Your morning jolt: 80,000 jobs in June makes for a presidential contest

Republican Mitt Romney has had a tough week, but the next 24 hours will belong to President Barack Obama. From the Associated Press:

U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday.

The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter. That’s one-third of the 226,000 a month created in the first quarter. Through the first six months of the year, job creation is also trailing last year’s pace.

“It’s a disappointing report,” said George Mokrzan, director of economics at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He said the job gains are consistent with sluggish economic growth.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be at the White House on Friday when President Barack Obama signs that bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes transportation funding and prevents school loans from doubling on more than 7 million college students.

Reed will be there as chairman of the transportation committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Infrastructure projects represent some of the most vital and responsible uses of our federal resources toward restoring the long-term economic health of our nation and creating well-paying jobs,” Reed said.

A photograph of Reed standing next to Obama won’t be anything unique. The question is, what Republican(s) will venture into the frame with the president?

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Before the unemployment numbers hit, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this morning squeezed out an attack on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s handling of the health-care-as-tax-or-mandate question. These were the president’s remarks to an NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, to be aired today:

“And the fact that a whole bunch of Republicans in Washington suddenly said, this is a tax — for six years [Romney] said it wasn’t, and now he has suddenly reversed himself. So the question becomes, are you doing that because of politics? Are you abandoning a principle that you fought for, for six years simply because you’re getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh or some critics in Washington?

“One of the things that you learn as President is that what you say matters and your principles matter. And sometimes, you’ve got to fight for things that you believe in and you can’t just switch on a dime.”

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The New York Times reports that the icy relationship between Mitt Romney and Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch has its roots in a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial staff during the 2008 GOP primary:

Romney and Journal staff members who attended said that despite being deeply prepared and animated — particularly on his love for data crunching — Mr. Romney failed to connect with either Mr. Murdoch or The Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul A. Gigot. Instead of articulating a clear and consistent conservative philosophy, he dwelled on organizational charts and executive management, areas of expertise that made him a multimillionaire as the head of his private equity firm, Bain Capital.

At one point, Mr. Romney declared that “I would probably bring in McKinsey,” the management consulting firm, to help him set up his presidential cabinet, a comment that seemed to startle the editors and left Mr. Murdoch visibly taken aback.

The Journal’s write-up of that meeting would later glibly refer to Mr. Romney as “Consultant in Chief.”

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Top members of the state House – Speaker David Ralston, Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, and Majority Leader Larry O’Neal embark on a four-day state fly-around beginning Sunday. They’ll be offering a sneak preview of the 2013 legislative session.

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One thing to ask of House GOP leaders is whether they have any plans to address the long drivers license lines that have blossomed because of a new requirement that all renewal applicants show up with a birth certificate or better.

As disasters are often used as a measure of federal efficiency, so does DMV traffic become a measure of state competency. From Channel 2 Action News:

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It won’t happen this year, but Georgia could be quickly pushed into some form of voting by Internet, at least when it comes to overseas military ballots. From the Associated Press:

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia’s secretary of state to extend the deadline to accept absentee ballots from military service members, their families and citizens living overseas in the event of a primary runoff election on Aug. 21.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones says “it is beyond dispute” that the state will violate election rules under the current system.

The Justice Department sued Georgia last month over the issue, and the case was heard Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Federal prosecutors argued that Georgia’s procedures are “inadequate to ensure that its eligible military and overseas voters can participate fully” in the runoff, should one be necessary.

Under Georgia’s election calendar, absentee ballots for the runoff election won’t be sent out until after the July 7 deadline for complying with the federal law, or 45 days in advance of the election.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said through a spokesman Thursday that his office will comply fully with the order.

“While we suggest it would have been more responsible for the (Justice Department) to have voiced their issues with Georgia’s system in any of the past three election cycles we have used this calendar, rather than in a lawsuit weeks before our primary election, our office will continue to be on the forefront of military and overseas citizen voting access,” the statement read.

Read the decision here.

The political import: Winners of congressional runoffs in the 12th and 9th Districts won’t be formally declared until on or after Aug. 31. That may not have any impact in the 9th District – specifically designed to produce a Republican candidate. But if the runoff is close, it could delay the declaration of a GOP nominee in the 12th District contest. And that would be good for U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

Moreover, Kemp said he would work with Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly to fix the problem. While extending the length of runoff campaigns – and thus the cost — at this point seems unlikely, one possibility could be the quick creation of a federally approved Internet voting system.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a series of claims about the health care overhaul, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, that are now floating around on the Internet.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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116 comments Add your comment

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

“Unemployment under Obama has been at a historic high since the depression.”

Most of that happened during the first 6 months of Obama’s term, how in the world was Obama supposed to stop the jobs hemorrhaging that fast??? Please explain.

The economy lost thousands of jobs due to manufacturing jobs lost to China, outsourcing, corporate mergers, banking and real estate collapse, technology advances and loss of government jobs, how do you get those jobs back? Magic fairy dust?

Answer the questions, whoops you can’t, go ahead, run away and hide as usual.

The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama's Achievement

July 6th, 2012
5:17 pm

@Centrist

July 6th, 2012
5:00 pm
If he (Obama) is re-elected it will be by a history making smaller margin. He will have lost his mandate along with control of Congress, and his FWORD socialistic policies are Dead On Arrival

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Who cares if Obama wins by a smaller margin?

The Healthcare Law is a DONE DEAL.

He has NEVER had control of congress.

Congress has thrown you and other Republicans under the bus too.

Republicans have SOLD OUT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

The GOP has SOLD OUT to BILLIONAIRES.

