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PPP: 57% of North Carolinians Disapprove of President Obama’s Job Performance

Yes, policies DO have consequences. As the Recovery Summer continues into Fall, Public Policy Polling’s latest survey of likely North Carolina voters shows this overwhelming rejection of President Obama’s performance. It is Question #2 of the poll, which can be found in its entirety here.

Q2: Do you approve or disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance?
Approve….39%
Disapprove….57%
Not sure….4%

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Polls Show Fascinating Shift in Youth Vote

In this Weekly Standard piece, Mary Katharine Ham analyzes results from two polls that show a fascinating shift in views of younger voters. It’s amazing how things can change in less than two years.

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First Amendment Day at UNC

Looks as if there’s something for everyone at today’s First Amendment Day event at UNC Chapel Hill. The schedule includes Chancellor Holden Thorp among those reading from banned books, a debate over the Ground Zero mosque, a Q&A with bigtime leftist Noam Chomsky, and comments about the environment at UNC from Robert Shipley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). (emphasis is mine)

This program will begin with a 25-minute documentary that explores a 1960s legal battle that pitted official zeal to contain the Communist menace against freedom of speech on the Carolina campus. This documentary was produced by UNC-TV in 1994. After the film, there will be a panel discussion. One of the panelists will be Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a Philadelphia group that supports free speech and religion on college campuses.

Shibley will explain exactly why FIRE rates UNC-CH as a “yellow light” institution. A “yellow light” institution, according to FIRE, is one whose policies restrict some protected expression or, by virtue of their vague wording, could too easily be used to restrict protected expression. (For more about FIRE, visit www.thefire.org.)

Also, student panelists will discuss their views of the state of student free expression at Carolina. This program is organized by journalism major Liz Pearson-McLaughlin and JOMC Professor Leroy Towns.

In this brief interview, Jenna Ashley Robinson, campus outreach coordinator for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, discusses problems associated with speech codes on North Carolina college campuses.

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Showdown in Durham: 5 Charters Sue Durham Public Schools For $1.2M

Five Durham area public charter schools have had enough of the runaround over money owed them. They’ve sued Durham Public Schools for $1.2 million. From the News & Observer:

The charters claim DPS is using different formulas to determine how much money they receive and how much the district spends, per student. DPS bases its per student funding on enrollment at the beginning of the year but is paying charter schools based on their monthly numbers, the suit alleges.

A 2009 court decision in Charlotte, where the Sugar Creek Charter School sued Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, determined that the same per pupil funding formula should be used for traditional public and charter schools, said Philip S. Adkins, an attorney representing Healthy Start and Kestrel Heights.

The suit shines a light on the education establishment’s disdain for charters. Why? Because the establishment fears competition. In this brief interview from a few weeks ago, JLF Director of Education Studies Terry Stoops discusses the Sugar Creek decision referred to in the story.

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UPDATED: McIntyre and Shuler cast CYA votes on adjournment

The House voted 210-209 today to adjourn without voting on the extension of the Bush tax cuts. John Boehner called a vote to adjourn a vote to raise taxes. Only two North Carolina Democrats voted against adjournment, Democrats Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler, two so-called Blue Dogs Democrats trying to survive in conservative districts.

Presumably, the rest of North Carolina’s Democrats voted to adjourn, or maybe the just voted “present” on this one. As soon as I find the full voting list I’ll update this post. Hard to believe Larry Kissell would be dumb enough to vote for adjournment.

Forty-seven Democrats had sided with Republicans earlier in calling for the extension of the tax cuts, but only 39 eventually voted against adjournment. What happened to the other eight?

UPDATE: Yes, Kissell WAS dumb enough. Here’s how the entire delegation voted:

D-1st: G.K.Butterfield, not voting
R-6th: Coble, No
D-2nd: Etheridge, Yes
R-5th: Foxx, No
R-3rd: Jones, No
D-8th: Kissell, Yes
R-10th: McHenry, No
D-7th: McIntyre, No
D-13th: Miller, Yes
R-9th: Myrick, No
D-4th: Price, Yes
D-11th: Shuler, No
D-12th: Watt, Yes

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You’re Invited to the Triangle Freedom Club Meeting

Join the John Locke Foundation on Wednesday, October 20 at Noon in Raleigh for the next meeting of the Triangle Freedom Club. The subject: government transparency and accountability. Details are here.

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Saturday in Raleigh: JLF’s Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop

This summer’s Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop was packed at JLF headquarters in downtown Raleigh. That’s why presenters Michael Sanera, Director of Research, and Troy Kickler, Director of the North Carolina History Project, are offering you a second opportunity to learn about restoring original intent and the rule of law.

Registration information for the October 2nd workshop is here.

What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions Can Teach Us Today
Saturday, October 02, 2010
8:30 am- 1:30 pm

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00- includes lunch.

Due to high demand, this is a repeat offering of the August 7, 2010 workshop.

Space is limited for this event, pre-registration is required.

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Sadly, Still Pandering to Women

Earlier this year I wrote about the incredible accomplishments of women, including those in higher education.

Since the 1980s, women have dominated higher education, earning the majority of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 2005-06, women earned 57.5 percent of all bachelor’s degrees and half of the bachelor’s degrees in business. During the same period, women earned 60 percent of master’s degrees and nearly half of doctoral degrees in all disciplines. At Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Brown, women run the show.

And that’s just higher education. Women have attained incredible power and influence in business, politics, and society in general.

That’s why this blog about the gender-grievance industry from George Leef at sister site The Locker Room caught my eye. Leef blogs about a George Will column.

The notion that, in 2010, women are systematically oppressed by Big Bad Men is hogwash, and the so-called “women’s movement” and its allies do a disservice to women I respect — women who fought hard for opportunity during a time when discrimination was quite real.

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If You’re a “high level” resident, Mayor Meeker Wants You!

First, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker complained about those dastardly newly elected Wake County school board members who “are not from the area.” Now he wants other mayors to help him seek out “high level” residents to serve on an “objective group” for “good advice” about proposed changes to Wake school board policy. Meeker will, of course, be the “facilitator” of this group of “high level” citizens.

Two questions:

First, can you be a “high level” citizen if you’re “not from the area”?
Second, exactly who does Mayor Meeker believe are the low level citizens of this area?

Bottom line: Mayor Meeker’s latest venture reeks of elitism.

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Saturday in Raleigh: JLF’s Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop

This summer’s Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop was packed at JLF headquarters in downtown Raleigh. That’s why presenters Michael Sanera, Director of Research, and Troy Kickler, Director of the North Carolina History Project, are offering you a second opportunity to learn about restoring original intent and the rule of law.

Registration information for the October 2nd workshop is here.

What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions Can Teach Us Today
Saturday, October 02, 2010
8:30 am- 1:30 pm

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00- includes lunch.

Due to high demand, this is a repeat offering of the August 7, 2010 workshop.

Space is limited for this event, pre-registration is required.

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