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Re: “In U.S. House District 4, the INDY Endorses David Price

Laws doesn't stand a chance, but Price is not immortal and eventually Dems will have to select his successor.

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Posted by ct on 04/18/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Wake County Schools Want a Bunch More Money, and This Could Get Ugly

I can't imagine that the city of Raleigh will ever again have a Republican mayor or a Republican-leaning city council. I can imagine, however, that Republicans become a force again on the Wake County Commission. The Wake County school board is playing with fire. I don't know where the electorate's breaking point is, with respect to continuous tax increases. But there is a breaking point somewhere -- and Republicans would be delighted to exploit it, particularly if dissent within the Democratic Party becomes paralytic.

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Posted by ct on 04/11/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “What to Do With a Problem Like Duane Hall

Voters will have to fix it. May 8 is not long away.

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Posted by ct on 03/08/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “How Badly Will Trump’s Tariffs Affect North Carolina?

It's not just pork where NC would suffer from trade retaliation. According to the US Dept of Commerce, NC's five largest export sectors are chemicals, transportation equipment, machinery, computer and electronic products, and textiles. Pork is way down the list. NC's five largest export markets are Canada, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Canada and Mexico are in NAFTA, and Saudi Arabia isn't likely to do anything. But China and Japan may well retaliate. Over 150,000 jobs in NC are supported by exports. That's three times the number of folks whom Amazon would employ for HQ2. By far, the biggest proportion of those export-driven jobs is in metro Charlotte.

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Posted by ct on 03/08/2018 at 12:29 PM
Posted by ct on 01/31/2018 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Why Is the Religious Right So In Thrall to Vulgar Libertine Donald Trump?

Religion has also been a strong force to oppose racism. See the history of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, for example. Some churches are also strongly supportive of LBGTQ rights. If you wish to criticize religion, fine, but at least recognize that religion is not monolithic. And I believe numerous churches would dispute a characterization that they are all about who is in and who is out. Some are that way but some are not.

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Posted by ct on 01/24/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “The NFL Is Wrapping Up Its Worst Season in Decades. We Should Blame Fantasy Football.

Yes, there are many other plausible explanations for why NFL TV ratings are down. A significant number of people now rely on streaming video and have not erected antennas for over-the-air reception. Some people are concerned about CTE and other injuries that most NFL players eventually experience. People relocate around the nation more than they once did, and regional loyalties are no longer as strong as they once were. The market is saturated. More children are exposed to soccer and electronic games, so they don't play football (even touch football in front yards, like I did 55 years ago).

None of these plausible explanations, including fantasy football and the ones noted in the prior response, is sufficient by itself to explain the decline. But they have an effect in the aggregate.

Posted by ct on 01/20/2018 at 11:35 AM

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