If you ain’t in the 1%…….be afraid…..be very afraid.

zeke

July 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

good points dannyx, romney if he wins will have to payback his corporate bosses and make rules easier to outsource and churn payroll (turn folks over who make too much). bear in mind though the top dogs will get a big raise/bonus (which any monkey can do just look at nardelli, jamie ilost 9billlion dimon or the barclays crowd). they will then try to eliminate the estate tax to further the divide between rich and poor (and so his sons won’t have to get job on their own or serve in military). can you imagine perpetuating the waltons who make their money by ruining middle american jobs.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
5:31 pm

Jobs Report posted “Who cares if Obama wins by a smaller margin?”

Democrats up and down the ticket that would like some coattails. Liberals who would like him to be able to continue spending, more attempts at increasing taxes, and piling on more debt.

Jobs Report posted “He has NEVER had control of congress.”

He surely did have both the Senate and the House. He even had a veto proof Senate of 60 votes which was required to pass Obamacare with a strictly Democrat partisan vote.

Jobs Report posted “Congress has thrown you and other Republicans under the bus too.”

I’m not a Republican and the only thing Congress threw under the bus was our healthcare system – since then, gridlock has thankfully worked.

The rest of your post is just more partisan junk, so will no longer be reading posts under your silly monicker.

td

July 6th, 2012
5:32 pm

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

All of this happened and prior to 2008 this country was considered being at full employment.

td

July 6th, 2012
5:36 pm

The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama’s Achievement

July 6th, 2012
5:17 pm

You forgot to add that those billionaires throw the social conservatives the bones and allow them to force people to bow to religious conservatism. They also allow conservative to let everyone keep their guns.

Now all the Obama socialist talking points are complete. Next

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
5:38 pm

Who said this? Ronald Reagan, B H Obama, or Mitt Romney?

“You guys are bright enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling right off a cliff, I came in and they kept falling for 11 months. And if you are going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should have immediately turned around, well that would be silly. It takes awhile to get things turned around. We were in a recession, we were losing jobs every month.”

ANSWER: Mitt Romney in a 2006 press conference.

Don’t hold your breath for him to say the same about the current economic situation.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
5:41 pm

“bear in mind though the top dogs will get a big raise/bonus (which any monkey can do just look at nardelli, jamie ilost 9billlion dimon or the barclays crowd).”

Yep, the fat cats are getting much fatter, funny how they never went on a diet when the economy collapsed. The stock market is back and so are corporate profits. The job market however is stuck in neutral. Funny how that works.

What is even funnier is how Republicans like “Centrist” perceive the timeline of the economic disaster. Their warped reality of time goes something like this…

1st…Obama elected President.
Then…3 seconds after inauguration Obama ruins country with his socialist policies.
Then…Obama causes great recession
Then… Socialist Obama causes massive job loses.
Finally…Bush leaves office.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
5:43 pm

“All of this happened and prior to 2008 this country was considered being at full employment.”

What is your point????

hiram

July 6th, 2012
6:00 pm

DannyX
July 6th, 2012
5:41 pm

“… just look at nardelli, jamie ilost 9billlion dimon or the barclays crowd).”

@Danny
Dimon, who sits on the board of the NY Fed, is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase(clear conflict of interest), is a Democrat, and Obama confidant. The “Too Big to Fail Bankers”(Crooks) are non-partisan.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
6:02 pm

“The “Too Big to Fail Bankers”(Crooks) are non-partisan.”

No doubt about it.

hiram

July 6th, 2012
6:20 pm

The absence of scruples dictates that crooks/politicians are all actually nonpartisan. Perdue and Deal were crooks when they were Democrats, crooks as Republicans, and if they change parties again, they will still be a crooks. Being a crook is a prerequisite for being a successful politician, because the financiers expect a return on their investment.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
6:26 pm

“Being a crook is a prerequisite for being a successful politician, because the financiers expect a return on their investment.”

Without a new Amendment that puts an end to Citizens United and sets rules for political campaigns people are are basically stuck voting for what they feel is the lesser of 2 evils.

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
6:28 pm

Sorry, Former State Employee, but your admiration of Cathy ‘Blue Dog’ Cox fails with most of us…those that blame her for not only doing the deal that converted Georgia’s voting system to Republican-committed Diebold machines, but to contract with them to keep the count for that faithful ‘02 election that gave us Goober Perdue and Saxby Chambliss. Want to continue to ridicule this as a ‘conspiracy theory’? Go ahead, but a new book is nearing completion that chronicles the rigging of both the ‘00 and the ‘04 Presidential Elections and is scheduled to include a chapter or two on Georgia’s ‘02 debacle.

hiram

July 6th, 2012
6:45 pm

DannyX
July 6th, 2012
6:26 pm

“Without a new Amendment that puts an end to Citizens United and sets rules for political campaigns people are are basically stuck voting for what they feel is the lesser of 2 evils.”

This Supreme Court has returned us to the late 19th Century, when the “Robber Barons” ruled the earth. I consider economics a subset of the environment – the same mentality that brought down the world’s economy for a buck likewise, will destroy the planet for a buck. The psychopaths are winning – so much for the meek shall inherit the earth – there won’t be one…

The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama's Achievement

July 6th, 2012
7:39 pm

@td

July 6th, 2012
5:36 pm
The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama’s Achievement

July 6th, 2012
5:17 pm
You forgot to add that those billionaires throw the social conservatives the bones and allow them to force people to bow to religious conservatism. They also allow conservative to let everyone keep their guns.

Now all the Obama socialist talking points are complete. Next
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Money is the NEW CITIZENSHIP.

Knick-knack paddywhack, give ‘em a bone and the Cons will come rolling home.

A GUN never kills anybody; it’s a tool in the KILLERS’ hand.

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