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Saturday, October, 25 2014

Fjeld campaign imploding down the stretch

Bad enough that Laura Fjeld struggled during last night’s 6th District Congressional candidates debate with opponent Mark Walker, but now Democratic operatives piss off the N&R in an awkward attempt to slam Walker.

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HP council spikes Main St. road diet

High Point Enterprise reports the High Point City Council votes 7-1 to reject the proposed North Main Street “road diet.” Council found that a city-commissioned study of the idea didn’t adequately address how the project would impact roads surrounding N. Main Street and that the project would not “yield significant economic benefits to justify the […]

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Thom Tillis’ October surprise

The Senate candidate now says North Carolina should consider expanding Medicaid: “It wasn’t like I had an ideological objection to expanding Medicaid,” he told Time Warner Cable News. “We’re trending in a direction where we should consider potential expansion. … I would encourage the state legislature and the governor to consider it.” Democrats were quick […]

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Two radically different views on Senate campaign spending

Charlotte Observer totals the numbers and speculates that —at over $100 million — the Kay Hagan -Thom Tillis Senate campaign will be the most expensive in history. But Carolina Journal takes a different approach: While a Charlotte Observer analysis shows that total spending in the race, including that from independent groups, is expected to top […]

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UNCG chancellor’s resignation: coincidence?

UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady announces her retirement in the wake of the university’s time sheet controversy that resulted in the arrest of three former employees. Brady’s retirement is effective July 31. Seems like we see this all the time —- person at the top bows out in the wake of a scandal, but they assure […]

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Piedmont Triad's Greatest Hits

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

Municipal annexation will take center stage during the General Assembly’s new session as the N.C. League of Municipalities deals with efforts to reform the state’s annexation laws put forth by property owners upset over paying city taxes for services they don’t need or want.

It's not easy being green

“Green” schools appear to be a growing trend in public education nationally and in North Carolina. But school systems are quickly finding out that green schools cost quite a bit of green money.

Greensboro facing 10 bond votes

Greensboro residents will have the opportunity to place a dollar value on culture and entertainment this fall. But they could be spending much more than the cost of the average ticket.

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Research

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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