The Tariffs & The Treasury

For weeks, many of President Trump's economic advisors and supporters have been arguing that Trump is using tariffs as a means to an end.  They said his goal was to get rid of all tariffs and non-tariff barriers completely.  Ramesh Ponnuru was not buying it.  He wrote last week that to believe this you have to omit alot...

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Two Veto Overrides & A Lawsuit

On Saturday the General Assembly convened for a very short special session to override two of Governor Cooper's from last week.  Not surprisingly, they were successful... The Republican-led General Assembly wasted no time Saturday, Aug. 4, batting down a pair of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes dealing with constitutional amendments. The House voted 70-39 to override vetoes of both Senate Bill...

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Koch Fight

Last weekend Charles Koch, at his own 3-day retreat for donors of the conservative network he co-founded,  took some shots at White House... Billionaire Charles Koch on Sunday warned against protectionism at a biannual meeting of the conservative network he co-founded. “The urge to protect ourselves from change has doomed many countries throughout history,” the 82-year-old industrialist said...

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Education Reform & Resignations

NEW PLAN: Last week, Superintendent Mark Johnson announced a reorganization of the state Department of Public Instruction.  Yesterday he unveiled his plans... As part of the reorganization, Johnson announced that there will now be four deputy superintendents, instead of just one, to oversee DPI’s different divisions. Johnson repeatedly said Wednesday that employees in different divisions are expected to collaborate...

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The Wrestler-In-Chief

Last week the New York Times reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was looking at President Donald Trump's tweet to find possible proof of collusion... For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal...

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Show Me The Money

North Carolina school districts are taking the state to court... In 2008, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered the state to turn over $747.9 million in civil fines that should have been given to public schools over a nine-year period. With only $18 million provided so far, the N.C. School Boards Association and 20 school boards...

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Making It Rain

Good news for American workers this week as new data shows wages grew at the fastest pace in a decade... U.S. workers received their biggest pay increases in nearly a decade over the 12 months through June, a sign the strong labor market is boosting wages as employers compete for scarcer workers. The Labor Department’s employment-cost index rose 2.8% in...

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A new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University finds that Bernie Sanders Medicare-For-All bill would cost A LOT of money... M4A would add approximately $32.6 trillion to federal budget commitments during the first 10 years of its implementation (2022–2031).  This projected increase in federal healthcare commitments would equal approximately 10.7 percent of GDP in 2022. This...

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Is GenX The Next Flint? Let’s Hope So

Last week the Department of Health & Human Services began testing residents near the Chemours plan in Bladen County to look for GenX and 16 other related per- and polyfluorinated substances, often called PFAS... Government health officials will soon begin testing a small group of residents near a Bladen County chemical plant for GenX and other unregulated contaminants with...

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Special Sessions & Constitutional Amendments

The GOP lead General Assembly convened in Raleigh today for a short session to deal with the constitutional amendments on the ballot in November... State lawmakers opted for simplicity Tuesday in deciding how to label six proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot.  Each amendment will appear under the heading "Constitutional Amendment" per legislation that cleared the House...

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