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    More bad news for unions

    Steven Malanga writes for City Journal about declining union membership. The percentage of government workers who belong to a union dipped again in 2018 and has hit a 40-year low. Just 33.9 percent of government workers now belong to a union, according to government figures, the lowest point…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2019
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    AOC can see an example of the Green New Deal in practice

    Editors of the Wall Street Journal urge U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to consider a case of the Green New Deal‘s principles in action. The Green New Deal that Democrats unveiled last week has a grand ambition to eliminate fossil fuels in 10 years, retrofit every building in America,…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2019
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    A warning about an ‘oblivious’ Fed

    Avi Tiomkin writes for Barron’s that the head of the Federal Reserve appears to be following regrettable precedents. The Federal Reserve recently suggested that it was finished raising interest rates for now, and might even stop shrinking its post-financial-crisis balance sheet sooner than expected. Even so, in delivering…
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. craft distillers’ complaints about the state ABC monopoly. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores links between government and happiness.
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2019
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    Scuttling of High-Speed Rail Shows Hard Choices Progressives Don’t Want to Make

    Scott Sumner begins a recent discussion of California’s ill-fated high-speed rail project by noting: In many ways, California is the ideal place to build a high-speed rail line. The state has two giant metro areas, separated by 380 miles, which is the “sweet spot” for high-speed rail. A high-speed…
    Jon Guze, February 17, 2019
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    CJ reports: EPA plan addressing chemical pollutants gives few details on dealing with health risks

    Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way reports: GenX is of particular concern in North Carolina. Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Plant has polluted the drinking water of 200,000 people with GenX and other industrial chemicals, and has been the subject of state and federal lawsuits. GenX is part of an enormous family of…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019
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    LISTEN HERE – HeadLocke 036: Political shift on the N.C. Supreme Court

    The latest episode of the John Locke Foundation podcast, HeadLocke, is out: N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin shocked political observers when he announced his plans to resign from the state’s highest court at the end of February. Martin’s departure could lead to a further shift in the…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Cooper staffer’s pipeline inquiry prompts warning against extortion from national governors’ group

    Carolina Journal‘s Don Carrington reports: As the Cooper administration engaged in negotiations involving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a national governors’ group warned a Cooper adviser against a state agency taking action comparable to extortion. The warning came in a Dec. 8, 2017, email from a National Governors Association staffer…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019