Monthly Archives: January 2012

The overcriminalization of federal law

If you’re over 18, you’ve probably broken one or more of 4,200 federal laws. That doesn’t mean you’ll be prosecuted. But John Baker, professor emeritus of law at Louisiana State University, says there is substantial reason to be concerned about the overcriminalization of federal law. Baker discussed the topic today during a presentation to theContinue Reading

Global Warming Comes to North Carolina–Not

This article appeared on the front page above the fold in today’s Raleigh News and Observer. The clear implication is that global warming has come to North Carolina and it is having and impact on plant life. If the author, John Murawski, checked on he web site of  The State Climate Office of North Carolina, whichContinue Reading

Hey, Bob Hall, meet Jim Goodmon

I posted last week on Right Angles about Democracy NC executive director Bob Hall seeming in a radio interview on WPTF to be totally unfamiliar with the name Jim Goodmon. It seemed incredible to me that a person who heads an organization that spends its time looking into how money is used politically in NorthContinue Reading

Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx: I’m not running for governor

In a statement, Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx says he won’t seek the Democrats’ nomination for governor this year: Over the past few days I have given serious consideration to a run for Governor of North Carolina. Given the unusual circumstances and short time, such a run would have required more focus on a statewide campaignContinue Reading

JLF expert compares N.C. public school students’ performance to peers around the globe

North Carolina spends more money per pupil than most other industrialized nations around the globe, but our students still struggle to keep up with their peers in nations that make up our economic competitors. Terry Stoops documents those facts in his latest Spotlight report and offers recommendations for addressing the issue. (Hint: He does notContinue Reading

Obama to Catholics, “Get out of the charity businss or else….”

This is a great NYT column by Ross Douthat. (HT: Cafe Hayek) But sometimes the state goes further. Not content with crowding out alternative forms of common effort, it presents its rivals an impossible choice: Play by our rules, even if it means violating the moral ideals that inspired your efforts in the first place,Continue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Former N.C. Sen. John Snow, a Democrat, campaigns in the western part of the state for his old Senate seat (Macon News) Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue sits down with WRAL-TV’s David Crabtree to explain why she is not running for re-election (WRAL-TV) Marriage amendment opponents rally for their cause in Carrboro (N&O) Democrat Cal CunninghamContinue Reading

Finding common ground towards immigration reform: Ferg with Bill Lumaye

Click below to listen or here for the mp3—eight minutes. I appreciate the willingness of Bill Lumaye (pictured) of News Radio WPTF to engage with this issue, and prior to me he had on an illegal immigrant from the NC Dream Team. My main assertion was that loud voices from various factions and the heavyContinue Reading