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On the issues, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist offer major differences
Florida's race for governor may be one of the nastiest on record as candidates shout out in more than $83 million in television ads, but beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat. Here is where they stand, and where they have been, on key issues: Tampa Bay Times
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Poll: Grimes tied with McConnell in Kentucky Senate race
A new independent survey of the Kentucky Senate race shows Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) locked in a dead heat with his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The latest Bluegrass Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for WHAS-TV, The Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV, gives McConnell 44 percent to Grimes' 43 percent among likely voters. Libertarian David Patterson takes 5 percent support. That marks a decline in support for Grimes from three weeks ago, when the last Bluegrass Poll showed her taking 46 percent to McConnell's 44 percent. The Hill
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Eastern Kentucky’s struggles fuel Senate battle
GRAYS KNOB, Ky. (AP) — Joe Bart Watts was mining coal 3 miles in a mountain when his house burned down last summer. Over the next year, Harlan Cumberland Coal cut his hours, laid off 200 workers and he had to move in with his mother. In this sparsely populated swath of eastern Kentucky, it is voters like Watts who have become the prize in what has become a battleground area in one of the country’s most watched U.S. Senate races. “This year has been the worst, I think, for coal mining for us as it’s ever been,” said Watts, who supports Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell, a 30-year incumbent, has tried to tie challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes to Democratic President Barack Obama and what Republicans have called his “war on coal.” Obama is deeply unpopular in the state. The Washington Times
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The human cost of Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid
LAREDO, Texas — In mid-May, 20-year-old Anissa Rangel’s gums began to bleed. At first she assumed it was related to her gingivitis, but one morning, she woke up in the bedroom that she shares with three siblings and saw her gray nightshirt stained dark red across the shoulder. A month passed before she told her mother that something was wrong. By then, another symptom was visible: purple bruises on her arms and legs. It had happened to her twice before, once as an infant and again in eighth grade. “The first time we brought her in [to the hospital], they called the police on us,” recalls her father, Jose Rangel, a disabled truck driver with gout and a heart condition. It was only later that the doctors diagnosed her with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a platelet deficiency that causes fatigue, bleeding and speckly bruises called petechiae.
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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's focus on jobs helped her weather problems
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nikki Haley, who became South Carolina's first female governor in 2011, is widely favored to win re-election after sidestepping several first-term blunders and focusing on job gains that have burnished her image nationally as a Republican star. Polls suggest the 42-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants will capture a second term, four years after voters also chose her to become the state's first minority governor. A convincing victory in November is likely needed to help boost any political aspirations she has beyond the governor's office. Already she has become a familiar figure on the national stage, speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention and campaigning for others including past GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She's also has a 2012 memoir and book tour behind her. The State
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Deal, Carter spar over jobs in Georgia's governor race
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal defended his economic record on statewide television Sunday night during an hourlong debate with Democratic challenger Jason Carter. Carter, a state senator from Decatur, honed in on the last two months of unemployment figures in arguing that Georgia is not recovering quickly enough from the Great Recession. Peach State unemployment stood at 7.9 percent last month, a bit less than the 8.1 percent jobless rate Georgia posted in August – the nation's highest – but still well above the national average. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Texas fights EPA’s anti-smog rules because people spend ’90 percent of their time indoors’
The state agency responsible for protecting Texans against harmful chemicals said on Tuesday that it opposed federal efforts to lower smog levels because most people had air conditioners and spent “90 percent of their time indoors.”
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Extending Unemployment Insurance Isn’t Dead, Says Labor Secretary
The Obama administration has not given up its efforts to renew a federal extension of unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said Monday. That statement probably comes as news to many of the long-term jobless. The Fiscal Times
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W.Va. Senate race will make history
BLUEFIELD — The U.S. Senate race between two women who have spent a lot of time in the public’s eye — U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito, R-W.Va., and the Democratic Party nominee, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant — will be one for the history books, regardless of who wins.
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Mississippi's war for Memphis water use is about to heat up again
Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to file a new lawsuit alleging Memphis is stealing its water. Memphis Business Journal
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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

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

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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