In a mild dig at Alley's preference for Daniels rather than Kitzhaber, Mapes compares Oregon with Indiana in terms of the central issue in both states: jobs, jobs, jobs.
"Just for fun, I looked at how Oregon and Indiana have done over the last year when it comes to the No. 1 issue: jobs.An indirect dig was posting the video of Daniels' 2011 State of the State speech. Content is good, but it's a snoozer. I wonder how many who clicked on it stayed to the finish. This is an area Daniels needs to work on to be a stronger player on the national scene. However, Daniels has the hard part down: policy wisdom.
"From November, 2009 to November, 2010 (the latest numbers I could find at the Bureau of Labor Statistics), Indiana's unemployment rate has stayed about flat at 9.8 percent. So has Oregon, although at a higher rate of 10.6 percent.
"But Oregon has had a much larger growth in the overall labor force over the last year - whether through in-migration or more people starting to look for jobs.
"And both states have had almost an identical increase in job growth over the last year, of about 1 percent. Turns out, the two states have something in common."
Just for fun, here's a link to the video of Kitzhaber's inaugural address (starting near the 1:03:00 mark).