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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on three Republican senators calling for a bipartisan probe of absentee voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Lindsay Marchello reports on the State Board of Education’s vote to add a Goldsboro school to the Innovative School District. John Trump’s…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018
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    Mercatus gives the lessons Raleigh needs to attract the next big project

    The Mercatus Center explains why Amazon chose where it did for its HQ2(s) — and what lessons cities need to draw from it. Those lessons will sound familiar to JLF readers.
    Jon Sanders, December 6, 2018
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    Political reporting in state capitals

    “For those who have an appetite for politics and the free time to pursue it, this is a journalistic Golden Age,” Alan Ehrenhalt, senior editor of Governing magazine, writes. “For the ordinary voter who thinks about politics only at election time, it is more like a Dark Age.” Ehrenhalt…
    Joseph Coletti, December 6, 2018
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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 3

    Welcome to Part 3 of my “healthcare freedom” blog series this week. In this small series, I am reviewing a federal report on healthcare reform initiatives that the states can implement to encourage more freedom, competition, and choice into the health care sector.
    Jordan Roberts, December 6, 2018
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    You’re Invited: The Market For Neighborhoods

    If we could choose, what sorts of neighborhoods would we build for ourselves? On Monday, Salim Furth of the Mercatus Center will present an understanding of housing markets and land-use regulation grounded in institutional economics. Instead of viewing housing as an interchangeable commodity, Mercatus Center research emphasizes the overlapping institutions that…
    Anna Manning, December 6, 2018
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    Forsyth County spending spree

    Mind you in the November election voters rejected a 1/4-cent sales tax hike to pay for a new Forsyth County courthouse. The courthouse project is still a go, but now county commissioners have to figure out how to pay for the proposed $15.5 million parking deck that…
    Sam Hieb, December 6, 2018
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    George H.W. Bush: Patriot, Statesman, President

    Marc Rotterman, a veteran of the Reagan administration and host of Front Row with Marc Rotterman on UNC-TV, reflects on the passing of the 41st president of the United States, who will be buried Thursday in Texas. Rotterman  also looks back at the “what if” of 1992: In the…
    Donna Martinez, December 6, 2018
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    Putin and a new arms race

    Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner details Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s latest anti-American pronouncement. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened a new nuclear arms race with the U.S. after the Trump administration threatened to abandon an arms treaty due to Russia’s noncompliance. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2018