Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Expect more battles in the 113th Congress

If you thought the 112th U.S. Congress was characterized by partisan fighting and gridlock, there’s no great reason to expect much difference from the new Congress that just started work this month. That’s the assessment of N.C. State political scientist Andrew Taylor, who previewed the 113th Congress during a presentation today for the John LockeContinue Reading

Voter ID

An article this weekend in the Winston-Salem Journal reported that as many as 613,000 voters in North Carolina may not have valid photo IDs.  That’s about 9% of all North Carolina voters.  Of course, then the article went on to talk about all the reasons that number may be hugely inflated.  They came up withContinue Reading

Three cheers for StepUp

The News & Observer recently wrote about an important charitable provider of job training here in Wake County, StepUp Ministry. StepUp reaches out to the hardest to employ — the homeless, those with criminal pasts, drug addicts, etc. — and gives them job training that includes life skills and what are called soft skills. OneContinue Reading

Re: Some questions for the Treasury Secretary’s nomination

I hope someone asks Mr. Lew this question: What in your view is the connection between the steady decline in America’s world ranking with respect to economic freedom and our sluggish economic growth, low labor force participation, and anemic rate of new business formation? Since Lew served in the Clinton administration, it would be worthContinue Reading

John Goodman on the late James Buchanan, public choice, and government failure

Goodman’s opening paragraph: James Buchanan died the other day and in the eyes of many he was the father of Public Choice economics. Comments on a number of blogs reveal two things about bloggers on the left: (1) they don’t understand what contribution Buchanan made and (2) they don’t understand why Public Choice is important.Continue Reading

McCrory’s Inaugural address

Just in case the live blogging or full coverage isn’t enough….here is Governor McCrory’s inaugural address in it’s entirety.

NC Ferry Tolls Increase

Find the detailed article at: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/12/2602599/board-of-transportation-members.html

Some questions for the next Treasury secretary’s confirmation

James Pethokoukis offers U.S. senators — through a National Review Online column — some suggested questions for U.S. Treasury Secretary-designee Jack Lew’s upcoming confirmation hearing. Lew knows one big thing, the budget. And by all accounts, especially those from John Boehner’s negotiating team, he knows it, hedgehog-style, inside and out. He’ll be a tough opponentContinue Reading