Politics (page 965)

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    Fund probes Obama’s fundraising operation

    John Fund‘s latest National Review Online column examines some questionable aspects of President Obama’s celebrated campaign fundraising operation. Yesterday, it was reported the Federal Election Commission unanimously found that the 2008 Obama campaign had failed to properly report some $2 million in last-minute contributions.
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2012
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    More advice for Romney to be Romney

    Jonah Goldberg isn’t the only one who thinks Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should avoid pandering for votes by trying to boost his likeability. Alana Goodman covers similar ground in an entry for Commentary‘s “Contentions” blog: [T]here’s no reason to think Romney’s likeability ratings…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2012
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    New at CJO: N.C. Democratic Party chairman refuses to resign, agrees to move up election for successor

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about N.C. Democratic Party chairman David Parker’s announcement this afternoon that he will move up the date for the election of a new party chairman in the wake of a high-profile sexual harassment scandal.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2012
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    New at CJO: The N.C. Senate District 33 Republican primary pits incumbent Bingham against challenger

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the Republican primary in N.C. Senate District 33, which pits incumbent Stan Bingham against challenger Eddie Gallimore.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2012
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    Brookings report on schools and zoning

    Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution just published a new report, “Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools.”  Education reporter Keung Hui wrote a clear and balanced story on the Brookings report in today’s News & Observer. Let’s get a few things out into the open.  Like all…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2012
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    Pagando por tener un espacio en la política de la Oficina del Tesorero

    ¿Trabajando para Nueva York o Carolina del Norte? Mientras hace campaña por la reelección, la tesorera de Carolina del Norte, Janet Cowell, tiene algunas cuentas que realizar. Janet Cowell Durante los tres últimos años, el sistema de jubilación de Carolina del Norte que la tesorera administra, ha conseguido rendimientos de 1.2 por ciento por debajo de la media nacional y no alcanzó su propio punto de referencia. De 31 estados terminando el año fiscal el 30 de Junio, Carolina del Norte ocupó el penúltimo lugar en ganancias, solo por delante de Pennsylvania. Con activos de $74.9 billones, esos pobres indicadores equivalen a $2.7 billones no percibidos en sus tres años. Su competidor por la candidatura demócrata, Ron Elmer, es también uno de los profesionales en finanzas más acreditados del país, y considera que aun una simple inversión en portafolio podría fácilmente superar los indicadores de los fondos de pensiones de Cowell.
    Fergus Hodgson, April 19, 2012
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    Barone explores Romney’s vice presidential options

    Michael Barone‘s latest column probes presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s options for a running mate. Rather than pursue a ticket-balancing approach, Barone suggests Romney might go for the “double vanilla” option, a second white male. Four possibilities come to mind. One is Paul…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2012
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    Frum apparently wishes that Obama would be more monstrous and loathsome

    David Frum reviews for the latest Newsweek the fourth volume of Robert Caro’s growing biography of Lyndon Johnson. What does Caro think about LBJ? It’s not an attractive picture. Caro’s Johnson is a bully and braggart, a wheedler and manipulator, a man of bad…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2012