Jim Geraghty has an interesting article at NRO today discussing some current stories. First, he looks at the refusal of Demagogues to take "no" for an answer from voters in Florida and Georgia. Gollum and Abrams have no way of winning their gubernatorial races, but still refuse to concede. Abrams is even considering a lawsuit to force a new vote on the grounds of persistent misconduct by Georgia Secretary of State Kemp, even though the election is run by the counties and not the state.
Geraghty also looks at Amazon's decision to split its new second headquarters between NYC and the DC suburbs of Virginia. Defenders of the crony capitalism subsidies claim that the states (and cities/counties) will get their money back in taxes. He shows how this is actually true, though it takes several years -- but only if they aren't making any significant use of public services. Since Arlington County spends about $19,000 per year per student, which is more than a typical couple will probably pay in state income taxes, a decent number of students will cancel out a lot of the taxes. And that doesn't even consider police, road repair and mass transit, emergency room visits, and other such government expenditures.
He also points out what this means in terms of urban crowding on the quality of life of local residents. There were plenty of places that really needed the jobs far more, so NYC and Virginia didn't have to give up much for them -- and did anyway. The link is:
In addition, the Jim Accoster/CNN suit (backed by most news sources, including FNC) came before a DC district judge today. With the Sherrill decision as his source, he felt obligated to issue the temporary order returning the hard White House pass to Accoster until he receives due process. (Allahpundit has a Hot Air article explaining this. Sorry, I can't have two links at the same time.) Of course, this doesn't require Trump to accept any questions from him, or even to hold press conferences. Nor was it a ruling on the merits, and it can be appealed to a higher court not obligated to accept the decades-old precedent.
But at least the synoptic media, if they were honest (you can stop laughing now), would have to admit that there's no guarantee that a Trump appointee will side with him.