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VOL. 127 | NO. 217 | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Memphis Chamber to Host New York Times’ Sanger

By Andy Meek

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Next week, the Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a conversation in Memphis with the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

David Sanger, who’s also the author of the new book “Confront and Conceal” and who has been at the vanguard of reporting on issues related to Iran for the Times, will be here as part of the chamber’s regular “A Conversation With …” series.

Sanger’s presentation will be Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, and it comes one week after the presidential election. He’ll talk about the election, the economy and how those and other issues of national significance have the potential to affect Memphians.

“David’s on the front lines of discussions involving issues that have an effect on the global economy,” said Andre Dean, chamber vice president of public policy and community development. “He covers individuals that have a pulse on national policy.

“Memphis is increasingly impacted by global competition and the decisions made in Washington. This event will give our members an opportunity to be a part of those important discussions. We continually seek opportunities that provide insight into the changes affecting the global workforce and the fight for jobs.”

Sanger’s presentation is something that will interest Memphians from a wide array of fields.

David Waddell, for example, is paying close attention to the topic. Waddell, president and chief investment strategist at Waddell & Associates Inc., told the Wall Street Journal a few days ago that he anticipates investors not making any big moves until after the presidential election.

“The stock market is closed for business” until then, essentially, is how Waddell described it. Waddell, who also is a columnist for The Daily News, told the Journal his own firm has been looking at plenty of strong investment opportunities outside the U.S., given things like the so-called fiscal cliff in the U.S.

Meanwhile, just because Tennessee is not a battleground state does not mean there’s been a dearth of political action here.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan raised about $1 million for the Romney-Ryan ticket a little more than a month ago during a fundraising stop at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The evening event raised about the same amount a Ryan fundraiser did the same day in Knoxville.

After the Memphis event, Ryan also attended a gathering at the home of FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith.

An interactive map prepared by CNN and Google shows the two presidential campaigns – not counting any SuperPACs – have spent about $2 million on advertising in the Volunteer State. The graphic shows $1.42 million in Obama campaign ad spending, and a little more than $530,000 in Romney campaign ad spending – again, not counting money spent on ads by outside groups.

Both campaigns have raised a little more than $8 million in campaign funds from Tennessee – $5.8 million for Romney and $2.5 million for Obama, according to the CNN data.

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