Archive: Thu Feb 2017

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    Leef urges Congress to take lead on civil-asset forfeiture reform

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column explains why Congress should act to rein in civil-asset forfeiture, even if that means opposition to President Trump. Shortly after the election, I wrote that Trump should become a proponent of civil asset forfeiture and defang this vicious beast. A huge…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017
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    Winston-Salem: ‘welcoming city’ for illegals?

    City Council member Dan Besse has proposed a resolution that would make Winston-Salem a ‘welcoming city’ —as opposed to a ‘sanctuary city’—-for illegal immigrants: Besse said his resolution would put the city on record as opposing any measure that would “target populations within our diverse community for legal scrutiny,”…
    Sam Hieb, February 16, 2017
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    NC goes from 31 to 14 in small business index

    The latest Small Business Policy Index published by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has ranked North Carolina as 14th best in the nation for having a conducive policy environment for small business and for “entrepreneurial friendliness.” The index is based heavily on personal and business taxes. The…
    Roy Cordato, February 16, 2017
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    Recapping the Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort

    Christopher Jacobs details at the Federalist website the challenges facing Republicans who want quick action on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. With Congress heading towards its first recess at week’s end, it’s time to summarize where things stand on one of Republicans’…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017
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    Republicans looking to Warren to set Democratic example

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner explains why many Washington, D.C.-based Republicans are happy to see liberal Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren attract more attention. In Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Republicans see a next-generation liberal bogeyman they can use to trip up vulnerable Democrats running for…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017
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    Ethics concerns surrounding federal elections official

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon details concerns surrounding a recent demand from a member of the Federal Elections Commission. A Democratic Federal Elections Commission official may have violated federal ethics laws in her quest to have President Donald Trump provide proof that…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017
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    Trump’s limited ability to affect prescription drug prices

    Michael Tanner writes at National Review Online about the president’s pledge to help lower prescription drug prices. Candidate Trump garnered bipartisan plaudits by criticizing the pharmaceutical industry for the high cost of prescription drugs. Shortly after becoming president, he reached out to Democrats such…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017
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    Learning from history

    Ben Shapiro explains at National Review Online why it’s unwise to try to rewrite or oversimplify history. Over the weekend, Yale University announced that a residential college would no longer be named after John C. Calhoun, secretary of war under James Monroe, vice president…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2017