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Tuesday, October, 13 2015

Forsyth DA makes AG bid

Forsyth District Attorney Jim O’Neill made it official yesterday —-he is running for N.C. attorney general. O’Neill’s announcement comes the same day incumbent Attorney General Roy Cooper announced he is running for governor. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, O’Neill said his “top priority would be to fix the delays of the State Crime Lab, calling […]

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Civil rights museum on stable ground. Trust us.

The ‘us’ being Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Manager Jim Westmoreland. Needless to say International Civil Rights Center Museum Deena Hayes-Greene and executive director John Swaine aren’t saying anything about the museum’s financial well-being—or lack thereof— so the N&R “asked Vaughan and Westmoreland — public officials with an obligation to transparency and accountability — […]

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Al Heggins ‘warned repeatedly’ before canned

News broke last week that the City of High fired Human Relations Director Al Heggins following months of controversy surrounding her tenure. Deputy City Manager Randy McCaslin lowered the boom, writing to Heggins “you have been warned repeatedly regarding poor judgment, inefficiency, negligence and/or incompetence in your job performance duties and discourteous treatment of others […]

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N&R logic

N&R is as surprised and shocked as Mayor Nancy Vaughan over the less 4 percent turnout for Greensboro’s City Council primary. The local paper of records grasps at a few straws, including—you guessed it—- HB 263—-noting that Vaughan and District 3 incumbent Justin Outling —also a big winner— support the city’s legal challenge to the […]

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Gboro’s Tuesday crime spree

Meet Isaiah Jurel Fox, who went on a wild crime spree literally from one end of Greensboro to the other, wreaking all kinds of havoc along the way before two GPD detectives capped him near McAdoo Avenue. Fox is expected to be released from the hospital either today or tomorrow, after which he could face […]

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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

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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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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