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    Should the General Assembly Get a Pay Raise?

    Featuring Nicholas Carnes: Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
    on May 1, 2017
    The issue of how much to pay politicians naturally raises a wide range of thorny philosophical and empirical questions. This presentation reviews the claims made by proponents of pay raises,…
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    Urban Growth: Costs, Benefits – and Traffic

    Featuring John Staddon: James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Emeritus, Duke University
    on April 24, 2017
    Growth always brings problems as well as benefits. As the Triangle grows — which seems inevitable — traffic congestion will soon reach unacceptable levels. In this presentation, John Staddon will…
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    North Carolina: A Model For Tax Reform

    Featuring Joe Henchman: Vice President of Legal & State Projects, Tax Foundation
    on April 17, 2017
    North Carolina has skyrocketed to among the best states in the nation for both individual and business taxpayers. That’s according to the latest rankings by the Tax Foundation, a nationally…
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    One Diamond For One Potato?

    Featuring Jimmy Dixon: Farmer and State Legislator Representing N.C. House District 4
    on April 10, 2017
    Rep. Jimmy Dixon is a proud North Carolina farmer who serves Duplin and Wayne counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In this presentation, he will discuss the impact…
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    Campus Violence and the Free Speech Debate

    Featuring Robert Shibley: Executive Director, Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
    on April 3, 2017
    Care about free speech on college campuses? Recent episodes across the country illustrate that some campus administrators are indifferent to ensuring a robust marketplace of ideas and, instead, indulge those…
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    John W. Pope Lecture Series Presents Legal Scholar Randy E. Barnett

    Featuring Randy Barnett: Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
    on March 27, 2017
    NC State University’s a John W. Pope Lecture Series presents Randy E. Barnett Randy Barnett is one of the nation’s leading legal scholars. In this presentation — held at…
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    Mens Rea Reform: Does Overregulation Turn Ordinary People Into Criminals?

    Featuring Lorrin Freeman: Wake County District Attorney / Joe Luppino-Esposito: Policy Analyst for Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation / Paul “Skip” Stam: Attorney and Former State Legislator / Jessica Smith: W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC-Chapel Hill
    on March 13, 2017
    When you think of crime, you probably think of things like robbery or murder. But some North Carolina laws threaten criminal convictions for people who run afoul of rules…
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    Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

    Featuring Dick Carpenter: Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
    on March 6, 2017
    The Left, Right and Center all hate them: powerful special interests who use government power for their own private benefit. Now there is a new, artful and memorable one-word…