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Obama Just Called Out Florida's Climate Deniers in Their Own Backyard
President Barack Obama just marked Earth Day with a speech on climate change, given from a podium in Florida's Everglades National Park. The choice of venue was appropriate from an environmental perspective—the Everglades is already acutely feeling the impacts of sea level rise—but it was also telling from a political standpoint. Although our swampiest national park has a long history of bipartisan support, it's located in a state that has recently produced some of the most absurdist climate denial in recent memory—and Obama didn't forget to mention it. Florida is home not just to Sen. Marco Rubio, a GOP presidential contender who maintains that humans can't affect the climate, but also to Gov. Rick Scott, who landed in headlines last month after apparently barring state employees from talking about climate change. Mother Jones
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BREAKING NEWS: Haslam signs guns-in-parks bill
The governor signed the controversial guns-in-parks bill Friday morning. Gov. Bill Haslam acknowledged he had initial concerns about the bill, but he approves of the latest version that passed the House and Senate. "Overall I believe the legislation in its final form is a vast improvement from the bill as initially introduced," Haslam wrote in a letter to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell explaining his decision. The Tennessean
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Republican Contenders Face Tricky Balance At Major Conservative Event
When the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition plays host to nine Republican White House hopefuls this weekend, the conservative Christian group will simply be pursuing its stated mission to "take back our state and country." But the Republican contenders who will speak at the group's annual Spring Kick-Off face a more delicate balance: How to address pressure from the Christian group to toe the conservative line on a number of social issues such as abortion and gay marriage without alienating members of the broader party who are more focused on the economy or foreign policy. Huffington Post
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TEXAS CLINGS TO 'POLL TAX'
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could have national implications for states that require voters to present government-issued forms of photo identification at the polls. Huffington Post
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Tennessee at forefront as gay marriage case goes to Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a landmark case with Tennessee at the forefront that could legalize gay marriage nationwide. Legal analysts say the case could do for gay couples what historic cases such as Brown v. Board of Education did for black Americans ending segregation and what Roe v. Wade did for women's rights allowing abortions. The Tennessean
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Leatherman: Commerce requested about $125M for incentives
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The leader of the South Carolina Senate said Thursday he was asked by the state’s commerce secretary to make roughly $125 million available for a potential business incentive package and did so - until Gov. Nikki Haley made clear she didn’t want it. Washington Times
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Texas Bill Would Take Power Away From Cities
Many Texas politicians love to bash the federal government and preach the gospel of small government (one’s running for president). But some state legislators are trying to restrict the smallest, most local form of government of all. Nextcity.org
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The Battle for New Orleans
Mitch Landrieu looked around New Orleans when he became mayor in 2010, and got angry. The thousands of houses still abandoned and rotting in the city, five years after Hurricane Katrina? The thousands more empty lots where 10-foot-tall weeds had taken over? Politico
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The Brewing Louisiana Religious Freedom Fight Could Be Biggest One Yet
WASHINGTON — A brewing fight in Louisiana over a controversial religious freedom bill has the potential to grow into an even bigger skirmish than fights over similar bills in Arkansas and Indiana. On Thursday, in a New York Times op-ed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) vowed not to follow the examples of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and bow to national or local pressure to pull support of a controversial religious freedom bill. Jindal's line in the sand is the latest example of how Louisiana's fight differs from Indiana and Arkansas. Here's five things to keep in mind: Talkingpointsmemo.com
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NC STATE NEWS Speaker: No action on "religious freedom" bill this year Read more at http://www.wral.com/nc-speaker-no-action-on-religious-freedom-bill-this-year/14601919/#jb8ZDCTzc3ByDWwD.99
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina House won't act on a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against gays and lesbians, Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. Wral.com
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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.
 
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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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