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States, including Florida, now decide whether to cooperate with health care law

President Barack Obama’s re-election ensures the survival of his landmark health care law, but predominantly Republican state officials will get a big say in how it is carried out. State lawmakers will control whether millions of uninsured people get coverage through Medicaid beginning in 2014, as the law envisions. They’ll also decide whether to set up online markets where individuals can shop for coverage and seek federal subsidies to lower their costs. More at Kaiser Health News.


So who won Florida? Stay tuned

For once, Florida was close — and no one really cared. Whatever the result in the battle for Florida’s 29 electoral votes, it will make a difference only in the margin between President Barack Obama, who won re-election through victories in other states, and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Associated Press.

› Earlier coverage of Election 2012 is here.


Your own name might be a business liability

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Thomas 'Blue' Fulford

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» The fishing got kind of slack in the late 1950s, I guess it was, and I went to work for a construction company for about six months. I got tired of that real quick. The only thing wrong with it was it wasn’t fishing.

» I helped start the Organized Fisherman of Florida in 1967 and so I’d have to go up to Tallahassee and talk to the politicians about the laws they wanted to pass and all the areas they wanted to close off to commercial fishing. It was extremely frustrating. I was a greenhorn and didn’t know the procedures and the terminology they used. I didn’t know what they were talking about.

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With Google and other search engines now the primary tools for researching products and companies, most businesses are, of course, very aware and focused on the value and impact of search results. What's significant is that people are increasingly making decisions based not only about business information, but personal information about principals and others involved with a company. More at Moneywatch.


Owner of Natural Life says it's a business, and also a lifestyle

Patti Hughes has built a small empire on coffee mugs with sayings like “You are loved” and “Friends make everything better.” And on T-shirts that say “Think happy be happy” or feature a big flower. More at the Florida Times-Union.


More retailers offer alternative e-receipts

The “paper or plastic” mantra at store checkouts is getting a digital twin: “Paper or e-mail?” As smartphones proliferate, more stores and banks are offering to e-mail shoppers receipts rather than giving them a printed copy. More from USA Today.

Medical Trends

jackie standard poodleTo veterinarians at the University of Florida, Jackie is an example of how new animal-care technology can speed recovery even from something as deadly as a rattlesnake attack. To the Smith family of Clermont, she's just a miracle dog. "She's doing awesome," said Jan Smith, mom of the family, whose dog was the first patient at the University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital to receive treatment from a new hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The equipment, designed for small animals, is one of the few in the country. Full story from the Orlando Sentinel.