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Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them
Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states. The Atlantic
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11 Incumbent Governors Are in the Hot Seat This Fall
If Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott had been on his game last night going into his second-to-last debate against Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, the small electric fan under Crist’s podium wouldn’t have become an issue. An experienced politician, Scott ought to have immediately understood that making a fuss over the fact that his opponent had brought a fan to keep him cool under the hot glare of the TV lights – practically a given with Crist – and that he (Scott) hadn’t, was an absolute political loser. The Fiscal Times
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Amazon creating 80,000 holiday jobs this year
Amazon.com Inc. said it's creating 80,000 seasonal jobs in the U.S. this holiday season, up from the 70,000 seasonal jobs it created last season. Memphis Business Journal
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Houston no longer 'snobbiest' city in Texas
When Houston was the highest-ranked Texas city on Travel + Leisure's "America's Snobbiest Cities" list last year, some were surprised. A lot of adjectives have been used to describe Houston — some positive, others not so much — but snobby? Surely Dallas or Austin has us beat in that respect. Houston Business Journal
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Sitel brings 300 new jobs to Hamilton AL
The city of Hamilton will soon welcome 300 new jobs as one company looks to expand its customer call center. Birmingham Business Journal
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Dan Graham: Why Austin is poised to be world's social innovation capital
If you've flown into Austin recently, you've heard the now-familiar welcome to the "Live Music Capital of the World." But while live music and entertainment are undoubtedly one of our city's biggest claims to fame, Austin is poised to take on a new title: Social Innovation Capital of the World. Austin Business Journal
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Tennessee's venture capital activity hits highest level since at least 1995
Early-stage investment fueled the most active venture capital quarter in Tennessee since Thomson Reuters began collecting data. Nashville Business Journal
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Brentwood named Tennessee's Google eCity
Brentwood has the strongest online business community in Tennessee, according to tech giant Google. Nashville Business Journal
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Lawsuit seeks to stop Boeing, SpaceX work on NASA space taxi
CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp filed a federal lawsuit to stop NASA work on newly awarded space taxi development contracts while a bid protest is under way, the company’s vice president said on Thursday. Yahoo.com
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Missouri aid for Boeing jobs: A good deal?
Boeing Co.'s deal with the state of Missouri obligates the firm to create at least 2,000 new, good-paying jobs here over 10 years in order to reap untold millions in state subsidies. The dollar amount is secret for now, although the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon says it will reveal the size of the subsidies after final details are worked out with the company. Insurancenewnet.com
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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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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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