Elections (page 417)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Stephen Hayes of Fox News and The Weekly Standard about the American political landscape. Becki Gray’s guest Daily Journal grades the General Assembly’s response to the John Locke Foundation’s recommendations for the 2011 session.
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2011
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    In case you missed it …

    News 14 Carolina asked the John Locke Foundation to assess the North Carolina impact of this week’s ruling in an Arizona case involving taxpayer-financed election campaigns.
    Mitch Kokai, June 30, 2011
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    Weekly Standard writer downplays value of today’s polls in the 2012 race

    If you want to know the value of current polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, perhaps a perusal of the early summer poll results from 2007 would help. Jay Cost makes that case in a new Weekly Standard column. At this…
    Mitch Kokai, June 30, 2011
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    Do Bachmann’s Medicaid comments make her a hypocrite?

    Some left-of-center commentators have criticized U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for opposing expansion of the Medicaid program while her husband’s mental health clinic takes Medicaid money. Timothy Carney‘s latest Washington Examiner article demonstrates why the criticism is misplaced: Liberal journalists often become unusually unhinged around…
    Mitch Kokai, June 30, 2011
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    Stossel documents the rise of the independents

    John Stossel's latest column posted at Human Events explores the growing number of people identifying themselves as political independents. "Independents are everywhere, and they're becoming the largest single voting bloc in the country," Reason magazine Editor Matt Welch says. " (T)hey can determine every national election and every ... election for state office. So independent voters -- people who refuse to say, 'I'm a Republican or I'm a Democrat' -- that's where all the action is." Welch and Reason.tv Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie just published a book on what to expect from this change: "Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America." ( The big change they see stems from independents' refusal to be absorbed by any party. "Compare the tea party to the ... Howard Dean antiwar movement," Welch said. "Howard Dean became the chairman (of the) Democratic National Committee. But the tea party has kept an arm's length and said, 'No, we're not going to be Republicans. ... (W)e're going to focus on ... government spending, deficit, and debt, and that's it.' ... And by maintaining that independence they have retained power."
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2011
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    A taxpayer-financing advocate predicted it

    Should we have been surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the matching-funds provision in Arizona’s taxpayer-funded election campaign scheme? A provision mirroring the matching-funds provision in North Carolina’s law? Not if we listened one year ago to Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who warned…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2011
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    Justice Kagan: Judicial Activist

    If there was any doubt whether Supreme Court Justice Kagan was going to be a judicial activist, that question was answered in her dissent in the taxpayer financing of campaigns/matching funds case, Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. At the start of her dissent, she writes…
    Daren Bakst, June 28, 2011
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    One reason Perry intrigues so many

    While our governor is vetoing medical malpractice legislation, Texas is taking a different approach to litigation. The latest National Review explains: The state of Texas continues to wage war upon the plaintiffs’ bar: It has adopted a “loser pays” provision to discourage frivolous lawsuits. The lawyers howled about…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2011