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    Audit highly critical of Georgia’s film tax credit still overstates its impact

    The audit provides a much lower economic impact of Georgia's film tax credit than the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office does. But because of certain assumptions used in its model, the audit still manages to overestimate Georgia's film incentives' impact.
    Jon Sanders, January 15, 2020
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    ‘If Trump is innocent, what is there to fear?’

    Letter to the editor in today’s Greensboro News & Record with the above headline. Greensboro resident David Hammond writes: American democracy will suffer if the Senate does not conduct an impartial impeachment trial. The required impartiality oath nevertheless appears meaningless to those senators, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, who…
    Sam Hieb, January 15, 2020
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    Trump Wants to Build Roads Faster: Our Mitch Kokai Comments

    This week, JLF’s Mitch Kokai was quoted in a piece for Triangle Business Journal on the president’s recent infrastructure announcement. The reporter, Lauren Ohnesorge, explains: In a speech in the Roosevelt Room Thursday… [Trump told] reporters that it can take more than 10 years “just to get a permit to build…
    Brenee Goforth, January 15, 2020
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    Public-choice problems explained in one sentence

    Public-choice problems are very difficult problems to overcome, even when there is broad agreement across political parties and society that they need to be fixed
    Jon Sanders, January 15, 2020
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    Martin Center column focuses on collegiate athletics reform

    David Ridpath writes for the Martin Center about reforming collegiate athletics. Like millions of others, I love college sports, but there are several reasons why it needs to change: (1) An overwhelming majority—98 percent—of all athletics programs spend more than they make, requiring mandatory student fees and general fund…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Red-state growth and electoral politics

    Kristin Tate of The Hill compares unemployment and economic performance data among the states. As of mid-2019, every single one of the top 10 most popular governors in the country were Republicans, while eight of the 10 least popular were Democrats. Generally speaking, voters trust Republicans more than…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Biden in the driver’s seat heading into the early states

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist contends that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders must win Iowa to prevent the eventual nomination of former Vice President Joe Biden. For all the noise and drama of the 2020 Democratic primary—all the talk of a “diverse” field of candidates and the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Trump rallies’ impact on the Democratic race

    Rob Crilly of the Washington Examiner explores one political impact of President Trump’s campaign rallies. The Trump campaign has hit the accelerator unprecedentedly early for an incumbent candidate. As well as Wisconsin, he held a Keep America Great rally in the swing state of Ohio last week. Vice…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020