Politics (page 979)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass recaps for Carolina Journal Online the six N.C. Senate votes to override vetoes from Gov. Beverly Perdue. John Hood’s Daily Journal documents Republican gerrymandering during the redistricting process.
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2011
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    Senate leader discusses veto override votes, answers questions about legislative plans

    Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, discussed this afternoon his colleagues’ votes to override six gubernatorial vetoes in less than an hour. Click play below to hear Berger’s 17:31 briefing, including questions about the legislature’s plans for the rest of the year.
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
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    Senate overrides six vetoes shortly after AFP rally

    Before the N.C. Senate voted to override six of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s vetoes in less than an hour today, Americans for Prosperity rallied outside the Legislative Building to support three veto overrides. Click play below to watch the 28:21 rally with comments from: Dallas Woodhouse, AFP North Carolina state director;…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
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    Only an industry shill would oppose an industry-backed regulation? Huh?

    Never accuse folks on the political left of logical consistency when they criticize the free-market perspective on public policy. Timothy Carney offers another example of senseless left-of-center arguments in a Washington Examiner blog entry: The Obama-friendly Center for American Progress has a gem of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
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    Indiana’s taxpayers not stuck with the toll

    While Bloomberg Businessweek focuses on the bad news associated with the lower-than-expected use of Indiana’s privately managed toll road, this observer is struck with one very clear piece of good news: Corporate investors, not Indiana taxpayers, are stuck with the bill. Now five years old, the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
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    The headline says it all

    If you wonder why so many people are concerned about Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren’s potential appointment to lead the Obama administration’s new consumer financial protection agency, the headline of a new Bloomberg Businessweek cover story offers a good clue: She’s With the Government, And She’s Here to Help You might also appreciate this North Carolina-related excerpt from the piece: Were it not for a head of prematurely gray hair, Patrick McHenry could still pass for the college Republican he once was. Elected to Congress from North Carolina seven years ago at age 29, he speaks through an assiduous smile and arches his eyebrows as he listens—furrowing them quizzically at arguments he disagrees with. In late May, McHenry assumed the role of Warren’s chief antagonist in Congress. At an oversight hearing he was chairing, McHenry accused Warren of misleading Congress about whether she had given advice to Treasury and Justice Dept. officials who were investigating companies for mortgage fraud. McHenry said she had concealed her conversations. Warren insisted she had disclosed them. The hearing then took a bizarre turn. McHenry called for a recess so members of the committee could go to the House floor for a vote. Warren replied that she had agreed to testify for an hour and could not stay any longer. “Congressman, you are causing problems,” she said. “We had an agreement.” Offended, McHenry shot back: “You’re making this up, Ms. Warren. This is not the case.” Warren’s response, an outraged gasp, was played on cable news.
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
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    Borders responds to Munger’s comments about governments creating jobs

    The latest Ideas Matter update from Max Borders features his response to the recent video clip from Duke professor Michael Munger on government efforts to create jobs. Transferring resources and people from the productive sector to the less-or-non-productive sector destroys prosperity. So…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
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    The media begins to ask the right questions

    Many politicians and special interest groups claim that North Carolina ranks 49th in the nation in per-pupil education spending.  The mainstream media never questioned the origin and validity of the talking point…until now.  Enter an editorial published in the News & Record, The Democratic governor’s approach was forceful and…
    Terry Stoops, July 12, 2011