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The Auto Bailout Didn't Save Obama
One of the most dangerous narratives to come out of the campaign was the idea that the unpopular-at-the-time auto bailout had given President Obama a valuable electoral boost in the midwest that played a key role in his re-election. It's a dangerous narrative not because the auto bailout was so bad—contrary to my contemporaneous opinion it worked out fine—but because it's a bad precedent. You don't want future presidents thinking that any time a major employer in a swing state gets into trouble that a bailout is going to be electoral gold. Slate
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Bobby Jindal's Plan To Reposition the GOP on Economics Without Changing Any of Their Economic Policies
Judging by today's Jonathan Martin piece, I'd say Bobby Jindal has the inside track to win a Republican Party primary. That's because he's hit the ideological sweet spot of calling for new economic policies without actually calling for any new policies. Jindal doesn't want Republicans to change their stance on immigration policy and, in fact, phrases his rejection of a new immigration policy in a manner well-calculated to appeal to white identity politics: Slate
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Rick Perry: The Candidate Who Might Have Been
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's strong stand against Texas secession is a reminder that not-so-long ago it looked like he was going to be the next president of the United States. Jon Chait thinks that had Perry been the nominee, GOP moderates would have a fighting chance today since the party would have just gone down to defeat with a rock-ribbed conservative standard-bearer. I think that if we accept the theory that it was back pain rather than innate stupidity that made Perry's debate performances so poor that a healthy Perry really would have been a stronger nominee. Slate
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A damaged brand: Republicans must recast their image, policies to attract Hispanic voters
One week after Mitt Romney’s defeat, Republicans across the country are assessing the damage. They are sifting through the demographics from last Tuesday’s vote and looking at ways to make up lost ground, especially in the minority communities that so overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama. Perhaps the most enticing target for Republicans is Hispanic voters. Gains in that area made by George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 elections were wiped away last week as Obama captured three out of every four Hispanic voters. What do we do, Republicans are wondering. Anniston Star
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Florida economy recovering at modest pace
The Florida economy is recovering at a modest pace, suggesting that the worst is over for the state's stressed housing market and still-high jobless rate, a new report from BMO Capital Markets Economics shows. The report said real GDP likely will grow 1.4 percent in 2012 and increase to 1.9 percent in 2013 once the housing recovery begins to take deeper root. Florida prices dropped 40 percent when the housing market collapsed, but were down just 1.8 percent year over year in the second quarter — the slowest pace of decline since 2007. Jacksonville Business Journal
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K Machine to expand, add up to 200 jobs in Savannah
K Machine Industrial Services, LLC, a full-service industrial contractor offering machining and millwright services, will expand its shop by 20,000 square feet, adding heavier lift capacity and larger machines, as well as 150 to 200 new jobs when the project is complete. K Machine general manager Andy Dyer made the announcement Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. Savannah Morning News
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Florida officials to examine St. Lucie recount in West-Murphy race
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is sending three representatives to St. Lucie County Wednesday to try to figure out how 799 votes disappeared in Sunday’s partial recount of the tight, nationally watched congressional race bemayotween Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy. “We are concerned whenever there is a question about the accuracy of results,” Detzner spokesman Chris Cate said Tuesday. West, who trails Murphy by 1,907 votes or 0.58 percent in unofficial returns, has cited the problems with St. Lucie County’s counting of early votes in his refusal to concede the race. Palm Beach Post
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Scott softens stance, ready to negotiate on Obamacare
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it’s time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama. “The election is over and President Obama won,” Scott said. “I’m responsible for the families of Florida … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes.” Florida Today
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