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    LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST: ‘Tis the Season for Voter ID in North Carolina

    This week’s Head Locke podcast episode tackles a hot topic: voter ID. In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly enacted election reform legislation that included a photo voter ID requirement, but the law did not survive the federal courts. In response, the Republican-led state legislature included a voter ID amendment…
    Anna Manning, December 11, 2018
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    Women and the GOP

    Sabrina Schaeffer writes for the Federalist that Republicans need to step up their appeal to women. The midterm elections made one thing clear: Republicans have officially lost their grip on women voters. Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians have long struggled with the idea of working to increase the number…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    Trump and the Democrats’ ‘subpoena cannon’

    Ilya Shapiro writes for the Washington Examiner about the impact for the Trump administration of Democrats’ upcoming takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. With Democrats seizing the House and Republicans keeping the Senate, bills beyond the proverbial post-office-naming will be hard-pressed to make it out of both…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    Workers will ask high court for help in union dues fight

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon details the latest step in a legal effort to help workers recover forced union dues. Workers seeking to take back millions in forced dues plan on taking their case to the Supreme Court after federal appellate judges rejected their class action…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    The imperial presidency

    Jay Cost of National Review Online assesses Donald Trump’s impact on the presidency. This is such a pathetic time for our republic. Hopefully, future generations will learn from our frivolous idolatry. Most people are inclined to think about the Age of Trump from a moral perspective, but that…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    Conservatives and cities

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains why conservatives should not simply write off America’s largest cities as too liberal. Conservatives do not do well in the cities. We assume, strangely, that this indicates a problem with the cities rather than a problem with . . . us.
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on one UNC Board of Governors member’s concerns about a “strike” tied to Silent Sam. The Daily Journal highlights divisions within the N.C. Republican Party over the state’s targeted tax incentives.
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2018
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    Feds urge CON action in exchange for Obamacare waivers

    On the blog last week I did a small series on “healthcare freedom.” I detailed policy reforms that were recommended by a federal report to states for the purpose of increasing choice, freedom, and competition in their state…
    Jordan Roberts, December 10, 2018