Daily Archives: May 16, 2012
Just as the John Edwards trial is wrapping up, at least two more criminal trials involving campaign donations to North Carolina politicians are on tap. ABC11 reports Superior Court Judge Abe Jones has refused to drop charges against two former associates of Gov. Bev Perdue — attorneys “Buzzy” Stubbs of New Bern and Julia LeighContinue Reading
State House leaders of filed a bipartisan bill that would compensate victims of the state’s eugenics program. The amount victims would receive is $50,000 apiece. The bill is filed by Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, Speaker Thom Tillis, D-Mecklenburg, Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, and Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake.
In today’s Clarion Call, Jane Shaw boldly jumps with both feet into the politically incorrect minefield of whether African-American studies are a valid discipline at universities. Her article was sparked by a story in the News & Observer about some jaw-dropping abuses recently uncovered by an investigation of UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies department,Continue Reading
That is Walter Williams’ argument in this column. Civil disobedience is merited for laws that unconstitutionally restrict freedom. That was the case with regard to the Fugitive Slave Act in the 1850s (which state officials in Wisconsin openly defied and refused to cooperate when ordered by the Supreme Court to enforce it, a point Tom WoodsContinue Reading
• Former state Sen. Larry Shaw, D-Cumberland, will seek a recount after initial vote counts in the District 21 primary showed him losing to Cumberland County Commissioner Billy King by four votes. • Latest Public Policy Polling survey shows governor’s race between Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton tightening. • Meantime, Rasmussen Reports finds Mitt Romney’sContinue Reading
You might have read recent reviews of American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks‘ latest book, The Road To Freedom, which bases its title on Hayek’s classic Road to Serfdom. If Brooks’ ideas pique your interest, be sure to listen to his Carolina Journal Radio interview on the road to freedom.
The N.C. Chamber is calling on state lawmakers to scale back maximum weekly unemployment benefits and cut the total number of state-funded weeks of unemployment from 26 to 20. Locker Room readers might recall similar ideas from Fergus Hodgson, who has unveiled a plan that would help North Carolina pay off a state unemployment debtContinue Reading
Cafe Hayek’s Quotation of the Day: … is from Jonathan Macey’s fine essay in today’s Wall Street Journal – an essay whose title, “Losing Money Isn’t a Crime,” is spot-on correct and germane: The real lesson of what J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has called the bank’s “egregious failure” in risk management is that hedgingContinue Reading