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    Young people who still ‘feel the Bern’

    Paulina Enck writes at the Federalist about younger voters’ continuing fascination with avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. [I]n light of his insane policies, poor performances in many debates, and failure to clinch the nomination four years ago, it makes one wonder why young people are such huge Bernie…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Scrapping the pro-union ‘joint employer’ rule

    Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner highlights a Trump administration change that will disappoint labor union leaders. The White House has formally rolled back one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious attempts to rewrite federal labor law to benefit unions, the so-called joint employer rule. The Trump administration…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Clearing out an Obama-era EPA backlog

    Yuichiro Kakutani of the Washington Free Beacon reports on one element of a changing administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency has reduced a backlog of proposed air quality regulations after California withdrew dozens of outdated plans under pressure. The Obama-era EPA routinely failed…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Bernie’s not-insignificant chances of winning the Democratic nomination

    John Fund of National Review Online contends that Democrats no longer dismiss Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination. In 2019, Sanders raised an eye-popping $100 million. The grassroots he cultivated in Iowa and New Hampshire four years ago have vaulted him into first…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Medicaid Expansion for Winston-Salem Journal

    This week, JLF’s Mitch Kokai was quoted in a piece for the Winston-Salem Journal on Medicaid expansion. The piece explains that, since Kansas passed its recent Medicaid expansion compromise, many are wondering if North Carolina may follow suit. The reporter, Richard Craver, writes: A first-term Democratic governor and the Republican…
    Brenee Goforth, January 14, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that a legal setback isn’t stopping a legal challenge against North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions. The Daily Journal explains how a recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling helps boost the case for parental school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Reviving Reagan’s Stock of Soviet Jokes

    As Ronald Reagan often pointed out, the citizens of the Soviet Union were good at using humor to help them cope with the strain of life under socialism. With Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, and with “democratic” socialism surging on college campuses, it looks like we may soon be…
    Jon Guze, January 13, 2020
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    NCAE membership drop

    Teacher union watchdog Mike Antonucci reports that the N.C. Association of Educators posted a 6 percent decrease in membership between 2017 and 2018. It was the third-largest year-to-year membership decline in the nation. According to annual financial disclosure reports for the Internal Revenue Service, the NCAE had 28,725 members and…
    Terry Stoops, January 13, 2020