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Saturday, February, 6 2016

Final piece of the Gboro-Randolph megasite puzzle?

N&R reports the N.C. Railroad Co. has agreed to buy 875 acres in Randolph County that could “virtually wrap up the land-buying phase” of the Greensboro-Randolph megasite: The railroad said Tuesday that it will spend about $13 million to buy the land within the 1,450-acre site in Randolph County to help complete what local and […]

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Re: GPD’s civil emergency unit

N&R follows up Triad City Beat’s reporting on the Greensboro Police Department’s newly-formed civil emergency unit: Created more than a year ago, the CEU has a specific mission: to prevent or curtail violence when people take their right to free speech to the streets. ….Their mission is to use as little force as possible to […]

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DBS and ‘Bishop Dean’ running for Guilford school board

I thought this would be bigger news—-maybe I missed it—but former controversial former Greensboro City Council member Dianne Bellamy-Small’s candidacy for the Guilford County Board of Education was mentioned matter-of-factly in today’s N&R front-pager. The lede? District 7 candidate—running unopposed—-Byron Gladden, aka “Bishop Dean”: Blame Tyler Perry, the well-known director and actor, for Gladden’s — […]

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Kalvin Michael Smith’s latest appeal…

Kalvin Michael Smith—convicted in the brutal 1995 beating of Jill Marker at Winston-Salem’s Silk Plant Forest store—is working on yet another appeal. Court papers filed in this latest appeal reveal that the lead Forsyth County police detective used a racial epithet to describe Smith: Don Williams told his brother, Ricky Williams, in 2002 that he […]

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DOJ budget issues…..

Hard to believe that —of all things—the U.S. Department of Justice is having “budget issues.” How do we know this? It’s the excuse the department gave Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes when letting him know his office—and the Greensboro Police Department— would no longer receive forfeiture funds: Barnes said it had been presented to him […]

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An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor's proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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