Political Calendar Is Quiet, But Still Important to Keep Front and Center Through Year-End

Below we’ve outlined the key U.S. political events through year-end.  With Congress out of session, the calendar is dominated by appearances from President Obama and the continued series of Republican presidential nominee debates. 


In the shorter term, of course, November 23rdis the deadline for the deficit reduction Super Committee.  Currently, according to InTrade, the odds are 16% that the Super Committee comes to an agreement and issues a recommendation by midnight on November 23rd. We will be publishing a note shortly on the increasingly likely scenario that the Super Committee fails, but that date should be kept in focus.




NOVEMBER 15, 2011

  • Shared Services for Government, Healthcare & Higher Education (Chicago Illinois)
  • CNN / Heritage Foundation / AEI Debate

NOVEMBER 16, 2011

  • Obama visits Australia
    • Discuss expanded military ties

NOVEMBER 18, 2011

  • Obama in Indonesia (17th-19th) for Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Summit

NOVEMBER 19, 2011:

  • Louisiana - Gubernatorial General Election
  • GOP Presidential Forum /Thanksgiving Family Forum (Des Moines, Iowa)
    • Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Perry and Santorum all confirmed, Romney unconfirmed

NOVEMBER 22, 2011

  • GOP Presidential Debate hosted by CNN (Washington, DC)
  • State unemployment rates for October will be released

NOVEMBER 23, 2011

  • Deadline for super committee to reach a deal, or automatic cuts will immediately be put in place
  • Jobless Claims
  • Consumer Sentiment

NOVEMBER 30, 2011

  • GOP Presidential Debate hosted by Arizona Republican Party and CNN (Mesa, Arizona)
  • Productivity and Costs Release (Q3)

DECEMBER 1, 2011

  • CNN / Arizona GOP Debate

DECEMBER 2, 2011

  • Obama will host 2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference

DECEMBER 8, 2011

  • Deadline for Secretary of State’s office to certify general election results

DECEMBER 10, 2011

  • GOP Presidential Debate hosted by ABC News and the Iowa Republican Party (Des Moines, Iowa)

DECEMBER 12, 2011

  • President Obama welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to the White House

DECEMBER 14, 2011

  • President Obama is a confirmed speaker for the Union for Reform Judaism Biennal (14th-18th)

DECEMBER 15, 2011

  • GOP Presidential Debate sponsored by Iowa GOP and Fox News (Sioux, Iowa)
  • Global Conference on Global Business and Global Economy (Detroit, Michigan)

DECEMBER 19, 2011

  • GOP Presidential Debate hosted by the Des Moines Register, PBS NewsHour, Iowa Public Television, Google, and YouTube (Des Moines, Iowa)

DECEMBER 20, 2011

  • State unemployment rates for November will be released

DECEMBER 27, 2011

  • FOX News / Iowa GOP Debate Sioux City, IA

Daryl G. Jones

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