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Split N.C. appellate panel rules against charter schools in funding dispute with Cleveland County

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 this morning that a Superior Court judge must reassess his 2013 decision to award $57,000 in funding and $47,000 in attorney’s fees to three charter schools in a dispute with the Cleveland County public school system. The court’s majority says the judge did not makeContinue Reading

Man-bites-dog story: French Socialists pursue government spending cuts

Perhaps there’s another way in which American government leaders can learn a lesson from France. The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek offers details. During his 27 months in office, French President François Hollande has consistently disappointed his countrymen with predictions of economic recovery that haven’t materialized. Now the beleaguered Hollande is trying to quell aContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man exposes some flaws in the federal regulatory process

Remember when the financial crisis prompted lawmakers on Capitol Hill to promise to “do something”? Jim McTague of Barron’s does. He offers an update on the new regulatory “crackdown” in his latest “D.C. Current” column. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday adopted two related rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial-marketContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor tackles the Burger King boogie to Canada

Thomas Donlan‘s latest editorial commentary for Barron’s delves into Burger King’s plans to move operations north of the Canadian border. Tim Hortons earned more than $425 million last year, which is about twice what Burger King earned, even though the stock market value of each company was about the same before the deal was announced.Continue Reading

A Common Core exit strategy

Jim Stergios of the Massachusetts-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research examines various states’ plans for disentangling themselves from Common Core. Indiana’s repeal and replace bill showed how not to extricate a state from the Core. Governor Pence demonstrated little interest in policy or in educational quality; nor did he evince a clear vision ofContinue Reading

Shaking down banks to fund left-wing groups

Alex Adrianson of the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog documents a disturbing story associated with the U.S. Justice Department’s recent mortgage-fraud settlements with the nation’s big banks. So far, Left wing activist groups have netted $128 billion from so-called mortgage fraud settlements that the Department of Justice is negotiating with the big banks. Investor’s BusinessContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the potential statewide impact of a legal challenge involving rules for public behavior at the state legislative complex. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal examines a recent enrollment drop in North Carolina’s education schools.

Hayward ponders the future of leftist statism

Steven Hayward asks in the headline of a Powerline blog entry: “Is the Left Approaching a Kool-Aid Moment?” And he’s not just talking about the American political Left. We noted here the other day … the agony of the left over Obama’s miserable performance of late. But there are other signs that leftism is fallingContinue Reading

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