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Bill Straub: No one is asking Kim Davis to violate her conscience, just to do her job
Only in Kentucky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis doesn’t much like the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex couples have a right to marry under the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution. In fact, she dislikes the ruling so much that she has refused to provide marriage licenses of any sort to anyone – thus refusing to conduct a specific duty of her office based on her religious convictions. KYforward.com
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Would Tennessee's privatization proposal actually save the state any money?
NASHVILLE -- A state workers group is calling for Gov. Bill Haslam to put a hold on any privatization efforts until a third party can review any contracts to verify actual cost savings. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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Court-shopping Texas trial lawyers heading to Louisiana, say tort reform groups
Texas and Louisiana tort reform groups are voicing concerns that Lone Star trial lawyers are seeking Bayou State clients to sue Chesapeake Energy. On Sep. 1 Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, had an opinion piece appear on The Hayride, a conservative political commentary site, in which she writes that Texas lawyers are heading to Bossier City, La. “looking for a goldmine of Louisiana landowners.” Setexasrecord.com
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Showdowns Loom in Congress, and Texans Will Have Starring Roles
WASHINGTON — One of the most chaotic and frenetic congressional sessions in recent times is expected to play out this fall. And thanks to the size and rank of Texas' delegation, the state is expected to play an outsized role in the drama. Texas Tribune
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County That Gutted The Voting Rights Act Won't Be Paid For Its Effort
It's been more than two years since the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the case is still moving through the courts. But hopefully not for much longer. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to award the winner in that case, Alabama's Shelby County, more than $2 million in attorney fees from the loser in that case, the United States. Huffington Post
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Louisiana trying to take a step backwards on public health
When it comes to sexually transmitted infections, Louisiana is the wrong kind of national leader. As the New York Times reported, the state “ranks first among the states in cases of gonorrhea, second in chlamydia, and third in syphilis and in H.I.V.” It’s not a record to be proud of. MSNBC
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No union coal mines remain in Kentucky
Harlan, Ky. --Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize. Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while seeking better pay and safer conditions deep underground. But more recently the United Mine Workers in Kentucky have been in retreat, dwindling like the black seams of coal in the Appalachian mountains. Stltrib.com
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'Religious liberty' bill vs. Georgia's top corporations
Can you refuse to follow the law because the law offends your religious convictions? The county clerk in Morehead, Ky., who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples would say yes. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Gov. Bentley responds to request for ethics investigation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —A state lawmaker is calling for the Alabama Attorney General to investigate ethics allegations against Gov. Robert Bentley. Wvtm13.com
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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