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    Democrats and the middle

    A.B. Stoddard asks at Real Clear Politics which Democratic presidential candidate other than Joe Biden can appeal to middle-of-the-road voters. As Biden creates doubts about his viability, there is no one else positioned to wrest support from the center of the electorate with a broad enough coalition to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a bill before Gov. Roy Cooper that would help more small businesses offer health insurance to their employees. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how N.C. lawmakers have cleaned their “regulatory closet.”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Once people get an idea of how much a ‘carbon tax’ will cost, they oppose it

    It is easy to tell a pollster you favor something when its costs and benefits are both hypothetical. It's a different thing altogether when the benefits are still speculative, while costs are more immediate.
    Jon Sanders, August 16, 2019
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    Latest N.C. Supreme Court opinions reveal interesting coalitions

    In a court with six registered Democrats and a single Republican, you might expect a lot of 6-1 rulings. The latest batch of opinions from the N.C. Supreme Court reveals a far more interesting pattern. Of 17 opinions handed down today, nine were unanimous. A tenth involved unanimous agreement on…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019
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    JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops Discusses Education Week piece on Wake County School Integration on WPTF Radio

    Dr. Terry Stoops on WPTF Radio Earlier this week, Dr. Terry Stoops, Vice President for Research & Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation, went on WPTF Radio to discuss the recent Education Week piece on integration in Wake County schools. Dr. Stoops spoke to the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 16, 2019
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column calls for restoration of campus intellectual tradition

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about intellectual pursuits in American higher education. Americans used to relish good debates. The debates between Senator Stephen Douglas and his challenger Abraham Lincoln in 1858 were transcribed and widely read. Even though Lincoln lost the election, the quality of his arguments…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019
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    Johns Hopkins sides with protesters over professor

    Mike LaChance writes for the Washington Free Beacon about a Johns Hopkins University professor caught up in university administrators’ coddling of campus protesters. Johns Hopkins University has fired Daniel Povey, an associate professor of speech and language processing, who used bolt cutters to gain entry to an administration…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019