Regulation (page 293)

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    New economic analysis critiques renewable energy industry’s claims that mandates create jobs, boost economy

    The state’s renewable energy industry trade group claims North Carolina’s six-year-old renewable energy mandate has generated 21,000 “job years” and more than $1 billion in new investment in North Carolina. There’s a problem with those numbers: They aren’t based on any accepted form of economic analysis. That’s the conclusion of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2013
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    A fundamental disagreement over Second Amendment rights

    The latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis features Cal State-San Bernardino political science professor Edward J. Erler‘s analysis of the current national debate over gun rights. Erler delves into some of the fundamental differences of opinion among supporters and opponents of gun control. The…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2013
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    WaPo debates NC education policy

    In “North Carolina superintendent defends Teach For America,” Washington Post education reporter Jay Matthews gives Warren County Superintendent Ray V. Spain the floor to defend Teach for America.  Spain concludes, “My district’s experience with Teach for America has been overwhelmingly positive and with a corresponding positive impact on student…
    Terry Stoops, March 29, 2013
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    New JLF report urges repeal of North Carolina’s renewable-energy mandate

    It’s time to repeal North Carolina’s 2007 renewable-energy mandate. It’s failed to live up to its original — largely environmental — goals, and there’s no good reason to believe recent claims that the mandates have helped produce thousands of jobs in North Carolina. Jon Sanders offers that argument in a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2013
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    Glenn Reynolds supports waiting periods … for new laws

    Amid the debate about instituting waiting periods for those who would like to buy guns, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds offers a different idea in a USA Today column. After New York state hastily passed its post-Newtown gun law, it quickly became obvious we need a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2013
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    Cato’s Tanner looks at Obamacare’s first three years

    Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute devotes his latest National Review Online column to an assessment of the impact of the 2010 federal health care reform law. [U]nlike fine wine, the ACA is not getting better with age. A torrent of recent studies and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2013
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    New JLF report highlights seven key points about N.C.’s auto insurance system

    As state lawmakers debate potential reform of North Carolina’s auto insurance system, a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report highlights some key facts about flaws in the current system. RALEIGH — North Carolina’s auto insurance system imposes a special tax on all drivers that helps subsidize rates for…
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about experts’ opinions on the likelihood that Obamacare will shift thousands of low-income workers away from existing private health insurance. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal questions the dubious value of North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate.
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2013