Category Archives: Politics

Goldberg offers interesting take on the media’s growing aversion to man-bites-dog stories

If you enjoyed Jon Ham’s recent take on the media’s treatment of man-bites-dog stories, you might enjoy Jonah Goldberg‘s exploration of the same topic in the pages of the latest National Review. The real point of the phrase “man bites dog” is to suggest that journalists have a bias toward surprising news, even if it’sContinue Reading

Here’s a shocker: Politics likely played a larger role than science in boosting a solar company

Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon digs into the details of a politically motivated “green energy” project involving the Obama adminstration’s U.S. Energy Department. The Department of Energy ignored warnings by internal solar experts when it subsidized a solar company backed by a major Democratic donor that went bankrupt in 2012, according to aContinue Reading

New emails shed more light on IRS scandal

Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner analyzes the latest revelations in the scandal surrounding IRS efforts targeting conservative and Tea Party groups. Congressional and media attention in the IRS scandal thus far has focused mainly on the federal tax agency and its former exempt organizations director, Lois Lerner. But Judicial Watch, the non-profit government watchdog,Continue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Obamacare supporters claimed victory once official health insurance exchange enrollment numbers topped 7 million nationwide. Katherine Restrepo analyzes what those numbers really mean during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses North Carolina’s unfunded liability for health and pension plans that benefit retired government workers. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest describes the workContinue Reading

Wake County teacher loses

According to the Wake County Schools blog, As of April 9, 2014, more than 600 teachers have left their jobs since the beginning of the school year on July 1, 2013, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year. Here is some perspective: According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, WakeContinue Reading

Charlotte Observer editorial offers its own “education in politics”

I am not surprised that the Charlotte Observer editorial staff is attacking the Republican chairs of the North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force, Rep. Rob Bryan and Sen. Jerry Tillman. I am also not surprised that the editorial staff dedicated so much ink praising Democratic task force member Rep. Tricia Cotham, a legislatorContinue Reading

Ten questions that the media should ask

Today, Wake County school officials are holding a press conference to discuss ““the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.”  Here are some questions that the media should ask those participating in the press conference: 1. Is this a Wake CountyContinue Reading

Barack Obama and voter suppression

Those who have followed North Carolina’s voter ID debate closely might find some interest in a Daily Caller column from Hughey Newsome, member of the advisory council for Project 21. Claims that voter ID and other polling place protections are intentional attempts to suppress minority voters continue to garner headlines. That this has happened inContinue Reading