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    North Carolina not alone: Most states miss the mark with internet sales tax collections

    For years, budget experts have forecast billions of dollars in new revenue if state could just get online retailers to collect sales taxes like their Main Street counterparts. The National Conference of State Legislatures projected North Carolina would raise $426 million a year. Since companies started collecting sales tax for…
    Joseph Coletti, August 19, 2019
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    The Debate Over Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools in Criminal Justice Reform

    This week, JLF’s Jon Guze published a research brief on the criminal risk assessment tools many judges and magistrates use to aid in their pretrial bail decisions. In North Carolina, as in many states, judges and magistrates must decide whether or not to release someone until their trial, set bail,…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
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    High Point principals support Guilford County Schools

    In the wake of Mayor Jay Wagner’s charge to evaluate whether of not High Point should secede from Guilford County Schools and form its own city school system, 25 HP principals released a letter expressing their support for GCS: As principals united in our devotion to serving the…
    Sam Hieb, August 19, 2019
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    Martin Center column probes today’s campus activist

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center examines the psychology of today’s typical campus activist. A certain anger at society seems to pervade the academy today. Hardly a week goes by without hearing about outraged students either demanding recompense for some perceived injustice or attempting to shut down an invited…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Welfare, immigrants, and everyone else

    Kyle Sammin argues at the Federalist that it makes sense for government to steer more immigrants away from welfare. The same holds true for everyone else as well. [I]mmigration regulation of this sort has been a part of our laws for more than a century, and is based…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Raising a red flag about red-flag laws, volume 2

    Donald Kilmer writes for the Washington Examiner about concerns surrounding red-flag gun laws. They’re all meant to disarm dangerous people — but they’re all fundamentally flawed. None of these red flag laws would have prevented recent mass shootings. And in my 23 years practicing law in the heart…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Antifa and collectivism

    Paul Krause of the American Thinker ponders Antifa‘s role on the political left. Antifa storms in and out of the news, despite that fact, the Left is unable to denounce this militant band of thugs. The Left cannot denounce Antifa because Antifa embodies the very ethos of war…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Obama on Biden’s White House bid

    Matt Margolis of PJMedia.com highlights a recent report on former President Obama’s lukewarm support for his No. 2. According to the New York Times, while Joe Biden was seeking counsel on whether to run for president, Barack Obama tried to talk his former vice president out of running.
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019