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Ray Locker

Ray Locker, the Washington enterprise editor for USA Today, will speak at Flagler College on Nov. 15 as part of the 2012 Forums on Government and Public Policy lecture series.

No matter who wins the election on Nov. 6, Ray Locker says the political campaigning and wrangling will not be over yet.

“We still have the upcoming lame-duck Congress and a bunch of key issues to hash out by the end of the year,” said Locker, the Washington enterprise editor for USA Today who will speak at Flagler College on Nov. 15 as part of the 2012 Forums on Government and Public Policy lecture series.

Locker, who will speak on “It's Not Over Yet: The 2012 Election and the Stakes for a Lame-Duck Congress,” believes the outcome of the election will come down to important factors such as Hispanic and minority voter turnout as well as the discussion on future of major entitlement programs such as Medicare and health care.

He also believes the outcome of this race could determine how campaigns are run in the future.

“This year will be the test between advertising and campaign organization,” said Locker. “I believe it will lead to fundamental changes in how pollsters do business in future elections.”

As the Washington enterprise editor for USA TODAY, Locker supervises the investigative work in the organization’s Washington bureau. He has been the paper’s White House and politics editor and national security editor in the seven years since joining USA Today in 2005. His work as an editor and reporter was nominated for Pulitzer Prizes in 2008 and 2010.

Before joining USA Today, Locker ran the Associated Press bureau in Sacramento and coordinated the news service’s coverage of California government and politics, including the 2003 recall campaign that led to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He worked for the Los Angeles Times and spent 13 years as a reporter, columnist and editor at The Tampa Tribune.

All forums take place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of speakers who donate their time in support of the series. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided. Call (904) 819-6400 for more information.


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