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Nixon, who barely won the presidency in 1968 because of Wallace's third-party campaign, had hoped Brewer would defeat Wallace and leave the feisty governor without a base for a presidential campaign in 1972. Alabama voters rejected Brewer and other well-known figures in the 1978 governor's race and gave the office to political outsider Fob James. Brewer left Montgomery to practice law in Decatur and then became a law professor at Samford, where he started the Public Affairs Research Council, a nonpartisan government research program, and the Institute for Ethics in Business and Government. Nearly every governor after Brewer called on him to serve on various state commissions and task forces. The absence of scandal in his administration, his decision to stay out of politics, and his continuing interest in the problems facing Alabama made him the only elder statesman among Alabama's former governors. "He was universally respected by people who didn't share his party or his ideology," Flynt said. One issue ran throughout Brewer's public and private career: rewriting the 1901 state constitution that disenfranchised blacks and poor whites and that centralized power in Montgomery. As governor, he created the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission, which worked on revising the constitution until Wallace put a stop to the effort. While at Samford, Brewer helped form Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and crisscrossed the state, giving speeches in support of a new constitution. In 2003, he served on a commission created by Gov. Bob Riley to recommend changes in Alabama's constitution.

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This is down sharply from 10.0%, where the unemployment rate peaked in October 2009. Perhaps the most important part of this report for financial markets and Fed-watchers was the 0.4% month-on-month improvement in wages, which pushed year-over-year gains up to a new post-crisis high of 2.9%. This was the strongest pace of wage growth since June 2009. View photos President Barack Obama More With Fridaysreport, 2016 now marks the third-straight year the US economy added more than 2 million jobs. Since the beginning of 2010, 15.8 million private sector jobs have been added to the economy. In a post published Friday , Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, ran down a number of the labor market related milestones reached during the Obama years. A few stand out. 75 consecutive months of job gains Decembers report marks the 75th-straight month of nonfarm payroll gains, extending the record streak that now towers over the previous long of 48 months seen during the late-80s. View photos Source: White House More Furman also noted that this streak comes as the public sector (read: government) has been a net drag on employment growth. As of December 2016, total nonfarm employment exceeded its pre-recession peak by 6.9 million jobs, Furman wrote. All of the net job creation in the current recovery has been in the private sector, as private-sector payroll employment exceeded its pre-recession peak by 7.0 million jobs as of December. Wage growth acceleration After a long stretch of disappointing data, wages have also started to come around as the labor market has neared (or reached, depending on who you ask) full employment during the later stages of the post-crisis expansion.