Archive: Nov 2016

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    Durham or bust?

    By a 3-2 party line vote, the North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered a machine recount of 90,000 votes in Durham County as the saga of the disputed governor’s race between incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper continues: Republicans initially wanted the Durham ballots recounted…
    Sam Hieb, November 30, 2016
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    Tearer Downers: Even home improvement shows have to preach leftist politics or else

    Somehow it was decided that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the delightfully wholesome couple behind the very popular “Fixer Upper” show on HGTV, must be attacked for politics. Why? They’re not political. There’s nothing political about the show. It’s about helping people create their dream home within a set…
    Jon Sanders, November 30, 2016
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    Flag Burning: A Matter of Property Rights

      To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.—Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” Earlier this week President-elect Trump renewed what most had thought was a…
    Roy Cordato, November 30, 2016
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    Redistricting News

    ABC reports that: Federal judges have told the North Carolina legislature to redraw its own districts by mid-March to replace ones the court struck down and to hold a special election under redrawn maps in November 2017. The ruling Tuesday means those elected to the…
    Jon Guze, November 30, 2016
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    ‘Moral’ trickery gets dozens arrested and would disemploy hundreds of thousands

    WTVD reports on a rather cynical political stunt by the NC NAACP last night in Durham: Protesters in Durham blocked traffic on North Roxboro Street Tuesday evening, demanding a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour. At least 53 were arrested. Led by the NC NAACP, demonstrators sat down in…
    Jon Sanders, November 30, 2016
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    Lawsuit against Anthony Foxx to go to trial

    Next year. The basics from the Charlotte Observer: A lawsuit alleging U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx performed little to no work in a past job at defunct Charlotte bus maker DesignLine will continue to move forward after an effort to settle the case in mediation failed. The mediation took…
    Michael Lowrey, November 30, 2016
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    Better (liberal) living through television…..

    Leave it to NPR to take note of the latest pop cultural phenomenon: Television is :finally on board with public transportation: In the 1990s and early 2000s, TV shows didn’t have a lot of love for mass transit — as Homer Simpson pronounced, “Public transportation is for jerks and…
    Sam Hieb, November 30, 2016
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    Keeping an eye on Obama as he makes his way toward the door

    Washington Examiner editors are watching closely for President Obama to engage in unaccountable rulemaking before he exits the White House. As current polls and election exit polls showed, President Obama is almost as popular now as he has been in seven years. Even so,…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2016