Politics (page 974)

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    Borders says no to cronies

    In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders focuses on the growing realization that crony capitalism causes major problems. As we’ve been saying all along, crony capitalism is the problem. A consensus is forming around this idea. You might have…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2011
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    NC education jobs update

    After reading “CMS makes new push to hire teachers” by Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer, I decided to revisit websites that list school district job openings. The North Carolina Public Schools Application System, which does not include listings for Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, lists 672 vacant…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2011
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    School choice fail?

    The News & Observer reprinted a New York Times op-ed by Natalie Hopkinson, resident of a “leafy, majority-black neighborhood in Washington [D.C.]” and mother to an 11-year-old son.  Ms. Hopkinson complains that school choice failed her neighborhood because failing neighborhood schools were closed by city leaders.  She laments the…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2011
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    About that May primary …

    Carolina Journal‘s David Bass was prescient. Four weeks ago, this story suggested that the lawsuits filed by civil-rights and Democratic Party advocacy groups challenging the new legislative districts could delay the 2012 primary, scheduled for May. Gary Robertson of The Associated Press now reports that David’s warning might…
    Rick Henderson, December 6, 2011
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    Wall Street on trial

    If you like neither goofball Occupy Wall Street protesters nor corporate cronies, you might enjoy a new video from the Manhattan Institute.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Senate’s recent vote to gut the so-called Racial Justice Act. John Hood’s Daily Journal digs into the real numbers behind the headlines linked to unemployment.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    Less regulation = more entrepreneurship (and beer!)

    Even the Charlotte Observer acknowledges that fewer restrictions on alcohol production and sales jump-started North Carolina’s craft beer industry. The growth began in 2005, when N.C. legislators passed a law allowing for higher content alcohol in beer sold here. Now, lawmakers have passed a smaller but important bill that…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2011
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    Was Bowles’ effort in vain?

    Former UNC system president Erskine Bowles attracted much national attention for the deficit-reduction group he co-chaired with former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson. But most of that group’s recommendations have been ignored. A new TIME article tackles the argument that President Obama deserves blame for his lukewarm…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2011