Monthly Archives: May 2012

You might be a progressive if…

…you see poverty as the cause of almost all social ills–from crime, to war, to obesity–but never offer any policies that have a chance of actually lifting people out of poverty and into prosperity.

Parents 1, lunch police 0

Score a victory for lunch boxes, and parents who pack them. The state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would remove “lunch police” inspection of meals prepared at home and sent with children to pre-school programs. “The lunch police… were looking into the bag lunches,” Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, told senators during floor debate onContinue Reading

New at CJO: Nutrition blogger alleges free speech violation in suit against state

Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about a Charlotte-area nutrition blogger’s lawsuit against a state agency over free speech concerns.

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail — May 31, 2012

• Three North Carolina media markets — Greensboro/High Point, Raleigh/Durham, and Charlotte — rank in the top 10 nationally in political ad buys, a new survey finds.   • Democratic House District 74 candidate David Wayne Moore, who suspended his campaign Saturday, now is back in.   • An earmark for Swain County becomes aContinue Reading

State-targeted nutrition blogger gets more attention

Following Carolina Journal’s lead, the Charlotte Observer is recounting the ordeal of a nutrition blogger targeted for shutdown by the N.C. Board of Dietetics/Nutrition. This week, the 50-year-old Stanley man filed suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, claiming the state board has violated his First Amendment rights to free speech by putting limits onContinue Reading

In case you missed him …

Terry Stoops discussed the N.C. House’s education budget during an appearance on the “Quick Takes” segment of News 14 Carolina’s “Capital Tonight.”

Newsweek explores Obama’s embrace of drone warfare

If you enjoyed Scott Silliman’s recent presentation to the John Locke Foundation on drone warfare, you might be interested in Newsweek‘s new feature on the Obama administration’s approach to the issue. Obama’s willingness to back the drone program represented an early inflection point in his war on terror. Over time, the attacks grew—far beyond anythingContinue Reading

Historian Ferguson questions Obama’s campaign against Wall Street

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson‘s latest Newsweek column compares President Obama’s attacks on private equity to Franklin Roosevelt’s similar abuse of Wall Street 80 years ago. So it’s the White House vs. Wall Street, all over again, with a “Fair Shot” standing in for the New Deal. Now, I can see exactly why the Obama campaignContinue Reading