for their individual campaign. How much is each board member responsible for raising during the campaign? How many donors might it take for them to reach that goal? Be upfront about this so everyone agrees to these expectations.Create your timeline:Set a detailed timeline that includes your campaign planning, deadlines, launch, and campaign length. Think about when you would like to meet certain milestones within your campaign. Also, have a timeline just for your board, and send reminders to keep them motivated and on track. Let them know they can set a great example for other donors by starting the campaign with a donation that can serve as a matching gift.Identify lists and potential donors:Work with your board members to think about how many people they can reach, and then estimate the potential size of their network’s network. Urge them to dig into their Rolodexes, personal and professional networks, and any social networks they may have. They likely have more connections than they realize. Show them how quickly their message could spread far beyond your existing donor base.Copy and paste messages:Give your board members prewritten emails, fundraising appeals, phone scripts, and social media posts to promote their campaign. They can (and should, of course) customize these messages to make them their own, but giving board members the foundation to work from can make the difference between a campaign that achieves liftoff and one that flounders.Get the right tools in place:The right fundraising platform will make the entire process of setting up a campaign, organizing your board members, and collecting donations much easier. You’ll need technology that allows you to quickly customize your message and launch your campaign, as well as built-in best practices and optimized pages, so you’re getting the most out of your board members’ outreach. And let’s be honest: The easier you can make it for your board members, the less hassle it is for you. (Need a solution that’s perfect for this type of campaign? Let us show you how Network for Good’s Peer-to-Peer Fundraising platform can make it easy to get phenomenal results.)Personalize their outreach:Help board members add their photo, a short story about why they support your cause, and possibly a video featuring your board member speaking authentically about their campaign. This will inspire more of their network to give since they’ll feel a more personal connection to the ask. Your board members may not need help doing this, but be prepared to lend a hand since it will make a big difference. At the very least, let your board know they’ll need to compile this information for their outreach. Ready to launch your board fundraising campaign? Download our checklist, and check out our Secrets of Social Fundraising Success eGuide for more tips and ideas. Make the giving experience easy:Beyond personalization, make sure that your board member’s giving pages are easy to use and match your nonprofit’s branding. The process to complete a donation should be easy, fast, and fun. Your pages should also include features that are proven to increase giving, like suggested donation amounts, recurring donation options, social sharing tools, and donation tickers to highlight others who already support the campaign.Celebrate and thank:As your campaign progresses, be sure to thank donors promptly as they give and keep your board members feeling great by celebrating their progress and encouraging their efforts. Positive reinforcement and highlighting the impact of their contributions help your donors and fundraisers want to do it all over again. A strong retention plan and regular updates about what donors have made possible will allow you to make the most of your board fundraising campaign for years to come.last_img read more