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December 13, 2012

Home improvement retailer Menards has decided not to open a store in O'Fallon, Mo., because of President Barack Obama's economic policies, according to a company spokesman interviewed on KMOV, a Missouri television station. 

Menards, based in Eau Claire, Wis., had planned to open several stores in the St. Louis market over the next six months.

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

October 3, 2012

A survey of licensed contractors by BuildZoom, a matchmaking service for consumers and contractors, indicated a preference for presidential candidate Mitt Romney by a wide margin. 

When asked who would make a better president, nearly 75% of respondents named Mitt Romney over Barack Obama as their choice. Their reason was based, primarily, on the economy, including job creation, taxation, the budget deficit and general economic growth

September 28, 2012

As smartphones and tablets become ubiquitous, multi-tasking behind the wheel has been gaining notice as a grown-up workplace danger rather than the sole province of reckless, texting adolescents.

Along with the risks to life and limb, the trend carries significant financial perils for employers.

A worker who causes an accident while reading e-mail or texting on the job can expose an employer to millions of dollars in liability for loss of life, in addition to the costs of property damage and lost productivity.

February 15, 2012

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

February 2, 2012

In a far-reaching plan that covered everything from foreclosures to new mortgage agreements, President Obama unveiled a “Homeowner Bill of Rights” today that he hopes will speed up the recovery of the housing market and prevent unscrupulous lenders from taking advantage of new home buyers.

January 31, 2012

An article in yesterday's HCN Monday about President Obama's plan to investigate the mortgage mess generated a wide range of opinions. 

October 6, 2011

Members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) expressed pessimism regarding the Obama Administration's ability to introduce a plan that will effectively address the nation's unemployment problem.

The Schaumberg, Ill.-based AHMA's monthly Confidence Index survey, which showed a slight increase in August, also asked members the following political/economic question:

September 15, 2011

The absence of housing initiatives was just one criticism we heard from readers regarding President Obama's $47 billion jobs plan:

September 12, 2011

President Obama’s jobs-creation package, unveiled last week and already en route to Congress, is offering no relief for the housing industry, according to economists interviewed by the Los Angeles Times. 

July 12, 2011

During yesterday's press conference on the debt ceiling, the budget, tax increases and spending controls, President Obama rejected the idea of a short-term deal to end the impasse. He added: "We might as well do it now, pull off the band aid, eat our peas." Time will tell.

Here's what our readers said about the continuing "taxing-and-spending" debate raging in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2011

Following a tour of a Chrysler automobile assembly plant on June 3, President Barack Obama paid an unexpected visit to Fred’s PRO Hardware in Toledo, Ohio. It seems that the First Lady needed gardening gloves.

Obama chose a pair of $4.99 green Boss Dirt Digger gloves. After the purchase, he posed for photos with store employees and approximately seven customers before leaving in his motorcade. 

June 11, 2011

Following a tour of a Chrysler automobile assembly plant on June 3, President Barack Obama paid an unexpected visit to Fred’s PRO Hardware in Toledo, Ohio. It seems that the First Lady needed gardening gloves.

Obama chose a pair of $4.99 green Boss Dirt Digger gloves. After the purchase, he posed for photos with store employees and approximately seven customers before leaving in his motorcade. 

May 13, 2011

American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) members have offered opinions about the federal budget as part of the group's Industry Confidence Index survey.

April 20, 2011

President Barack Obama called the Lowe's store manager who helped guide customers and employees to the back of his store moments before the front was ripped apart by a tornado. The president thanked manager Michael Hollowell for his actions, according to a press release from the White House.

The Sanford, N.C., store was one of many buildings damaged by dozens of tornadoes that brought destruction to North Carolina on Saturday, when 21 people were killed by the storm. 

April 20, 2011

President Barack Obama called the Lowe's store manager who helped guide customers and employees to the back of his store moments before the front was ripped apart by a tornado. The president thanked manager Michael Hollowell for his actions, according to a press release from the White House.

The Sanford, N.C., store was one of many buildings damaged by dozens of tornadoes that brought destruction to North Carolina on Saturday, when 21 people were killed by the storm. 

April 5, 2011

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praised the actions of the United States Senate for passing the crucial 1099 Repeal Legislation. The Senate passed H.R.4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act without changing anything in the House-passed bill. 

The bill now goes to the desk of President Obama.

February 28, 2011

Is the repeal of health care's 1099 expansion imminent? Towers Watson consultant Regina Ihrke thinks so. 

During her presentation during True Value's Spring Market, Ihrke interpreted remarks in President Obama's State of the Nation address as a signal that the 1099 provision buried deep in the health care legislation will be repealed within the next year.

February 7, 2011

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) commented on President Obama's unveiling of his plan to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. 

September 19, 2010

In an interview with CNBC, The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus criticized the Obama administration...

December 14, 2008

It’s the housing market, stupid....

December 9, 2008

Laid-off workers still won’t budge from a Chicago window and door factory, as the owners...

November 5, 2008

"The nation's home builders look forward to working in a bipartisan manner with the incoming...

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