About 100 years ago, during the depths of the “progressive” era, the United States began an experiment: to take the right to elect U.S. senators away from state legislators and give that right to “the people.” The experiment, embodied in the 17th Amendment, has been a miserable failure. No serious analyst would say that the U.S. Senate is more responsive, more effective, more respectful of the American people, or more honest than it was 100 years ago. — This opinion piece, published in the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., was written by Ed Lynch , a professor of political science at Hollins University.
Travis Wallick says he likes the idea of learning how to work on and repair the high-tech robots and other complex systems at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant. “It’s a great opportunity to work on new technologies,” he said during a break in a class at the Volkswagen Academy on Thursday. Check out more at timesfreepress.com
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton told a crowd of 1,700 Tuesday afternoon that PNC Mortgage will add 200 jobs to the area when it opens up its Southside office by the end of the year. Read more: PNC Mortgage to add 200 jobs – Jacksonville Business Journal
Emrise Corp., a publicly traded maker of electronic devices for defense and aerospace clients, is moving its corporate headquarters from Eatontown, N.J., to Durham, the company said Wednesday. Read more: Emrise moving HQ from New Jersey to Durham – Triangle Business Journal
American Lumber said it will transform the former Georgia-Pacific facility in Tarrant into a manufacturing facility. Read more: American Lumber buys Georgia-Pacific plant in Tarrant – Birmingham Business Journal
Tennessee would have a 425-mile network of electric car charging stations under a plan to be presented this afternoon by ECOtality Inc., the San Francisco company hired to help prepare the state for the Nissan Leaf and other electric vehicles. Read more: Electric car grid would connect Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville – Nashville Business Journal
Ford Motor Co. is backing off plans to produce the Ford Kuga compact sport utility vehicle at the Louisville Assembly Plant, according to a Bloomberg News story. Read more: Ford not likely to make Kuga in Louisville – Business First of Louisville
Mercedes-Benz USA on Wednesday opened its 415,000-square-foot service and training facility near the Jacksonville International Airport. Read more: Jacksonville Mercedes center opens – Jacksonville Business Journal