Daily Journal

Election Experiment to Begin

North Carolina is about to run a political experiment. You and other potential voters will determine its outcome.

CJ Ticker

  • JLF report highlights factors that boosted N.C.'s business tax climate ranking from No. 44 to No. 15.
  • JLF report touts REINS Act as a tool to help limit growth of N.C. regulatory costs that already total at least $3.1 billion and as much as $25 billion.
  • Largest N.C. cities promised $65 million in economic incentives from 2009 to 2014, according to JLF report.
  • JLF Chairman John Hood's biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin will be released Oct. 6.
  • Charlotte keeps No. 1 ranking in annual JLF By The Numbers local tax-and-fee burden rankings.
  • Adverse selection plays key role in Blue Cross' 34.6 percent rate increase, according to new JLF report.
  • JLF report shows N.C. counties promised $284 million in targeted incentives over a five-year period.
  • JLF report uses "reverse logrolling" technique to identify $383 million in additional state budget savings.

Other Opinions

Mentally ill

Tom Campbell says that if a society is judged by how it treats those unable to care for themselves we owe the mentally ill nothing less than our best efforts.

Embrace the tolls

Patrick Gannon knows it has four letters, but he has still never understood why “toll” is such a bad word in North Carolina.

Foreign fears

Rob Christensen says that the most dangerous place to stand during the past few days has been between a politician and a TV camera, as they try to one-up each other in showing how opposed they are to admitting Syrian refugees.

Together, at long last

The Greensboro News & Record says that Greensboro, High Point, and Guilford County turned a big corner when their governing boards signed an agreement creating the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance.

End no-bid contract

The Charlotte Observer arguers that Mecklenburg County should put its a $7-million-a-year jail maintenance contract up for competitive bidding.

The GOP Revolution’s Third Wave?
The House Freedom Caucus could usher in a new wave of reforms in Washington.

Media Mangle

We Must Value the First Amendment

The notion of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has given way, even among journalists, to a multicultural fetish against offending anyone who is not Western, or who is among a media-anointed "victim class.

Telling Both Sides of the Story

Those who read, watch, and listen to the news lose when media outlets decide to ignore the “wrong” side.

Corrections Policies Say A Lot

A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.

Carolina Beat

Reforms Are Producing Results

Lead Story

McCrory: N.C. Will Oppose Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

November 25, 2015, By Dan Way

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — In what is evolving into a war of words and political philosophies, Gov. Pat McCrory said he would pursue what Attorney General Roy Cooper would not — formal opposition to a Virginia transgender student’s lawsuit that could force North Carolina to allow both sexes to use the same K-12 public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

11.27.15 - Elections Board Chairman Stepping Down

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Josh Howard, the chairman of the State Board of Elections, has announced that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016. He made the announcement Tuesday during a board meeting. Howard told Carolina Journal he was stepping down because the unpaid job was taking about 20 hours weekly, and he wanted to manage his health better, saying his cholesterol levels had been rising to uncomfortable levels.

11.25.15 - NCGA Moving Forward on State Property Sales

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to sell houses and other real properties owned by the state that are unused, or have not been used to their full potential. They’re also preparing a plan to improve the management of state properties and prevent the state from entering into leases if it owns buildings that are vacant and satisfy the need of the agency seeking space.

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