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VOL. 131 | NO. 222 | Monday, November 7, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: Pants Suits On the River, Early Vote Numbers & Chandler Parsons' Debut

By Bill Dries

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A busy last weekend for the Presidential campaigns in Shelby County where we have seen neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in the flesh since the primary campaign season and haven’t even seen their surrogates in the general election campaign.

Nonetheless, they were here in spirit over the weekend. There was a Clinton march across Big River Crossing Sunday afternoon in which many of the more than 100 partisans were wearing pants suits. In Germantown Saturday evening, Republican Congressional contender David Kustoff ended a 15-county bus tour in his bid to go to Washington as the 8th District Congressman. He also confirmed his allegiance to Trump and along with outgoing Cong. Stephen Fincher urged Republicans to get past their reservations about Trump and stop Clinton.

So we have a PDF of the Nov. 8 ballot in all of its glory as a way of helping you get better organized. This is a short ballot. But there are probably some races and ballot questions on here that have been obscured by a most contentious race at the top of the ballot. We leave it to you to mark up this ballot. Print it out. Have it on your phone or other devices. Take it with you in either form to the polls Tuesday and then join us @tdnpols for the vote count.

Here’s one version of what we know about voter turnout through the early voting period. The story walks you through the numbers which do not include vote totals – that doesn’t happen until the polls close Tuesday evening.

Here’s the more visual version courtesy of Kate Simone, our fearless data-loving associate editor, who put all of the data from early voting into graphics for those who are not only politically attuned but visually attuned as well.

Meanwhile, Sam Stockard, our Nashville correspondent, walks through what a Trump and a Clinton presidency could each mean for Tennessee.

Portland over the Grizz Sunday 100-94 at the Forum in what was the debut of Chandler Parsons in Beale Street blue. It was a very limited debut.

Tigers win at SMU 51-7 in football and we are a week away from the opening of the Tigers basketball season. And before the game in Texas, the Tigers football team got a visit from former President George W. Bush.

In Andy Meek’s cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, St. Jude CEO Dr. James Downing makes the case for exporting the revolution in effect that the hospital and research center has created and continues to create in treating cancer. Instead of everyone in need of those methods and break-throughs coming to Memphis, Downing envisions the hospital as an institution that also helps scale the spread of those break-throughs around the world.

In our community, we find ourselves at a place where we are being pressed to look at how our gains relate to everyone in our community – rich and poor and inbetween, black and white, young and old. Much of that conversation is around economic development, business and the services provided by our local governments. The place we don’t look as often is in our health care community only to find that the discussion there is already underway and looking at this on a global scale.

From last week’s Daily News Seminar on commercial real estate:

“Folks from out of town are coming to Memphis because they’ve gone to other places and can’t quite get what they want, and our cap rates are still aggressive for these folks.” Andy Cates, president and CEO of brokerage services for Colliers International in Memphis.

“You’re not going to win on the notion that Memphis has cheap office space, because that’s not true. You’re cheap relative to New York – but you’re not cheap relative to the other markets that would be typical competitors for a corporate relocation. In fact, it’d almost be a wash.” Neal Golden, vice chairman at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Houston, Texas.

Memphis International Airport’s communications operation brings home some awards from a Salt Lake City gathering of airport executives. The award winners include the airport’s in-house team as well as RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy. Question based on the assumption that these awards include at least some metal: How do you get the awards through airport security?

The Memphis News Almanac: Baptist Central comes down, Smashing Pumpkins on Beale Street, McWherter over Dunn, the Battle to be King of the Blues and Constitutional amendments.

PROPERTY SALES 64 87 1,429
MORTGAGES 39 60 1,107