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    Amazon changes its mind–New Yorkers should be happy

    New York City and State were on the verge of handing over up to $3 billion in subsidies to Amazon as an enticement (bribe) to get them to locate a new headquarters on Long Island in Queens. Luckily for the people of New York, Amazon is backing out of the…
    Roy Cordato, February 14, 2019
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    How Charlotte will shake off HB2 legacy during NBA All-Star weekend

    Charlotte Observer known affectionately here for many years as the Uptown Paper of Record—ponders how the Queen City will shake off the legacy of HB2–also known as the “bathroom bill”—during the NBA All-Star weekend. Gosh I don’t know—maybe all the parties and celebrities–not to mention some potential…
    Sam Hieb, February 14, 2019
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    Beasley named first female African-American chief justice of N.C. Supreme Court

    Carolina Journal reports: Gov. Roy Cooper picked the youngest member of the N.C. Supreme Court to its top position. Cooper named fellow Democrat Cheri Beasley, 52, an associate justice on the court, to succeed Republican Mark Martin, who is leaving the chief justice’s post at the end of this…
    Anna Manning, February 14, 2019
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    Income growth in 2018

    North Carolina’s one-year income growth in the third quarter of 2018 was faster than any state in the southeast. The Pew Charitable Trusts has a great tool to see this and cross-state comparisons.
    Joseph Coletti, February 14, 2019
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    Growth in Local Wineries and Distilleries in NC Reflects Different Levels of Regulation

    JLF’s Jon Sanders writes: More lightly regulated industries grow much faster and produce at much greater rates than more regulated industries. Here’s an interesting example of this process at work in North Carolina history. At the beginning of the 20th century, North Carolina was the nation’s leader…
    Anna Manning, February 14, 2019
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    My Favorite Passage In the President’s State of the Union Speech

    My husband is a former speechwriter, so I have a special interest in, and appreciation for, the words that are crafted to convey a leader’s vision and thoughts. My practice is to listen or watch a speech, and then a few days later, read the text. I usually find nuggets…
    Donna Martinez, February 14, 2019
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    Schultz rips Green New Deal

    Proving once again that the Democratic Party has left him behind, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is criticizing one of the party’s newest obsessions. Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner explains. Possible independent presidential candidate and Democratic spoiler Howard Schultz on Tuesday dumped on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ “Green…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2019
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    AOC doing A-OK

    Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon offers an update on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s struggle to find affordable housing. After fretting about whether she’d be able to afford rent, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia’s Navy…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2019