Carolina Journal

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    These 6 constitutional amendments will appear on the November ballot

    Come November, North Carolina voters will give a thumbs up or thumbs down to six amendments to the North Carolina constitution. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak details the six, and she provides interesting background. Out of the 45 amendments proposed since the adoption of the 1971 constitution, voters rejected just…
    Donna Martinez, July 10, 2018
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    US Supreme Court Will Rule Soon in Two Gerrymandering Cases

    Galen Druke provides a useful analysis at FiveThirtyEight: In the next few weeks — or even days! — extreme partisan gerrymandering may be rescued from legal purgatory. Is it constitutional or not? For years, we haven’t known. But by the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme…
    Jon Guze, June 15, 2018
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    Improving data in state government

    State Auditor Beth Wood and her staff work in a building that has been smoke-free for years. It has been illegal to smoke in state-government buildings since 2010. In recent testimony to the Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, however, Wood noted that janitorial contracts require ash trays to be emptied every…
    Joseph Coletti, May 30, 2018
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    GOP legislative leaders announce $23.9 billion spending deal

    Carolina Journal reports on a budget target announced Monday by legislative leaders. The plan would put spending within the combined growth of population and inflation. Teachers would see another pay raise. Legislative leaders removed some of the guesswork for the legislative short session starting May 16 by announcing they…
    Donna Martinez, May 8, 2018
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    Cartoon: Bring It On?

    Donna Martinez, April 11, 2018
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    Garland Tucker Analyzes Tax Reform and the Left’s Favorite Fables

    Government intervention in the economy has failed time and again, yet the Left persists with its narrative. JLF Senior Fellow Garland Tucker takes apart the key fables, including the persistent idea that the 1920s were catastrophic. As for the supposed “chaos” of the 1920s, America actually experienced…
    Donna Martinez, March 22, 2018
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    Today at JLF: Nonprofit Journalism In the Spotlight

    Join us today at Noon at JLF. As the number of traditional media outlets have declined for economic reasons, some gaps in coverage increasingly are being filled by nonprofit groups. Many of them are staffed by journalists with “mainstream” experience. These outlets are gaining public credibility — as shown…
    Donna Martinez, March 19, 2018