Mountain of Cash Fuels Newsom’s Surge to Recall Election End Line

Governor Gavin Newsom’s offer of defense a recall in California has been bolstered in the past few months by a tens of millions of dollars in infusion from major donors that gave him a tremendous financial advantage over his Republican rivals on the final leg of the race.

There had been moments over the summer when Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, had appeared in public polls as vulnerable as California’s unique callback rules seemed to provide an opening for the Conservatives in one of the nation’s most trusted democratic states. But Mr. Newsom raised more than $ 70 million in an account this year to combat the recall, much of it in July and August, which allowed him and his allies to dominate the television network and promote their opponents online .

California has no restrictions on donations to recall committees, and Mr. Newsom has taken full advantage of these loose rules. His contributions included an early $ 3 million from Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix; $ 500,000 from liberal philanthropist George Soros; and $ 500,000 from Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg. Dr. Priscilla Chan, a philanthropist and wife of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, contributed $ 750,000 and real estate tycoon George Marcus gave $ 1 million.

Millions of dollars more came from stakeholders doing business in front of the state, including unions representing service workers, teachers and prison guards, the real estate industry, and Indian tribes who run casinos.

On the Republican side, the financial cavalry never made it.

Mr. Newsom’s aggressive efforts to deter other prominent Democrats from running for office cemented the party’s financial power to protect his post. When dismissed in California, voters ask themselves two questions: first, whether the governor should be removed, and second, who should be the replacement. During the last recall election in 2003, Democrats struggled with the notoriously unwieldy slogan “no recall; yes on Bustamante ”when Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, moved into governorship.

This year, the state’s Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on one thing ahead of Tuesday’s election: Money mattered. All in all, Mr Newsom spent more on fighting the recall than he did on his 2018 election.

“If Gavin couldn’t raise the money, he could have lost in the face of the amount of apathy and fear,” said Kerman Maddox, a Democratic strategist in California who also served as a party donor. “I’ll just be real.”

Dave Gilliard, a Republican strategist who was involved in the recall effort, said of the cash gap, “It definitely made a difference.”

Despite the large sums of money involved in the recall, the total cost of the race is actually less than that of a single election last year, than Uber and Lyft have teamed up to successfully push for rules App-based companies allow drivers and other workers to continue to be classified as independent contractors. This ballot has drawn roughly $ 225 million in spending because of the state’s many large and expensive media markets, including Los Angeles.

Mr Newsom used his financial advantage to overpower his Republican rivals and supporters of the televised recall in July and August by a ratio of almost four to one, giving the $ 20.4 million for the $ 5.6 million, according to data -Dollars of callback advocates from ad tracking company AdImpact. Some of these advertisements framed the race in the crassest of words, with a passage saying that was the result of the recall “it’s about life and death” because of the coronavirus.

On YouTube and Google, the financial inequality was even worse. Newsom has spent nearly $ 4.1 million, according to Google’s disclosure documents, while its leading Republican opponent, radio talk show host Larry Elder, has spent just over $ 600,000.

the sudden appearance of Mr. Elder As the Republican front runner – he entered the competition in July and had raised more than $ 13 million by the end of August – Mr. Newsom supplied a finished Republican slide. A blatant conservative, Mr. Elder had left a number of radio clips outlining unpopular positions with the Democrats on issues such as the environment, abortion, and the minimum wage.

“Lo and behold, he received a gift from the gods on behalf of Larry Elder, the conservative African-American version of Donald Trump,” said Maddox, adding that the specter of an elder-governor had motivated donors large and small alike.

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It hadn’t always been clear that Mr. Newsom would have such a crucial monetary advantage. Some party contributors were slow to get involved. Ron Conway, a San Francisco-based venture capitalist who made early stage efforts in the tech community to combat product recalls and fundraisers, said he was fired early. “Back then, a lot of people thought I was scare tactics,” he wrote in an email. “They don’t think so anymore!”

State records show that nearly two-thirds of donations of $ 10,000 or more went to Mr. Newsom’s primary account against recalls after July 1. And overall, more than 80 percent of the US $ 10,000 donations came from California.

“Democrats would rather not have to fund an off-year race in California,” said Dan Newman, an advisor to Mr. Newsom. “But they didn’t hesitate when it was clear what was at stake.”

Mr Newsom’s campaign said it was expecting 600,000 donations by the election after running a robust online donation program. Much of the money, however, came from huge donations, with $ 48.2 million in its main account against recalls from donations of $ 100,000 or more.

In late August, attendees at a donor retreat in Aspen, Colorado for Democratic Governors Association contributors said there was some grumbling and anger about the need to redirect all resources to a blue state like California – especially given the tough races in the world of governors are scheduled to take place in 2022.

The Governors Association has so far transferred $ 5.5 million to the Newsom operation against the recall.

