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Congress returns from the holidays in earnest today, more than a week after allowing emergency unemployment compensation to lapse for millions of jobless Americans, which raises the critical question
The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents. Washington Post
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GOP’s ulterior motive on unemployment: Economic sabotage?
Congress returns from the holidays in earnest today, more than a week after allowing emergency unemployment compensation to lapse for millions of jobless Americans, which raises the critical question of what lies behind the GOP’s reluctance to do the obviously correct thing. Senate Democrats hope just a handful of Republicans will break away from the opposition later today, to pass legislation that would renew the lapsed benefits, and pressure John Boehner to follow suit, but they’re having a hard time finding the votes. What gives? Salon
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Moral Mondays Come to Georgia
The Moral Monday protests that began in North Carolina in 2012 in response to extreme right-wing policies are spreading to Georgia. Over the past year, droves of activists in North Carolina have descended on the state legislature building to demand that lawmakers reverse some of their more brutal policies such as cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid, and rolling back voting rights. Thousands of people showed up for North Carolina’s Moral Mondays to disrupt the legislative session with acts of civil disobedience, resulting in the arrests of more than 900 individuals. The Nation
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Shaw converting Georgia rug factory to vinyl tile plant, 20 new jobs
Carpet and flooring giant Shaw Industries will get out of the area rug business and turn its Ringgold, Ga., area rug factory into a luxury vinyl tile plant. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Pratt & Whitney opens Georgia plant to overhaul F-100 military jet engines
EAST HARTFORD - Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 military jet engine overhaul plant in Columbus, Ga., which will do engine overhaul work once done in Connecticut and Texas. masslive.com
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AKESOgen Triples Its Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Office-Research Campus
A genomics and biorepository services company, AKESOgen will more than triple its square footage in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, area, with its move to a 13,727-square-foot facility at 3155 Northwoods Place in the City of Peachtree Corners. The company expects to add up to an additional ten employees in 2014. Area Development
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Senator says marijuana legalization in Alabama unlikely
Since buying marijuana in Colorado has become legal, people from as far away as Virginia have stood in line to buy cannabis. waff.com
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Are Florida legislators ready to open the door to medical marijuana?
There isn’t a day that goes by that Danielle and Seth Hyman don’t live in fear that one of the epileptic seizures that course through their daughter dozens of times daily could be the one that kills her. “At any given time, my little angel could be taken to heaven,’’ said Seth Hyman of Weston. His eight-year-old daughter Rebecca suffers from a rare genetic disorder that results in hearing loss, visual impairment, frequent daily seizures and requires her to be fed through a feeding tube to supplement her nutrition. Miami Herald
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Legalize Marijuana in Texas? Is it Possible?
Now that Colorado has legalized the recreational sales of marijuana, activists in Texas are planning to make a push for a move toward legalization here when the Legislature meets in 2015, 1200 WOAI news reports. woai.com
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Could medical marijuana be headed to Tennessee?
Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville), has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would authorize prescription sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Tennessee. Memphis Business Journal
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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