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Bob McDonnell, Martin O’Malley spar over presidential campaign
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) sparred over Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Medicare and the tone of the presidential campaign on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning. Their appearance came a week after McDonnell, who’d often been mentioned as a potential No. 2 on Romney’s ticket, helped the former Massachusetts governor squire his new vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan, around Virginia. O’Malley managed to rub a little salt into McDonnell’s wound as he defended the Democrats’ interest in Romney’s tax returns. The Washington Post
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Ryan says Virginia could decide presidential election
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Before a spirited crowd of 3,700 at Deep Run High School on Friday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan assailed what he called "Obamanomics" and declared that Virginia could decide the country's direction come November. "This is no ordinary election. These are not ordinary times," the congressman said from the center of the overflowing gymnasium. "This is a state that has it all. And this is a state that will determine it all — and we need a clear choice." Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Gov. Bobby Jindal is still making the rounds for Mitt Romney
Gov. Bobby Jindal continued to stump for Mitt Romney this week, with trips to Iowa and Virginia on behalf of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The governor first headed to Iowa on Tuesday, appearing at campaign events in Marshalltown and Cedar Falls at the same time President Barack Obama was campaigning in the state. Jindal returned that night. The Times Picayune
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Perry's fundraising fuels re-election speculation
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has quietly replenished his depleted campaign war chest since he abandoned his presidential bid in January, fueling speculation that the longest-serving governor in Texas history will seek yet another term in 2014. Perry raised $1.9 million from the start of the year through June — convincing donors to keep writing big checks even after a series of gaffes during his White House run left his political future looking murky. My San Antonio News
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Drought forces Oklahoma agriculture producers to ponder hard choices


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As always, Florida in the middle of the voting wars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stick a pin almost anywhere on a map of Florida and you’ll find a legal battle over who will be eligible to vote in the coming presidential election — and when, and how, and where. In a state crucial to Mitt Romney’s battle to replace President Obama, a law passed in 2011 by the Republican legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) has created an awesome wake of litigation. Washington Post
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Government employment down, but not in Tennessee
Across the country, big government has gotten a bit smaller over the past year — but not in Tennessee. According to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment for all federal, state and local government jobs dropped by 162,800 positions between the midpoints of 2011 and 2012, a decline of 0.7 percent. Nashville Business Journal
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'Solid South' no longer just all-red or all-blue
ATLANTA – The "Solid South" was a political fact, benefiting Democrats for generations and then Republicans, with Bible Belt and racial politics ruling the day. But demographic changes and recent election results reveal a more nuanced landscape now as the two major parties prepare for their national conventions. Republicans will convene Aug. 27 in Florida, well established as a melting-pot battleground state, to nominate Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. Democrats will toast President Barack Obama the following week in North Carolina, the perfect example of a Southern electorate not so easily pigeon-holed. Fox News
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Randolph megasite takes shape amid concerns
Work to assemble a megasite in northeast Randolph County, NC is under way, but landowners in the identified footprint have organized over concerns about the transparency of the process. The property owners group formed this summer also is advocating a site in Chatham County as a more attractive option. Triangle Business Journal
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Fraud pollutes BP oil-spill compensation fund for Gulf Coast victims from Florida to Louisiana
Not a single drop of the massive British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico touched the land-locked city of Homestead or the Keys peninsula to the south. But a Homestead businessman saw the April 2010 oil-rig explosion and subsequent environmental disaster as an opportunity to cash in, authorities say. Jean Mari Lindor filed about $15 million in BP damage claims for himself and others for wages purportedly lost due to the spill’s economic hit on the region’s tourism industry. Miami Herald
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