Politics (page 965)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Federal Trade Commission ruling against the N.C. Board of Dental Examiners over teeth-whitening restrictions. John Hood’s Daily Journal recounts the history of a North Carolina senator’s “growth manifesto.”…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2012
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    Ron Paul walks the talk: Rebuttal to the Liberty Bullhorn

    A clear pattern of Ron Paul's campaign is that his staunchest critics are self-proclaimed conservatives and GOP spokesmen. This is ironic and unfortunate, because Paul, according to the American Journal of Political Science, is the most conservative congressman since 1937. As John Nichols puts it so well: Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism. Bucking the establishment line, in his long congressional career, Paul has remained steadfast to the Constitution. Not that there was any doubt about Paul's record, but the Constitution Party's 2008 presidential nominee, Chuck Baldwin, has aggressively supported and campaigned for Paul towards 2008 and 2012. And when Paul failed to receive the 2008 nomination, he reciprocated the support with his endorsement of Baldwin. The fact is that when Paul espouses a limited federal government and spending cuts, he actually means it, and he has the voting record to back it up. In doing so, however, he shows his opponents to be phonies. So the knives are out.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 3, 2012
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    Does HS diploma requirement violate ADA?

    Yesterday, The Washington Times published a story that demonstrates what happens when 1) a well-intentioned law goes awry, and 2) Washington bureaucrats assert the bureaucracy at the expense of businesses.  Here is the gist: Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment…
    Terry Stoops, January 3, 2012
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    TIME’s Halperin judges the likelihood of an Obama-Romney matchup

    The latest edition of TIME‘s “The Big Questions” features Mark Halperin‘s take on the most likely 2012 presidential matchup: So are we headed for an Obama-Romney matchup? There’s about a 75% chance that they’ll be the major-party nominees, but don’t fill out…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2012
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    Klein asks the right questions

    Sure, Joe Klein‘s latest TIME column features his standard gratuitous Republican-bashing and his laughable assertion that President Obama is a “very moderate Democrat.” Still, Klein dares to mention the key questions posed by “nonstop extreme and occasionally foolish” Republican presidential candidates as we approach the Iowa…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2012
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    New John Hood Daily Journal

    John Hood’s latest Daily Journal explores the limits of “political shorthand,” including any system that effectively equates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. If you missed it Monday, be sure to read Don Carrington’s Carolina Journal Online report about Gov. Beverly Perdue’s misuse of federal unemployment data…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2012
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    Ten big changes coming to NC education this year

    Those of us in the education policy business are going to have a busy 2012.  To keep up, review the John Locke Foundation website several times a day, visit the Carolina Journal website a minimum of five times a day, subscribe to my education newsletter, and tell…
    Terry Stoops, January 2, 2012
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    An old favorite interview: Ali G and Pat Buchanan

    Someone brought this video up on the paleoconservative thread of Reddit.com over the weekend, and it gives a humorous look at Pat Buchanan’s take on the presidency. Despite the bizarre nature of the interview, Buchanan plays along and is remarkably frank. Asked about what he would do as…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 2, 2012