To ensure our credit rating stays solid, we may need to further tweak our tax structure says the Fayetteville Observer.
Next time you find yourself caught behind a slow-moving out-of-state car filled with rubber-necking tourists, temper your displeasure. Those people are lowering your tax bills says the Asheville Citizen-Times.
The Wilmington Star- News says that anytime legislators and officials are performing state business, all their actions need to be open to the scrutiny of the public.
Scott Mooneyham says that the UNC Board of Governors is not a big fan of using a slice of tuition paid by some students to supplement the tuition of others.
Over the years, state lawmakers have seen a number of “April surprises,” revenue collections either higher or lower than expected. Let’s all hope that this year’s surprise is on the high side says the Winston-Salem Journal.
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
In a Sunday piece, The Charlotte Observer employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.
April 18, 2014, By CJ StaffRALEIGH — The latest federal employment data for North Carolina support the case that a fiscally conservative approach to state fiscal policy is helping improve the economy's long-term outlook. Preliminary payroll figures show that North Carolina gained 19,400 jobs in March.
CHARLOTTE — Gov. Pat McCrory will ask legislators for broader authority over coal ash disposal, but his plan does not envision eliminating all 33 of Duke Energy’s ash ponds. The proposal, released Wednesday, calls for site-specific closures. Ash could be removed from some ponds but left in others, drained and capped to keep water out. Duke has previously said it would weigh similar options.
RALEIGH — The state commission that’s creating safety standards for fracking raced through 48 rules Wednesday under a legislative deadline to prepare North Carolina for shale gas exploration by next spring. The state’s recent coal-ash spill near Eden loomed over the proceedings, prompting last-minute adjustments to prevent an accidental spill of frack fluid like the power plant accident that dumped 39,000 tons of toxic sludge into the Dan River in February.
RALEIGH — Environmentalists, local officials and a Durham businessman urged lawmakers Wednesday to bring back the so-called Jordan Lake Rules to control pollution in the lake. But Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, told them no legislation is planned when the General Assembly reconvenes in late May.
RALEIGH — Cleaning up the leaky underground fuel storage tanks, wastes from a now-shuttered manufactured gas plant, asbestos insulation and stray chemicals left behind on the Dorothea Dix campus will be a multimillion-dollar challenge for anyone hoping to reuse the site. Who will pay for that cleanup is a key point in negotiations between Raleigh and Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration.
WILMINGTON — Just inside the Holly Shelter Game Land lies a ”bling trail,“ a manmade path lined with more than 600 hidden containers filled with trinkets, maps and notes from other people who've discovered them. The trail isn’t a secret, but you probably won’t find it - unless you’re a geocacher, outfitted with GPS coordinates and a love for a nontraditional type of hunt.
GREENSBORO — One of the key questions in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s teacher tenure law is not just whether it is constitutional. It’s also whether school boards can sue the state at all. Special Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton said Wednesday during a hearing that he wants more information on the question of school boards’ legal standing.
CHARLOTTE — The Rev. Mike Whitson was surprised when his friend and fellow pastor Mark Harris told him he planned to run for the U.S. Senate. “Why would you step down from where you are to become a United States senator?” he asked him. What some may consider a step down, Harris sees as another way of living his faith, and giving his flock a voice in public policy.
RALEIGH — A political committee supporting Democratic control of the U.S. Senate began running a TV commercial in North Carolina on Wednesday seeking to remind viewers about personnel issues that embarrassed the office of Republican Thom Tillis, speaker of the state House. The Senate Majority PAC, which already has spent more than $2 million on the state’s Senate race, plans to spend nearly $1 million more on the ad targeting Tillis.
GREENSBORO — With the May 6 primary election about two weeks away, voters are being bombarded with appeals by the candidates and well-heeled political groups from outside North Carolina. Some experts say they’re surprised it has taken this long for one of the state’s most hotly contested GOP primaries — the battle for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Greensboro Democrat Kay Hagan — to lead to an all-out advertising war.
CHARLOTTE — With strong backing from women’s groups, state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro out-raised her Democratic rivals and holds a wide financial edge in the race to replace Mel Watt in Congress. New reports show Adams raised nearly $353,000 and has a 3-to-1 cash advantage over her nearest opponent heading into the May 6 primary in the 12th Congressional District.
WILMINGTON — Democrats Jonathan Barfield and Walter A. Martin Jr. were adamant Wednesday that they could be competitive with their GOP counterparts despite being severely outpaced in terms of campaign contributions. Jon Evans, the WECT anchor who was hosting a candidate forum jointly sponsored by WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, asked about the disparity during a candidate forum Wednesday.
ASHEVILLE — Asheville is different from most cities in his district, and indeed across most of North Carolina, said U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry. “If you live in Asehville you’re by and large happier than people elsewhere. You chose to be here. I don’t hear the grumbling that your job transferred you here,” McHenry told a group of younger voters Wednesday.
WINSTON-SALEM — About 11 percent of Forsyth County housing units are considered as being “seriously underwater” when it comes to their mortgage, according to a RealtyTrac report for March timed for release today. The research group defines seriously underwater as owing at least 25 percent more on their mortgages than the property is worth.
GREENSBORO — Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen on Wednesday urged a federal judge and North Carolina’s attorney general to “act as swiftly as possible” in resolving a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. Last week, three same-sex couples filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriages.
FAYETTEVILLE — The eight-minute video is a series of shots of windows, ceilings, floors, electrical systems and other parts of school buildings in Bladen County but some might consider it a horror film. That’s because the windows are cracked and leaking, the interior ceilings are broken or stained with rainwater that has seeped through, the floors are damaged, and the electrical systems include thick tangles of cords plugged into an array of power strips.