About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Oh, stow your politics and just enjoy Thanksgiving

Once again, the Angry Left is flooding social media and the Internet with holiday how-to’s. Not how-to’s for recipes and decorating ideas, however. Rather, they’re for their apparently unquestioned need for boorishly waylaying family members with insufferable political lecturing on a day supposedly set apart for all to give thanks to God together. Here’s what I wroteContinue Reading

“Hey, other energy sources get subsidies, too!” About that…

My newsletter discusses the differing federal subsidies for different electricity sources. The data come from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which compiled the report earlier this year in response “to a September 2014 request to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from U.S. Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, andContinue Reading

Counter to the talking point, states balking at Syrian refugees tend to be the most charitable

One would think in the aftermath of Paris and the still-recent memory of Boston, that it would behoove the Left in politics and media to stop pretending that there’s no serious security concern regarding thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees suddenly seeking entrance in the U.S. One would think. But the talking point has beenContinue Reading

Partisan Bible thumper openly asserts “the politics of God”

Twice in three weeks a preacher has been given a public forum to speak about Jesus and the Gospel, and twice in three weeks that preacher has asserted a very political, small Jesus whose politics dovetails neatly with that of current American “progressives” — and left the Gospel out of it. So what gospel is there? It’sContinue Reading

Why it’s not enough to say ‘but our electricity rates are some of the lowest around’

Because, prior to 2008 when the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate took effect, North Carolina’s electricity rates were decidedly lower than the national and regional averages. Since then, N.C.’s rates have been fast converging on those averages — still lower, but growing at a faster clip than both. We’re losing that competitive advantage. AndContinue Reading

Partisan Bible thumpers rebuke partisan Bible thumpers

And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?“ The “I Stand With God Pro-Family” political rally featuring Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, has upset political ministers of the left. They disagreeContinue Reading

Purity of the cause for sensible outdoor dining rules in Raleigh has been ruined

Reductio ad Kocham strikes again, and I can only imagine the conundrum it must be causing Raleigh leftists who want to see sensible outdoor dining rules in downtown. IndyWeek, which had previously looked into the downtown dining complaints, investigates a flyer mailed to Raleigh voters that says “Like Eating Outside? The Raleigh City Council doesn’t. TheContinue Reading

Washington Legal Foundation joins fight against FCC preemption of state law

At issue is whether the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration acted properly by overturning state laws limiting municipal subsidies to city-owned broadband services. North Carolina’s lawsuit against the FCC is before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The FCC ruling preempts North Carolina’s Level Playing Field law governing how municipalities — which under the N.C.Continue Reading

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