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The economy is doing well. Can the parties handle it?
Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans — especially those running for president — going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate? Last week’s announcement that the economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in the third quarter of this year — following 4.6 percent second-quarter growth — was the clearest and least debatable indication to date that sustained recovery is no longer a promise, it’s a fact. Washington Post
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The best editorial cartoons of 2014
Topics such as Ebola, the riots in Ferguson and the midterm elections dominated cartoons around the country this year. Washington Post
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George H.W. Bush released from hospital
Former President George H.W. Bush was released from the hospital Tuesday and is resting back at home, his spokesman said. “President Bush was released from the Houston Methodist Hospital today. He is now resting at home, grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement via email. Politico
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The 15 political questions for 2015
Hillary Clinton, who is expected to unveil her second presidential campaign early next year, is poised to become the dominant political figure of 2015. What we don’t yet know is how seriously she’ll be challenged for the Democratic nomination, whether she’s learned the right lessons from her failed 2008 bid and how the former secretary of state will deal with her former boss, Barack Obama. Politico
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OUT to LUNCH
The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 1:30 pm CDT.
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Some Predictions For The 2015 Oil Market
The Annie Forecast: The sun will come up tomorrow Some predictions are easy to make because they are simply acknowledgment of reality. Best example: The sun will come up, but solar power will remain unreliable, unpredictable, expensive, and the darling of environmentalists. On a more serious note, Libya can be expected to remain unstable, given that the opposing forces are too balanced for one to become dominant quickly. Production will fluctuate. Forbes
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Opinion: Mark 2015 as the year of America’s comeback
Fourteen years after it was struck in the head and seven after being kicked in the stomach, the U.S. is ready to stage an economic, political and social comeback. Economic indicators unambiguously signal the approach of an American year. Marketwatch.com
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Will 2015 Be Any Better? Ten Numbers to Watch
Enough with the debate over whether 2014 was a bad year (Islamic State, Ebola, Crimea) or a good year (homicide rates are falling). Time to take a look at the shiny new coin in the palms of our hands: 2015. How will it measure up? Here are 10 numbers to watch: Businessweek
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The 13 best business quotes of 2014
From the General Motors recalls to the Sony hacks to the stunning string of multi-billion dollar tech acquisitions this year, some of the biggest stories of 2014 were from the business world. Playing starring roles in such stories, CEOs and other captains of industry often offered their own idiosyncratic commentaries on the events. Unencumbered by the restraints of mere mortals and possessing mammoth egos, such businesspeople's loose lips often give publicists agita. At other times, they speak quite eloquently. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy musings to emanate from the business world in 2014: Mashable.com
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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