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    National Review editor labels Bernie ‘not normal’

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online takes a closer look at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Bloomberg’s no moderate

    Katherine Timpf of National Review Online challenges the notion that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg represents a moderate choice for Democrats in the presidential race. [T]he right to self-defense is far from the only individual right that Bloomberg has a history of disrespecting. In fact, despite…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Complications in CON Lawsuit

    Dr. Gajendra Singh, a Winston-Salem surgeon, is suing the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) over its Certificate of Need (CON) law related to MRI machines. CON laws require hospitals and other health care facilities to apply for permission slips from the state to expand their services.
    Brenee Goforth, January 15, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Audit: Georgia’s return on investment for its film tax credit was … 10 cents on the dollar

    In 2016 Georgia granted $667 million in tax credits for film productions. In return, Georgia realized only $65 million in net new revenue, meaning the state self-inflicted a net revenue loss of $602 million.
    Jon Sanders, January 14, 2020
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    The case against paying for master’s degrees in education

    From an article featured in Washington Monthly: The problem is that education master’s programs generally don’t produce better teachers. While programs vary greatly, and some stand above the rest, the teachers I interviewed told me that they had spent too much time on theory and not enough on practical teaching…
    Terry Stoops, January 14, 2020
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    Needed: personal community and role models

    David French, who joined Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes to create the recently launched Dispatch is ” convinced that the more we politicize the crisis [in community] rather than personalize it and spiritualize it, the more we’ll miss the mark.” “A functioning community doesn’t just provide love and resources,” French…
    Joseph Coletti, January 14, 2020
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    With friends like these … AOC edition

    David Catron of the American Spectator reports on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “hit list.” Last February, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatened House Democrats who dared to work with Republicans, saying they were “putting themselves on a list” and that she would help challengers unseat them in 2020. At the time,…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020