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    Re: A good point about a Cobb-Troxler race

    Just put both guys in office. Pay them each the full salary and have them work on alternate days and be done with it. And why not, that’s what the Legislature did with the Speaker last session. If it’s a close race, just whack the laurels in half and let…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Utah’s tuition tax credit study lambasted

    In Salt Lake City, Utah, Chris Fawson and Roberta Herzberg, the authors of a study on the economic impact of tuition tax credits in Utah, recently found out that their study was decimated by a board of researchers in an academic discussion of the study hosted by the Associate Superintendent,…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Re: A good point about a Cobb-Troxler race

    John, this reminder on the true cost of a re-vote makes the suggestion from our friend Wes Scott even more sensible: Just put both guys in office. Pay them each the full salary and have them work on alternate days and be done with it. Everybody wins.
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    What’s so good about democracy?

    Our good friend and occasional Shaftesbury speaker, Mike Munger, has this superb essay on the problems of democracy on the EconLib site. A sampling: “The pretense that in the multitude we find rectitude is dangerous: many of us would love to impose our ‘wisdom’ on others. Saluting the collective…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    A good point about a Cobb-Troxler race

    Responding to my ?Daily Journal? column today excoriating Britt Cobb (once again) for pursuing his irresponsible demand for a new state election for ag commissioner, Hickory developer and JLF board member Andy Wells sent me this comment: In all the discussion, nobody ever talks about the cost to the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Charlotte Update

    Lotsa fallout from last night’s City Council meeting: – As expected, the South End light rail project’s official cost was moved up again, and is now $427 million. And, surprise, completion date was also pushed back six months to April 2007 in an attempt to deal with the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Detroit Auto Show

    Despite the weather, this is the one week a year I miss Detroit. The North American International Auto Show combines the excitement of opening day with the special effects, smoke and lasers of a championship game. There may also be something to the idea of having motor oil in the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Apparently, I’m sitting on a gold mine

    News from Germany: The hottest thing in German music right now is a 4-year-old girl’s made-up song about a crocodile. Joy Gruttman’s song, “Snappy the Little Crocodile” (“Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil”), is the No. 1 song on the German charts. Her family posted the song on a Web site…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005