Politics (page 961)

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    Krauthammer labels Santorum Romney’s greatest threat

    Charles Krauthammer‘s latest National Review Online column makes the case for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as the greatest threat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s bid to win the Republican presidential nomination. [H]e isn’t just the last man standing. He is the first…
    Mitch Kokai, January 6, 2012
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    N&O: NCAE not a union, even though we call it a union

    Before: “GOP overrides veto of teachers union bill” (News & Observer article*, Thursday, January 5, 2012) “Just after 1 a.m. today, in a secreted session critics called unconstitutional, Republican legislative leaders passed a bill aimed at weakening the state’s largest teachers union.” After: “The NCAE is not, by the way,…
    Terry Stoops, January 6, 2012
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    Newsweek offers a good antidote to those who think the GOP is guaranteed a presidential win

    Yes, key numbers look bad for President Obama, but Newsweek details the efforts underway now to give him four more years in office. Consider the numbers. In January 2004, George W. Bush’s aides bragged that they’d held a grand total of 52 training sessions around the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 6, 2012
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    New at CJO: Early-morning veto override vote raises legal questions

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the legal questions raised by this morning’s vote to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill involving the N.C. Association of Educators’ dues checkoff.
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Governor Bill Faison?

    Even though he has yet to make an official announcement, it looks like Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange, Caswell) wants to be governor of North Carolina,   Honestly, I give Faison (hereinafter “The Stache”) credit for taking on the Democratic establishment, but I have some concerns. 1. The Stache recently loaned…
    Terry Stoops, January 5, 2012
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    Former JLF Headliner to helm new Washington-based media outlet

    Prepare for another entrant in the ideological media wars: the Washington Free Beacon, a “conservative online news outlet” tied to the Center for American Freedom. Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Matthew Continetti will edit the Beacon.
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Barnes explores Santorum’s chances as the ‘anti-Romney’

    Fred Barnes‘ latest Weekly Standard article delves into the meaning of the Iowa caucus results for both Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: [Romney] now faces an opponent, Santorum, who can credibly claim to be an honest-to-God conservative alternative to Romney in…
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Barone examines Romney’s Iowa strategy

    Michael Barone applies his election number-crunching expertise to a new analysis of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s strategy in this week’s Iowa caucuses: [T]he political newcomers referred to as the Tea Party have become the most highly motivated part of the Republican party. They…
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012