Daily Journal

10.24.14
Steer Clear of Government Editor’s Pen

Journalists fall short of long-established standards when they allow officials to peruse and even edit their reports.

CJ Ticker

  • Latest N.C. employment report contains "excellent" news.
  • N.C. Supreme Court decides to bypass the Court of Appeals and address the lawsuit challenging new opportunity scholarships.
  • The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restores same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting for North Carolina's November election.
  • JLF report calls for reduction or repeal of N.C.'s capital gains tax.
  • Gov. McCrory rejects special session dealing with economic incentives. Video here.
  • New JLF report focuses on chemical composition of fluid used for fracking.
  • N.C. Supreme Court affirms a 2013 state Utilities Commission ruling approving a Duke Energy Progress rate hike.
  • Gov. McCrory appoints Appeals Court Judge Bob Hunter to Supreme Court seat being vacated by Chief Justice-designate Mark Martin. Hunter is running for the seat in November.

Other Opinions

10.24.14
Task force needed

Patrick Gannon writes that nearly 800,000 military veterans call North Carolina home, yet a new report found that the state lacks a coordinated strategy to support them.


10.24.14
Insurance rates

The Wilmington Star- News writes that insurers who write homeowners policies want to raise rates again – this time by as much as 35 percent for coastal residents and some residents of rural counties.


10.24.14
UNC-CH scandal

It will take a long time to right the ship. But this week’s mea culpa marks a beginning, at least – one that all of North Carolina desperately needed to see says the Rocky Mount Telegram.


10.23.14
Utility taxes

The N.C. Utilities Commission decision allowing power companies to pocket their corporate income tax savings is a travesty that must be challenged. Fortunately, it will be says the Asheville Citizen-Times.


10.23.14
The ugly truth

After four years, two chancellors, two athletic directors, three football coaches and two NCAA investigations, finally there are some real answers at UNC-CH writes Luke DeCock.


9.26.14
Gonzalez: Hispanic Ethnic Unity a Government Myth
The Heritage Foundation scholar points out how the welfare state has failed immigrants from Latin America while giving short shrift to illegal immigration and other concerns.

Media Mangle

9.17.14
When the Price of Access Is Too Steep

Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.


9.06.12
How to downplay an embarrassing story

The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.


3.21.12
Death of a narrative

The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.

Lead Story

Hagan-Nominated USDA Official Scrubs Grant Documents

October 24, 2014, By Don Carrington

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — A copy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s file on a 2011 $50,000 solar energy grant to JDC Manufacturing was missing key documents that would clarify the roles of various family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Hagan family members own JDC Manufacturing, along with a solar company that claimed to have performed work on the project.

10.24.14 - Hagan Stimulus File Shows Significant Family Involvement

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — A Carolina Journal examination of the JDC Manufacturing grant file at the N.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed that Tilden Hagan and William Stewart, Sen. Hagan’s son-in-law, had significant involvement in the project. Records from the stimulus file show direct payments to Tilden and Stewart of $12,785. They may have additional compensation that was not reflected in the public records.

10.24.14 - ‘DREAMers’ Chide Hagan’s Immigration Record

photo-fpo-leadDURHAM — Expressing disappointment at Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's record on immigration, about two dozen young immigrants who entered the country when their families crossed the border illegally and their supporters gathered Thursday beneath a billboard on Hillsborough Road critical of the senator who is facing re-election in November.

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Headlines

10.24.14 - State expects to finish verifying flagged voters Friday

WINSTON-SALEM — The State Board of Elections expects to find out by Friday how many of the nearly 10,000 names flagged as possible ineligible voters belong to people who apparently are not U.S. citizens, elections officials said Thursday.
Once the names are known, a new phase of investigation will begin. “We can’t just pull a name off the poll books,” said Josh Lawson, an SBOE spokesman.


Related Elections Articles:
Election law eliminates early voting sites on Triangle college campuses
Early voting starts today, eligibility for 10,000 not verified
App State voting site survives legal fight
DMV search of records turns up ineligible N.C. voters
Unaffiliated registration grows in NC
GOP uses historic win to remake North Carolina map
Races Take Shape as 2012 Primary Season Officially Gets Underway

10.24.14 - Backlash against marriage ruling rises as voting starts

RALEIGH — The backlash against the gay marriage court ruling picked up force this week with a leading legislator proposing to exempt government officials from attending to same-sex couples and protests in Raleigh on Thursday that religious liberty is under siege. Senate leader Phil Berger said this week that he would propose a way for magistrates and registers of deeds to refuse on religious grounds to serve gay couples wishing to marry.


