Regulation (page 297)

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    The ‘perfect’ government program: ineffective, yet nearly impossible to scrap

    If you like big government, you ought to love federal flood insurance. Eli Lehrer explains why in an article for the Weekly Standard. By almost any analysis, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—the recipient of a $9.7 billion bailout in the wake of Hurricane…
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2013
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    Bans on top of bans

    Did you happen to catch the news over the weekend that 140 countries have agreed to sign a UN mercury pollution reduction treaty? Mercury is legitimately nasty stuff, and mercury poisoning can cause all sorts of brain, sensory, and kidney problems.  You know the phrase “mad as…
    Julie Tisdale, January 23, 2013
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    A not so appealing ‘death panel’

    Whether they buy the notion that it’s a “death panel” or not, potential candidates are not beating down the doors to serve on the new Independent Payment Advisory Board, one of the most controversial pieces of the 2010 federal health care reform law. Bloomberg Businessweek blames…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2013
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    In case you missed her …

    Becki Gray discussed the president’s inaugural speech and other hot political topics for News 14 Carolina’s “Capital Tonight.” In this clip, she discusses the prospects for gun-related legislation during the General Assembly’s upcoming session.
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2013
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    Sowell seeks facts in the debate about gun control

    Thomas Sowell looks beyond rhetoric about the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association to seek facts in the latest debate about gon-control measures for the United States. His latest column shares his findings. The central issue boils down to the question: What are…
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about efforts to get around North Carolina’s ban on raw milk sales. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina would benefit from breaking up its largest public school districts.
    Mitch Kokai, January 21, 2013
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    Regulatory reform: Time for the legislature to take the reins

    My latest newsletter makes the case for reversing the state’s rule-making bias, which right now heavily favors expanding regulations, including major regulations. A snippet: All those hurdles, which include the deliberative process of the legislative branch, make it extraordinarily difficult to block a proposed rule. The JLF study…
    Jon Sanders, January 17, 2013
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    Daily Caller highlights Ellmers’ response to the president’s gun proposals

    Among the many responses to President Obama’s new gun-control proposals, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers‘ statement attracted attention from The Daily Caller. North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers said in a statement Wednesday that President Barack Obama is “exploiting a tragedy for political gain” and…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2013