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“Is the North really any better?”: Why the region’s race politics are so misunderstood
When Americans, or indeed people all over the world, think of what white supremacy looked like in the New Deal-era United States, the images that come to mind are usually associated with the South. We think of the Klan, the burning cross, the racially segregated water fountains, the Army of Northern Virginia’s battle flag, and so forth. But as historian Jason Sokol argues in his new book, and as the recent events in Staten Island, Cleveland and elsewhere remind us, racism in America is and always has been a nationwide affair. Salon
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6 Big To-Dos for Nashville’s Next Mayor
Today, President Barack Obama will be on the ground in Nashville, talking about his immigration executive order in a city with a keen interest in the issue, thanks to an exploding immigrant population. True, Tennessee doesn’t share a border with Mexico. It doesn’t have the national immigration headlines of Texas or California, but in the last 20 years, its foreign-born population has increased from 2 percent to 12 percent of the total. This fall, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean created the Mayor’s Office of New Americans, designed to help those immigrants, many of whom hail from Kurdistan, Somalia and Mexico, with life in the states. Nextcity.org
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Rethinking Transportation Funding
Has the time come to reconsider the way we pay for transportation? Should the Highway Trust Fund and its fuel tax revenue continue as the main source of funding for the federal transportation program? If not, what are the alternatives? And more broadly, is the age of long-term reauthorizations and of heavy reliance on federal funding drawing to a close? Sunshine State News
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Democrats should dump Deep South and consider letting region secede
It's time for the Democrats to dump Dixie, says a columnist for the Daily Beast news website. Michael Tomasky writes that U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's loss in Saturday's runoff proves that Louisiana and other parts of the Deep South have become a "reactionary, prejudice-infested place." Tomasky notes, as did the New York Times and AL.com, that with Democrat Landrieu's loss, the party of Andrew Jackson and Jimmy Carter no longer controls a single U.S. Senate seat in the Deep South, which excludes Virginia and Florida by various definitions. (The GOP also controls every governor's mansion and legislative chamber from Texas to North Carolina.) AL.com
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The Democratic Party’s long term problem is worse than you think
As I noted this morning, anyone who cares about the future of the Democratic Party needs to ask whether the party’s elders and wise men are thinking hard enough about how to regain ground on the state level. That would make it more likely that the next round of redistricting battles, in 2020, could help Democrats win back the House in the face of population shifts and GOP redistricting successes that have gamed the national map in favor of GOP control. This process needs to start now. If you look a bit more deeply into the problem, though, it appears even more daunting than you might have expected. Washington Post
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GOP’s Keystone fantasy-land: How their ignorance prevents jobs in America
Notwithstanding the conventional wisdom TransCanada CEO Russ Girling recently peddled to ABC’s Martha Raddatz, that approving the Keystone XL Pipeline would mean “42,000 … ongoing, enduring jobs,” the State Department places the number of permanent full-time jobs the project would create at 35. The other 41,965, so to speak, would be manufacturing and construction jobs that would end after a year or two, necessitating new job creation. Salon
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Why I left the GOP
I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer. There’s an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: “If you’re young and not a Democrat, you’re heartless. If you grow up and you’re not a Republican, you’re stupid.” These days, my old friends and associates no doubt consider me the butt of that joke. But I look on my “stupidity” somewhat differently. After all, my real education only began when I was 30 years old. Salon
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Opinion: Bad politics threatens good economics
Just when you thought it was safe to expect the U.S. economy to enjoy healthy growth next year, along come politicians from both sides of the aisle whose words and actions make up a series of potential speed bumps. Move over, you falling commodity prices, higher interest rates and global conflicts — this latest problem for our fledgling recovery comes from right here at home. I am referring to a problem inside the Beltway, from no less a locale than Capitol Hill! Marketwatch
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The third industrial revolution is basically dead, leading economist says
WASHINGTON — Moore’s Law has been dead for some time, and the productivity boost from the third industrial revolution has nearly run its course, a leading economist said Thursday. Marketwatch
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Why Living-Wage Laws Are Not Enough—and Minimum-Wage Laws Aren’t Either
I am a lifelong organizer—in labor and community settings—and am proud to say that I helped spearhead the living-wage campaign in Baltimore twenty years ago this fall. Our campaign was led by the religious leaders of BUILD—Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation—along with a team of determined low-wage service workers. While we received support from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), this effort was conceived, planned, implemented and owned by local civic and clergy leaders alongside local workers. We won in Baltimore. Then, two years later, with almost no support from organized labor, we won in New York City. And we found that we had sparked a wave of living wage battles in cities and counties across the country that continues to this day. The Nation
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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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