Archive: Tue Apr 2017

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    Journal article reveals tensions between NCAE and Organize 2020

    Organize 2020 is the “social justice caucus” of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the state’s National Education Association affiliate.  Last year, 14 members of Organize 2020 were arrested in downtown Raleigh for sitting in the middle of the road to protest education funding or something.  Citizen journalist…
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2017
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    Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn touts Convention of States during N.C. visit

    A former U.S. senator who earned national recognition for fighting waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government is now touting a tool to rein in that government. Tom Coburn visited Raleigh today to help promote the Convention of States. It’s an organization pushing states to support a process spelled…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017
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    N.C. retailers take swing at border adjustment tax

    Groups advocating for retailers and consumers are lining up to oppose the border adjustment tax, or BAT. It’s under consideration on Capitol Hill as part of a federal tax reform plan. Supporters say the new tax on imports would help promote exports and American-made goods. But critics from the N.C.
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017
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    Wake County middle school worksheet takes a page from the Maury Show

    The Maury Show is famous for conducting DNA tests for guests who have doubts about the paternity of their children. Yesterday’s show, for example, was “6 Kids denied…5 men tested…Who’s the father?” Now, a middle school in Wake County is bringing that experience to the classroom. I received a…
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2017
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    Americans for Tax Reform leader labels proposed robot tax ‘stupid’

    Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform is no fan of a proposed “robot tax” touted by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Daniel Chaitin reports for the Washington Examiner. “A robot tax is a particularly stupid tax. It is a tax on productivity — a tax on…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017
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    Obamacare’s ballooning costs

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon details the latest evidence of the Affordable Care Act failing to live up to its name. If the federal government fails to fund the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing subsidies, average premiums for the silver plan would have to rise…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017
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    Gorsuch prepares

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller reports on preparations U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has made for his new post. The steady stream of petitions and briefs that make up much of a judge’s typical day will not abate for the high court’s newest member,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017
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    Revisiting the Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan

    Economist Aaron Hedlund argues in a National Review Online column that crafting an “effective, politically viable” plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act should not be as difficult as politicians have suggested in recent weeks. The collapse of the American Health Care Act in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2017