Politics (page 962)

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    When the rich are cronies of government: Louisiana Sugar Bowl

    Why is there a Tea Party? Why do people clamor for fewer government perks, often to no avail? Chad Rogers, publisher of a news website in Louisiana (TheDeadPelican.com) cut right to the chase in a radio interview this week, and I wanted to share the clip—one which I…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 10, 2012
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    An overview of the payroll deduction/dues checkoff issue

    Buried deep within the Executive Organization Act of 1973 is NC General Statute 143B-426.40A(g).  It reads, Payroll Deduction for Payments to Certain Employees’ Associations Allowed. — An employee of the State or any of its political subdivisions, institutions, departments, bureaus, agencies or commissions, or any of its local boards of…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2012
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    Voter ID: An idea whose time has come?

    North Carolina came up a gubernatorial veto short of approving a new voter ID measure last year. The latest TIME reminds us that other states had better success with that type of legislation: Voting is starting to look like flying: you may need a government ID…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2012
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    When an incumbent president seeks re-election, it’s usually about him

    To some extent, a presidential election featuring an incumbent always focuses on that incumbent’s performance — whether he likes that fact or not. That’s why it’s a bit surprising to read TIME‘s Michael Scherer chide Mitt Romney for focusing so much attention on President Obama’s record.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2012
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    TIME’s Klein likes Santorum … sort of

    Joe Klein‘s latest TIME column calls Rick Santorum “obnoxious,” “dangerously simplistic” (on foreign policy), and “brutal” (in his remarks about homosexuality). Yet one senses that Klein likes the fact that Santorum could help delay a nomination win for Mitt Romney: In the contest to…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about the controversy surrounding a proposed charter school in Chapel Hill linked to former state school board chairman Howard Lee. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why Gallup’s latest party affiliation survey contains good news for Republicans.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2012
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    Kudlow urges GOP to adopt new pro-growth message

    Lawrence Kudlow‘s latest column urges Republicans to back off their efforts to downplay the economic recovery. Yes, Kudlow says, seasonal quirks and a lower-than-expected labor participation rate inflate job numbers in President Obama’s favor. But that’s not the point. In the 12 months through…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2012
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    Redistributing wealth … to the politically connected

    Recent John Locke Foundation Headliner Timothy P. Carney explains in a Washington Examiner “Beltway Confidential” blog entry one of the consequences of government growth: more wealth for the well-connected. Increasing government power gives more influence to the politically connected, which is often whoever can…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2012