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    Charlotte Observer calls for total redo of 9th District Congressional race

    A new election between Republican mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready in the disputed 9th District Congressional race would not be just, says the Charlotte Observer. There should be a complete redo–meaning another primary open to all candidates, including–you guessed it–lame-duck Rep. Robert Pittenger, whom Harris defeated in the…
    Sam Hieb, December 10, 2018
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    Herald Sun features JLF’s Terry Stoops’ column, “Who decides what public schools teach, and when?”

    The Herald Sun featured JLF’s Terry Stoops’ Carolina Journal column last week. In the column, Dr. Stoops questions whether or not some material being taught in public schools is appropriate for the age it is being taught. He relays the concerns of a seventh-grade teacher: Among a number of concerns…
    Anna Manning, December 10, 2018
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    Recession ahead?

    Governing magazine’s Liz Farmer finds economists are increasingly worried about the possibility of a recession. She writes that S&P sees slower growth as a more likely scenario than outright contraction, but budget timelines are not as simple. Agencies have already begun planning their budgets through June 2021—the governor will…
    Joseph Coletti, December 10, 2018
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    Martin Center column highlights prospects for athletics reform

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center devotes her latest column to the possibility of significant athletics reform in N.C. higher education. Many colleges are setting up their student-athletes for failure. Whether one looks to the long-term neurological health risks that young athletes are subject to, or the myriad cases…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2018
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    Who’s In Charge — You or Your Child’s School?

    The headline of this Atlantic story is what caught my eye: The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School Really? It’s controversial to eat lunch with your child? These days, the answer is yes. At some schools, swarms of parents wait in line to be…
    Donna Martinez, December 10, 2018
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    Progressives push for ideological purity

    David Siders writes for Politico about self-styled progressives‘ move to enforce a greater degree of ideological conformity. Progressive Democrats are beginning to confront an unintended consequence of their own success: dilution of the brand. So many Democratic presidential prospects are now claiming the progressive mantle in advance of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2018
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    A defense of ‘dark money’

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explains the vital role of “dark money” in American political debate. Although the term “dark money” sounds ominous and unsavory, it’s just a misleading neologism adopted by activist journalists to make completely legal contributions to political causes they disagree with sound creepy and…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2018
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    Problems tied to climate change taxes

    Chuck DeVore writes for Forbes about the political challenges associated with climate change taxes. The City of Lights, Paris, has been illuminated in recent days by cars set alight by thousands of protesting “Yellow Vests”—largely middle class people who earn their living by driving or who commute to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2018