Politics (page 1161)

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    Hood discusses redistricting reform on Charlotte public radio

    If you missed John Hood’s commentary last week at a news conference touting redistricting reform — or just want to hear him expand on the themes spelled out in this column — be sure to listen to WFAE Radio at 9 a.m. If you’re not in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
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    York predicts game of chicken over debt ceiling

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article explores the likely political maneuvering over the next congressional vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. Given all the maneuvering, you might think a debt-limit showdown is coming soon. It’s not. Lawmakers, who are currently enjoying a two-week…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report explains that Republican legislative leaders are weighing their options after Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill tying unemployment benefit extensions to a budget resolution. John Hood’s Daily Journal investigates who actually pays North Carolina’s sales tax.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2011
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    ‘Little governor’ to be sentenced May 4

    Under the Dome says Ruffin Poole, who pleaded to a single count of tax evasion as part of the investigation of convicted felon Mike Easley, is scheduled to be sentenced May 4. Poole, known in some circles as “the little governor” for his closeness to the former chief executive,…
    Rick Henderson, April 18, 2011
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    Romney pursuing a long-haul strategy for the GOP nomination?

    That’s Mark Halperin’s take on Mitt Romney’s approach to 2012, as spelled out in the latest TIME: Romney’s not blowing away the competition in national polls, but in some key-state surveys he’s ahead. Unlike his approach in 2008, when he tried to…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011
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    TIME columnist calls Obama, potential GOP challengers ‘more stumblebums than thoroughbreds’

    We’ll elect someone president next year, but TIME columnist Mike Murphy doesn’t appear very excited about that fact. After spelling out the problems plaguing the various Republicans who would like to move into the White House, he focuses on the current occupant: [D]espite the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011
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    Steyn and decline

    Mark Steyn’s latest “Happy Warrior” column for National Review focuses on the signs of incremental American decline. “We know the smell of decay, and we recognize it in America today.” One sign of that “decay”? The victory of bureaucracy over common sense: The Transportation Security Administration,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report previews this week’s action for the N.C. General Assembly, including initial votes on N.C. House budget proposals. John Hood’s Daily Journal emphasizes the continuing importance of the Tea Party movement.
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2011