Category Archives: Politics

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 24, 2014

• Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh gets an unexpected boost from the American Future Fund, a Koch-brothers group, with a series of ads highlighting Haugh’s support of marijuana legalization. • It’s the time of the season for high-profile surrogates to make a late pitch for candidates. In the Senate race, this weekend two formerContinue Reading

Lowry bats back bilious blather about voter ID

Rich Lowry probes for Politico readers the over-the-top reaction to voter identification laws. For the left, voter ID is tantamount to a poll tax. It is meant to suppress minority voters and is a last-gasp, unconstitutional scheme by the Republican Party to save itself by decisively shaping the electorate to its advantage. If all ofContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina’s elections are proceeding under rules set out in a 2013 election law, thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Rick Henderson analyzes that ruling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray takes on left-of-center political activists’ definition of “women’s issues.” Jim Geraghty of National Review shares highlightsContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Evelyn Howell profiles for Carolina Journal Online the N.C. House District 115 election. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal blasts media outlets that allowed the federal government to review and edit their stories.

Hagan spin team hopes TV stations can’t use a dictionary

Remember: Businesses owned by family members of Kay Hagan received more than $400,000 in direct federal stimulus funding, tax credits, and other renewable energy payments and Team Hagan wants you to believe no one in the family benefited from the free cash. This helps explain the latest installment in the ad war saga involving thoseContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 23, 2014

• The campaigns of 7th District Congressional candidates Jonathan Barfield (Democrat) and David Rouzer (Republican) have new ads on YouTube. Barfield: Rouzer: • Early voting opens today! Find an early voting site and the hours it will be open at your county Board of Elections site using this portal. • Speaking of early voting, inContinue Reading

Stalinism was no corruption of communism

Historian Anne Applebaum reviews for The Atlantic a nearly 1,000-page book on the first 50 years of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s life. Among author Stephen Kotkin’s most interesting observations: Stalin’s murderous regime did not result from some perversion of a communist ideal. Unlike the uneducated cynic of Trotsky’s imagination, the real Stalin justified each andContinue Reading

Emulating Ethiopians?

Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon probes the political philosophy that buttresses the work of this year’s top political donor. Does Tom Steyer want Americans to live more like Ethiopians? His ideological mentor and the man responsible for his political ascendance does. Middlebury professor and environmentalist radical Bill McKibben recruited Steyer into the nationalContinue Reading