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    New study: NC ‘might be worse off’ despite spending $400M+ on film incentives

    A new study from Western Carolina University's Center for the Study of Free Enterprise asks "What Do Film Incentives Mean for North Carolina's Economy?" After spending over $404 million, North Carolina's economy was "not improved by its film incentives," and it "might be worse off."
    Jon Sanders, July 19, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019
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    Another Republican enters N.C. gubernatorial race

    Associated Press reports state Rep. Holly Grange, R-Wilmington, has announced she will run for governor, providing a challenger to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the GOP primary: Grange has served in the legislature since 2016. Her video touched on themes designed to connect with the state party’s conservative base,…
    Sam Hieb, July 19, 2019
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    Martin Center column pans recommendation letters

    Fabio Rojas writes for the Martin Center about the utility of letters of recommendation. Every year, professors around the world write millions of letters of recommendation. They write letters for admission to graduate schools, law schools, and medical schools. They write letters for tenure cases to help colleagues with…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Warren likes some corporate executives enough to take their money

    Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon peruses Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign finance reports. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) second quarter campaign disclosure reveals maximum donations from the same corporate elite she has pledged to combat as president. Warren has long opposed money in politics, complaining…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    House Democrats and the ‘Squad’

    Rachel Stoltzfoos of the Daily Caller reports on U.S. House Democrats’ complaints about four high-profile colleagues. House Democrats expressed frustration with “the Squad” after voting Wednesday to defend them from President Trump, saying they played right into Trump’s hands and don’t deserve that kind of support from House…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Beto and ‘white privilege’

    John Hirschauer writes for National Review Online about lower-tier Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Robert Francis O’Rourke is white. If it’s any consolation, he’s very sorry about that. “Beto” has been running from his Irish ancestry for some time now. Long before the Left fell headlong into the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019