Regulation (page 294)

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    No, not the Van Halen!

    Do we really need government to license music therapists? A front-page News & Observer story features a number of people who believe the answer is “yes.” But as regular readers in this forum know, government-controlled occupational licensing generally serves as a way to protect incumbents in…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2012
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    Jobs Policy in 4 easy steps

    There’s been a lot of talk about jobs lately.  Jobs, job creation and economic recovery will be the key issue discussed and debated during the upcoming state-wide elections.  As always, JLF will be in middle of that discussion with a detailed plan and comprehensive ideas for real economic recovery. In…
    Becki Gray, January 16, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about a controversial game fish bill under consideration in the N.C. House. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes the value of optimism in politics.
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Federal Trade Commission ruling against the N.C. Board of Dental Examiners over teeth-whitening restrictions. John Hood’s Daily Journal recounts the history of a North Carolina senator’s “growth manifesto.”…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2012
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    Does HS diploma requirement violate ADA?

    Yesterday, The Washington Times published a story that demonstrates what happens when 1) a well-intentioned law goes awry, and 2) Washington bureaucrats assert the bureaucracy at the expense of businesses.  Here is the gist: Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment…
    Terry Stoops, January 3, 2012
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    Invasive species of the moment: large snakes

    Think Burmese pythons and the like that people let loose into the wild. These are already a major problem in south Florida and research by Davidson College’s Michael Dorcas suggests that they may be able to survive further north. The question now is whether federal restrictions on nine species are…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    As we prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday, the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio highlights some of the most interesting interviews from the past year. Stephen Hayes of Fox News and The Weekly Standard offered his thoughts about the 2012 presidential election, while Steven Hayward of the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 23, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about the lawsuits six N.C. cities have filed opposing the state’s recent annexation reform. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a case against a government-mandated cell-phone ban for drivers.
    Mitch Kokai, December 22, 2011