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Will Brad Miller and Elaine Marshall be protesting tomorrow?

Democrat U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and Democrat Secretary of State Elaine Marshall famously cast their lot with the Occupy Wall Street protesters last year. In the interest of accountability, I’m doing my best to see that the public doesn’t forget it. I wonder if they’re going to come out tomorrow with the Occupy folks as they try to foment general strikes and disrupt the economy nationwide.

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It’s About Envy

Appealing to the worst in us — that’s the essence of the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which is based in the desire to stick it to the person who earns more than you do. In other words, the Buffett Rule is about envy and greed — on the part of the people who want to impose it. Or, as John Hood concludes in today’s Daily Journal, “it’s idiotic.” But before he gets to that conclusion, Hood travels a humorous — and enlightening — path about choices.

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With Ink Barely Dry On Sales Tax Hike, Orange Officials Look At Hiking Property Tax Rate

For Orange County officials and politicians, the quest for more of other people’s money never ends. The ink is barely dry on the quarter-cent sales tax hike, and now they’re whining again. The new target: the property tax rate. First in line with cries for more money are the two school districts. Here’s the potential impact of a property tax hike.


Based on the commissioners’ funding target of 48.1 percent, if they approve the district’s budgets, it would be approximately $85.3 million, according to the county.

Commissioners will consider a tax increase to fund the requests, said Commissioner Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier.

Unlike last year where we clearly directed the county not to consider a tax increase, “we have asked this year that they come up with various scenarios,” she said.

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Stuart Rothenberg: Obama Unlikely To Carry North Carolina Again

In this Roll Call column, Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report outlines the challenge faced by President Obama’s re-election campaign if they hope to put North Carolina in his column again. Rothenberg concludes it’s not likely. The column begins with Rothenberg analyzing the Democrats’ decision to hold the nominating convention in Charlotte.


If national Democratic strategists chose Charlotte, N.C., for the party’s national convention because they liked the facilities, the hotel accommodations or the weather in early September, then I guess I can’t yet quibble with the choice.

But if David Axelrod and the president’s other political advisers picked the Tar Heel State to make some broader political point, then they goofed.

Simply put: North Carolina looks like a mess for Democrats.


Later, Rothenberg writes this:

For months, I’ve been including the Tar Heel State in my list of swing territory. I think I’ve been wrong to do so, no matter what current polling shows.

Unless the president wins re-election nationally by 7 or 8 points (or about what he did in 2008), his chances of carrying the state are not very good. And if he wins nationally by a large margin, he won’t need North Carolina.

Obama won North Carolina by three-tenths of a point four years ago — almost 7 points worse than his national margin of 7.2 points.

This election is about economic policies, plain and simple. The president’s challenge is to convince voters to give him another four years to lead the country back to fiscal health. Will the nearly 10% of North Carolinians who are currently without a job think that’s a reasonable request? Stay tuned.

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How Long Before The Chapel Hill Nanny-Staters Ban This?

Talking on a cell phone while riding your bike may be banned in California, a nanny-stater’s dream state, where they’ve got government growth, government mandates on how to live your life, tax and fee hikes, and oh yeah, massive unemployment.

Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), who authored the 2008 California law mandating the use of hands-free technology while driving, has proposed extending that law to bicyclists.

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Rasmussen: 56% Say GM Should Have Gone Through Bankruptcy

From Rasmussen:

A majority of Americans nationwide believe General Motors should have gone through the regular bankruptcy process instead of allowing the federal government to take over in exchange for bailout money. However, they aren’t entirely convinced that the auto company would have been that much better off if it took that route.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 56% of American Adults believe it would have been better if GM had used the regular bankruptcy procedures and left ownership in the private sector. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe it was appropriate for the government to use the special bankruptcy process in exchange for bailout money. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. 

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A Panel Discussion On The Marriage Amendment

Next Thurday’s event will no doubt be a spirited, intellectual look at the marriage amendment that will appear on the May 8 ballot.


*Dr. Michael Munger, Department of Political Science, Duke University

* Katharine Parker, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina

* Tammy Fitzgerald, Executive Director, NC Values Coalition

* Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty,

Registration information is here and details are below.


The Federalist Society’s Triangle Lawyers Chapter and the John Locke Foundation cordially invite you to a panel discussion on North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment on May 3 at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh.

We will begin the evening with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters will go to the polls to determine whether we should amend our state constitution to provide, in part, that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” Please join us to hear from experts on both sides of the issue regarding the Amendment’s merits and the impact your vote will have on the future of our State.

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Survey Shows Doctors Fear Lower Incomes In The Future

USA Today reports on, and links to, an interesting survey of thousands of doctors. If you have a family member or friend in the healthcare field, make sure they read this.

In comments accompanying the survey, many physicians said they feared changes in the health care system would mean lower incomes in years to come, Medscape reports. Maybe that’s one reason just 54% said they would choose a career in medicine again, down from 69% percent in 2011.

For now, just 11% say they consider themselves “rich” — and 45% agree that “my income probably qualifies me as rich, but I have so many debts and expenses that I don’t feel rich.”

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Rep. Virginia Foxx Responds To President Obama’s Reference To Her In UNC-CH Speech

Rep. Virginia Foxx talked with Neil Cavuto about the president’s reference to her at UNC Chapel Hill.



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U.S. Postal Service An Absolute Financial Debacle

Yesterday the Senate, as CNN puts it, “passed a plan to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service.”  The story details why the bloated, inefficient postal service is in such a mess, including this gem:

The Senate also agreed to cap executive pay of high-ranking postal officials to that of Cabinet officials, $199,000. (Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made $384,000 last year.)

The cost of the Senate bill could prove a major sticking point with the House. The Congressional Budget Office says the bill would cost $33.6 billion over 10 years.

The tab comes from increased borrowing authority for the Postal Service, allowing it to borrow $11 billion more from Treasury. The Postal Service can currently borrow up to $15 billion, and has tapped $12 billion of that loan.


Isn’t it obvious it is well past time to allow competition for mail services? In the real world – yes. In Washington – no.

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