Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

Focusing on ‘mens rea’ to ensure honest mistakes don’t turn into crimes

A centuries-old legal principle requires that a person should have a “mens rea,” or guilty mind, to be charged with a crime. That still holds true for most crimes, but a growing number of mainly regulatory crimes ignore that principle. In these cases, filling out paperwork incorrectly or making another honest mistake could lead toContinue Reading






Carolina Journal exposes layer upon layer of solar cronyism

I’ve long noticed two prongs of the solar lobby‘s message to legislators and the media — two messages that I think are completely at odds with one another: Solar is a powerhouse industry in North Carolina. Second in the nation in solar! Solar cannot make it as an industry on its own. Not without extensiveContinue Reading






ALEC critiques Cooper’s State of the State remarks

Elliot Young of the American Legislative Exchange Council takes issue with Gov. Roy Cooper’s assessment of the State of the State. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper began his first State of the State address highlighting the shared interests of all Tar Heel State citizens, but quickly turned to lambast certain Republican-sponsored policies for allegedly damaging theContinue Reading






Is Roy Cooper a closet libertarian?

MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Oh, really? So when I say: Nicole bring me my slippers and fetch my nightcap,” is that prose? PHILOSOPHY MASTER: Most clearly. MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Well, what do you know about that! These forty years now I’ve been speaking in prose without knowing it! —Molière, The Bourgeois Gentleman, 1670   As my colleague JohnContinue Reading






School choice key to urban renewal

Today, EdChoice published “Renewing our Cities: A Case Study on School Choice’s Role in Urban Renewal” by Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison, Jing Zhao.  According to the authors, Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration given toContinue Reading






Phase two of health care reform

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner details this week’s plans for addressing health care reform on Capitol Hill. House Republicans this week will begin debating a series of healthcare reform proposals aimed at winning over GOP lawmakers who are reluctant to support the main GOP proposal to start whittling away at Obamacare. The proposals wouldContinue Reading






Gorsuch and ‘red-state’ Democrats

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon details one strategy designed to boost support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A major conservative judicial activist hopes to give Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch a boost in his confirmation battle by targeting Democrats up for reelection in Republican states. The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) plansContinue Reading






Former JLF speaker resigns at EPA

Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller details infighting at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that involves a former John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society speaker. A senior member of the Trump administration’s beachhead team at the EPA unexpectedly resigned over concerns of the “integrity” of political appointees and career employees. David Schnare was expected to takeContinue Reading