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Weekly Political Update -- October 7, 2017

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The Vice Presidential debate captured a large share of the week’s media attention, and Republican Mike Pence appears to have scored a virtual unanimous victory over Democrat Tim Kaine.  Whether or not this will affect the presidential numbers remains to be seen.

Nine spot surveys were conducted during the period ending October 2-4, and Hillary Clinton’s aggregate national popular vote polling lead averaged 4.9 percentage points with a range of Clinton +9 (Fairleigh Dickinson University; 9/28-10/2; 385 likely voters) in a small-sample poll, to Trump +1 (Rasmussen Reports; 10/2-4; 1500 likely voters).  The two continuous tracking polls, LA Times/ University of Southern California, and UPI/C-Voter, actually find Trump running ahead.  LA Times/USC posts him to a 3.6% lead, while UPI projects a 2.5% Trump advantage.

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How are You Celebrating Manufacturing Day?

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Whether it’s hosting a plant tour for local students or inviting elected officials for a visit, on October 7, manufacturers across the country will be hosting events to celebrate Manufacturing Day.

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Vice Presidential Debate: Where do Candidates Stand on Manufacturing Issues?

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On Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence will take the stage and outline ideas and policies they think will improve the country in the vice presidential debate. As the right-hand to the president, it’s important that the next vice president back issues and policies that support the 12 million manufacturers in the U.S.  

Below is what we know about Kaine and Pence’s positions on issues that are important to manufacturers across the country:

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First Presidential Debate: Candidates Must Recognize Importance of American Manufacturing

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage and outline ideas and policies they think will improve the country in tonight’s first presidential debate. From tax reform to health care to trade, it’s important to know where each candidate stands on issues and policies that impact manufacturers and the jobs they provide.

Below is what we know about Clinton and Trump and their positions on issues that are vital to manufacturers:

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Weekly Political Update -- September 23, 2016

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The candidates are in final debate preparation mode, as the long-awaited 2016 general election issue exchange forums begin on Monday, September 26th.  Ratings estimates project more than 100 million viewers, numbers only reached by various Super Bowl games, will tune into the first session.  NBC News’ Lester Holt leads a team of four reporters hosting the Fox News debate.

The week’s national polling featured eleven polls, including daily trackers Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California, Morning Consult, and Rasmussen Reports.  Also included in the latest time group are spot pollsters Fox News, NBC/Survey Monkey, St. Leo University (FL), Ipsos/Reuters, and YouGov/The Economist, McClatchy/Marist University, AP-Gfk, and ICitizen. 

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How Manufacturers can Get Out the Vote on November 8

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Election Day is an opportunity for the 12 million men and women who make things in America to elect public officials who understand the importance of a strong manufacturing sector. 

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NAM Study: Excessive Labor Regulations Cost Manufacturing Jobs

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In order to create a safe and productive workplace, manufacturers understand the need for reasonable federal regulations. However, excessive overregulation by the current administration will result in $81.6 billion in compliance costs over the next ten years, according to a study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today.

On average, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor finalized nearly twice as many major labor regulations per year than the previous four administrations. The NAM study estimates that these duplicative and burdensome regulations will also result in 155,700 lost jobs and 411 million hours of paperwork

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Manufacturers, It’s Voter Registration Season!

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With over 12 million men and women who make things in the United States, manufacturers have the power to shape the outcomes of Election Day. With November 8 less than two months away, it’s important that all manufacturers register to vote, and help elect candidates that will support and prioritize initiatives to expand manufacturing opportunities and American jobs. 

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Weekly Political Update -- September 16, 2016

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Hillary Clinton’s health situation dominated the latest presidential campaign coverage, but polling taken before her weekend problems became public still shows a tightening of the national campaign. 

Six polls were completed since September 11th.  Three found Ms. Clinton leading, but by no more than two points (Quinnipiac University, YouGov/ Economist, Fox News).  One survey (Rasmussen Reports) shows Donald Trump up two, while a pair (CBS News/New York Times and Ipsos/Reuters) sees the race tied.  The Los Angeles Times/USC poll actually posts Trump up six points, but their panel-back methodology of surveying the same sampling group for the entire race is testing the campaign’s ebbs and flows and not looking for a ballot snapshot. 

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Stop the political games!  Build a stronger America.

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Politicians are back at it again, turning serious policy matters into political games. This time it is a state-of-the-art infrastructure project called the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will safely deliver domestic energy to manufacturers, creating jobs all along the way. Now, in an election-year ploy, the White House is threatening to pull the plug.

After two years of rigorous review, consultations, and planning, state regulatory bodies of four states and the federal government gave final approvals to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

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