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    “New Jersey has recently started taxing visiting lawyers”

    There are so many places to go with this I don’t even know where to begin. You got your Sopranos jokes, your Turnpike jokes, your Atlantic City jokes all mixed in with the anti-lawyer meme. Me, I like to think of it as a cardinal sin tax.
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Fewer Swing Voters This Year, Gallup Says

    Yesterday Gallup released a story and data comparing the number of so-called “swing voters” from the pre-convention point of the 2000 presidential election cycle with “swing voters” in this cycle. The story and data are for paid subscribers, but I will summarize the key point. Gallup concludes that President…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    A Ballantine surge?

    A new poll for two North Carolina television stations, conducted by Survey USA, shows once again why it is a mistake to issue confident predictions about the state?s Republican nomination fight for governor. The race will be a low-turnout affair in which few compelling differences have arisen. The electorate?s sentiments…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Re: Great, great lede

    Apropos of The Charlotte Observer’sAnna Griffin’s excellent summation of the Republican gubernatorial primary (“Vinroot called Cobey a liar. Cobey called Vinroot a lawyer”), my fellow Shakespeare enthusiasts (hi, ye twain) may be reminded of this exchange between Brabantio and Iago in the first scene of Othello: Brabantio: Thou art a…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Teach — or Else

    I was left confused by The Charlotte Observer’s lukewarm praise for a modest bonus plan aimed at enticing experienced teachers into Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s neediest schools. The Observer seems to regard the bonus idea as a half-way measure that falls short of the desired solution of simply assigning the best teachers…
    Locker Room contributor, July 13, 2004
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    Re: BBQ? Cheers?

    Even more interesting would be whether or not Gov. Easley would show up this time.
    Locker Room contributor, July 13, 2004
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    Re: Edwards bounce for Bush-Cheney

    Yes, at least for now, many pundits seem fixated on “energy” and the ability to spin the old-style class warfare message with a smile and a southern drawl. Let’s see how long it takes to get to content.
    Locker Room contributor, July 13, 2004
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    Re: Edwards bounce for Bush-Cheney

    Yeah, Donna, gravitas is sooo 2000.
    Locker Room contributor, July 13, 2004