Regulation (page 293)

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    Forbes highlights freedom’s power

    The latest Forbes includes Steve Forbes‘ thoughts about the power of freedom to “outfox control freaks.” During the Depression states passed numerous so-called fair-trade laws to prevent “murderous” price ­discounting by merchants. After World War II Eugene Ferkauf opened the E.J. Korvette chain of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2012
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    Lileks examines the likelihood of collective action on big American projects today

    The latest “Athwart” column from National Review‘s James Lileks probes President Obama’s assertion in a recent economic speech that the Hoover Dam and moon shot are great examples of “things WE did together via the nimble digits of federal authority.” Let’s back up. Hoover Dam? Hah!…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online how elected officials and regulators are standing in the way of North Carolina entrepreneurs who hope to enter foreign markets. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why the status quo is not OK in North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2012
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    Heritage Action targets N.C.’s Kissell on federal health care law

    As U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell pledges to voters that he’ll support repeal of the federal health care reform law, Heritage Action blogger Ashe Schow is drawing attention to Kissell’s record on the issue: [T]o this day, he has not supported fully repealing the bill…
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2012
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    NEA environmental education resolution

    Here is another interesting item from the 2012 Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly of the National Education Association (NEA): B-49. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION The National Education Association believes that the environment must be protected. The Association urges the establishment and maintenance of federal wilderness areas, recreational areas, refuge areas,…
    Terry Stoops, July 3, 2012
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    Cell phone restrictions: no long-term effect

    In the latest issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention, UNC researchers Arthur Goodwin, Natalie O’Brien, and Robert Foss examined the long-term effect of restricting teenage cell phone use while driving. In their study, “Effect of North Carolina‘s restriction on teenage driver cell phone use two years after implementation,” researchers…
    Terry Stoops, June 29, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Louisiana State University law professor John Baker about the overcriminalization of federal law. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal notes the General Assembly’s missed opportunity this year to scrap unnecessary state boards and commissions.
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2012
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    Healthcare law imposes a penalty, not a tax

    Here’s the central point of the Supreme Court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, regarding the healthcare mandate. Basically, the mandate is not justified by the Commerce Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause, but it does fall under Congress’s power to tax. Under the mandate, if an individual…
    Garrett Hunter, June 28, 2012