Daren Bakst

Posts by Daren Bakst (page 5)

  • Feline Individual Mandate Necessary

    President Obama and his Democratic colleagues felt that Congress has the power to mandate that humans buy health insurance.  If Congress has such power, I believe we need to address an equally serious problem.  The problem has come to my attention because my cat is sick. For those of you…
    Daren Bakst, September 16, 2011
  • Lawsuit Challenging State Taxpayer Financing Systems

    A new lawsuit has been filed challenging North Carolina’s taxpayer financing systems.  The United States Supreme Court, in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett, recently ruled that rescue funds (or matching funds) that make up these campaign finance systems are unconstitutional. Rescue funds are money that is triggered…
    Daren Bakst, September 15, 2011
  • Waiting on an Eminent Domain Amendment

    In a recent op-ed, Scott Mooneyham questions why the legislature doesn’t seem that interested in private property rights. He very well may be right that the legislature doesn’t care enough about private property rights, but his reasoning isn’t on target. The legislature has decided not to push an eminent…
    Daren Bakst, September 15, 2011
  • Senate Approves Marriage Amendment

    The NC Senate just approved the marriage amendment (30-16 vote).  The House approved the amendment yesterday.  It will be on the ballot in May, 2012. Here’s the amendment language: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in…
    Daren Bakst, September 13, 2011
  • Marriage Amendment is not Big Government

    The Raleigh News & Observer argues in an editorial: And though Republicans claim to be the party of small government, this amendment in fact represents big government. Because of conservative desires to regulate personal behavior, it flies in the face of the right to equal protection under the law.
    Daren Bakst, September 13, 2011
  • No More Elections for Appellate Judges?

    The North Carolina Bar Association has been floating a plan (apparently codified in SB 458) that would no longer allow North Carolinians to vote for appellate court judges. As the Winston-Salem Journal explains, the legislature may move in September to change the judicial elections process. The common complaint…
    Daren Bakst, September 8, 2011
  • Is a Marriage Amendment a Form of Hate Speech?

    Without getting into the pros and cons of a marriage amendment, the political debate surrounding the proposed marriage amendment is certainly interesting. Having said that, it also has gotten extreme.  House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joe Hackney recently argued, “This proposed constitutional amendment runs against the tide of history, and…
    Daren Bakst, September 6, 2011
  • DOE Subcommittee Releases Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

    Fracking is a process that allows the recovery of natural gas and oil from deep shale formations. The United States Department of Energy’s natural gas subcommittee just released a draft report (PDF) on hydraulic fracturing. The committee, which was charged with making recommendations on fracking, will…
    Daren Bakst, August 17, 2011