Archive: Nov 2012

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    Duke Energy silliness, part I

    This involves silly things done to Duke Energy in response to its firing of former Progress Energy chief Bill Johnson as its CEO minutes after the two companies official merged. Some sort of sanction was certainly appropriate, but the options state regulators opted for are questionable. As the Charlotte Observer…
    Michael Lowrey, November 30, 2012
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    Why Won’t NOAA Reveal To Congress How Much It Spends On Travel?

    The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is stonewalling a congressional oversight committee, which has been waiting for months for NOAA to turn over requested information about how much NOAA spends on travel each year. Rep. Paul Broun said in a letter made public today that Lubchenco’s…
    donnamartinez, November 30, 2012
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    Perkins hot after newspaper racks

    Lots of news breaking about downtown G’boro these days. John Hammer’s Rhino column starts out discussing Downtown Greensboro Inc. president Ed Wolverton’s desire to hang 110 baskets —at a cost of $500 apiece. But here’s what jumped out at me: Wolverton and company also want to remove all…
    Sam Hieb, November 30, 2012
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    Big win for Billy Prim

    Winston-Salem Dash owner Billy Prim gets the property tax on the BB&T Stadium lease reduced to …..drum roll—- zero. Prim won an appeal before county’s board of equalization and review. Prim did not attend the meeting, but instead was represented by attorney Bart McLean: Thursday’s argument wasn’t about the…
    Sam Hieb, November 30, 2012
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    Goldberg exposes a key problem with the fiscal cliff debate

    Likening Washington politicians to junkies who look for a quick high now in return for pushing off painful reality to the future, Jonah Goldberg devotes his latest column to the absurdity surrounding the negotiations over the federal government’s fiscal cliff. Now here’s a distinction…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2012
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    The flipside of the usual discussion of the law of unintended consequences

    It’s not uncommon for right-of-center political commentators to discuss unintended consequences. In this venue, you’ll often find references to Bastiat‘s discussion of what is seen and what is unseen, a discussion that served as a basic building block for Henry Hazlitt‘s famous book Economics…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2012
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    Podhoretz: Nothing from nothing leaves nothing … or something like that

    John Podhoretz dedicates his latest Commentary essay to the “lessons to be learned from an election without substance,” by which he means an election bereft of debate about clashing ideas. The contentlessness of the Romney campaign was a vacuity of the center-right—an effort to…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2012
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    In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for reaction to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s plans for converting the Dorothea Dix property in west Raleigh into a new park. WTVD also sought JLF analysis of the governor’s plan to bypass her own judicial selection committee so she can make a…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2012