Politics (page 1003)

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    Goldberg wonders why those who deny corporations are people are the quickest to anthropomorphize them

    Mitt Romney has been taking some hits for telling a heckler, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Jonah Goldberg examines the comment in his latest National Review Online column. Okay, corporations aren’t people in the whole carbon-based humanoid life-form sense. If they were, then Stephen…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    No, not the Van Halen!

    Do we really need government to license music therapists? A front-page News & Observer story features a number of people who believe the answer is “yes.” But as regular readers in this forum know, government-controlled occupational licensing generally serves as a way to protect incumbents in…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    Let’s hope this is true

    While making a case for a system of confirmation and retention elections for North Carolina judges, Duke law professor Paul Carrington offers News & Observer readers the following assessment: Alas, our good system is now dead. The Supreme Court of the United States held in 2010…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    Borders assesses Thatcher’s views on progressive politics

    Max Borders‘ latest Ideas Matter update highlights former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher‘s thoughts on the progressive world-view. Margaret Thatcher is right: They would rather the poor were poorer, provided the rich were less rich. This is the essence of the progressive…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a lawsuit involving the tape recording of a closed session in which Bertie County commissioners gave their county manager a 42 percent raise. John Hood’s Daily Journal critiques Gov. Beverly Perdue’s re-election strategy.
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    New at CJO: Democrats trade tax-hike proposals

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about reaction to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposal to raise the state sales tax in the next budget year.
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2012
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    NC Association of School Administrators claim requires evidence

    In a press release announcing support for raising the state sales tax, the Perdue administration attributes the “49th in per-pupil spending” statistic to the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA). If NCASA is responsible for the statistic, I expect that they will produce evidence to…
    Terry Stoops, January 17, 2012
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    Re: Felons voting

    Daniel, the odd thing about the felon voting issue (if you want to call it that) is that many states already allow those convicted of a felony to vote. In both North Carolina and South Carolina, the right to vote is automatically restored after the felons get out of…
    Michael Lowrey, January 17, 2012