“It’s not a good sign for the Democrats in 2022 when they have to burn millions of dollars on a recall in America’s most liberal state,” said Jesse Hunt, communications director for the Republican Governors Association.

From the start, Mr. Newsom’s campaign framed the recall as a Republican seizure of power, making it particularly unattractive for some major GOP contributors to get involved in the race, according to National and California Republicans. The unusual demand by the state that the names of the top donors appear in advertisements was also a deterrent, along with widespread disbelief that California could ever really be turned around.

“There are a lot of people who are for us but never believe it’s possible,” said Anne Hyde Dunsmore, campaign manager for Rescue California, one of the pro-recalls. “No, the money didn’t come in, and no, it wasn’t for lack of demand.”

Some major checks came. Mr. Elder received $ 1 million from Geoffrey Palmer, a real estate developer and major Republic donor. Saul Fox, a private equity manager, donated $ 100,000. And Mr. Elder quickly outstripped the rest of the Republican field in fundraising with donations large and small.

John Cox, the Republican who lost to Mr. Newsom in a 2018 landslide, has again spent millions of his own dollars. One of his costly moves was campaigning with a 1,000 pound Kodiak bear named Tag, Who else appeared in Mr. Cox’s advertisements.

Kevin Faulconer, a Republican former mayor of San Diego, raised more than $ 4 million for his candidacy, and Kevin Kiley, a Republican MP, raised more than $ 1 million.

Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and former Olympian, received a wave of publicity their entry to the race. But their offer and fundraising have largely failed. By the end of August, Ms. Jenner had raised less than $ 1 million and had less than $ 28,000 in cash – with more than unpaid bills.

Gale Kaufman, a Sacramento-based Democratic strategist, said the fragmented and financially weak Republican field had “prevented them from ever launching a ‘yes’ campaign” – for the recall – “met with response.”

“They don’t speak with one voice and they don’t say the same thing,” she said.

Mike Netter, a Republican who was one of the early organizers of the recall, was frustrated by the Democratic attack that the push was a Republican attempt to seize power. He said there was little conservative support after supporters of the recall put the measure on the ballot.

“If we’re supposed to be so Republican, where’s our money? Where is the air cover from our supposedly right-wing secret organizations? ”Mr Netter said, referring to the lack of large donations from the party and leading Republicans such as MP Devin Nunes. “Nobody believed in us for so long. And it’s not that we have that much money. It’s not like the Koch brothers are my cousins ​​or anything. I went to the state of San Diego. “

Shawn Hubler contributed to the coverage.

PepsiCo and Boston Beer to create alcoholic Mountain Dew drink

The Boston Beer Company and PepsiCo today announced plans to form a business partnership to manufacture the alcoholic beverage HARD MTN DEW.

Source: Boston Beer Company

PepsiCo and Sam Adams Brewer Boston beer work together to create an alcoholic version of Mountain Dew.

Boston Beer will develop and produce the drink called Hard Mtn Dew, while Pepsi has created a new unit for the sale, delivery and marketing of the product. The drink is slated to hit shelves in early 2022.

Hard Mtn Dew will belong to the flavored malt beverage category and contain 5% alcohol by volume. Early pictures of the products also show that they contain no sugar.

The first hint that Pepsi might move into the alcohol category came in October when Pepsi CEO Ramon Laguarta told analysts that the company would be considering the move. An announcement from the rival followed coke that Topo Chico Hard Seltzer would make it, its first alcoholic beverage for US consumers in decades, through a partnership with Molson Coors drinks. Pepsi also filed a trademark application in June to sell Rockstar branded beer and hard seltzer.

Pepsi has been trying for several years to use the weight of the Mountain Dew name to bring the lemonade into new categories like energy drinks. The enterprise launched Mtn Dew Rise Energy earlier this year. According to Euromonitor, Mountain Dew holds around 7% market share in carbonated soft drinks, which puts it in fifth place.

For Boston Beer, the partnership with Pepsi comes because the company’s own products are struggling. In the last quarter the company did rosy projections for his truly tough Seltzer were hit by a reality check, causing the stock to plummet 26% in one day and the brewer lowering its guidance for the full year.

Meanwhile, the beer category as a whole is struggling. Last year, total beer volume fell 2.8%, although total alcohol consumption rose by the highest level in nearly two decades, according to industry tracker IWSR. Boston Beer too recently announced a partnership with Beam Suntory to bring its iconic brands into new categories.

Boston Beer shares were down more than 2% on Tuesday. The stock is down more than 32% since January and has a market value of $ 8.2 billion.

Pepsi shares rose slightly in trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 4% year-to-date and is valued at $ 213.3 billion.

Leisure district nearer to coming to Mountain Brook space

Entertainment district closer to the Mountain Brook area

Under Alabama law, the entertainment district’s designation allows participating businesses with alcohol permits to sell alcohol to be consumed within the district’s boundaries and during its off-site hours.

