The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage Monday at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet away, police cuffed and arrested local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty Turner as he was putting voting rights information on parked cars.
“They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner told ThinkProgress when he was released a few hours later. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”
Together, 310 donors gave a combined $11.6 million more by this summer than would have been allowed before the ruling. Their contributions favored Republican candidates and committees over Democratic ones by 2 to 1.
Brands are the most valuable assets many companies possess. But no one agrees on how much they are worth or why
[…] arguments rage about how much brands are worth and why. Firms that value them come to starkly different conclusions. Most of the time they do not appear as assets on companies’ balance-sheets (see article). One school of thought says brands succeed mainly by inspiring loyalty. “Consumers would die for Apple,” believes Nick Cooper of Millward Brown. Others take a cooler view. Bruce McColl, who as the chief marketer of Mars oversees Snickers chocolate bars, Whiskas cat food and other brands, is on record as saying that “consumers aren’t out there thinking about our brands.” And however much brands may have been worth in the past, their importance may be fading.
Brands, of course, vary. Some identify products that are distinctive (like The Economist, we hope). Others confer distinction on products that are otherwise hard to tell apart, such as cola. The brands of banks and insurers are shaped less by advertising and marketing (the usual ways of building a brand) than by customers’ experiences, points out Simon Glynn of Lippincott, a consulting firm. In such cases, consumers get the message only if employees do.
World War II Begins Seventy Five Years Ago:
In the early morning of September 1, 1939, German tanks crossed the German-Polish border—sparking World War II. Five hours later, at 3:05 A.M. local time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received a phone call from Ambassador William C. Bullitt in Paris, who relayed the news from Ambassador Anthony Biddle in Warsaw. After notifying the military, FDR jotted down this bedside note.
Neighboring the nation’s two biggest Obamacare success stories has apparently made Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in Tennessee reconsider his refusal of Medicaid expansion under the law. Arkansas and Kentucky lead the nation in reducing the number of uninsured people in their states, largely because they accepted the expansion. Haslam appears to want in on the action now.
Will Brazil elect Marina Silva as the world’s first Green president?Born into a poor, mixed-race Amazon family, Marina Silva is on the verge of a stunning election win after taking over her party
In a dramatic election that has at times seemed scripted by a telenovela writer, Silva has tripled her coalition’s poll ratings in the two weeks since she took over from her predecessor and running mate, Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash. Following a strong performance in the first TV debate between candidates, polls suggest she will come second in the first-round vote on 5 October and then beat the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, in the runoff three weeks later.
This is a spectacular turnaround for a candidate who did not even have a party a year ago, when the electoral court ruled that she had failed to collect enough signatures to mount a campaign. It was also the latest in a series of remarkable steps for a mixed-race woman who grew up in a poor family in the Amazon, and went on to become her country’s most prominent advocate of sustainable development.
The Georgia Way
There’s been some debate on the issue, for sure, but most of the research has been conclusive—you should go to college. As of 2013, according to the Department of Labor, the nationwide unemployment rate for those with just a high school diploma was 7.5 percent. But for those with an associate’s degree, it was 5.4 percent. And for those with a bachelor’s degree, it was even lower: 4.0 percent. Additionally, the department found that Americans with bachelor’s degrees were earning nearly twice the median weekly salaries of those with just high school diplomas—$1,108 versus $651 a week.
And yet, the new Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City poll indicates that even among just the college educated, there’s a gap: one between the way minorities with college degrees perceive their job prospects, and the way college-educated whites do.
But whether America’s cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.
[…]The plan draws on the “aerotropolis” concept set out by business professor John Kasarda in his 2011 book of the same name, co-authored with Greg Lindsay. Kasarda argues that major 21st-century airports, instead of being peripheral to cities, will become urban hubs in their own right—edge cities with access to the nearest downtown but also their own convention centers, universities, and offices, as well as residential areas for people who work at or near the airport and for frequent air travelers. New aerotropolises are under way in China, South Korea, India, and Dubai, proving Kasarda visionary—or persuasive, since he has been talking up his idea at meetings around the world since 2000.[…]