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Tulsa Politics
I followed the mayors election process very closely this year. I'm always concerned how a new mayor or new council will have on all us TU fans/alums as far as sports is concerned.

This years local primary was sort of a wash IMO - an election between incumbent Dewey Bartlett and councilor GT Bynum both Republicans but both with extensive Tulsa roots. Winner Bynum seems to have the pedigree to be pro-TU since his relatives Bob Lafortune, Bill Lafortune have attended TU and the LaFortune family also had a recent player on the FB team - Center Billy Lafortune. (Bynum attended Vilanova). So as it turned out, TU came out of the election fine, but probably would have been good either way. I have seen Bartlett at some TU events before even though he attended SMU.

So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will TU become more of a focal point in the city now since it provides Tulsa with a tremendous amount of free publicity and notoriety? Will GT Bynum fast-track Tulsa/TU sports infrastructure in the same way past city govts have? Stay tuned.

A bigger, better TU is vital for the city and region. So good luck GT, we'll be anxiously watching.
(This post was last modified: 06-29-2016 12:22 PM by rabidTU2.)
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The Williams Cos/ETE merger is toast now (evidently) and it appears that it is a very good thing for the city. Williams has an extensive history in the city with thousands of connected jobs to the economy. But in the oil industry right now the way it is and the US "politic" the way it is, there is still a lot of turmoil.

Willimas and TU have been a huge factor in the city economy for many decades. Just look at the downtown with the 52 story Williams/BOK tower and you see the importance of Williams and the energy sector and at TU just as much with our world renowned petroleum engineering department. So its a very good thing to see Williams stay put with its 50 Billion dollar company intact.
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