Politics

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    Bringing back congressional earmarks

    With Democrats set to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports on their plan to revive a discarded piece of past federal budgets. House Democrats are eager to revive the notorious earmark, which is any provision that allocates cash to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    America’s intolerable tolerance

    If you attended this week’s John Locke Foundation presentation from David French, you heard a preview of his latest column for National Review Online. French contends today’s America is “intolerably tolerant.” When you think of the sheer vindictiveness of what happened to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, it takes…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    More fiscal notes, please

    We’ve been generally supportive of the General Assembly’s approach to budgeting, even as we’ve cautioned against overspending and continued to seek reforms in the process. Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene highlight North Carolina in their summary of a useful report from the left-of-center Center for Budget and Policy Priorities on…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2018
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    Shining light on budget differences

    Unlike many of their media peers, editors at the Washington Examiner issue no complaints about this week’s televised shouting match featuring President Trump, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, and House counterpart Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, Pelosi didn’t seem to be enjoying the show she had done as much as…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018
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    Sanders, private jets, and climate alarmism

    For a guy who professes a great deal of concern about climate change, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders spends an awful lot of time on emissions-spewing private jets. Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon reports. The reelection campaign for Bernie Sanders spent more than $400,000 to travel on…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018
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    The mob and Kevin Hart

    Ben Shapiro of National Review Online muses on the recent controversy involving comedian Kevin Hart and the Oscars. [S]hortly after being tapped to host the Oscars, Hollywood star Kevin Hart found himself on the wrong side of the woke social-justice warriors. His great sin: Years ago, he tweeted…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the plan for new state elections and ethics boards that lawmakers have sent to the governor. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal argues that America stands closer to morning than midnight, despite the tone of today’s political rhetoric.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018