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City Hallways (Feb. 8) Some surprising results

DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

And the winner is......

Before I  tell you the results of the City Hallways straw poll,  I  thought I'd offer a dictionary definition of  what a straw poll is:  an unofficial vote designed to provide dialogue  more than  to predict results.  In other  words,  this  is totally unscientific, but still  kind of  interesting and  definitely  a conversation  starter:

Democratic  primary , with 132 votes cast:

*Bernie Sanders - 47 percent
*Hillary Clinton - 39 percent
* Martin O'Malley  (N)- 14 percent

Republican primary, with 116 votes cast:

*John Kasich- 28 percent
*Donald Trump - 22 percent
*Marco Rubio - 19 percentt
*Rand  Paul  (N)- 6 percent
*Jeb Bush - 5 percent
*Chris Christie - 5 percent
*Ted Cruz -  4 percent
*Ben Carson - 4 percent
*Rich Santorum (N)- 3 percent
*Carly Fiorina - 2 percent
*Mike  Huckabee  (N)- 0 percent.

(N) No longer  in the race

I'll  have  more  analysis of the vote tomorrow,  but let me just mention, that all voters - regardless   of party affiliation  - were invited  to  vote in the  Democrat as well as Republican contests. Lots more Democrats and unaffiliated voted than Republicans.  Also interesting  to note that the  general trend in the voting remained pretty much  the  same all week.

Meanwhile, here's  link to a scientific poll Siena College just released on the race. We'll talk more about the City Hallways poll tomorrow. If you have any thoughts you want to share, send me a message or email.


A look back to Friday

Few items from Mayor Brown's State of  the City speech Friday  I don't think we  yet  reported:

*Crystal Rodriguez, the head of the  city's Human Rights  and Community Relations Commission,  will serve as the city's  Chief  Diversity officer - a position  Brown promised to create when giving  his  2015 State of the City address.

*The city  is moving forward on plans for a new  Public Works  campus, combining  seven  existing  facilities  into  one.

*City funding will  increase to Peacemakers, a group that helps maintain safety for kids walking to schools.

*The city's Citi Stat program will be getting a new look and new logo - Citi Stat 2.0 it's being called.

*Justice Rose Sconiers will serve  as judicial hearing officer of the  city's Traffic  Violations Bureau.

Calendar Items
Planning Board meeting this afternoon

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