Politics

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    Washington Examiner lauds the Senate leader

    Editors at the Washington Examiner highlight one reason to praise U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell. When it comes to achieving confirmation of conservative judges, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has good reason to be “tooting [his] own horn.” The Kentucky Republican admitted that’s what he was doing when…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    An election of constitutional norms versus changing rules

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online explores one important aspect of the choice in this year’s presidential race. An inert Biden is playing the role of good ol’ Joe from Scranton, while his supporters hope not to change not only the presidency but also the very rules…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    Trump’s electoral performance and the GOP’s future

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online predicts that the outcome of President Trump’s re-election bid will deliver long-term lessons to the Republican Party. If Donald Trump wins another term next week, he will be the undisputed face of the Republican Party for another four years. Beating Hillary Clinton,…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Even political junkies might know little about N.C. elections beyond the races for president, governor, and U.S. Senate. Rick Henderson analyzes recent developments in other important statewide races for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses learning loss among public school students tied…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    Senate leader cites concerns about Supreme Court’s decision on N.C. ballot rules

    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the extension of North Carolina’s absentee ballot deadline, the top officer in the state Senate is responding. The high court officially closed the door today on N.C. legislators’ legal appeals, with a 5-3 decision in the case called Berger…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2020
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    Democrats reap consequences of their own primary election

    Emily Jashinsky of the Federalist explains the negative impact of Democrats’ kid-gloves approach to nominating Joe Biden for president. In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s primary opponents would have cared about his family’s documented habit of trading on their powerful last name, almost certainly with the former…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2020
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    Fear of Barrett is really fear of the Constitution

    David Harsanyi explores at National Review Online leftists’ fears of new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Nothing threatens the progressive project more than the existence of a Supreme Court that adheres to the Constitution. It’s really that simple. That’s what the tantrum over Justice Amy Coney…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. local governments pushing back against Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for local action enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. Carolina Journal Online also reports on the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Republicans’ attempt to restore the Nov. 6 deadline for counting absentee ballots in…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2020