Politics (page 971)

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    New at CJO: N.C. House District 6 Republican primary profile

    Dan Way profiles the Republican primary in the new N.C. House District 6 for Carolina Journal Online.
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2012
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    School boards should reflect the community

    In a letter to the Statesville Record & Landmark, Bryan Shoemaker, a member of the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education, takes the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to task for her contention that school boards should be composed mainly of individuals from the education establishment. …
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2012
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    A Carolina governor makes some good points

    Of course, the speaker must be South Carolina Gov, Nikki Haley, the subject of TIME‘s “10 Questions” feature this week: You’re a Tea Party favorite. Do you see any similarity between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement? No. The message of the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2012
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    Another case for a strong civil society

    Why does democracy often struggle for survival in the Middle East? Fareed Zakaria explores that question in his latest TIME column. Zakaria turns to Harvard economics professor Eric Chaney for an interesting finding: [T]he democracy deficit today exists in lands that were conquered by…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2012
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    That’s it for The Mint

    Triangle Business Journal reports that The Mint – a heavily subsidized and seldom patronized restaurant in downtown Raleigh – will close.  The white tablecloth establishment opened in January 2008. Mayor Charles Meeker and his allies in Raleigh city government gave The Mint every possible advantage – from a…
    Terry Stoops, April 10, 2012
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    N&O uses report to target Republicans

    According to an article published in the News & Observer, North Carolina dropped in annual rankings of state pre-kindergarten programs published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).  In the third paragraph of the piece, News & Observer reporter Lynn Bonner acknowledged that the NIEER rankings did…
    Terry Stoops, April 10, 2012
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    When you see no difference between a government mandate and a tax credit …

    … you have real problems. Peter Gosselin has real problems, if the latest Bloomberg Businessweek quotes him correctly. The alternative that comes closest to preserving the mandate would be to give tax credits to everyone who carries health insurance. That’s functionally the same as fining those…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2012
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    An inside look at the presidential spin machine

    Jim McTague of Barron’s recently participated in a 2 ½-hour economic spin session from the Obama administration. It was aimed at financial journalists whose work appears online. What I gathered from this cozy encounter is that President Obama will ignore the first two years…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2012