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Achilles Tar Heel: Mitt Romney’s not-so-solid South.
IN 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency with a coalition that was impressive in its range: Young people loved him, African Americans overwhelmingly supported him, and he was a hit with college graduates. But he also picked up votes in key states from working-class whites—a group he’d struggled to win over in the Democratic primaries. Four years later, that coalition isn’t looking so good. Obama remains popular with minorities and college-educated whites, but enthusiasm among white working-class voters has collapsed. Obama is embattled in upper Midwestern states that he carried by 10 points or more four years ago, like Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And in some places—Indiana, Missouri, and Montana—the campaign has simply given up. The New Republic
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Amazon announces Career Choice Program
The new Amazon Career Choice Program is like a traditional tuition reimbursement program on steroids. Employees that qualify for participation in the program will have 95 percent of their tuition costs prepaid. Employees don’t have to scrounge together several thousand dollars to pay their own tuition and wait until the end of the semester grades are posted to receive a reimbursement. Amazon employees that participate in the new program will actually have the bulk of their tuition fees paid up front. MotherNatureNetwork.com
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Amazon offers its workers chance to become nurses, mechanics
It’s an odd twist for an employer to offer you tuition money for an education that will lead to a job with another company. But that’s just what Amazon.com has proposed to its employees. MSNBC
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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 12:30 pm CDT.
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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Gimmick issues won't win Louisiana congressional election: John Maginnis
To succeed at getting elected, a candidate needs to stay on message, to respond when attacked and -- when there is nothing left to say -- to change the subject. Rep. Jeff Landry adroitly did the latter recently when he called on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to eliminate an academic minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. By doing so, he ripped the headlines away from rival Rep. Charles Boustany, his fellow Republican opponent this fall in the newly merged 3rd District. Boustany had just introduced legislation to deduct pay from members who fail to show for roll-call votes. It comes as no surprise that Landry has missed 10 percent of votes this year to the bill author's 1 percent. The Times Picayune
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Gov. Jindal now telling Lt. Gov. Dardenne when he leaves state
(AP)Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has changed its policy and started notifying Louisiana's second-highest ranking official when the governor heads out of state. Under the Louisiana Constitution, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is technically the governor when Jindal leaves Louisiana. But until recently, Dardenne never knew when Jindal was gone. Nola.com
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Economic demographer Gillaspy calls innovation key in 'third industrial revolution'
Business and government leaders might do well to play a little economic hockey, according to former Minnesota state demographer Tom Gillaspy. He told area business leaders at a Birmingham Kiwanis Club luncheon on Tuesday that innovation in the next decade will be key to economic growth and business success and survival. He told those gathered at the Harbert Center that they should look to the motions of Wayne Gretzky. "'I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been,'" Gillaspy said, quoting the hockey star and "famous Canadian philosopher." The Birmingham News
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Report: ArcelorMittal, others reviewing ThyssenKrupp Americas plant sale
Dow Jones Newswires reported today that ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, has held talks at its office regarding ThyssenKrupp AG's proposed sale of its plants in Calvert and Brazil. Lakshmi Mittal, chief executive of ArcelorMittal, said all steelmakers are reviewing ThyssenKrupp's sale of the two plants, but didn't say whether his company had an interest in purchasing either of them, according to Dow Jones. ThyssenKrupp put its steel slab-making unit in Rio de Janeiro and its flat-rolled carbon steel mill in Calvert up for sale in May after years of struggling with delays and cost overruns. The two lost about $624 million in the first half of the company's business year. The Press Register
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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