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    District to send $16.25 million in taxpayer money to for-profit company

    According to the News & Observer,  The Wake County school system is planning to pay $16.25 million to purchase 17,000 Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga laptop computers for school district staff to use. Critics of charter schools claim that it is problematic for schools to contract with a for-profit charter management…
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2019
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    Charlotte council extends controversial land swap deal with Mecklenburg County

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council extended the deadline for Mecklenburg County to sell property it had obtained in a 2007 land swap with the city that opened space for BB&T Ballpark. The land swap deal deal dictated the city would regain control of the land–the site of Marshall…
    Sam Hieb, October 15, 2019
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    What the Left really thinks about school choice families

    Consider this passage from Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch: Think about it: School can be hard. You’re a parent with less-than-perfect recollections of your own school experience. The news is full of stories about school funding problems. The public school to which your child is assigned is a…
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2019
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    Regulation and choice

    Sometimes public policy is designed for the benefit of a few at the expense of all others. A recent California bill is a perfect example of just that:  Shares of SmileDirectClub SDC -12.85% Inc. fell…
    Jordan Roberts, October 15, 2019
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    Appeals Court rules against Mecklenburg sheriff in concealed handgun permit dispute

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court and ordered it to reconsider the Mecklenburg County sheriff’s office’s rejection of a concealed handgun permit for a Vietnam veteran. The appellate judges agreed that the sheriff’s office had not given Howard Duvall adequate notice of the reason for…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    Appeals Court strikes down sweepstakes kiosks

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court and ruled against operators of sweepstakes kiosks. The complicated case generated separate opinions from all three judges. They agreed that the challenged kiosks violate North Carolina’s ban on video sweepstakes machines. But the judges disagreed…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    Price transparency and health care

    Tom Coburn writes for Fox Business about the role of price transparency in improving American health care. Democratic presidential primary candidates are spending a lot of time talking about health care but no time talking about the primary driver of runaway costs – the lack of price transparency.
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019
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    Critiquing American companies that do China’s bidding

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist considers American companies that kowtow to the Chinese communist government. Twitter and Facebook are the exceptions to a disturbing trend of U.S.-based companies bowing and scraping before the Chinese Communist Party. Witness the recent spectacle of the NBA censoring fans on American…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2019