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Gov. Rick Scott, fix this voting problem now, not later
Four days before the start of early voting and the six-hour lines that made Florida a target of national outrage, Gov. Rick Scott got a heads-up. At a news conference in the governor's Capitol office, Tampa Bay Times reporter Michael Van Sickler posed a prescient question: "If there are complications with the long ballot and long lines, is there any possibility that you would extend the early voting period so more people could vote?" Replied Scott: "No one has come to me and told me that's an issue yet. I think everything you do in this job, you look and if there's a problem, you try to solve it." Governor, you have a problem. Let's see you solve it. Tampa Bay Times
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Luring 1,000 jobs to Tampa area could cost local governments nearly $2 million
TAMPA — Persuading three financial services companies to bring up to 1,000 jobs with better-than-average pay to Hillsborough County could cost city and county governments a total of nearly $2 million spread out in multiyear incentive packages. Both the Tampa City Council and Hillsborough County Commission are scheduled Thursday to consider offering cash incentives to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. and Digital Risk LLC. The companies are in financial services, an industry the city has targeted and has had some success pursuing. "It kind of fits in our sweet spot," Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh said Monday. Tampa Bay Times
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What are the top five electric power leaders in U.S.?
The Southern Co., the parent of Georgia Power and Alabama Power, is America's biggest power utility. The largest electric utilities in the United States, based upon their sales last year, are: 1. Southern Co., Atlanta, revenues in 2011 of $17.7 billion 2. Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco, revenues in 2011 of $15 billion 3. NextEra Energy, Juno Beach, Fla., revenues in 2011 of $15 billion 4. Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C., revenues in 2011 of $14.5 billion 5. Edison International, Rosemead, Calif., revenues in 2011 of $12.4 billion The Tennessee Valley Authority with revenues in 2011 of $11.8 billion is America's biggest government-owned electric utility. Chattanooga Times Free Press
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CEO who warned of layoffs if Obama re-elected gives raises instead, says employees will need it
David Siegel, the CEO who made national news after he warned his 7,000 employees in an email that they could face layoffs if President Barack Obama was re-elected, gave everyone a 5 percent raise last week instead. He says they are going to need higher wages to deal with increased costs he expects everyone will face under Obama, reports CNNMoney. Siegel, who is also building the largest home in the country, said his privately held company, Westgate Resorts, had record profitability this year and he wanted to share with employees, many whom did not get a raise last year. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Could Herbalife buy the Dell plant for $30M?
Dell Inc. wants to sell its Winston-Salem plant to Herbalife Ltd., possibly for $30 million, the city's mayor says. Mayor Allen Joines says that although Dell built the plant at a cost of $110 million, the company is in negotiations to sell the plant to Herbalife for $30 million, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Even selling it at a loss would save Dell in utility costs and property taxes, according to the newspaper. Winston-Salem and Atlanta are in the running for a $100 million manufacturing and distribution facility for Herbalife, a California-based weight management and nutrition company. The manufacturing hub could bring as many as 500 jobs with an average salary of more than $40,000. Greater Triad Business Journal
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N.C. boat builders floating back to surface
North Carolina's boat-building industry fell on hard times during the recession, with 2010 sales of $360.9 million - down from $504.3 million in 2008. Sales rebounded in 2011 by 11.6 percent and hit $402.8 million. Now, those in the sector are expressing optimism for more growth as consumers regain confidence. Triangle Business Journal
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People in Tennessee, 19 other states sign secession petitions
Thousands of people in Tennessee and residents of 19 other states aggravated by the re-election of President Barack Obama have signed petitions on the White House's website asking the administration to allow their states to secede from the United States. The day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White House’s website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede, The Daily Caller reports. Residents of Texas soon followed with their own petition. The Daily Caller says what began as a pair of parallel stunts appears to have gathered steam. Secession-related petitions pending on the White House website now include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee. Memphis Business Journal
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Pratt & Whitney to add 230 jobs in Florida
Pratt & Whitney is expected to officially announce Thursday that it will add 230 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northwestern Palm Beach County. Kelly Smallridge, president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, which sought economic incentives to retain Pratt's 1,000 jobs in the county and create more, said Tuesday the decision is welcome news. Sun Sentinel
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Tractor-maker Zetor seeks incentives for Jacksonville HQ
Zetor North America Inc. has requested $40,000 in City and state incentives to relocate its headquarters, warehouse and distribution center from Harrisburg, Pa., to South Jacksonville, adding three jobs to its staff of seven. This morning, the www.zetorna.com site's home page announced "New North American Headquarters. A major part of a multi-year expansion plan is to relocate the company to Jacksonville, Fl. The new warehouse and offices should be up a running by the first week in December!" Jacksonville Daily-Record
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Carter: Georgia facing tough decisions on health care
On Tuesday of last week the fat lady sang. Now it’s over. With the re-election of President Barack Obama, we are now assured that his signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), will indeed go into effect. Having survived a challenge last summer before the United States Supreme Court from 26 states, including Georgia, that the law was unconstitutional, there are no more hurdles for the law to clear. Athens Banner-Herald
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