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The promise and peril of opportunity scholarships in North Carolina

One day after a Superior Court judge agreed not to block the first distribution of opportunity scholarships — or school vouchers — in North Carolina, one of the scholarship program’s chief advocates discussed the program’s history during a Friedman Legacy Day lecture at the John Locke Foundation office. The lecture is named for the lateContinue Reading

Unionization costly to workers

Even if union activity leads to harm for the economy as a whole, unions lead to benefits for workers themselves, don’t they? Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner focuses on the portion of a recent study that questions that notion. Heavy unionization cost the average worker in Michigan about $11,000 over the last 50 years.Continue Reading

NY lawsuit challenges teacher tenure

Former CNN and NBC television news anchor Campbell Brown continues her push to improve public education by targeting teacher tenure. Blake Neff of The Daily Caller reports. A new lawsuit filed in New York on Monday seeks to make the state’s labor laws for teachers follow the same course recently taken in California, where aContinue Reading

Krugman substitutes repetition for accuracy

Jim Huffman of the Hoover Institution adds his voice to the chorus of critics of Paul Krugman. The Daily Caller publishes the results. Most good college teachers know they need to repeat themselves – not necessarily with the same words but with the same facts, or concepts, or theories. Repetition raises the odds of penetratingContinue Reading

Who’s really interested in talking about impeachment?

Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column challenges the notion that Republicans are more interested than Democrats in talking about presidential impeachment. Far more than Republicans, Democrats love talking about impeachment. Not just Pelosi and the DCCC, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer, and first lady Michelle Obama all chummed the waters with theContinue Reading

Geraghty sees plenty of problems in new Afghanistan report

Those who heard Jim Geraghty’s presentation earlier this week to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society might remember his reference to an inspector general’s report linked to American operations in Afghanistan. Geraghty offers more details from that report in a new National Review Online column. The report identified major problems in the Afghan government’s abilityContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online that the state elections board is looking into Democratic Rep. Michael Wray’s campaign finances. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains that fracking won’t make your water burn.

Block grants, tax credits among the best reforms for N.C. Medicaid

As state legislators continue to haggle over reform of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, a new John Locke Foundation report explains how fundamental changes in the funding system would improve Medicaid. That includes converting the federal portion of Medicaid into an annual block grant and using tax credits to help healthier Medicaid patients purchase private healthContinue Reading

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