Republicans run the House — now what?–Source: The Grio

With Republicans having recaptured the House of Representatives and Democrats retaining a slim margin in the Senate, life will be different for the Obama White House, beginning even before the 112th Congress is sworn in next January.

For one thing, the Illinois Republican who swiped Barack Obama’s former Senate seat, Mark Kirk, takes his seat right away — the result of a special election — meaning that immediately, the Democratic majority drops to 58 seats. For another, the "lame duck" session of the current Congress is still to come, with important business left to do before the end of the year. So what do Democrats and the White House have to look forward to? (Read more)

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2010 Twin County Business Education Summit

2010 Twin County Business Education Summit

Friday, November 19, 2010
Nash Community College Business and Industry Center – Brown Auditorium

Registration and Light Breakfast……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Welcome ………………………………………………………………………………Fred Turnage, Chairman, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce
Sam Noble, Chairman, Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce
Presentation of Colors ………………………………………………………………………………………..Southwest Edgecombe High School Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance ……………………………………..Brandon Denton, President; Aneikea Dickens, Vice President (National Honor Society)
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Early College High School
National Anthem …………………………………………………………Kayla Evans, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Early College High School
Education Overview and Introduction of Keynote Speaker ……Reuben Blackwell, Vice Chair, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce
Keynote Speaker, “Building A World Class Education Economy”…………………………………………Bill McNeal, Executive Director, NCASA
North Carolina Association of School Administrators – 2004 National Superintendent of the Year
Moderator…………………………………………………………………………………………….. John Dornan, President and CEO, Public School Forum

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Presentations ~
Forum Agenda 7:30 a.m.
Forum Luncheon 11:30 p.m.
Panel Q&A
Invited Guest Speaker ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Governor Beverly Perdue
Special Entertainment …………………………………………………………. Carver Elementary School Chorus, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Remarks ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Reuben Blackwell, RMACC
John Dornan, President and CEO, Public School Forum

The Big Picture
Demographics, Economic Development
and Education
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.
Kenan Flagler School of Business
Regional Competitive Update
Bill McNeal
Executive Director, NCASA
Trends in Economic Development
and Education
Dan Gerlach
President
Golden LEAF Foundation
Technology as the Great Equalizer
Technology in the Classroom
Dr. Bryan Setser
CEO, Virtual Public Schools
Cutting Edge Initiatives
Workforce Development Efforts
Michael Williams
Executive Director
Turning Point Workforce
Development Board
Dual Enrollment
Early College High School
Dr. Bill Carver
President, Nash Community College
2+2+2
Get an Edge Up
Dr. Deborah Lamm
President, Edgecombe Community College
Community Role –
Students, Educators, Workers
Partnerships for Adult Learning
Marilynn Anselmi
Director, Gateway Technology Center
It All Starts with Early Childhood
Education/Preparing Families for Success
Henrietta Zalkind
Executive Director
DownEast Partnership for Children

2010 Twin County Business Education Summit
Friday, November 19, 2010
Nash Community College Business and Industry Center – Brown Auditorium
Please respond by November 15, 2010
Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Company: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Representing: Business Education Government Non-Profit
Telephone: ________________________________________________ Fax: ____________________________________________
Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Our company would like to reserve ____ seating for 8 at $140 each We would like to purchase ___ ticket (s) at $20 per person
Payment enclosed American Express Visa/MasterCard Account #: ____________________________ Exp. Date: ___________
Cardholder Name: _________________________________________________________________ Code: __________________________
Mail or fax to: Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce • PO Box 392 • Rocky Mount, NC 27802 • Phone: 252-973-1211 • Fax: 252-446-5103
Online purchases available at http://www.rockymountchamber.org

Oakland CA voters confused by instant runoff voting on Nov 2 – video

OAKLAND — As Oaklanders cast their ballots today, one of the hottest subjects is not the issues and the candidates, but the method of voting, a new ranked-choice system used in the mayoral race.

Diana Toutjian, 57, a native Oaklander who attended Piedmont Avenue as a kindergartner, was baffled by the system. She didn’t understand how it worked, and voted three times for the same candidate. This means her second and third votes won’t count. "They should have had a red box there to explain what we were supposed to do," Toutjian said… (Read more)

Deep Rifts Divide Obama and G.O.P.– Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama and newly empowered Republican leaders professed a desire Wednesday to work together but yielded little ground on deep policy differences, foreshadowing the profound challenge of turning around a flagging economy under a divided government.

