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Alabama voters to decide union organizing issue
Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. In reality, it puts voters in the middle of the battle between labor and management. al.com
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That's The Randle Report for October 18, 2012
That's a wrap on The Randle Report for today. Feel free to use the sort buttons above or the search window to find your favorite stories from today, last week, last month or in the last year. If you are looking for more information on economic development in the South, click on the headline above to read Southern Business & Development magazine. If you want to keep up with the South's growing automotive industry, go to www.SouthernAutoCorridor.com. If you are looking for sports in the South, go to www.RandleSportsReport.com, or click on the "Sports" tab above.
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Is the election coming down to four states?
There’s been a lot of theorizing on the comments threads about the Electoral College prospects of President Obama and Mitt Romney. At National Journal, Major Garrett writes something that I find rather reasonable: The election increasingly is coming down to four states: What also became clear after the dust began to settle from the rumble on Long Island was the electoral map has narrowed and Obama’s team, while conceding nothing publicly, is circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Plouffe said that Obama remains strong in all four states, but he would not discuss the specifics of internal polling or voter-contact analytics, saying only that Obama has “significant leads” in all four places. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Romney’s facts are curious things
Mitt Romney has done a heckuva job with his jobs plan. At Tuesday night’s town-hall debate, the Republican presidential nominee replied with confidence when 20-year-old student Jeremy Epstein asked the candidates for reassurance that he’d be able to find work after graduation. “I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years,” Romney said. “It’s going to help Jeremy get a job when he comes out of school.” The candidate’s statement, a version of a claim he has made for months on the stump and in a new ad, was bold, precise — and baseless. The Washington Post
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Obama campaign ‘absolutely not’ giving up in Fla., NC, Va
Obama traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the campaign was "absolutely not" giving up efforts in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, three battleground states where the president has slipped behind Mitt Romney. The Obama campaign spokeswoman said the president's ground game in North Carolina was among its best nationwide, and that the campaign expected supporters in crucial swing states to be energized by Obama's performance in Tuesday night's debate. The Hill
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BP could reap billions of dollars in tax credits from oil spill settlement
BP, which caused the biggest environmental catastrophe ever seen on U.S. shores, may be poised to receive the biggest tax break in American history as a result of it. The British oil company already has claimed $10 billion in tax credits from the 2010 disaster, caused when its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and spewed billions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Taxpayers could be asked to shoulder billions of dollars more under terms of a settlement currently being negotiated between BP and the federal government. Both sides have incentive to make a deal: The Department of Justice wants to avoid a lengthy court trial, and BP wants to get on with its life. al.com
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Conde Nast: Charleston top tourist city in the world
Charleston outdid itself this year. A year after winning the No. 1 tourist city in America, readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted the Holy City as not only the best travel destination in America but as the top city on the planet. “We are on top of the world,” said Helen Hill, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director. Charleston was voted the third best city in the world last year, behind Sydney, Australia, and Florence, Italy. The award is based on a city’s overall atmosphere/ambiance, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping. With a rating of 86.7, Charleston bested No. 2 Cape Town, South Africa, which scored 84.8, and No. 3 Florence, Italy, which came in with 83.3 points. Post and Courier
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Romney and Obama Need to Get Their Stories Straight
Here's a safe bet about the 2012 presidential election: either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will lose. And here's a bet that's nearly as safe: whoever the loser is, he will explain his loss this way: "the other guy told a better story." We hear it after every election cycle. In 2004, the Kerry campaign complained that while they had controlled the facts, Bush controlled the story. After the 2008 election, McCain's consultants bickered over the narrative he should have crafted but couldn't commit to. Even Obama, as if predicting his own defeat before the 2012 campaign began, lamented that his greatest regret thus far was failing to create a compelling narrative for the American people. (Perhaps we should have predicted his uninspiring performance in the first debate after all?). Harvard Business Review
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The War Over Economic Facts
Lies filled the Long Island air on Oct. 16 at the second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It’s provable by deduction: Either the candidates’ accusations of falsehoods were correct or, if not, the accusations themselves were false. A typical exchange centered on the rate of domestic oil production during the Obama presidency: ROMNEY: Production on private, on government, land… OBAMA: Production is up. ROMNEY: …is down. OBAMA: No, it isn’t. BusinessWeek.com
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George Allen plans to focus on energy resources
George Allen still wears his cowboy boots, but the self-confident swagger that made him a lightening rod for controversy during three decades of public life appears to have mellowed considerably. Six years ago, Allen's derogatory remark to a campaign worker for U.S. Senator Jim Webb, D-Va., cost him a seemingly insurmountable lead and likely contributed to the loss of his U.S. Senate seat. Controversy has followed him through three full decades in public life, but so too, has success. After receiving an unfriendly welcome to the Democratic Party-dominated Virginia General Assembly in 1994. Energycentral.com
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