Politics (page 1034)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    The latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on the General Assembly’s special meeting today at the old Capitol to mark the 235th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, a forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why it’s better to hire guards —…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    Barone examines the transformation of public opinion into policy

    Michael Barone‘s latest Washington Examiner article explores the “rough and ready process, with plenty of trial and error” that transforms public opinion into policy results. What is clear is that there already have been significant cuts in domestic discretionary spending — far more than…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2011
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    Big money indeed

    Mark Halperin notes in the latest TIME a key reason for President Obama’s decision to announce his re-election plans more than a year-and-a-half before the 2012 vote: He has no Democratic challenger (so far), and none of the major Republicans jockeying to run against…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2011
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    Redistricting reform effort moves forward with bipartisan bill

    Sixteen N.C. representatives have signed on to a new bill — House Bill 824 — designed to put a “nonpartisan redistricting process” in place. They plan to promote the idea next week. John Hood has discussed in the recent past the need for redistricting reform.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    New at CJO: Perdue, GOP leader debate who’s more jobs-focused

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on contrasting news conferences from Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Both focused on efforts to create jobs in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Some Liberal “Advice”

    I always find it interesting when liberals give advice to conservatives on what conservatives should do to help the conservative movement. It's also interesting when they try to describe why conservatives think the way they do. Both of these phenomena were on display today over at the Huffington Post college page, along with a substantial amount of whining and hand-wringing. Keith William Neely, a liberal student at Vanderbilt, describes scary right-wing radicalism thusly: “At Vanderbilt for example, a local chapter of the radical libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty has found limited success in putting on large events like the one on March 26th, where they prominently displayed the 'National Debt Clock' alongside photocopied images of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to illustrate the need for disbanding the Federal Reserve. At public events, they wear Guy Fawkes masks to advertise their presence, and have even been known to target conservatives with their extremist ire. At the recent IMPACT Symposium, members of the organization passed out leaflets pejoratively branding both Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol as 'neo-cons'.” Yes, they called Bill Kristol a neo-con! The horrors! A national debt clock, my stars, lawd-a-mussy!
    Duke Cheston, April 7, 2011
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    Weekly Standard’s Cost dissects the economy’s role in Obama’s re-election effort

    As the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost notes in a column this week, some observers believe President Obama will be well-positioned for re-election if the national unemployment rate dips below 8 percent. Cost presents a more complicated picture for the president. When we abandon the quick-and-dirty methodology…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Perdue wrong on Medicaid

    Live Blog Gov. Bev Perdue opposed the Ryan budget even before it was released. One specific area mentioned in the News & Observer was the idea of a block grant for Medicaid. This is something we have recommended more than once. A block grant would give…
    Joseph Coletti, April 6, 2011