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March 27th, 2013
09:32 AM ET

Rick Scott: Florida to be better 'braggers' than Texas on jobs


(CNN) – Gov. Rick Scott in Florida has a message for his counterpart in Texas: Bring it on.

The first term governor, who's struggling with low approval ratings, said Wednesday he wants Florida-not the Lone Star State–to become the state known for job growth. And as he approaches re-election next year, Scott is staying focused the economy.

"Gov. (Rick) Perry's always bragging about how great Texas is, well look, 230,000 people moved here last year," Scott said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

READ MORE: Rick Scott: Florida to be better 'braggers' than Texas on jobs

Filed under: Florida • Jobs
February 11th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

San Diego Mayor on Perry business recruitment: We won't sacrifice lifestyle for short-term profits


(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hitting the road to drum up business. But he isn't on a tour of the Lone Star State.

Instead, Perry set off for California on Sunday, where he will spend four days trying to convince business leaders to move their operations from southern and central California to Texas. He began his pitch earlier this month with a radio ad which has run on Golden State airwaves from Los Angeles to Sacramento.

"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," he says in the ad. "This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: Come check out Texas."

Perry touts Texas’ tax policy, limited regulations on business and a legal system that includes tort restrictions. A website for the effort notes his state's recovery from the recession, job growth, low unemployment rate and low price for natural gas.

This morning on "Starting Point," San Diego Mayor Bob Filner weighs in on Perry's plan to lure companies from California to Texas.

READ MORE: Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas

Filed under: Business • Jobs
February 1st, 2013
10:32 AM ET

Jobs added, unemployment up in January – Christine Romans on why the numbers indicate modest growth


The jobs recovery continued to crawl forward at a slow pace in January, and there's little hope it will pick up any time soon.

The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. That's slower growth than in December, when employers hired 196,000 workers.

This morning on "Starting Point," Christine Romans breaks down the numbers and explains why she thinks they show modest growth.

READ MORE: Jobs report: Steady hiring continues

Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Unemployment
Fired for defending her hairstyle on Facebook; Ex-KTBS meteorologist Rhonda Lee: 'Other people are given platforms, I was given a pink slip'
December 12th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Fired for defending her hairstyle on Facebook; Ex-KTBS meteorologist Rhonda Lee: 'Other people are given platforms, I was given a pink slip'

Could you lose your job for defending yourself on Facebook? Rhonda Lee says she was fired from her job as meteorologist for KTBS in Shreveport, Louisiana because she responded to a racial remark posted by a viewer on the station's Facebook page. Lee, who keeps her hair short and natural, received a comment on the page from a viewer who didn’t like her hairstyle. Lee’s response was followed by her termination. Lee joins “Starting Point” live from Dallas to talk more about it.

This was the first time Lee says someone has commented on her looks on a Facebook page, but it isn’t the first time that she’s heard ever a comment on her hair. “I’ve even had a news director once say that my hair was too aggressive for Sacramento, so I wasn’t even allowed to interview at that point” she says. “It’s been an interesting journey with my hair.”

According to KTBS, Lee violated the social media procedure of the station by responding to the viewer's comment. Lee says she was not even aware of the policy at the time. She simply thought she needed to respond to the remark that was addressed to her in particular. "Racial comments can be very sensitive," she says, but she didn't consider her topic controvercial at all.

Soledad O'Brien relates Lee's experience to that of Wisconsin reporter Jennifer Livingston, who was criticized about her weight by a viewer earlier this year. She responded to it on air and her station rallied around her while others cheered her on. O'Brien asks whether Lee could have used this opportunity to launch a similar conversation. Lee says Livingston's experience came to mind, but her "first response was education." "I feel like I was being punished for defending myself," Lee says. "Whereas other people are given platforms, I was given a pink slip instead."

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Filed under: Jobs • Media • Social media
November 2nd, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Americans for Tax Reform's Norquist: Unemployment numbers 'lousy'

Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist weighs in on the October jobs report and what it means for the election.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Jobs
November 2nd, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Harvard's Ken Rogoff on Oct. jobs report, says US needs path to faster growth

Ken Rogoff, Professor of Economics & Public Policy at Harvard University, weighs in on the October jobs report.

Filed under: Jobs
November 2nd, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Fmr. FDIC chair: We still don't have a stable financial system, Oct. jobs report 'helpful'

Fmr. FDIC chair Sheila Bair says Mitt Romney & President Obama have not shared enough details on their economic plans.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Jobs
November 2nd, 2012
12:29 PM ET

VIDEO: CNN's Crowley: Many undecided voters may be 'disgusteds' who may not show up to vote.

CNN's Candy Crowley argues undecided voters may be turning into 'disgusteds' as the presidential race comes to an end.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Jobs • Politics
November 2nd, 2012
12:27 PM ET

VIDEO: Velshi: US jobs in vicinity of strong growth

CNN's Ali Velshi explains how the October jobs report signals the state of the US economy.

Filed under: Jobs
November 2nd, 2012
09:14 AM ET

ICYMI: Obama Campaign's Gibbs predicts 32nd month of growth in jobs report, says Obama is moving the economy forward

Prior to the October jobs report release, Obama Campaign's Robert Gibbs talks w/ Soledad on "Starting Point" about how the jobs report could affect their message to potential voters.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Jobs • Politics
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