Updated: 8:37 p.m. CDT April 11, 2021

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THEIR CUSTOMERS. MOUNTAIN BROOK CRESTLINE AND THE ENGLISH VILLAGES ARE ALL INCLUDED IN ONE BILL THAT WOULD MAKE YOU ENTERTAINMENT AREAS. SO IT ALLOWS YOU TO EXPERIENCE THIS MORE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT. WITHIN THESE VILLAGES, MOUNTAIN BROOK MAYOR STEWART SAYS UNDER ALABAMA LAWS THAT THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT NAME ENABLES COMPANIES WITH LIQUID LICENSES AND ALLOWS THE ALCOHOL TO SELL THE ALCOHOL IN THE BTW. We think it will be very good for our company. IT WILL ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE. WE HAVE SEEN ENTERTAINMENT AREAS AND OTHER AREAS AROUND BIRMINGHAM AND THEY REALLY LIGHTED THESE AREAS TO MANY PEOPLE. I spoke to someone who refused to speak on a camera. I say it’s time to get into the mountain stream area for something like this. THEY ALSO ADDED SHOPS, YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS PEOPLE IF, AS YOU KNOW, THE RESIDENTS WE TALKED TO ARE VERY EXCITING ABOUT IT. I think companies are very excited about this. It’ll be a big shot in the arm. We spent the last year under COVID EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING STARTS TO OPEN SECURELY. IS JUST A PERFECT ADDITION THAT THE BILL HAS PASSED A LOCAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE AND THE ALABAMA STATE HOUSE WITHOUT ANY OPPOSITE, IT NOW MOVES INTO THE SENATE IN WHICH IS EXPECTED

Entertainment district closer to the Mountain Brook area

Under Alabama law, the entertainment district’s designation allows participating businesses with alcohol permits to sell alcohol to be consumed within the district’s boundaries and during its off-site hours.

Updated: 8:37 p.m. CDT April 11, 2021

Under Alabama law, the entertainment district’s designation allows participating businesses with alcohol permits to sell alcohol to be consumed within the district’s boundaries and during its off-site hours. Find out more in the video above.

Under Alabama law, the entertainment district’s designation allows participating businesses with alcohol permits to sell alcohol to be consumed within the district’s boundaries and during its off-site hours. Find out more in the video above.

Mountain Brook might get three leisure districts beneath new laws

A bill passed by the Alabama House of Representatives would create three entertainment districts in Mountain Brook.

The Senate had its first reading of the law on March 30th. It’s now before the Jefferson County Local Legislation Committee.

The bill would give Mountain Brook City Council power to set boundaries for three boroughs – English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village.

State MP David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook) is the sponsor. Mountain Brook Council moved to legislate last December.

Under Alabama law, the entertainment district’s designation allows participating businesses with alcohol permits to sell alcohol that is consumed within the district’s boundaries and during its off-site hours.

Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Hoover and Mobile are among the cities with them.

Nonprofit seeks NC license plate to boost cash for Pilot Mountain

  • The cost is $ 30 on top of the usual license plate fee.
  • The organizers need 300 employees by February 12th for the application to be prepared and submitted.

A stylized image of North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain, Surry County’s landmark that draws visitors from across the state, could soon adorn the license plates of cars and trucks of fans of the mountain nationwide, raising money for Pilot Mountain State Park.

But first, fans of the legendary summit must commit to buying at least 300 special license plates from the state motor vehicle division. And they have a limited time – only about two weeks left this year to sign up. As of last week, about 160 people had either signed up or had their applications in the mail, said the nonprofit that was looking for the sign.

The proposed license plate would include a drawing of the Pilot Mountain summit in a circular logo that reads “Pilot Mountain National Monument”.

“When we get the 300 records, we will make $ 6,000 in sales for Pilot Mountain State Park,” said Debbie Vaden, president of Friends of the Sauratown Mountains. Your organization is a nonprofit that raises money for Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park.

The two state parks are located in the Sauratown Mountains, a small area in Counties of Stokes and Surry north of Winston-Salem. Pilot Mountain anchors the western end of the range in Surry County and is visible for miles.

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Non-profit organizations that would like the state to issue special license plates for them have until February 15 each year to submit their applications to the state motor vehicle division. Vaden asks the supporters of Pilot Mountain to make their commitments by February 12th at the latest so that they can prepare the submission to the DMV. Backers must fill out a form, submit, and pay $ 30.

To submit a Pilot Mountain license plate request, vehicle owners can visit the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains website. sauratownfriends.organd click on “Pilot Mountain License Plate Application” Link to see the instructions. For more information, contact Ann Anderson at 336-978-2049 or Vaden at 619-987-6257.

Other organizations may also collect license plate applications to make their own inquiries. DMV spokesman John DMwell said the agency will not know who these organizations are until they submit their inquiries.

