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Ellmers +1,489 Over Etheridge; Recount Looming

It looks like the 2nd District congressional race between Republican Renee Ellmers and Democrat Bob Etheridge is heading for a recount. When the vote count was completed late today, Ellmers has a lead of 1,489 votes.

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The First 100 Days: Action Items for the 2011 General Assembly

You’re invited to hear from Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) on Monday about her view of what’s ahead for the new legislature. Details and registration information is here.

In anticipation of the new legislative session, the John Locke Foundation is recommending 11 action items for the first 100 days. The items cover issues such as renewable energy mandates, the state lottery, health care, and public charter schools. You’ll find the complete list here.

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What’s Next For the Legislature?

You can get a glimpse of what at least one legislator is thinking when Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) addresses the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society on Monday. Hope you can join us. Registration information here.

Marilyn Avila, Representative, North Carolina House 40th District

Challenges and Opportunities for the Incoming N.C. Legislature:
Management, Money, and Maps
Monday, November 15, 2010
12:00 PM, Noon

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00

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The Polling Industry’s Internal Feud

For the most part this election cycle, the polls were an accurate predictor of the election outcome. However, some campaign pollsters are upset with their colleagues who conduct polls for public consumption, and they’ve fired off a letter with complaints. The campaign folks say there should be more transparency with respect to question wording and methodology, etc, and that the media blindly accepts results without asking many questions. But the public pollsters fire back, saying it’s ironic for the campaign pollsters, who keep their data private, to call for transparency. Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen is quoted extensively in the piece. It’s an interesting read.

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