Related NC Politics Articles:
GOP leader: NC officials can refuse to marry gays
Group: NC officials can refuse to marry gay couples
Rockingham magistrate resigns over same-sex marriage
Tillis, Berger to appeal same-sex marriage ruling
GOP leaders will ask court to reconsider marriage ban
Vendors get set for same-sex wedding boom

10.24.14 - Thom Tillis’ switch on Medicaid for poor draws fire

CHARLOTTE — In last spring’s Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. “Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare,” the narrator said. “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and it’s because of Thom Tillis.”


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Walker, Fjeld go head-to-head
8th Congressional District candidates agree jobs top issue
State Dems submit complaint to FEC
Paul Ryan stumps for Tillis in Union County
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler

10.24.14 - Walker, Fjeld go head-to-head

RALEIGH — The two candidates for the 6th Congressional District seat, Mark Walker and Laura Fjeld, met Thursday for the first of two debates, offering different philosophies and trading a few barbs along the way. Fjeld, the Democratic candidate for the seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, said Republican Walker had “painted himself into the Tea Party corner.”


Related NC Delegation Articles:
8th Congressional District candidates agree jobs top issue
State Dems submit complaint to FEC
Thom Tillis’ switch on Medicaid for poor draws fire
Paul Ryan stumps for Tillis in Union County
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler

10.24.14 - State Dems submit complaint to FEC

GREENSBORO — The head of the N.C. Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, accusing the campaign of Mark Walker, the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District race, with a variety of violations of election laws. Casey Mann, the party’s executive director, alleged that Walker4NC failed to report in-kind contributions and its debts and obligations, and received excessive contributions, according to the complaint.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Walker, Fjeld go head-to-head
8th Congressional District candidates agree jobs top issue
Thom Tillis’ switch on Medicaid for poor draws fire
Paul Ryan stumps for Tillis in Union County
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler

10.24.14 - 8th Congressional District candidates agree jobs top issue

FAYETTEVILLE — Candidates seeking the 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives agree on the top issue in the election but differ in their approach to it. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican seeking his second term in Congress, and Democratic challenger Antonio Blue say jobs is the top issue. “There’s still a lot of people out of work,” Hudson said.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Walker, Fjeld go head-to-head
State Dems submit complaint to FEC
Thom Tillis’ switch on Medicaid for poor draws fire
Paul Ryan stumps for Tillis in Union County
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler

10.24.14 - New attacks in Meredith and Richardson race

FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Senate 19 race took a muddier turn this week. A new election mailer sponsored by the N.C. Republican Party attacked Democratic challenger Billy Richardson for defending former Fort Bragg soldier Timothy B. Hennis, who was convicted in 2010 of a 1985 triple murder in Fayetteville.


Related NC General Assembly Articles:
Film incentives, education hot topics in House 20 race
Education key issue in Raleigh House race
Murry, Adcock vie to represent Wake
Pendleton, Hanchette seek Wake seat
Parties fight over legislative seats
Tight District 9 Senate race making for intense campaign

10.24.14 - Carol Folt: Wainstein probe key to UNC-CH future

CHAPEL HILL — Carol Folt arrived in Chapel Hill last year from the Ivy League, excited about her new job as chancellor, but unable to get people to focus on the future. A cloud hung over UNC-Chapel Hill: The crisis that had enveloped academics and athletics for three years still carried unanswered questions – how did the bogus classes for athletes start, and why?


Related Higher Education Articles:
Oversight failures worsened UNC-CH scandal
Wake Forest ending full-time MBA program
Fake-class scheme aided UNC-CH players’ eligibility
Wainstein probe goes beyond previous investigation
UNCG records still under wraps
UNC-CH academic fraud report to be released Wednesday

10.24.14 - Wake Forest ending full-time MBA program

WINSTON-SALEM — The Wake Forest University School of Business said Wednesday that it is ending its full-time program for students pursuing master’s degrees in business administration, but will keep its part-time program aimed at working professionals, which offers classes at night and on weekends. Admission to the full-time program ended with the current fall class. The full-time program will end in May 2016.


Related Higher Education Articles:
Oversight failures worsened UNC-CH scandal
Carol Folt: Wainstein probe key to UNC-CH future
Fake-class scheme aided UNC-CH players’ eligibility
Wainstein probe goes beyond previous investigation
UNCG records still under wraps
UNC-CH academic fraud report to be released Wednesday

10.24.14 - Two states see slow start for fast trains

RALEIGH — Instead of wishing and hoping for the whopping $4 billion they would need to build a fast-train shortcut between Raleigh and Richmond, leaders from North Carolina and Virginia want to find a less costly way to start rolling sooner with slower trains – and build up speed later. They want to stick with the gradual, incremental approach that has characterized North Carolina’s rail service upgrades over the past two decades.


