Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Audit: NCAE had only 7,331 members on payroll deduction in 2015

An audit of union/employee association membership found that the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), the state affiliate of the National Education Association, had only 7,331 members on employer payroll deduction as of December 2015. State auditors wrote, We were unable to obtain the total membership count and type of membership count from the North CarolinaContinue Reading

Tempest in a Teapot, Continued

I wrote last week about State of Washington v. Trump, the case in which the Trump administration is defending an executive order temporarily blocking US entry by aliens from certain countries. In that previous post I complained that this legal dispute over a temporary restraining order on a temporary entry ban on aliens from small number of deeply disfunctional countries had “already consumedContinue Reading

GoBankingRates uses WalletHub method of attracting web traffic

GoBankingRates has a new “study” of average teacher salaries, titled “Here’s How Much Teachers Make in Every State.” Charleston South Carolina-based freelance writer Lia Sestric calculates North Carolina’s average as $43,587, even though the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently reported that the average North Carolina teacher salary is $49,837.  The $6,250 discrepancy falls shortContinue Reading

A look at leaks

Andrew Malcolm dissects the factors that contribute to political leaks for a HotAir.com column. Leaking in political capitals like Washington can be a sophisticated strategic game with trade-craft elements of a John LeCarre novel involving code words, secret rendezvous in person or by phone and fake messages to advance or defeat a cause and especiallyContinue Reading

Disturbing comments from Trump about civil asset forfeiture

Jacob Sullum explains at Reason.com why President Trump’s comments about civil asset forfeiture should cause concerns. Trump’s knee-jerk support for civil asset forfeiture is troubling, especially in light of a growing bipartisan consensus that the practice should be reformed or abolished because it hurts innocent property owners and warps law enforcement priorities. Worse, the WhiteContinue Reading

Gorsuch and Chevron

John McGinnis writes for the Library of Law and Liberty about one of the most significant differences between Judge Neil Gorsuch and the man he would succeed on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Neil Gorsuch is worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia. He is an advocate of originalism who writes well enough to persuade theContinue Reading

Barron’s ponders prospects for tax reform

Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explores the “magical mystery tax plan” that’s expected from Washington. What’s a word worth? If the word is “phenomenal” and it’s uttered by Donald Trump, apparently $175 billion. That’s how much the value of U.S. stocks increased on Thursday, according to Wilshire Associates’ calculations, after the president used that word toContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor probes problems plaguing pension plans

Thomas Donlan devotes a major portion of his latest Barron’s editorial commentary to long-term fiscal challenges related to state pension funds. Beyond the unfortunate short-term dependence of many states on money that falls from the federal heavens, there are the unfortunate longer-term policies of their own that have put many states in fiscal trouble. ChiefContinue Reading