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November 5, 2012
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National Pulse 

  • Reader poll: When do you think we will know the results of the presidential election?
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Agenda Items 
  • Obama could limit "fiscal cliff" effects, experts say
      
    Reuters
    Tax and budget experts said President Barack Obama's executive authority over taxes and spending gives him the power to lessen the economic damage of the "fiscal cliff." Obama could order a freeze on the amount of money withheld from paychecks and shift spending from future construction projects to immediate costs such as paying U.S. government salaries, they said. The Washington Post (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Interactive Map: Examining Florida's political leanings
    Learn more about the political leanings of Florida: http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2012/11/05/examining-floridas-political-leanings/  
    Click on image to enlarge interactive map.
    Once again, Florida is shaping up to be a key swing state in a presidential election. Currently, the state has 29 electoral votes at stake (there were 25 in 2000). The state has mostly voted Republican in presidential elections since 1972 except in 1976, 1996 and 2008. In 2008, Obama won 51% of the vote and McCain won 47% of the vote. Analysts expect a close election this year. The Rasmussen poll taken Oct. 26 shows Romney leading Obama 50% to 48% in the Florida polls with 2% remaining undecided. The map and data below tell the story of the demographic and political makeup of the Florida voters prior to the election. What will ultimately sway the voters in this state? What do we know about them? SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • A pre-election message from Monty Burns
    Monty Burns, Homer's boss in "The Simpsons," gives Mitt Romney a full-throated endorsement in this clip. He also calls on Seamus, Romney's pet dog, who appears somewhat less enthusiastic about the candidate. Adweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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