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Tuesday, October, 21 2014

Senate race, sales tax hike, grits and baloney

What do they all have in common, you ask? A couple of weeks ago the Rhino’s John Hammer speculated that the mere presence of Guilford County’s quarter-cent sales tax hike on the Nov. 4 ballot will tip the Senate election toward Kay Hagan because “women voters who don’t normally vote in an off-year election will […]

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Let the media endorsements begin….

No surprises so far…..N&R endorses Sen. Kay Hagan in the Senate race; Winston-Salem Journal endorses Democrat Josh Brannon over incumbent Rep. Virginia Foxx in the 5th District Congressional race: But as limited as his chances are, we believe Brannon could bring fresh ideas to Washington that Foxx has not. We freely acknowledge that Foxx has […]

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UNCG keeps the wagons circled

UNCG faculty draft a petition asking Guilford County District Attorney Doug Henderson to dismiss criminal charges against three former employees. Or how about this —Chancellor Linda Brady simply drops the charges? But that’s unlikely, according to a couple of university officials: UNCG Provost Dana Dunn …said professors should wait to send the letter. “I would […]

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Rhino on Thigpen and gay marriage

The Rhino’s John Hammer writes about the controversy surrounding Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen’s decision to reopen his office last Friday to issue gay marriage licenses: The Board of Commissioners really doesn’t have much authority over Thigpen, who, like the sheriff, is an elected official. In fact, in speaking to the Board of […]

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Medicaid expansion still a tough sell

Yesterday the N&R editorialized that it was “encouraging” that Gov. Pat McCrory and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos were reconsidering expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. But who really makes that call? But two key lawmakers with oversight responsibility of her agency made it clear that, given Medicaid’s checkered history, and lingering problems resolving years of mismanagement […]

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Questions Surround Guilford Strategic Plan

Many questions still surround Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green’s ambitious new strategic plan. One major question is exactly what the Board of Education’s role will be in implementing the plan.

Annexation Rules Could Generate Major Debates in 2009

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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.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

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