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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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    The drive for more renewable energy cronyism is baseless

    America is leading the world in reducing emissions, thanks to the operation of the free market, especially through the fruits of the entrepreneurial genius and risk-taking that combined horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
    Jon Sanders, July 20, 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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    LISTEN HERE: Latest Head Locke Episode: Is Civic Illiteracy a Cause for Concern?

    Catch a discussion on civil literacy with this weeks “Head Locke” podcast episode. Although the Founders disagreed about how to cultivate an educated citizenry, most of them agreed that the “diffusion of knowledge” was essential for the preservation of our representative democracy.  Were they right? Arguably, earlier generations of Americans…
    Anna Manning, July 20, 2018
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    How to stop future tax hikes

    North Carolina and Florida have solid Republican legislative majorities who want voters to ensure tax rates remain low into the future. Florida voters will decide whether to require two-thirds of members in both legislative chambers to pass tax hikes. Liz Farmer, writing for Governing magazine, cites the Mercatus…
    Joseph Coletti, July 20, 2018
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    Martin Center column revisits ‘Beer and Circus’ book

    Joseph Warta uses a Martin Center column to revisit key themes from a milestone book in the history of higher education reform. The year 2000 saw the publication of Beer and Circus, the notable book by former Indiana University professor Murray Sperber. It was a big step forward for…
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2018
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    Plant-Based Meat Alternative? A Fascinating Look at Food Innovation and Market Demand

    Several friends of mine are vegans. I can’t imagine changing my diet in such a fundamental way, but they keep encouraging me to replace meat. They say more and more tasty alternatives are emerging. Based on this story, they’re right. Check out the innovation that’s occurring inside Beyond Meat,…
    Donna Martinez, July 20, 2018
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    Haley slams UN human rights group

    United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley continues to attack the UN’s worst elements. Her latest target: a group that purportedly focuses on human rights. Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon reports. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is the “greatest failure” of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2018