Politics (page 964)

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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
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    In case you missed it …

    News 14 Carolina asked for the John Locke Foundation’s assessment of the potential impact of redistricting on legislative turnover after the 2012 elections. If the legal challenges to North Carolina’s redistricting maps proceed, the picture could change again. It’s a good time to revisit some…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2012
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    Cato’s Tanner pours water on Santorum’s parade

    The latest National Review Online column from Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute examines former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s record. “[I]t is a record that should give supporters of limited government pause.” There is no doubt that Santorum is deeply conservative on social issues.
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2012
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    Troy thinks about think tanks

    Tevi Troy examines for National Affairs the history and proliferation of public policy think tanks. After Democrats lost the 2000 elections, for example, some liberal intellectuals and activists concluded that they were being outgunned in the arena of political communication, and created, among other…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2012