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Sam Houston and Bill Weld: What’s the Connection?

Sam Houston was born and raised in Tennessee, where he became Governor. He later moved to Texas and after serving as the first president of Texas and the first Senator of Texas, he became the first Governor of Texas – making him the first (and last) man to serve as the governor of two states. After an illustrious career as a prosecutor, US attorney and in the Reagan Justice department, Bill Weld was elected as governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a whopping “50.01% of the vote.” He was, however, born and raised in the state of New York, which is where he is now running for governor to replace George Pataki. So, if elected, he would be the second man in US history to serve as the governor of two different states. Governor Weld knows that it will be an uphill climb to become the governor of New York where his name recognition is not great. He was recently in Silicon Valley speaking to a small group of Silicon Valley technology representatives where he talked about his time as chief executive of Massachusetts, his success as a prosecutor and public servant, and his subsequent success in the New York financial sector focusing on education investments. He talked about the importance of education and relayed his success in Massachusetts and praised the good work that Chancellor of New York Public Schools Joel Klein is doing. He also mentioned the impressive credentials of his talented, intelligent, scientific children (who all speak Arabic and Chinese, by the by) – so, his money (and children) are certainly where his mouth is.While New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is the candidate to beat for the governorship, after hearing about Governor Weld’s experience and passion and plans for New York I wouldn’t count him out to join Sam Houston’s one-man club.

Susan Kennedy is a Californian First

I was pleased to hear about Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Susan Kennedy as his new chief of staff. I have known Susan for several years and know that her number one affiliation is as a Californian. As a Republican in a”blue” state I am always pulling for my team when it comes to appointments and recognition, but Kennedy is a great person for this job right now. She has worked tirelessly for Californians her whole career. She knows how government works. In her recent tenure as a PUC commissioner she has been a great advocate for market-based solutions, including letting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband grow without onerous regulations. Her common-sense approach to solving problems will serve the state of California well. Additionally (and important to Cisco), she knows the value of the technology industry to the economy in California. The Governor seems to be working to remove the D’s and the R’s next to people’s names in Sacramento and wants a C (Californian) next to all names. Susan will be a great help in building that vision.Pat Clarey is also a friend and I know her to be a great manager and a great advocate for California. Her talent and drive will be missed in the horseshoe, but she will remain a great asset to our state.Pat, good luck. Susan, we look forward to working with you.

New Cisco High Tech Public Policy Blog

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6:41 AM – San Francisco Airport

So, I’m waiting on my plane to DC. I’m online, using T-Mobile. I’ve checked e-mail. Read the papers…online, of course. And, I have some work to do that I could probably, at least, start before I get on the plane…however, my battery says it has 45 minutes remaining on it. When will a battery be invented where I don’t have to worry about losing a charge ALL DAY??!! Can’t they transplant the cell phone battery longevity into a laptop? When will this happen? Productivity is dropping. The world’s competitiveness is in peril. At least my IPod’s battery lasts from coast-to-coast. Priorities.

Kudos to California PUC Commissioner Kennedy

California’s deregulation energizer bunny came to Silicon Valley this week at a dinner hosted by the Pacific Research Council. Commissioner Susan Kennedy wowed an audience of 40 executives and academics (one audience member was noted tech futurist George Gilder) in the valley with her progressive, blow ’em up discussion on the future of convergence and the need to stay out of the way when it comes to innovation and IP.

She commented that billion dollar decisions are made with little to no oversight from many stakeholders. Kennedy also extoled the need for more education at the California Public Utilities Commission about new technologies such as VoIP, wireless and broadband. She also praised Cisco and Silicon Valley CEOs for weighing in on the promise of VoIP in supporting the withdrawal of the CA petition at the FCC to retain state rights to regulate. Kudos to Kennedy for leading the charge for promoting innovation in the state!