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Wednesday, August, 20 2014

Want To Know More About Obamacare Tech Security? Don’t Bother Asking The Feds

Fox News reports the White House has denied AP’s request for information related to the technical security of the Obamacare website. Keeping details about lockdown practices confidential is generally derided by information technology experts as “security through obscurity.” Disclosing some types of information could help hackers formulate break-in strategies, but other facts, such as numbers […]

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Government Tries To Move In On Successful Privately Funded Project

Harry Painter brings us the story of a privately funded activity to help college dropouts go back and receive a degree that may now have to fend of the federal government. The Lumina Foundation, one of the sponsoring foundations, expects this program to result in 2,094 new associate degree recipients in North Carolina — even […]

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D’oh! Aquarium Nurses Injured Bald Eagle, But Lauds Wind Turbines That Kill Them

Today we’re treated to yet another irony of progressive thought. In his Environment-focused weekly newsletter, JLF’s Roy Cordato relates his experience at the North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher. Here’s what you see after paying your $11 entry fee. Surprisingly, the first thing that we saw was not a tank full of fish or a […]

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Will Liberal Feminists Care That Men Are Being Left Behind?

It turns out that women are crushing men when it comes to raising capital on crowdfunding websites. On Kickstarter, where backers make contributions in exchange for rewards, women-led companies account for less than 10% of technology projects. But roughly two-thirds of women-led technology ventures reached their fundraising goals versus just 30% of technology ventures with […]

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Political Prof: 2014 Electorate Looks Like 2010, Not 2012

Carolina Journal’s Dan Way asked Meredith College political science professor David McLennan for perspective on the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, Republican N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Libertarian Sean Haugh. Some pundits consider Hagan among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, and in light of that, she is shifting to the political […]

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In Defense of (Most) Photojournalism

Regardless of the recent examples of unethical photojournalism, most photographers have very high standards.

Will TTA Use Eminent Domain?

Many in the Triangle fear the TTA will resort to Kelo-style eminent domain condemnations.

The Joke's on U

In the new movie, "Accepted," a group of friends make up their own college after being rejected by real ones. The real joke is, the hoax college isn't any more outrageous than many real ones.

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By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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