Daily Archives: December 22, 2016

Special Session V and where do we go from here?

Special Session V and where do we go from here? The real barrier to repealing HB2 this week was trust.  Efforts at some kind of compromise had been going on for months, starting in April and ongoing through the fall. But the 2016 elections got in the way. Personalities, partisan politics and power created barriersContinue Reading






Thank you, John Blust

The nagging question hanging over the proposed repeal of HB2 —what if the legislature votes to repeal and then another city—or Charlotte, for that matter—passes another ordinance similar to the ordinance that got this whole thing started? Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, told the News & Record (emphasis mine): We did not seek this out,” saidContinue Reading






Liberal explains why the anti-Trump furor baffles him

Sean Lester explains in a Federalist column why the overheated reaction to Donald Trump’s presidential victory baffles him. As a member of the political left, I’ve been harrowed to see the sensational and ever-escalating narratives about Donald Trump (and the election generally) coming from my own supposed half of the spectrum. Trump has many negativeContinue Reading






The Electoral College and the race card

Gabby Morrongiello dissects for Washington Examiner readers the latest Democratic line of attack against Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. Democrats still mourning the outcome of last month’s election have added a new step to their grieving process: leveling charges of racism against those who support the constitutional method of electing the president. In keeping withContinue Reading






Who’s anti-science?

Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller documents a federal agency’s efforts to scuttle science in the name of promoting its preferred policy. Department of Energy (DOE) officials withheld information from Congress to advance President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and fired an employee who honestly and thoroughly answered legislative staff’s questions, a congressional committee investigationContinue Reading






Trump and conservatives

Tim Alberta of National Review Online ponders conservatism’s future in the era of Trump. Many in the GOP believe they are entering a metamorphic period in the modern histories of both Republicanism and conservatism, one in which their intertwined loyalties and ideologies and dogmas could be scrambled and realigned. Conservatives in particular tend to believeContinue Reading






A government bureaucracy based almost entirely on politics

Ronald Rubin writes at National Review Online about the “tragic downfall” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On October 11, 2016, in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals found the CFPB’s structure unconstitutional and “fixed” it by empowering the president to remove the agency’sContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. lawmakers’ decision to keep House Bill 2 intact. The Daily Journal points out differences between labeling legislation good or bad and determining whether it’s constitutional.