The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) will see the planet's political and business elites descend on the Swiss city of Davos this week. The Local takes a closer look. What’s the WEF? The WEF was set up in 1971 in Geneva by social entrepreneur Klaus Schwab. Independent and not-for-profit, it aims to bring political and business leaders together to help them collaborate on global challenges and find solutions. According to its 2017-18 annual report, the WEF’s revenue of 327 million Swiss francs (€288 million) went towards activities supporting engagement in the fields of digital economy, education, healthcare, IT, mobility, the environment and energy, among others. What happens at Davos? The WEF’s glitzy annual meeting, which runs from Tuesday to Friday this week, is being held for the 49th year. The gathering sees itself as the “foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top … [Read more...] about Davos 2019: What you need to know about ‘the world’s most exclusive business bash’
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Area voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that could see the balance of power shift toward the left in the U.S. Congress.Pennsylvania, and specifically the suburbs of Philadelphia, will play an important role in the future makeup of the Congress, with several races key to the Democrats' effort to flip the U.S. House. Nationwide, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the majority.Suburban women voters, who oppose President Donald Trump in large numbers according to polls, are considered the key voting bloc in the midterms.One thing is for sure: Philly-area voters will be sending a congresswoman (from District 5) and perhaps a second as well (from District 4) to Washington to break up the current all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional mapThere are other big races in the state, including for governor, and a multitude of contested seats in the state … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
Statewide The marquee race among statewide officials will be between Cruz and O’Rourke. But Gov. Greg Abbott is also running for re-election against former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton face long-shot challenges from Democratic opponents Mike Collier and Justin Nelson, respectively, as do Republican incumbents in the comptroller, land commissioner and agriculture commissioner races.Congressional races in North Texas3rd Congressional District: Republican state Sen. Van Taylor and Democrat Lorie Burch are vying to replace retiring Plano Rep. Sam Johnson in heavily Republican Collin County.5th Congressional District: State Rep. Lance Gooden is trying to keep retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling's district Republican in a race against Democrat Dan Wood. The district stretches from Dallas and Mesquite into East Texas.6th Congressional District: Republican Ron Wright, the former Tarrant County tax … [Read more...] about Get ready to vote: Who’s on the ballot, and what do you need to know for Texas’ midterm elections?
Polls have painted the race as the closest election for a Texas statewide office in recent history. But some say the only poll that matters is the election. Here’s what you’ll need to know to make your voice heard. Am I registered?The last day to register to vote in the November elections is Oct. 9. Find out if you're already registered and see other important dates on VoteTexas.gov, the Texas secretary of state's website.You can obtain a voter registration application from your county voter registrar's office, libraries, most post offices and high schools. You can also request a postage-paid application be mailed to you or fill one out online, but you must print it and mail it to your county office. Here are links to the offices for counties in North Texas:Dallas Collin Denton Ellis Kaufman Rockwall TarrantWhen can I vote?Early voting starts Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. And if you’re … [Read more...] about How to register to vote, who’s on the ballot and what you need to know for Texas’ midterm elections
Voting gets underway Thursday in Tennessee for the county general election and state and federal primary contests. Big this year are the races to fill the state's top leadership position and a Senate seat in Washington, D.C. Other contests for the state House also have gained regional and national attention. Here's what you need to know before hitting the polls. RACES TO WATCH » Tennessee governor: Leading Republican candidates to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam are U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin, Knoxville entrepreneur and former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd, state House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. On the Democratic side are former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley. » U.S. Senate: Republican Marsha Blackburn, a Brentwood congresswoman, and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, are running for their respective party nominations to replace Sen. Bob … [Read more...] about It’s election day: Here are some things to know