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Morning Cup of Stimulus: Can't Hardly Wait

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaWhat does the city of Elkhart, Ind., have to do to get its hands on some stimulus cash?

The town of 52,000, which has seen the RV industry at the core of its economy decimated by the recession, hosted an Obama campaign stop in August and then another event after he was elected in February.

To help its case, the town even managed to clock in a bracket-busting 19 percent unemployment rate.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore met with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels asking for help, and the city has even hired a Washington lobbying firm.

The city was briefly heartened when it learned it would be receiving about $6.5 million in stimulus funding, mostly for the local airport and neighborhood stabilization, but the money -- which was far less than the city's $92 million wish list -- has yet to materialize.

Now the mayor has resorted to appearing on television with the likes of Mike Huckabee, who took his Fox News talk show to the town. Apparently more than 500 of the town's residents showed up Saturday for the taping at the Recreational Vehicle/Motor Home Hall of Fame.

"We've got a willing, able, ready workforce here," Moore said. "But it's obvious we need a little bit of help."

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