Election Day A Holiday?

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According to this article, lawmakers in California have introduced a bill into the State Assembly aimed at increasing voter turnout by making Election Day a paid holiday. Questions: 1. What would be the costs of this bill? Also provide any accounting journal entries that might be required. 2. What would be the benefits of this… Read more »

The Journey to Oz

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There is severe underfunding for public education by the administration of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in Kansas. In fact it was so much of a problem that some school districts closed early this past school year because they didn’t have the cash to keep operating. Questions: 1. According to the article, how does the pay… Read more »

Unlimited Data Slowdown at AT&T

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The FCC accused AT&T of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans and imposed a $100 million fine on June 17. Questions: 1. How long has this practice been impacting customers? 2. Has the company violated FCC rules for similar issues prior to this current one? 3…. Read more »

Military Contracting Failures: A $1.5 Trillion Mistake

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The F-35 is being produced by 1,200 suppliers. Seen as the fighter jet of the future, it has trouble flying at night, its engines have exploded during takeoff, and early models suffered structural cracks. Questions: 1. Why is the military still pursuing the production of this pink elephant? Why doesn’t technology become less costly for… Read more »

Will McDonald’s Appeal the Decision All the Way to the Supreme Court?

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In an era when companies increasingly use subcontractors and temp agencies to free themselves of employment decisions and headaches, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on July 29th that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators. Questions: 1. What percentage of the 181… Read more »

A Cost Benefit Analysis of Super Bowl Commercials

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Advertisers paid up to $4 million for a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl. This article examines the Go Daddy spot and the potential cost effectiveness of the company’s Super Bowl ads. Questions: 1. According to the article, how many customers does it take to break even and what amount on average must they spend?… Read more »

The Value of Newsjacking

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Newsjacking refers to the practice of capitalizing on the popularity of a news story to amplify your sales and marketing success. The term was popularized in David Meerman Scott’s book Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage. In this video, Christine Romans and PR expert… Read more »

Saving Money in the Court System Leads to Problems

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According to Lisa Borden, an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, many towns are so economically strapped, that the pressure is growing on courts to bring in more money rather than mete out justice. In this article, examples highlight aggressive tactics used by for-profit probation companies that promise revenue to the towns, while failing to offer constitutional… Read more »

Fed Up with Scorched-Earth Tactics

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A lot of people and companies are upset with Amazon these days. At the end of February, The Educational Development Company (EDC) announced that it would remove all of its titles from the online retailer’s listings because of their predator selling practices. Amazon would buy EDC’s books from a distributor and discount them to the… Read more »

Are you a 5 percenter?

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In a recent move, AT&T has reduced the speed it supplies to its heaviest users of data for the iPhone 4. Although customers thought they had an unlimited data plan, under a new policy, AT&T has started cutting their data speeds as part of an attempt to manage data usage on its network. Unlimited plans… Read more »