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November in Claremore

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Nov 3 - Nov 30, 2018

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A fall to remember with something for everyone in the family. Kick-off November with the Will Rogers Birthday Bash, celebrating Oklahoma’s favorite son. This year marks what would have been Will’s 139th birthday, and Claremore is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Will’s movies. The party starts with the Will Rogers Day parade on Friday, November 2 starting at 3pm. The parade ends at Claremore’s Gazebo Park at the Museum of History with food trucks and games from 4pm to 6pm, and complimentary birthday cake will be served.

Saturday, November 3 offers more family fun with the Cherokee Nation’s Wings Race starting at 6:30am on the grounds of Rogers State University at the Nature Preserve. Registrations can be found at www.willrogers.com. The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold their traditional wreath laying ceremony on November 3 at 10am at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. And on Sunday, November 4 the museum celebrates Will’s birthday by offering complimentary admission from 10am to 5pm.

More celebrations throughout Claremore such as shopping in Historic Downtown with the kick off their 1st Saturday Downtown event offering special sales by local merchants from 10am to 5:30pm. Don’t forget to stop by the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum between 10am and 5pm and experience the world’s largest privately-owned gun collection and a great collection of World War I posters.

Claremore’s Veterans Day parade will be Monday, November 12 starting at 11:11am and will route from the Claremore Expo Center to downtown Claremore. Join the community in paying tribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces, for those who have served, are serving and honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Rogers State University celebrates homecoming November 12 through the 17. Cheer on RSU Hillcats as they play Northeastern State University on November 14th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, and on Saturday, November 17th more games at 2pm and 4pm all at the Claremore Expo Center.

November 16th brings Claremore’s Dickens on the Boulevard. Starting at 6pm on the 16th and 17th in downtown, featuring food trucks, late night shopping, pictures with Santa and Tales from the Top tours of historic buildings.

Ready for the holidays? Well Claremore’s West Bend Winterland has set the official Christmas Tree Lighting for Monday, November 26. Food trucks will open at 5pm so folks can grab a bite of dinner before the ceremony commences at 6pm. Entertainment will feature RSU’s Choir and the Cherokee National Youth Choir. Lots of photo opportunities for families featuring a giant snow globe and Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy skating, compliments of the West Bend Winterland committee and sponsors.
The Claremore Expo Center will be full of excitement and family fun at the Nitro Arena Cross Nationals, November 30 and December 1. Advance tickets are available online at nitroaxtour.com or purchase at the door starting at 6pm.

Christmas celebrations start November 30 with West Bend Winterland offering fun activities for all ages. Music, inflatables, shopping and more will be offered through December 22 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. A complete schedule of activities can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com. Will’s Country Christmas begins on November 30 at the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, and goes through December 1. Children can enjoy hayrides, pictures with Santa and more activities for all ages. A complete schedule can be found on willrogers.com.

Claremore invites you to experience the hometown of Will Rogers, located northeast of Tulsa on historic Route 66. Come shop, play, dine and stay with us and enjoy a multitude of family fun events. A complete event schedule can always be found at www.visitclaremore.org or by calling Visit Claremore at 918-341-8688.

