Archive: Tue Mar 2017

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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Jon Sanders, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Kory Swanson, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2017