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    It could be worse

    Now that the legislature’s back in session, doing what it does, I’d like to pass along without comment a story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle: A debate over banning gun shows at the Cow Palace turned into an argument over whether the Exotic Erotic Ball should be barred as…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Incentives Matter.

    Michael Coffey has an instructive essay in today?s New York Times. (Free registration required.) The straightforward introduction of his topic belies the importance of the fundamental lesson: Motivation is a key ingredient of grand human achievements. When Randy Johnson struck out Eddie Perez for the 27th and final out…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    I?ve got just two words for you

    Some Richmond County motorists are upset about this summer?s surge in gasoline prices. The picture is great, as are some of the quotes.
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    The cash-cow buzz begins

    Politicos in Raleigh are already buzzing this morning about our exclusive over at Carolina Journal Online about an Ernst & Young presentation to corporate executives that encourages them to consider their lobbying shops a source of revenue ? think cash incentives and tax credits ? rather than just a…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Antidote to energy doomsayers

    We will probably be hearing a lot of gloom and doom about our energy future this year. I’ll bet that the Democrats call for a Carteresque “energy policy” as a way of garnering votes from greens and voters who have been scared by the crisis-mongering in the press. In…
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Inexplicable tragedy

    A horrifying story out of Charlotte about the death of a high-school senior just a couple of weeks before graduation.
    Locker Room contributor, May 20, 2004
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    Approval Ratings and Elections

    This story from gallup does a remarkable job of providing an overview of the link between “job approval” and “electability” as it pertains to the current president. Of worth is the fact that there is a great deal of volatility in the current cycle. With five months remaining until…
    Locker Room contributor, May 19, 2004