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  • It was not a quiet weekend for elections officials around the country, as vote counting gave Democrats the edge in a Senate race in Arizona, while Republicans kept their leads in key races as a recount began for Senate and Governor in Florida. Meanwhile in the House, Democrats continued to slowly pick off more GOP seats, increasing the size of their new majority for 2019, as a small group of races for Congress could remain undecided for days, if not weeks. Most of the political battling was taking place over the recounts in Florida, where top Republicans repeatedly made charges of vote fraud, but state law enforcement officials made clear their investigations had not found anything to investigate, which led state GOP officials to all but demand an election probe. Here’s a rundown of where the 2018 mid-term elections stand: 1. Florida – Advantage Republicans As the races for Senate and Governor went into a recount on Sunday, it seemed like the only chance left for Democrats to win those races was the discovery of some kind of major tabulation error. Gov. Rick Scott (R) led Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) by around 12,500 votes, a margin that dwindled from almost 60,000 after the elections, amid outcries from Republicans. The margin in the Governor’s race was over 43,000 votes for the GOP. It is rare for a recount to overturn a result, especially one that involves a lead of thousands of votes. Unless there is a major mistake in how the votes were added up, a change seems difficult to envision. For now, Florida is Advantage GOP. 2. Florida GOP cries fraud, but no investigations. Despite being ahead, Republicans of all stripes in Florida spent the weekend accusing Democrats of trying to “steal” the election in Florida, but that message was undercut a bit by investigators in two Florida state agencies. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement made clear it had no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing, and the Florida Department of State – which had monitors in Broward County’s elections offices – told reporters they found “no evidence of criminal activity.” That didn’t sit well with Gov. Scott, who on Sunday accused Nelson of trying to ‘steal’ the election, and state Attorney General Pam Bondi – a favorite of President Trump – all but demanded that the FDLE and the Department of State publicly say that they did know of possible election wrongdoing. Democrats said it was all political hyperbole. “Governor Scott and President Trump are spewing baseless claims of voter fraud in Florida,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. FDLE’s duty to investigation this matter is clear, and I am directing the department to take the necessary steps to promote public safety and to assure that our state will guarantee integrity in our elections process: https://t.co/Xqe4tUmqLF pic.twitter.com/eAnF4Oz3Wx — Fla. AG Pam Bondi (@AGPamBondi) November 11, 2018 3. Democrats have edge in Arizona Senate race. While Republicans seem to have the advantage in Florida, Democrats were gaining ground through the weekend in the race for Senate in Arizona, as Rep. Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) took the lead on Friday, and then built that into an over 32,000 vote edge by Sunday evening, with over 160,000 ballots still to count – mainly from the Phoenix area. While Republicans claimed vote fraud repeatedly in Florida, the GOP Secretary of State rejected allegations about any vote troubles in Arizona, saying there was nothing amiss with the methodical vote count in the Grand Canyon State. “One of the major reasons it takes time to count ballots is that there are hundreds of thousands of early ballots dropped off at the polls on election day,” said Michele Reagan, the Arizona Secretary of State. Other Republicans echoed that assessment, rejecting President Trump’s talk of a new election, as there were reports that national Republicans were not pleased – as they wanted a tougher message about possible vote fraud. There is no evidence of election officials 'cooking the books' in Arizona. Such careless language undermines confidence in our democratic institutions. https://t.co/cNjYp0yIa1 — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 11, 2018 4. Georgia Governor – GOP edge, but more votes to count. The other state that is still making vote counting headlines is Georgia. On Saturday, the new Secretary of State said no new vote totals would be posted until the next week. A few hours later, there were new vote totals posted by Georgia elections officials, as Democrats threatened legal action, complaining that there were thousands of votes going uncounted, and that state officials were not revealing how many votes remained to be counted. Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Brian Kemp declared victory, and said it was time for Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede. The Abrams camp refused, as they pointed to a break down of the new votes released on Saturday, which clearly showed a large majority of them going to the Democrat, as Abrams still hopes to force a runoff. As of Sunday evening, Kemp was at 50.28 percent. Abrams campaign manager @gwlauren: 'This race is not over. It’s still too close to call. And we cannot have confidence in the secretary of state’s numbers … Over 5K votes came in yesterday that weren’t even previously known about.” #gapol — Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 11, 2018 5. Mississippi race roiled by “public hanging” remark. Most of you probably don’t know that there is a runoff for U.S. Senate in Mississippi coming up in a few weeks, between appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and former Democratic Congressman Mike Espy. On Sunday, video surfaced of Hyde-Smith speaking with supporters on November 2, saying that one supporter who had endorsed her was such a good person, that if he ‘invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.’ In a statement, Hyde-Smith said she “used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.” It should be pointed out that her opponent, Espy, is black. It should also be pointed out that public hangings don’t have much of a positive connotation, especially in Mississippi. 