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    Your mind on progressivism

    From, an October 6, News & Observer editorial commenting on the Johnston County Commissioners decision to have the school board ban critical race theory before receiving county dollars: School boards should have the autonomy to decide what’s best for our schools and our children. The Johnston County school board…
    Bob Luebke, October 12, 2021
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    Still more on Leandro

    Earlier this week my colleague Terry Stoops posted an insightful analysis of where things stand in the never-ending Leandro case. Interest in the case has heated up since June when  Judge David Lee, who presides over the case,  ordered the state to implement a comprehensive remediation plan developed by…
    Bob Luebke, September 29, 2021
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    The NC Threat-Free Index and Immunity Update for the Week Ending August 30

    This past week 99.2% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone, and about four out of five (79.7%) adult North Carolinians are estimated to be immune.
    Jon Sanders, September 1, 2021
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    TikTok, Fox, or Vox…Who Do You Trust?

    Generation Z, those born between 1997 and 2012, are less likely than Boomers and Gen X, to trust news channels like Fox News and CNN. However, they’re twice as likely to trust international news sources such as BBC and Al Jazeera than Boomers. The way Americans consume media falls along the dividing line…
    Brooke Medina, August 4, 2021
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    Supreme Court’s Response to Eviction Moratorium Explored

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online focuses on one recent issue up for consideration at the nation’s highest court. I happen to believe that the eviction moratorium has been dreadful policy and a deceptively packaged one — harebrained socialism masqueraded as a humanitarian counter-pandemic measure. Progressives (not just…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2021
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    UNC faculty reservations with Hussman “core values statement” should raise concerns

     Impartiality means reporting, editing, and delivering the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without personal opinion or bias. Credibility is the greatest asset of any news medium, and impartiality is the greatest source of credibility. To provide the most complete report, a news organization must not just cover the news, but…
    Bob Luebke, July 22, 2021
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    Covid and Wealth

    The uncertainty that arose at the beginning of the pandemic led many to fear we were headed toward a 2008 economic environment. Thankfully, according to some measures, Americans have created more wealth over the past year than they lost during the Great Recession, as the chart below indicates. In 2020,…
    Brooke Medina, June 30, 2021
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    HB 951, Modernize Energy Generation: what’s it going to cost?

    How much will it cost? A proposed committee substitute for House Bill 951, Modernize Energy Generation was introduced and discussed in the NC House last week. It’s a 47 page complicated, dense proposal to modernize NC’s energy generation and  make substantive changes to generation, ratemaking and investments in energy…
    Becki Gray, June 21, 2021