Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing on what was unquestionably a busy day.
Most local governments swore in 2011's election winners and held reorganizational meetings. In Lehigh County, newcomer Brad Osborne was elected Chair after five deadlocked ballots. In Northampton County, John Cusick was reelected chair. In Bethlehem, Eric Evans was elected Council President. In Allentown, demolition has officially started for the arena project. The city did, however, see less Earned Income revenue than previously budgeted. Kevin Deely (D), former President of the Easton Area School District teacher's union, has announced his candidacy for the State House of Representatives in the 131st District, against Representative Justin Simmons (R).
In national news, Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucuses over Rick Santorum by an astonishingly close eight votes. Ron Paul finished third, Newt Gingrich fourth, Rick Perry fifth and Michelle Bachmann sixth. Rick Perry was flying back to Texas to determine whether or not he would stay in the race, while Michelle Bachmann vowed to press on. Meanwhile, former rival John McCain will endorse Romney in New Hampshire today. In other news, the manufacturing sector showed significant improvement in the end of 2011.
And that's it for now! Have a great day, and we'll see you later.