Politics (page 968)

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    Those Republican-drawn school board districts sure made a difference

    As Democrats celebrate — and Republicans bemoan — last night’s Wake County school board results, one issue worth noting is the role of new Republican-drawn voting districts. You might remember a minor hubbub this spring when the current board’s GOP majority redrew election maps as required by law…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2011
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    Time to change the way we select a president?

    Don’t worry. I’m not going to say anything about suspending elections. Instead I’m highlighting a new column from the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost, who wonders whether it makes much sense that roughly half of the presidential voting electorate is “totally hung up on whether…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2011
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    Conquered Rubio foe Crist might return to electoral politics as Democrat

    John Gizzi reports for Human Events that former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — who became an independent in an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid last year — might re-emerge as a Democrat to pursue a U.S. House seat next year. I mention this mainly as a…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2011
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    Barone highlights high-speed rail debate

    Michael Barone delivers Washington Examiner readers some good news about the Obama administration’s high-speed rail plans. Dead. Kaput. Through. Finished. Washed up. Gone-zo. That, I think, is a fair description of the Obama administration’s attempt to build high-speed rail lines across America.
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh offers Carolina Journal Online readers a progress report on Durham’s Healthy Start Academy, North Carolina’s first public charter school. John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses the significance of the Democratic resurgence in Tuesday’s election results.
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2011
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    Education budget changes in national context

    The left-leaning Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently updated their report on changes to education budgets in 46 states. The report focused on changes between FY2008 and FY2012.  However, the CBPP comparisons of FY2011 and FY2012 budgets are more relevant to the political debate in North Carolina. According…
    Terry Stoops, October 11, 2011
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    New at CJO: New study suggests increased civility in Congress

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new study that gives the 112th Congress high marks for civility.
    Mitch Kokai, October 11, 2011
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    Couldn’t they have made that vote permanent?

    It’s not certain whether anyone showed up to the anti-capitalist Occupy Charlotte event while wearing a T-shirt promoting an investment firm (investment of capital, that is), but WBTV reports that all is not well in the land of the Queen City occupiers. On Sunday,…
    Mitch Kokai, October 11, 2011