Daily Archives: February 16, 2017

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 majority of the public thinks that civil asset forfeitureContinue Reading

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,” and that the city “recognizes thatContinue Reading

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 higher these taxes the worse a stateContinue Reading

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’ top objectives—repealing Obamacare—and might be headed next. While those who wantContinue Reading

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 re-election in red states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might notContinue Reading

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 voter fraud occurred in New Hampshire during the 2016 elections, expertsContinue Reading

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 as Representative Elijah Cummings with a promise to lower drug costs.Continue Reading

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 of the United States under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson,Continue Reading