Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

What Should Judges Do when, “The Law Is a Ass–a Idiot”?

As I’ve previously explained, I couldn’t be happier about the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch’s allusion to my favorite passage in Oliver Twist is just one of the many ways in which in his dissent in A.M. v. Holmes illustrates why I’m so enthusiastic: If a seventh grader starts trading fake burpsContinue Reading

JLF health care expert pans impact of ‘Obamacare Lite’ on N.C. Medicaid expansion

Katherine Restrepo’s latest Forbes column explains why the proposed American Health Care Act could lead to some bad results for North Carolina taxpayers. … [T]he intraparty divide over how health reform should take shape remains intense, especially when it comes to restructuring Medicaid, the health insurance program that provides medical assistance at no cost forContinue Reading

Loss of a handful of one-off events fails to disrupt world’s 30th largest economy

This, mind you, is shocking news. The News & Observer and PolitifactNC just had to report that, blast it, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is right about HB2’s lack of economic impact, specifically when he said this in Texas in support of a similar measure there: If you look at the most extreme instances of economicContinue Reading

Obamacare and conservatives

James Antle describes in the Washington Examiner a critical challenge for conservatives who hope to repair damage created by the Affordable Care Act. On Obamacare, Republicans once again find themselves uniting the country — against them. Conservatives believe their party’s congressional leaders have sold out. Non-conservatives think they are dangerously right-wing. Conservatives say Republicans areContinue Reading

More concerns about U.S. nuclear weapons capability

Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon details top generals’ concerns about the U.S. military’s system of nuclear deterrence. The U.S. military is relying on zero-hour modernization to maintain its aging nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent against adversaries, according to two top U.S. generals. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs ofContinue Reading

Do Democrats have a Clinton problem?

Heather Wilhelm thinks so. She explains why at National Review Online. Dear Democrats: You might not like what you’re about to hear, but here goes. You might need to get over the Clintons. I know, I know. Breakups are hard. Many of you were hung up on this lady — this mysteriously humorless, occasionally cacklingContinue Reading

Looking for GOP leaders

Ian Tuttle of National Review Online describes Republican leaders’ timidity when it comes to addressing Obamacare. It’s difficult to explain charitably what is taking place. It’s not as if Republicans had cloaked their intentions toward Obamacare. House Republicans voted several times during the Obama administration to fully repeal the former president’s signature law. They passedContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Gov. Roy Cooper wants to boost teacher pay in his budget plan, but he has little interest in school choice options. Terry Stoops assesses the education element of Cooper’s first state budget proposal during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Matt Bales of the N.C. Coalition for Fiscal Health explains why his group isContinue Reading