Politics (page 6)

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    Head of Vermont free-market think tank notes a recent N.C. acquisition

    Think North Carolina’s pro-growth, market-oriented policies have little impact? Don’t tell Robert Roper, president of Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute. He submits the following: Seven Days reporter votes with his feet – for red state North Carolina Vermont’s leading progressive news publication, Seven Days, reported that one…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    Lincoln was no Marxist

    Elad Vaida uses a Federalist column to take one of the nation’s most high-profile newspapers to task. The Washington Post has seen better days. The newspaper that once brought us Watergate published an article last week titled “You know who was into Karl Marx? No, not AOC. Abraham…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    About that Baltimore criticism from President Trump

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner offers an inconvenient fact for Baltimore’s defenders. The Baltimore murder rate is higher than the three Central American nations driving the border surge by migrants seeking to flee crime and murder back home. In an analysis of the murder rates done after…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    The bill for Democratic presidential candidates’ promises

    Charles Fain Lehman and David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon calculate the price tag for Democratic presidential candidates’ campaign promises. Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination have promised more than $210 trillion in new spending across the field, analysis by the Washington Free Beacon shows. Of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    Goldberg urges cancellation of the impeachment show

    Jonah Goldberg argues at National Review Online that it’s time for Democrats to change channels. The impeachment show needs to be suspended and sent back for major rewrites — or, better yet, canceled entirely. I use the word “show” deliberately, because that is what it has become. In…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    The Peculiar Politics of Reading Software for Early Literacy

    JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops released a research brief this week on the unusual scenario playing out as the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) switches the reading proficiency software in North Carolina schools. According to Dr. Stoops: Since 2013, North Carolina has used a computer program called Amplify mClass to…
    Brenee Goforth, August 1, 2019
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    In praise of George Will

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online touts the latest book from veteran political commentator George Will. (You know the one; it praises John Locke.) George Will saved me from two unfortunate habits: overwriting and the Democratic party. I model that remark after my favorite of Will’s many…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Constitutional experts agree: Common Cause v. Lewis will wind up in state Supreme Court

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reported on the North Carolina gerrymandering court case, Common Cause v. Lewis. The trial ended on Friday, yet many constitutional experts believe this is not the end for the case. Conrad reports: The three-judge panel handling Common Cause v. Lewis at the trial level could obviously…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2019