After what Mr. Obama described as an electoral “shellacking” for his party, the two sides gingerly explored the reshaped political terrain and sought to define Tuesday’s results. Republicans claimed a mandate to reverse Mr. Obama’s agenda while the president cast the vote as a cry of frustration that he has not moved fast enough. (Read more)

Elections Results

The following are candidates that I could vote for and candidates that I was tracking.

Edgecombe County Sheriff
James L. Knight Jr. 13,282 or 82 percent
Arthur Braswell 2,793 or 17 percent

Wilson County Sheriff (Not in my county and/or district)
Calvin Woodard 16,601 or 63 percent (Calvin defeated longtime incumbent Wayne Gay in the May Primary
John Farmer 9,574 or 36 percent (Switched parties after May Primary to run against Woodard)

Edgecombe County Commissioners
Donald C. Boswell (I) 1,411 or 55 percent
Brooks Wadsworth 1,119 or 44 percent

Nash Rocky Mount School Board (Not in my district)
Robert Bynum (I) 1362
Jon Wiggs 354

Reginald Silver (I) 1,240 or 57 percent
Walt Wiggins 900 or 41 percent

Nash County Board of Commissioners District 6 (Not in my district)
Mary Wells (I) 2,555 or 50 percent
Doug Star 2,539 or 49 percent

U.S. Senate
*Richard Burr (I) 1,447,737 or 55 percent
Elaine Marshall 1,131,590 or 43 percent

U.S. House District 1
*G.K. Butterfield (I) 102,207 or 59 percent
Ashley Woolard 70,456 or 41 percent

U.S. House District 2 (Not in my district)
Bob Etheridge (I) 91,548 or 48 percent
Renee Ellmers 93,194 or 49 percent

N.C. Senate District 3
*Clark Jenkins (I) 27,267 or 63 percent
C.B. Daughtridge 16,264 or 37 percent

N.C. Senate District 4 (Not in my district)
Ed Jones (I) 28,825 or 62 percent
Rich Halbert 17,359 or 37 percent

N.C. Senate District 5 (Not in my district)
*Don Davis (I) 21,096
Louis Pate 25,423

N.C. Senate District 11 (Not in my district)
*A.B. Swindell 26,989 or percent 46 percent
Buck Newton 30,477 or 53 percent

N.C. House 23
Joe Tolson  (I) 12,011 or 53 percent
Garland Shepheard 10,495 or 46 percent

N.C. House 24 (Not in my district)
Jean Farmer Butterfield (I) 12,629 or 64 percent
Claiborne R. Holtzman 6,862 or 35 percent

N.C. House 25 (Not in my district)
Randy Stewart 10,440 or 42 percent
Jeff Collins 14,304 or 57 percent

Supreme Court Associate Justice
Robert C. “Bob” Hunter 960,385 or 48.12 percent
Barbara Jackson 1,035,458 or 51.88 percent

Court of Appeals
Ann Marie Calabria 1,039,502 or 53.71 percent
Jane Gray 895,918 or 46.29 percent

Court of Appeals
Rick Elmore 948,059 or 53.76 percent
Steven Walker 815,512 or 46.24 percent

Court of Appeals
Martha Geer 1,111,806 or 59.81 percent
Dean R. Poirier 747,106 or 40.19 percent

Court of Appeals Special Election
John F. Bloss 78,109 or 4.05 percent
J. Wesley Casteen 44,971 or 2.33 percent
Chris Dillon 200,444 or 10.40 percent
Jewel Ann Farlow 150,512 or 7.81 percent
Daniel E. Garner 152,840 or 7.93 percent
Stan Hammer 95,765 or 4.97 percent
Mark E. Klass 89,822 or 4.66 percent
Doug McCullough 293,452 or 15.23 percent
Anne Middleton 173,014 or 8.98 percent
Harry E. Payne Jr. 98,298 or 5.10 percent
John Sullivan 69,229 or 3.59 percent
Cressie Thigpen 391,180 or 20.30 percent
Pamela M. Vesper 89,272 or 4.63 percent

Attended Victory Celebration For Sheriff Elect Calvin Woodard Wilson County

Attended the rally for the newly elected Sheriff Calvin Woodard of Wilson County and then stopped by Congressman G.K. Butterfield’s event. Late getting in so will have to do my spill on the elections later today after I get off work.

See related:

Calvin Woodard Sheriff Elect