Daily Archives: February 3, 2017

So why are NC’s energy-based emissions falling this century? Oh, and: NC’s energy-based emissions are falling this century

Read about this in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions. If you’d like a hint, these charts: go a long way toward explaining this graph:






DeVos and Duncan

For starters, it looks as though Sen. Thom Tillis will support Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, setting up a showdown vote next week in which Vice President Mike Pence will a 50-50 tie. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune endorses DeVos. Not necessarily a surprise, but note the Tribune’s reasoning: For many years we cheered ChicagoanContinue Reading






How the GOP can address health ‘insurance for everybody’

Tevi Troy joins Lanhee Chen for a Washington Post column exploring President Trump’s approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare. For too long, Republicans have shied away from calling for “universal coverage” because they’ve equated it with the Democratic push for a government-run, single-payer health-care system. But that simply isn’t the case. Market-based reforms can bothContinue Reading






Advice for off-the-wall Trump protesters

Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist offers some food for thought to those whose goal in life revolves around opposition to Donald Trump. These rioters and social media activists are trying to make the same case they tried to make throughout 2016, only louder and with more signs featuring uterine walls and calling for the abolitionContinue Reading






An immediate impact on regulations

Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner documents the immediate impact President Trump’s administration has made on federal regulations. The volume of regulations that pours out of the federal government has been cut dramatically under President Trump, who so far is publishing a daily federal rulebook that on average is about 70 percent smaller than theContinue Reading






Placing Trump’s Supreme Court choice in perspective

Jonathan Tobin‘s National Review Online column offers a better assessment of the Neil Gorsuch nomination than the New York Times offers. You’re shocked, I know. It didn’t matter that Judge Neil Gorsuch was a highly respected jurist or that his stature as a leading conservative intellectual legal thinker made him a natural successor to theContinue Reading






National Review columnist asks simple question about the Democratic Party

Kevin Willianson‘s latest National Review Online column asks: What is the Democratic Party? The popular progressive understanding of the Republican party and conservative movement is something like this: It is, at heart, a conspiracy of corporate oligarchs who use a collection of so-called social issues — religion, bigotry, racial resentment, anti-immigrant sentiment — to stirContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

With Barack Obama out of the White House, congressional Republicans should have an easier time scrapping and replacing Obamacare. Katherine Restrepo examines GOP health care reform ideas during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato explores North Carolina’s recent dramatic improvement in national rankings of state tax policies. Campbell Law School professor GregContinue Reading