'If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row'- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy. pic.twitter.com/0a9jOEjokr — Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 11, 2018 6. Senate remains +2 for GOP. With an edge to Democrats in Arizona, and an edge for Republicans in Florida, right now it seems like the two parties will split those races. If that happens, Democrats would grab a GOP seat in Arizona, and Republicans would take a Democratic seat in Florida. In other words, it would be a wash overall, and would leave the GOP gains at two seats. A loss in Arizona would mean that Republicans lost GOP seats in both Arizona and Nevada, which probably was a surprise for many Republicans on Capitol Hill. There was a time late on Election Night when I thought the Republicans had a chance to win a 6 seat gain – but the Democrats won in Nevada, protected a seat in Montana, and now seem to be on the way to victory in Arizona’s Senate race. On Election Eve I tweeted that McSally would win. I did not think there were as many ballots left to count as there are. While McSally could make up the gap, the remaining ballots would need to break hard in her direction. Edge Sinema. I’ve learned AZ late votes are like CA’s. — Henry Olsen (@henryolsenEPPC) November 10, 2018 7. 10 Undecided races left in the House. Democrats continue to slowly pick up more GOP seats in the House, as they are now at a gain of 32 seats, heading for their largest gain since the 1974 elections, right after Watergate. There are 10 House races still undecided – four of those are being led by Democrats, and the other six by the GOP. The biggest problem for Republicans is in California, where there is an outside chance that Democrats would take six seats away from the GOP. Veteran Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s race was called for the Democrats on Saturday, and the seats of Republican Rep. Jeff Denham (he’s behind) and Rep. Mimi Walters (she’s still slightly ahead) are in danger. Also, an open seat in CA39 is still in play, though the lead has shrunk for Republican Young Kim, who would be the first Korean-American woman to be elected to Congress. But it’s not clear if she can hang on. Currently in California: a GOP bloodbath. — (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 10, 2018 8. This extended vote count is normal. I really want to stress this point. It is normal for various states to still be counting votes at this point. The elections don’t get wrapped up with a neat bow around midnight on Election night. The vote counting often goes on for days – sometimes weeks in the case of a close race. This is what happens every two years. I pay attention to it, because I’m always watching close races for Congress – especially in California, where they take weeks to count all the votes. States like Arizona and California have hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots come in after Election Day – they just have to be postmarked by that day, and can still arrive until Friday. Then all the signatures have to be matched – this takes time. And it’s normal. But for most people, the idea that it is still going is an outrage. I’m sorry, but that’s the system that we have. And it’s normal. I wrote about this over the weekend – it's normal for Arizona and California to still be counting https://t.co/WjBHkyX5nv — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 12, 2018 9. Undecided races for the House. Here’s your thumbnail of the ten races still not officially called in the U.S. House: + CA10 – Rep. Jeff Denham R-CA may be on his way out of Congress, as the California Republican trails. The late arriving mail-in ballots tend to trend for the Democrats in the Golden State. + CA39 – Republican Young Kim’s lead continues to shrink, but she may have a chance to hang on, as her lead is about 2,400 votes over Democrat Gil Cisneros. + CA45 – Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) has seen her lead drop from 6,000 to 2,000 votes in recent days in her Orange County district. This was once the bastion of conservatism – now there is an outside chance that Democrats could sweep every Congressional seat in this county. + GA7 – While his colleague Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) lost next door in GA6, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) still has a lead of about 900 votes. It’s unclear how many votes are still to be counted from absentees, overseas military votes, and/or provisionals. + Maine 2 – Elections officials will continue this week to use the “ranked choice voting” process to determine the winner. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) led in the initial vote, but did not get a majority. Now the votes of those who finished in third and fourth will be reallocated to the top two finishers, as voters had to indicate their second and third choices in the race. Some experts believe the Democrats will win this seat. + NJ3 – Democrats seem to have the edge in this final seat in New Jersey, where their candidate has a 4,000 vote edge over Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ). Provisional ballots were counted through the weekend. One county won’t count provisionals until Wednesday. A MacArthur loss would leave the Republicans with only one seat out of 12 in the New Jersey delegation, a loss of four seats in the 2018 election. + NY22 – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) is behind by over 1,300 votes, with absentees and provisionals still to be counted in coming days. For everyone who tells me that Republicans never do better after Election Day, she benefited from a tabulation error, which helped her close the lead by over 200 votes. + NY27 – Indicted GOP Rep. Chris Collins leads with a number of absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted. He would seem to have the edge, but you never know what might happen with those who sent their votes in early. + TX23 – Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) continues to lead by 1,150 votes, with provisionals and absentee ballots still to be counted. Hurd was declared the winner on Election Night, then lost his lead, and grabbed it back late that evening. + UT4 – Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) still trails in her race, but did gain some votes in the counts done on Friday. She has already had to endure the ridicule of President Trump last week, who blasted her and other Republicans representing more suburban districts who had spurned his public support during the campaign. All ten of those undecided races are for GOP seats.
