Tom Campbell writes that this is the season for making government work for the common good and lawmakers should dedicate this year to governing better
Patrick Gannon wonders whether will we continue to see a strong shift to the right, or will we get a more moderate version of Republican rule for the next two years?
Yi Deng and Enoch Moeller write that a major transformation is underway and that affects every business in Charlotte, as companies are finding a “New IT.”
The Charlotte Observer offers a look at some of the major topics the Republican-dominated legislature is expected to confront in the weeks ahead.
The nearly annual dance between the N.C. Rate Bureau and the insurance commissioner has become tiresome and does not necessarily serve consumers well says the Wilmington Star-News.
Journalists fall short of long-established standards when they allow officials to peruse and even edit their reports.
You’d have thought by now that the news media would have learned the hard lessons of prejudging a story or a situation before all the facts are in.
Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.
January 30, 2015, By CJ StaffRALEIGH — If you live in a city with a government-owned convention center, chances are pretty good that it’s a money loser. It’s also a good bet that government leaders think they can fix the problem by spending more money on the convention center and its surrounding amenities. Heywood Sanders, professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, examines this often-repeated scenario in the book Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities. During a recent visit to Raleigh, Sanders discussed his research with the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society and with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.
RALEIGH — Republican legislative leaders say they plan to file further legislation to regulate abortion this year, even as abortion-rights groups called on them to keep their hands off rules proposed by state regulators for North Carolina abortion clinics. “I’m sure there will be a pro-life bill this year,” said House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, R-Wake.
RALEIGH — Parents have been complaining at least since the 1990s about the proliferation of school testing, which they say limits classroom creativity and puts too much pressure on children. Now superintendents and education advocacy groups are formally joining the effort. There is hope for a boost to their efforts from Washington, D.C., where Congress is working to reauthorize the federal education law No Child Left Behind.
WILMINGTON — The Democratic leader in the N.C. House on Thursday announced his intention to file a bill next week that would hold the state’s charter schools more accountable in how they spend state funds. State Rep. Larry Hall said his legislation would be aimed at ending the “reckless mismanagement” of taxpayer dollars by some charters – especially those that suddenly shut their doors, leaving students, parents and local school districts in the lurch.
RALEIGH — Whether N.C. voters will have to show a photo ID in 2016 will depend on whether opponents can show why they shouldn’t have to. That test begins Friday when critics of the 2013 election law overhaul argue that the ID requirement violates the North Carolina Constitution. North Carolina residents and voting-rights organizations challenging the state’s voter ID requirement contend that voters, not lawmakers, hold the power to make such a change to election law.
WINSTON-SALEM — Forsyth County Democrats picked the Rev. Paul Lowe by a decisive margin on Thursday to replace Sen. Earline Parmon in N.C. Senate District 32. Lowe beat former Winston-Salem Council Member Joycelyn Johnson by a margin of two to one among the 100 or so members of the party’s executive committee taking part in a vote at Kennedy High School, a Democratic Party official said, although the exact vote totals were not made public.
CHARLOTTE — Eight advocacy groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to try to force federal action on air pollution from industrial livestock farms. The lawsuits say the chemicals wafting from farms that raise thousands of chickens, hogs and other animals hurt human health and cause environmental problems.
CHARLOTTE — An environmental study for the Interstate 485 widening could make it easier to expand the road today with a carpool lane, a move backed by some south Charlotte motorists. When the state prepared its environmental report for I-485 in 2012, the Department of Transportation told the federal government it planned to use the extra lane for either a carpool lane or an express toll lane. The federal government approved the document.
ASHEVILLE — It’s a love affair with no end in sight, this relationship with Asheville. And it’s one that moves people — literally. They just keep moving here, about three people each day of each year, if you crunch the population and growth numbers. With Asheville seemingly landing on somebody’s superlatives list every week, a spate of apartment building that will put 3,000 units on the market in the next two years, and a natural beauty and mild climate that will continue to lure retirees, it begs the question: Just how big will Asheville get?
RALEIGH — With a long election year ahead, the city’s elected officials spent the first day of a planning retreat Thursday grappling with Raleigh’s growth, talking about the future and trying to make nice with each other. The day brought both an airing out of council tensions, eased by humor, and warnings of new financial challenges, including a multimillion-dollar budget gap.
WINSTON-SALEM — The Forsyth County commissioners are weighing their meeting invocation options after reviewing a revised policy presented by County Attorney Davida Martin on Thursday. The revised policy takes into account suggestions given by U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr., who in November lifted an injunction that had barred the commissioners from inviting clergy to pray at meetings and allowing clergy to make sectarian references.