Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

What about Nonstop Voting?

Two of three members of the Watauga County Board of Elections wanted to extend early voting hours because it snowed last week. Stacy “Four” Eggers IV cast the dissenting vote. “[Board member Rusty Henson] and I felt that there was a significant downturn in expected numbers of early voters at both the courthouse and theContinue Reading






Maybe They’re Getting Their Hair Done for Tomorrow’s Parties

At least three newspapers decided it was important to write about gas prices falling. The journalists amazingly all concluded a few things verbatim. See 1, 2, and 3.






Me Happy

Sometimes I complain about the nonprofit gag order that prevents members of the JLF from using free speech in election season. However, a letter we received from John Hood today made me very happy to be outside the fray of personality cults and attack rhetoric, and instead enjoying the responsibility of promoting ideas that makeContinue Reading






Why You Can’t Find That Number

The Cato Institute doesn’t believe the federal government is being transparent, either. We must suppose they are trying to protect us from the panic that would result if we knew how badly they were handling things.






Skip Alston’s legacy

One thing we know for sure heading into tomorrow’s election: Guilford County Commission Chairman Skip Alston’s appointed successor–former Greensboro Zoning Commission Chairman Ray Trapp– will win. Say what you will about the controversial Alston –who, along with his rivals Billy Yow and Steve Arnold, did indeed give media around here a lot to write about—Continue Reading






Students for Liberty keeps on growing!

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Students for Liberty regional conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, and here is a short news clip that one of the other attendees prepared. The key insight I draw from this event is that knowledge of and confidence in libertarianism is growing rapidly among young people, even ifContinue Reading






Voting on a touchscreen? Double-check your ballot

Recent complaints about calibration problems in early voting in Guilford County reminded me of a situation I had during the only time I’ve utilized the early voting opportunity. Back in 2008, I went with my neighbor to vote. It was on the last day of early voting and we had to stand in line forContinue Reading






Early voting prognostication, for what it’s worth

The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation’s analysis of early voting note that the share of registered Democrats casting early ballots this year is down 3.7 percentage points from 2008, with much of the slack being picked up by unaffiliated voters. While not every Democrat casting an early ballot will vote for Barack Obama, it’s worth notingContinue Reading