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Mitch Kokai

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Long-term N.C. road-funding challenges

North Carolina has the second-largest network of state-maintained roads in the country and one of the nation’s highest gas taxes. Plus motor vehicles’ increased fuel efficiency means that the gas tax will bring in less revenue as time goes on. Gary Harris, executive director of N.C. Petroleum and Convenience Marketers, discussed the implications for theContinue Reading

Daily Caller highlights Haugh’s Facebook spat

Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller takes note of Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh’s heated exchange last week with a critic on Facebook. The Libertarian Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina got into a heated Facebook argument this week with a voter, dismissing the woman as an “idiot” and an “ignorantContinue Reading

When communism and capitalism don’t mix

Those who tout the Chinese economy (despite warning signs that all might not be as rosy as promised) might want to read an article from the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. Jiang Jianqing, chairman of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (601398:CH), the world’s biggest bank, earned 2 million yuan last year in salary, bonus, and benefits.Continue Reading

Escaping the bubble

Those who’ve read Charles Murray’s book Coming Apart will recall a key theme: the decreasing likelihood that the affluent and members of the working class will interact regularly in their daily lives. Murray laments that change in American life. Two physicians writing in the latest issue of Barron’s magazine share similar concerns. Dr. Robert DoroghaziContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man explains why politicians have fled D.C.

Jim McTague of Barron’s devotes his latest “D.C. Current” column to the recent congressional rush to flee the nation’s capital. Ballots away! Voting in the 2014 midterm elections has already begun by mail in many states with the casting of absentee ballots. Prognosticators pay close attention to this early action — and with good reason.Continue Reading

Who’s writing the environmental laws?

Alex Adrianson explores that topic for the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog. Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency have given outside pressure groups unprecedented access and improper influence over environmental policy, says Christopher Horner. Horner and his colleagues at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute reviewed hundreds of pages of agency emails obtained—with considerable resistanceContinue Reading

Rising income inequality? The numbers don’t add up

Economics professor Mark Perry of the University of Michigan-Flint examines for the American Enterprise Institute the notion popularized by Thomas Piketty and others that the United States faces a problem of growing income inequality. We hear all the time about “rising income inequality” in America (there are about 1 million Google search results for thatContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina’s obligations for targeted tax incentives could top $800 million. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores contrasting voting preferences in different N.C. regions.

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