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State Dental Board doesn’t even do its real function well

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against the NC State Board of Dental Examiners in an antitrust case that challenged its habit of attacking non-dentists who offer teeth whitening services. It was apparently quite diligent in trying to stifle competition. Now, as we read in Dan Way’s story, the Board is under fire for itsContinue Reading

Sadly, this guy’s arguments are what we’d get from most professors

The debate over the minimum wage brings out a parade of silly, emotional arguments. Don Boudreaux shoots them down like an expert skeet shooter, but they keep coming and coming. Here’s the latest: Mr. Marion Ellis Dear Mr. Ellis: Calling my criticism* of Paul Krugman’s most-recent column “shallow,” you applaud Krugman’s denial that (quoting Krugman)Continue Reading

Wise Decision at NC State

According to the Technician, NC State’s student newspaper, the university will stop offering majors in Africana Studies and women’s and gender studies this fall. The programs will be consolidated into the interdisciplinary studies major. The change is long overdue. Both programs graduate fewer than ten students each year, which the Pope Center has suggested shouldContinue Reading

North Carolina Competes—for what?

Rolling down the legislative trail is a bill that would greatly expand North Carolina’s centerpiece corporate incentives program, currently know as JDIG (Job Development Investment Grant). The bill which was passed in the House Finance Committee yesterday, would, according to the Winston Salem Journal “double to $45 million the largest pot of annual state incentivesContinue Reading

Most Brody Graduates Don’t Stay in North Carolina

In 1974, the ECU Brody School of Medicine was established “to increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state, to enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students in obtaining a medical education, and to improve health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina.” Now, the school is asking legislators for $8Continue Reading

Hanson sets out four criteria for GOP contenders

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online offers some advice for would-be Republican presidential contenders. The usual criteria for political success — plenty of New York and Washington IOUs, youthful vigor, good looks, glibness, access to lots of money — aren’t sufficient any longer to galvanize the Republican party or get out theContinue Reading

RIP M. Stanton Evans

I just received notice that M. Stanton Evans passed away at the age of 80. Evans was one of the originals of the modern conservative movement. He was one of the founders, along with William F. Buckley, of the Young Americans for Freedom in 1959 and was the founder of the American Conservative Union. HeContinue Reading

How King v Burwell Made Its Way To The Supreme Court

Tomorrow morning, Obamacare will be in the hot seat again. The plaintiffs of King v Burwell argue that the IRS has overstepped its legal bounds by administering tax-credits to federally established exchanges. Supporters of the plaintiffs claim that the statutory text of the Affordable Care Act limits tax- credit distribution to financially eligible individual marketContinue Reading