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Florida Race Is Deadlocked

November 7, 2012 |

Obama and Romney were locked in a tight race in Florida, early election results showed. In Virginia, another hard-fought state, Romney was leading with three-quarters of precincts reporting.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Uber Collects Online Signatures To Battle Regulatory Shutdown In Chicago

November 7, 2012 |

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In its effort to challenge proposed regulations that would lead to the shutdown of its black car service in Chicago, Uber is trying to recruit supporters via an online petition at Change.org.

The petition, which you can read (and if you’re so inclined, sign) here, is titled: “Chicago BACP: Don’t Kill Uber! Remove the No Measured Rates Provision.” The problems, according to both the petition and earlier statements from the company, lie in sections that prohibit limo companies from using electronic measurement devices and the use of time- or distance-based charges. Uber’s argument: Limo companies in Chicago already charge this way, they’re just doing it with less precision. So the petition is asking for Chicago regulators to drop the rules.

Allen Penn, the general manager of Uber Chicago, told me that the petition launched yesterday, and thus far, the company has focused on promoting the petition to people in Chicago, rather than the full Uber user base — though it will be expanding its efforts throughout the week. The company is shooting for 5,000 signatures total, and as of 5:50 p.m. Pacific, the petition had around 1,900.

Penn said that Uber’s initial blog post saw support in other ways, with over 1,000 shares on Facebook and up to 1,000 tweets to the mayor’s office in the first day alone. However, politicians who aren’t forward-thinking about tech and social media will probably be more impressed by the petition than by Facebook sharing stats. It also illustrates that this isn’t just Uber fighting regulations, but also customers, drivers, and others interested in Chicago’s culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. And Penn noted that the petition is a gateway to further participation — for example, when you sign the petition, Change.org can also shoot off an email to the mayor and other politicians.

“We feel like we have an obligation to let our clients know that this is going on, and that you can have a voice in this,” he said.

Uber also found some success with this approach in Washington, D.C., where Uber has also run afoul of regulators, but also managed to muster some political support.

The comment period on the new regulations closes on Friday, November 9, with the outcome announced at an indeterminate point after that, Penn said.


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Can Sean Payton be lured to the Dallas Cowboys? – NFL News

November 7, 2012 |

NFL News

Can Sean Payton be lured to the Dallas Cowboys?
NFL News
A host of factors must fall into place for Sean Payton to become a free agent in the offseason, but that hasn't stopped the wildfire-like speculation tying the New Orleans Saints coach to the Dallas Cowboys. You could build a compelling case why Payton would
Saints Offense: Saints GM confident Payton will stayRotoworld.com
New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis confident Sean Payton NOLA.com
Sources: Sean Payton deal voidedESPN
Huffington Post –NBCSports.com
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Sports – Google News

The Case Against The Case Against Voting

November 7, 2012 |

It’s election day, which means that I’m seeing a healthy trickle of people—invariably my fellow libertarians—declaring their intention not to vote. The exact arguments vary, but this post by Eli Dourado is representative of the genre. Before getting into the specifics of why I disagree with Eli’s argument, I think it’s […]
Forbes Real Time

Employers post fewest job ads in five months – USA TODAY

November 7, 2012 |

Kansas City Star

Employers post fewest job ads in five months
USA TODAY
Job applicants wait for opening of a job fair held by National Career Fairs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo: Lynne Sladky, AP). Story Highlights. Number of available jobs jumped 63% since July 2009, one month after recession ended; Total number of available
JOLTS – There 3.4 People Looking for a Job for each Position Available in Economic Populist
On Election Day, A Weakish Signal for the Labor MarketBusinessweek
News Summary: US job openings drop in SeptemberHouston Chronicle
Bloomberg –Reuters –MarketWatch
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Business – Google News

Sandy disrupts voting; Northeast braces for new storm

November 7, 2012 |

A man leaves a relocated polling station after casting his ballot in the U.S. presidential election at a polling station set up for those affected by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, New JerseyNEW YORK (Reuters) – The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy created chaos and long lines at voting stations in the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday while officials braced for a new storm due to batter the region on Wednesday. The former hurricane that walloped New York and New Jersey eight days ago continued to create misery for the thousands who lost their homes and 900,000 households and businesses that remained without power. Voters casting ballots for the U.S. president endured confusion at makeshift polling stations. …



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Gender pay gap ‘could worsen’

November 7, 2012 |

The pay gap between men and women is at risk of worsening for the first time, an equality group warns, as a survey shows a woman can earn £423,000 less over her career.
BBC News – Business

Election Day Across the Country

November 6, 2012 |

Election Day Across the Country

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Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the presidential race, congressional contests and gubernatorial match-ups.

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