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It seems like every time I debate a conservative talking head on TV or radio and warn about North Carolina’s ongoing slide to the bottom (and mention that we seem bent on becoming the new Mississippi) the response goes something like this: “No, our model is Texas. That’s where they know how to grow the economy and shrink government.”

Of course, even at a glance, it’s obvious to most intelligent people why Texas is no model worth copying.  Lest you have any doubts, however, Andrea Flynn of the Roosevelt Institute explains some very important reasons why life in Texas is increasingly third-world-like for a huge chunk of the population: Read More

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U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel  today struck down provisions of abortion restrictions enacted in Texas this summer, finding that the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic unreasonably restrict a woman’s legal right to an abortion.

The full decision in the case, Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, is here.