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    “Ridehail Travel and Equity in Los Angeles”

    That’s the subtitle of a dissertation by UCLA PhD candidate Anne Elizabeth Brown. From the abstract: I find that ridehailing extends reliable car access to travelers and neighborhoods previously marginalized by the taxi industry. Ridehailing served neighborhoods home to 99.8 percent of the Los Angeles County population.
    Jon Guze, July 21, 2018
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    Highway Patrol Cruiser Contest

    At the NC School of Government’s criminal law blog, Christopher Tyner reports: The American Association of State Troopers is asking people to vote for the best looking cruiser in the country on their Facebook page.  The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a pretty strong entry featuring…
    Jon Guze, July 20, 2018
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    Downtown Greensboro: a parking deck and beer pedal trolleys

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greensboro City Council learned—as Rhino Times editor John Hammer put it–that the “third time really is the charm,” at least when it comes to —of all things —downtown parking decks. After two failed attempts, the council finally agreed on a land-swap deal with…
    Sam Hieb, July 19, 2018
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    Charlotte council narrowly approves bid to host RNC

    By a narrow 6-5 vote, the Charlotte City Council supported the bid to bring the 2020 Republican National Convention to the Queen City. Four Democrats—Larken Egleston,Julie Eiselt, Greg Phipps and James Mitchell—-joined two Republicans–Ed Driggs and Tariq Bokhari—in voting yes. Meanwhile, the ‘no’ votes: The no votes were Democrats…
    Sam Hieb, July 17, 2018
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    England Didn’t Win the World Cup, but It’s Number 1 in Vaping

    Matt Ridley explains how it happened at the Rational Optimist: More people use ecigarettes in the UK than in any other European country. It’s more officially encouraged than in the United States and more socially acceptable than in Australia, where it’s still banned. There is a thriving…
    Jon Guze, July 16, 2018
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    Charlotte council to vote on RNC today

    The Charlotte City Council will meet at 2pm today to debate and vote on whether or not to host the 2020 Republican National Convention: Under a contract between the RNC, the host committee, the city, Mecklenburg County and the CRVA, according to the summary, the city would provide police,…
    Sam Hieb, July 16, 2018
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    NPR looks at Charlotte’s public housing work requirement

    It’s always fun when a national news organization parachutes into a North Carolina city to take a look around. Today—in light of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s public housing rent reform proposal—NPR holds up the Charlotte Housing Authority’s work requirement as an example: When Housing and Urban…
    Sam Hieb, July 12, 2018
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    Judge Kavanaugh, Judge Napolitano, Ken Starr and Vince Foster

    Let’s start with the local angle—in a News & Observer op-ed, veteran newspaperman Edwin Yoder Jr. says Democrats should dig into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton: Kavanaugh is said to have been deeply involved in that partisan farce, as the right-hand…
    Sam Hieb, July 11, 2018