Romney credits Bush, Wall St. bailout for avoiding depression

Mitt Romney offered an unprompted defense of the 2008 Wall Street bailout on Wednesday, crediting President George W. Bush and the preceding administration for averting an economic depression. Answering a question during a campaign event in Maryland, Romney both condemned the 2009 bailout of troubled automakers engineered by President Obama while praising the Troubled Asset … Read more »

Hot Industry for Start-Ups: Construction?

One usually thinks of start-ups as cutting-edge. But it turns out the hottest growth area for new businesses isn’t so sexy: It’s construction. More entrepreneurs are setting up construction companies, according to a report released earlier this week. The increase comes as construction workers who lost their jobs during the slump in the housing market … Read more »

Roland Digital Print Boot Camp in April

To help Roland customers develop the skills they need to build their businesses, Roland Academy is offering its popular Digital Printing Boot Camp workshop for the first time on the East Coast. Scheduled for April 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Digital Printing Boot Camp is offered to all Roland inkjet customers, with enrollment currently open and … Read more »

BEC Conference focuses on how glaziers can position their companies for recovery

Glass industry representatives gathered in Las Vegas for the BEC Conference, March 18-20. Hosted by the Glass Association of North America, the event offered sessions on topics ranging from avoiding problems in the field to changes in contract language. “The theme of our meeting is: how to position your company for recovery,” said Henry Taylor, … Read more »

Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation

In the beginning, the only environmental requirement for wood flooring installation was that the house be “dried in”. In other words, the roof was on and windows were in place to prevent rain from getting on the floor. Many inner city homes, mid-town homes and country homes built in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s are … Read more »

PPG Launches Web Locale for Professional Paint Solutions and Support

The new site is designed for professionals including architects, specifiers, contractors, and residential painters, and offers information and resources relevant to their needs, the company says. Organized into five professional segments—commercial, new home, multi-family, industrial, and residential—the site offers targeted content, such as most popular products, key services and support, color tools, and ecological solutions, … Read more »

Undercover Sting Net Snares 110 Unlicensed Contractors in California

Undercover investigators in California arrested 110 alleged unlicensed contractors, including 29 who gave bids for painting services, in eight sting operations conducted throughout the state, officials said. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) executed the two-day, statewide sting, known as the annual spring “California Blitz” on March 14 and 15. Cities targeted included Chico, Clovis, … Read more »

As Obama Picks Up Union Endorsements, a Debate on Labor’s Role in 2012 Campaign

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Illinois primary: Romney wins GOP contest

Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential primary in Illinois on Tuesday, walloping rival Rick Santorum in a key state whose voters are a bellwether for Republicans nationwide. With close to 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney was leading Santorum by almost 12 percentage points, and victory would allow him to extend his already-imposing lead in the race for delegates. Read more at The Washington Post.

Madison Politiscope: Falk, Vinehout talk up their ties to working Wisconsinites

State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, put his membership in the Union of Painters and Allied Trades front-and-center of his speech, joking that Washington could use a little “union thug.” “Forty-seven percent of Congress are millionaires,” he said. “There are only five members of Congress who are union members.” Read more at The Cap Times.