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    Money talks in the Democratic presidential contest

    Andrew Malcolm writes for McClatchy about donors’ role in winnowing the Democratic presidential field. Turns out, the scramble for political money has become far more decisive in the Democratic primary races than any of their policy papers or tedious TV debates. And in that money contest, former Vice…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    The future of American ties to China

    Ben Weingarten asks in a Federalist column whether now is the time for the American government to cut ties with its communist Chinese counterpart. Perhaps the most momentous part of the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS) was its acknowledgment that the U.S. government’s historical premise “that support…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    Impeachment and GOP control of the U.S. Senate

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner focuses on the impeachment struggle’s potential impact for the U.S. Senate. Senate Republicans stand to be the biggest casualty of impeachment, since they face losing their three-seat majority as struggling candidates are forced to cast a vote that will anger critical groups…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    Warren’s scheme described as ‘financial Berlin Wall’

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online turns to Cold War history to find an appropriate metaphor for Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren’s latest scheme. The class-warfare dreams of the American Left do not have a great deal to do with their professed desire to build a Scandinavian-style welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    When Voter Turnout Goes Down, Taxes Go Up

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti published a research brief on municipal sales tax increases. Coletti explains that, in almost every election cycle, a North Carolina county has a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the ballot: Since 2007, 76 counties have gone to their voters 159 times to raise the local…
    Brenee Goforth, October 23, 2019
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    Supreme Court could strike down Obama-era agency

    Ilya Shapiro writes at National Review Online that the nation’s highest court could reject a controversial government agency created during the Obama years. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear what could end up being the most consequential case of the term — in a year where…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    JLF’s Donna Martinez and CJ’s Rick Henderson Appear on NC SPIN!

    Last week, JLF’s Donna Martinez and CJ’s Rick Henderson were guests on NC SPIN!. The two discussed many topics in the round-table style show with fellow guests Chris Fitzsimon, Director of The Newsroom, and Former Attorney General Rufus Edmisten and with host Tom Campbell. On After SPIN!, the show after…
    Brenee Goforth, October 23, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on experts’ assessments of the benefits tied to cleaning up North Carolina’s criminal code. John Hood’s Daily Journal reports on a coal-ash regulation from Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration that amounts to a $5 billion tax increase.
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019