Related Transportation Articles:
American Airlines executives hint at Charlotte flight cuts
Judge’s ruling leaves city in control of Charlotte airport
NCDOT mulling car-free ferry to Ocracoke
Judge to hear suit against Charlotte Airport Commission
JLF: Transportation priorities for North Carolina
I-77 toll rates uncertain

10.24.14 - American Airlines executives hint at Charlotte flight cuts

CHARLOTTE — American Airlines reported higher profits for its third quarter Thursday, but executives said new seasonal flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Europe haven’t performed well and hinted they might not be continued next year. Several other major airlines reported their results Thursday, and the industry as a whole saw rising profits.


Related Transportation Articles:
Two states see slow start for fast trains
Judge’s ruling leaves city in control of Charlotte airport
NCDOT mulling car-free ferry to Ocracoke
Judge to hear suit against Charlotte Airport Commission
JLF: Transportation priorities for North Carolina
I-77 toll rates uncertain

10.24.14 - Carlee defends secret cell phone surveillance by police

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee on Thursday strongly defended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s secret surveillance of cellphones and other wireless devices, saying officers do not eavesdrop on conversations or store data from innocent people. In a publicly released memo to the City Council, Carlee said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police should continue to use portable equipment that imitates a cell tower.


Related Police/Public Safety Articles:
Study: Domestic violence costs NC $308 million a year
Buncombe DA to drop 230 speeding tickets
Poll finds drop in public view of Durham police
Council members vow to get answers about CMPD cellphone tracking
Charlotte police investigators secretly track cellphones
Henderson sheriff explores emergency ‘posse’

10.24.14 - Study: Domestic violence costs NC $308 million a year

CHARLOTTE — Domestic violence costs North Carolina more than $300 million every year because of factors such as health care and criminal-justice expenses, according to a study commissioned by two domestic violence advocacy organizations. Leaders of the Charlotte-based eNOugh Campaign and the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage hope that their estimate of the total costs of domestic violence will encourage policymakers and corporations to do more to prevent the crime.


Related Police/Public Safety Articles:
Buncombe DA to drop 230 speeding tickets
Carlee defends secret cell phone surveillance by police
Poll finds drop in public view of Durham police
Council members vow to get answers about CMPD cellphone tracking
Charlotte police investigators secretly track cellphones
Henderson sheriff explores emergency ‘posse’

10.24.14 - Buncombe DA to drop 230 speeding tickets

ASHEVILLE — A prosecutor will dismiss about 230 speeding tickets city police wrote using radar guns with out-of-date certifications. District Attorney Ron Moore said he planned to file the dismissals on Thursday. City police completed a review of 4,500 tickets on Oct. 17. Officers found about 2,000 had been issued base on speed measuring devices, such as radar guns. Of that amount, 336 came from devices with lapsed certifications.


Related Police/Public Safety Articles:
Study: Domestic violence costs NC $308 million a year
Carlee defends secret cell phone surveillance by police
Poll finds drop in public view of Durham police
Council members vow to get answers about CMPD cellphone tracking
Charlotte police investigators secretly track cellphones
Henderson sheriff explores emergency ‘posse’

10.24.14 - Expansion gives NC Zoo’s polar bears more room to roam

ASHEBORO — As Patches the polar bear checked out her new $8.5 million enclosure at the N.C. Zoo on Thursday, it was the children pressing their hands to the glass who were held captive. Released from buses and vans that brought them to the park on field trips, freed from strollers pushed by parents, they crowded the window that looked out on a 2-acre addition to the zoo’s original polar bear exhibit and stared into the face of the 700-pound Ursus maritimus.


Related State Government Articles:
Groups protest Tennessee Walking Horse shows
Deadline for compensation for NC eugenics claims
Raleigh, state exchanged Dix sale offers after August council meeting
NC offers to sell Dorothea Dix property for $52 million
State to send out about 200 eugenics payments
City emails detail delays, frustrations in Dorothea Dix talks

Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guests Cody Hand and Steve Lawler

"The Myth of a Healthcare Free Market and a Hospital Perspective on Certificate of Need"

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Bill Kristol

What the Election Results Tell Us with Bill Kristol

Saturday, February 07, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
25th Anniversary Gala Celebration
with our special guest Charles Krauthammer

John Locke Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration with Charles Krauthammer

The Locker Room ~ John Locke Foundation's Statewide Issues Blog
Selling The Dream
Investor Ploitics
Locke, Jefferson, and the Justices
Equal Rights for All
Free Choice for Workers, A History of the Right to Work Movement
Jesse Helms - Here's Where I Stand