For the Pilot Mountain State Park license plate, a premium of $ 30 is added to the annual renewal price for the North Carolina license plate of $ 38.75. Of the $ 30, $ 20 of the additional cost per disk would be passed on to the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, and $ 10 is held by the DMV.

The Friends of the Sauratown Mountains would pass all revenue from the license plate to Pilot Mountain State Park, Vaden said, for anything the park needs.

For example, the park has a utility vehicle for trail work and rescue operations, she said, and it needs accessories. “So we’re going to buy a windshield protector and a winch,” she said.

Park supporter Ann Anderson of the town of Pilot Mountain brought up the idea of ​​a license plate to raise money last fall. She said she saw memorial marks for other places and purposes and was surprised there weren’t any for the mountain.

Anderson often visits Pilot Mountain at sunrise, she said.

“There are birds, there are beautiful changing landscapes every day,” she said. “The clouds are on the button and you can see the valley below.”

If the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains organization doesn’t receive 300 license plate requests by February 15 of this year, the next chance is next year.

Photos:Click here to see some of the special license plates you can get in NC

North Carolina offers about 170 or more specialty license plates, Brockwell said. Their prices vary depending on the DMV website.

Another 135 that lawmakers approved have been retired because they didn’t get enough interest to keep them in production, according to a list on the DMV website.

Some signs still in circulation support a college or university, such as the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, UNC Pembroke, Fayetteville State University, and Methodist University.

Indians are proud of their heritage. There are plates for fans of the Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR races and the Carolina Panthers. Some of the signs that military veterans use to mark their service are free.

Many plates are for civic and non-profit groups as well as for fraternities and sororities. They use them to raise money for their own ends. When creating a new license plate, you’ll need either 300 or 500 requests – 300 requests for license plates with one of the standard North Carolina license plate backgrounds and 500 for license plates with a custom background.

If the organizations submit their applications by February 15, the DMV will forward the applications to the legislature by March 15. Then they wait to see whether the legislator approves the license plate.

Once the license plates are approved, the organizations will work with the DMV to get the new vehicles into production.

North Carolina Senior Reporter Paul Woolverton can be reached at 910-261-4710 and pwoolverton@gannett.com.

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ART BEAT: Stone Mountain Refrain to supply digital Singing Valentines | Leisure

Around this time last year, Stone Mountain Chorus barbershop quartets planned to deliver their annual Singing Valentines to homes, offices, schools, and hospitals across Atlanta. This was a Valentine’s Day tradition with a history going back decades.

Little did they know during their Valentine’s Day rounds that a brewing pandemic would change everything.

As the storm clouds of seizure and disease troubled the world, the singers of the Stone Mountain Chorus watched art organizations close their doors and postpone events.

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The vocal group’s last personal indoor rehearsal took place on March 10, 2020. Unknown to the Georgia group participants, an event across the country halted their activities as well as that of many other choirs.

On the same day, a local choir in Mount Vernon, Washington, held a rehearsal that would become known as the “Super Spreader” event. The majority of the members of this choir have been infected with COVID-19. This event sent shock waves across the country, closing church and recreational chant groups from one side of the country to the other.

Stone Mountain Chorus then interrupted the regular rehearsals, switched to mostly virtual rehearsals and luckily avoided a similar event.

Almost a year has passed and Valentine’s Day comes on its usual date. Hearts will still yearn to show affection for loved ones, especially after the past 12 months.

Robert Siegel, President of the Stone Mountain Chorus, has an announcement that will lift the spirits of anyone looking to send a message of love to loved ones. The annual Singing Valentines take place in a virtual format.

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“On Sunday, February 14th, 2021, Valentine’s Day will roll around again. We know that it is still unsafe for our quartets to deliver personally, ”said Siegel.

A solution to save tradition comes from another arts organization. Marietta’s Big Chicken Chorus found itself in a similar situation and sought to partner with Stone Mountain Chorus to deliver personalized virtual singing Valentines.

“The partnership goes without saying, as our director Ben McDaniel is the singer in the Big Chicken Chorus and is currently their interim director,” said Siegel.

The Virtual Singing Valentine consists of a video with two traditional Valentines songs. “Heart of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” are performed by the quartet and choir, with a background of photos of members of both choirs and their loved ones. A personalized photo and a message are attached at the end of the video.

“It’s not the same as being there,” said Siegel. “But the element of surprise can remain and it is always the thought that counts.”

Personalized Singing Valentine’s Day can be ordered from either the Stone Mountain Chorus website (www.stonemountainchorus.org) or the Big Chicken Chorus website (www.bigchickenchorus.org), or by calling (404) 482-3006.

Part of the proceeds will go to FOCUS & Fragile Kids, an organization that is dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and their families.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who specializes in the arts. Email to hcalmes @ mindspring.com.