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That's The Randle Report for September 11, 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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The Two Campaigns of Mitt Romney
Every campaign starts with a theory of the case. In 2004, George W. Bush’s advisers surmised a shaken country wanted a leader who had the strength to take tough decisions to keep us safe. Four years ago, Barack Obama ran on change and against George W. Bush. On the day he entered the race 15 months ago, the organizing principle of Mitt Romney’s campaign was that the 2012 election would hinge on Obama’s mishandling of the sluggish economy. Romney is still promoting the case that he has the job-creating chops the President lacks. But as Election Day nears, he has begun to build a new, aggressive campaign atop the foundation of his old one. TIME.com
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The Southern Road: Under The Factory Roof
I can't stop thinking about Corey Burkett. And Tonya Williams. And the Burton family. These folks - and thousands more - are southerners who have joined automobile companies to plot new careers and, hopefully, achieve some of their personal and financial goals. And the jobs along the Southern Road aren't just going to people who were born in the South. During my trip, I met people with roots in Detroit who made a reverse migration from the North, landing positions at the foreign automakers. Others traveled across oceans, from Korea, Japan and Germany. Gadling.com
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Tennessee economic development chief Bill Hagerty takes leave to help Mitt Romney plan transition
The state’s top economic development official will step down temporarily to take a post with presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s transition team, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday. Bill Hagerty, the state’s commissioner of economic and community development, will leave that role from Sept. 17 to Nov. 6 to serve on Romney’s “presidential readiness team,” according to a news release. “Bill’s background makes him a logical choice to serve in this role,” Haslam said in the release. “He will do a great job.” In 2008, Hagerty also had a similar job with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Romney’s transition and planning team, which is charged with coming up with a plan if Romney were to win the election, is being led by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt. The Tennessean
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'Digital Downtown' a key part of Austin's economic, tech sector development
Austin startup Ordoro has just nine employees and an unproven track record, but it's got a recruiting weapon that sets it apart: cool offices at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue. "It's a huge factor for hiring developers, because everyone wants to work downtown," said Jagath Narayan, co-founder and CEO of 2-year-old Ordoro, which sells e-commerce software. "When you can show them an amazing location and all the places they can walk, they want to be there." Ordoro is part of a new generation of companies that are turning downtown Austin — once the domain of law firms, banks and state government — into a vibrant high-tech center. Austin American-Statesman
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Report: American Airlines maintenance base in Fort Worth to close
American Airlines Inc. will close its Alliance Airport maintenance base in Fort Worth by mid-December and eliminate nearly 1,110 jobs there, the Dallas Morning News reported. The closure is reported in documents given the Transport Workers Union, according to the Dallas Morning News. American, which has done much of its maintenance work in house, will outsource the work now done at Alliance or transfer it to American’s other major maintenance bases at Tulsa and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Tulsa World
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After gaining his freedom, immigrant pushes others to keep fighting
Claudio Rojas was so desperate for his freedom at one point that he felt only God could help. “When you see that some doors are closed, you have to look for another way,” he says. “I made a pact with the Lord. I promised to fast for 30 days and as you can see, the Lord found a way.” Rojas, an undocumented immigrant from Argentina, came to the end of a painful journey last week when he was unexpectedly released from the federal Broward Transitional Center. He had spent seven months behind bars in different detention facilities after his February arrest. Miami Herald
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Middle-class Mexicans snap up more products ‘Made in USA’
MEXICO CITY — When the governor of Colorado came to Mexico on a trade mission this year to see the sights, “one of the most amazing” was a Costco. “It was as big, clean and modern as any in America,” recalled Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who found the aisles filled with shoppers bearing “nothing but positive feelings toward the United States.” Especially toward U.S. stuff. The Costco was stocked with products stamped “Made in U.S.A.,” including some of the $755 million in goods that Colorado exports to Mexico each year: marbled slabs of steak from Greeley, cans of pinto beans from Holyoke and sacks of russet potatoes out of Monte Vista. The Washington Post
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Bill Clinton to campaign for Obama in Orlando, Miami
MIAMI -- Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning for President Barack Obama in Florida. Clinton will campaign Tuesday in Miami. On Wednesday, he'll be campaigning in the Orlando area. The details about Clinton's events have not been released. Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are the Democratic president's chief critics of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Clinton stars in an Obama campaign ad. He also was a star speaker at last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tampa Bay Times
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott mum on Charlie Crist
Gov. Rick Scott won't say whether he's concerned about a possible 2014 challenge by former Gov. Charlie Crist. "Isn't that a hypothetical?" he asked, in response to a reporter. "My job is to be the best governor I can on the three things citizens care about. They want to make sure their child can get a good education so they can live the American dream, they want to be able to get a job so they can raise a family, and they don't want the government to make the cost of living go up." The former Republican governor endorsed President Barack Obama in The Tampa Bay Times and praised the president in a prime time speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, escalating rumors Crist is positioning himself to run as a Democrat against Scott. Miami Herald
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