Archive: Mon Apr 2017

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    Unsustainable energy, illustrated

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers another glimpse, if you’re paying attention, into just how government-driven North Carolina’s “powerhouse solar industry” actually is. Look at this graph, from the EIA’s “Today in Energy” post entitled “North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar facilities than any other state“: EIA explains:…
    Jon Sanders, April 3, 2017
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    It’s time for North Carolina to say no to corporate hostage taking

    Last week, the Triangle Business Journal ran a story, Email records show NC ‘made a hard run’ for Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin spaceship manufacturing operation.    The piece looks at emails from officials within the Department of Commerce and traces their quest to lure Blue Origin to North Carolina.
    Julie Tisdale, April 3, 2017
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    School Choice Deniers

    The Wall Street Journal sets the record straight on what the best available research says about the efficacy of school vouchers. A meta-analysis last year by the Friedman Foundation found that 14 of 18 empirical studies analyzing programs in which students were chosen at random by lottery found…
    Terry Stoops, April 3, 2017
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    DeVos at Fort Bragg today

    According to Politico’s Morning Education, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits the sprawling Army post Fort Bragg, N.C., at 10 a.m. today to read to students and meet with school officials at Kimberly Hampton Primary School. The Defense Department-funded school was named after Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, a military pilot…
    Terry Stoops, April 3, 2017
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    The folly of filibustering Gorsuch

    Liam Donovan of Politico assesses U.S. Senate Democrats’ political calculations involving the filibuster of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. After three days of breezily proficient testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed. The high court nominee deftly parried the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2017
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    Putting Russian meddling in perspective

    Sharyl Attkisson explores the media’s fascination with the possibility of Russian influence over the 2016 American presidential election. Let me be clear: Do I think it’s possible Russia tried to influence the outcome of our elections? Absolutely. In fact, I consider it quite likely. Not because…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2017
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    Replacing Obamacare with something worse

    Sally Pipes reminds Investor’s Business Daily readers that Republicans aren’t the only ones working on botching federal health care policy. While the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare may have failed, Democrats in California and in D.C. are just getting started in their effort…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2017
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    Entitlements and economic ruin

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s explains in an “Economic Beat” column how Social Security and Medicare “are ruining us.” “The federal government’s budget is on the road to hell,” warned Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. “There is no polite way to describe…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2017