  • A Metro bus rolled nearly an entire Seattle city block with no one on board. KIRO-TV showed the video from on board the bus, including the view from the empty driver's seat. It was taken about 11:20 a.m. on Friday. The video shows the driver get out to reattach the electric trolley bus to the overheard power lines. The bus starts to move, there are no passengers on board.  A camera on the outside of the bus shows the driver chasing the bus down the street. The bus plows into the concrete planters in the bike lane, hits a traffic signal, and stops in the intersection at Second Avenue and Pike Street. Incredibly, no one was hurt.  King County Metro said the crash is unacceptable. They are investigating what went wrong and suspect the driver forgot to set the emergency brake.  'We're looking into this situation thoroughly to ensure it never happens again.' said Terry White, deputy general manager of King County Metro. 'We are truly grateful no one was hurt in this situation. We care equally about those drivers and the customers.' Metro said this is the second incident in a few months. It happened last August on the overpass on Pine Street between Bellevue Avenue and 9th Avenue. The driver got out to adjust the wires and didn't set the emergency brake and the bus started rolling downhill. Passengers rushed in to stop it. White said that's two instances too many. After last Friday's crash, Metro says it took quick action and started reminding drivers of electric buses to set the emergency brake. They also instituted a new policy requiring drivers to put blocks in front of the wheels every time they get out to reattach the bus to the wires. They are working on a training video to show drivers how set the blocks each time they get out to reattach the bus to the electric wires. Metro is investigating if the bus was in park. They're also examining the bus to see if anything happened mechanically that contributed to the crash. The driver is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 
  • The number of people picked up by U.S. law enforcement illegally crossing the border with Mexico surged to its highest point since President Donald Trump took office, as federal officials reported that 60,745 people were apprehended in October, surging almost 75 percent from October of 2017, as the Trump Administration continues to call for extra action on illegal immigration. “We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally,” the President said Friday before leaving for a weekend trip to France. “They have to come into our country legally.” The jump in the number of illegal immigrants detained by the feds dropped to as low as 15,798 in April of 2017 – back when the President was saying it was because of his call for tougher border enforcement. The numbers soared to over 51,000 in both April and May of 2018, but then dropped to 40,000 in July. The announcement of the numbers came just hours after the President had signed a new executive action that would block illegal immigrants from requesting asylum in the United States. The October numbers showed a distinct increase in the number of families apprehended by the feds, rising to the highest level on record, and an increase of 39 percent over September. Also picked up were 4,991 “Unaccompanied Alien Children.” Those numbers were going up even before the ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants – which has drawn so much attention from the President – moved anywhere close to the U.S.-Mexican border. NEW: The number of family units caught by @CBP along the southwest border rose to 23,121 in October, the highest monthly total on record. — Alan Gomez (@alangomez) November 9, 2018 The jump in illegal immigration has prompted the President to vent his frustration repeatedly at his inability to get legislation through the Congress to make changes in immigration law, as he made the case in the final days before the election that it’s all the fault of Democrats. “We need Democrat support on new immigration laws to bring us up to date. The laws are obsolete and they’re incompetent,” the President said Friday. As the Congress comes back to work for a lame duck session on Tuesday, one unanswered question is what will happen with the President’s call for additional money to build a wall along the southern border. “We need the wall; we’re building the wall,” Mr. Trump said – but there haven’t been the votes in Congress to give him more than $1.6 billion for the plan, and Tuesday’s elections only brought more people to Congress who won’t be disposed to vote for that money as well.
  • Police said a New Mexico man left his two children at a bus stop after having several drinks, KRQE reported. >> Read more trending news  Oct. 27 was a cold night when Anthony Manzanares allegedly left his 3-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter at a bus stop near a convenience store, the television station reported. Police video shows the children sitting alone at the bus stop, shivering and crying. '(The child) just said his daddy left him to go get more beers,' a witness told police, KRQE reported. According to a police report, Manzanares was drinking at a homeless hangout with a woman and his two children.. 'He drank two Bud Lights, two Natural Lights and then he drank two Fireballs,' Manzanares’ daughter told KRQE. After a fight ensued, Manzanares took the children to a bus stop and walked away, according to the arrest report. 'He said, 'Where's my beer?' and he just took off,' Manzanares’ daughter said, according to the police report. Manzanares returned and told police he was around the corner “meeting a friend,” KRQE reported. He was arrested and charged with “intentionally placing a child in a situation where the life of a child is endangered,” according to the arrest report.
  • A 3-year-old Texas girl who missed Halloween because of her cancer treatments got to trick-or-treat a week later, thanks to her neighbors, KPRC reported. >> Read more trending news  Helaina Trotter was decked out in her pony costume as she walked through her Kingwood neighborhood, the television station reported. 'Helaina hasn't been able to participate in Halloween (for) the last couple of years because she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on her second birthday,' the child’s mother, Sarah Trotter, told KPRC. Helaina spent Halloween getting treatment at a New York City hospital, so she was unable to trick-or-treat with her two older sisters, the television station reported. 'I was really excited because this is going to be the first year doing it and unfortunately she had a reaction to the drug and they put her in ICU,' Trotter said. A family friend, sensing Helaina’s disappointment, suggested a Halloween do-over, KPRC reported. Several neighbors on Helaina’s street took part, passing out candy to the girl when she came knocking. 'It really makes me feel so good about our community that they're doing so much for us because we don't know what's going to happen in the next year,' Trotter told KPRC. The Trotter family has started a GoFundMe page for Helaina.