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The dust has finally settled on the invective-laden midterm elections (I sure won’t miss those automated phone messages), and the Republicans (and the Tea Party) are claiming a major victory on Capitol Hill. (Although AA&B readers taking a website poll are skeptical that Congressional changes will improve the economy — 42 percent of them didn’t think things would change for the better.)

Say what you will, one good outcome is the fresh new influx in Congress of small businessmen — 20 of them. Consider Robert Dold, newly elected representative for the 10th Illinois district. His family business is Rose Pest Solutions, a well-recognized name in the Chicago area. Or new Florida Rep. Steve Southerland, who owns a funeral home.

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