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    One Democratic Senator Sees His Party’s Spending Plans Are Absurd

    Charles Cooke of National Review Online explores recent statements from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Per Axios, Joe Manchin may be closer to realizing that the Democrats’ spending plans are ridiculous than his party had realized heretofore: “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is privately saying he thinks Congress should…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    A new Carolina Journal Opinion explains why lawmakers interested in limiting the governor’s emergency powers might need to start thinking about 2025. Jon Sanders’ CJ Opinion reminds us that the “unvaccinated” who face so much criticism include those who are naturally immune to COVID-19.
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2021
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    How to Attend, and Speak at, the Three Redistricting Hearings Scheduled for this Week

    Here are the details for the three North Carolina General Assembly redistricting hearings scheduled for this week and how you can sign up to testify at them: Cullowhee, Tuesday, September 21 Time:  5:00 PM Location:  Western Carolina University Health & Human Services Building Address:  3971 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee In-person…
    Andy Jackson, September 20, 2021
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    Lucky to Be Here, Asset Forfeiture Edition

    In former times, back before Covid and the government’s response put a damper on my optimism, I published a series of blog posts and research briefs in which I discussed some of the many reasons I feel lucky to live in North Carolina. (See here, here, here,…
    Jon Guze, September 20, 2021
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    Hey Charlotte: If spending has such great “economic impact,” why hide huge cost overruns?

    My latest article for the American Institute for Economic Research takes note of the fact that, thanks to Eric Rowell of Hunterville’s question, the celebrated “economic impact” study for Charlotte’s proposed Transformational Mobility Network has no opportunity costs built into the model. “None.” This is a perennial problem with economic…
    Jon Sanders, September 20, 2021
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    NCGA should move forward with Regulatory Sandbox bill this session

    The North Carolina General Assembly is winding down business for this legislative session. There are still several big-ticket items lawmakers need to accomplish, such as passing the biennial budget and drawing voting district lines for the next decade. While lawmakers will prioritize those issues, many pieces of legislation have passed…
    Jordan Roberts, September 20, 2021
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    State elections board updates gender, race and ethnicity data for 180,000 voters

    When I look at the voter registration changes numbers at Carolina Transparency, I am usually interested in changes in party registration. But what caught my eye this week was a large change in demographic data. For example, here are the net changes in race for registered voters this week: White:…
    Andy Jackson, September 20, 2021
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    Freedom To Farm

    Read The New Locke-Commissioned Research Report Freedom To Farm The Impacts of Agriculture Regulation On Production and Processing In The South In this paper, author Vincent Smith examines the structure and differences in seven southern states and the federal regulations that…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2021