Daily Journal

10.23.14
Some Say Paying the Doctor Directly Makes Sense

More medical providers are delivering direct primary care, cutting out the insurance middleman.

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

10.23.14
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.


10.22.14
Walmart Moms

Rob Christensen says that the so-called Walmart Moms were certain about one thing – they were sick of all of the negative TV commercials.


10.22.14
Bench trials: yes

There are fine arguments to be made for a trial by jury, just as there for a bench trial. Defendants should have the right to choose says the Winston-Salem Journal.


10.22.14
Bench trials: No

Our courts are not perfect, but trial by jury is one of the foundations of our legal system writes the Wilmington Star- News.


10.21.14
Brady’s departure

The Greensboro News & Record says that for better or for worse, a still-brewing campus controversy will affect UNC Greensboro Chancellor Linda Brady’s legacy.


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

State Attorney: NAACP May Try To Disrupt Election

October 23, 2014, By Barry Smith

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — As early voting opens for the 2014 general election, an attorney representing the state in the lawsuit fighting state election law reforms wants to know if N.C. NAACP President William Barber urged those attending the group’s state convention to take people who have not registered to vote to early voting sites and transport registered voters to their wrong precincts on election day.

10.22.14 - Freshman GOP Sen. Barefoot Hopes To Hold Democratic District

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — In the 2012 election, Chad Barefoot handily defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Berger by about 11,000 votes in what was the most expensive state Senate race. But District 18 went for President Barack Obama by 8 points (54 to 46 percent), while the races for governor and lieutenant governor were virtual ties. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district.

10.22.14 - Senate District 1 Features Rematch Of Tight 2012 Campaign

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — After first agreeing to allow Carolina Journal to inspect the documents relating to a taxpayer-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture energy grant to a company owned by family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the USDA Rural Development office in Raleigh later said the matter was being handled in Washington — implying the USDA’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

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Headlines

10.23.14 - Blue Cross: NC’s Affordable Care Act rates will rise 13.5% on average

RALEIGH — Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, said Wednesday that rates under the Affordable Care Act next year will increase by 13.5 percent on average, providing the first glimpse of how insurance coverage will play out next year under the federal health care law.


Related Health Care Policy Articles:
NC’s teen pregnancy rate continues to decline
Legislators skeptical of DHHS budget forecasting
Medicare Part B premiums to remain unchanged in 2015
Triangle hospitals penalized for excessive readmissions
Three more cases of enterovirus D68 confirmed in N.C
Officials discuss Medicaid options

10.23.14 - 6th District candidates meet for first debate on Thursday

GREENSBORO — Democrat Laura Fjeld and Republican Mark Walker will meet in the first of two televised debates Thursday on Time Warner Cable News. The 6th Congressional District candidate debate will be taped Thursday afternoon at the Raleigh studios of Time Warner with “Capital Tonight” host Tim Boyum as moderator.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler
Barfield faces uphill fight against Rouzer
Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid
Turnout will be crucial in NC’s tight US Senate race
Voters in 12th District will be seeing double on ballot

10.23.14 - MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider

ASHEVILLE — The race for 10th District U.S. House pits a longtime Republican insider against a Democrat who has been trying to get the attention of those in power. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln, was still in his 20s when first elected to the House and at age 38 is seeking his sixth term. He began climbing the ranks of the House leadership this summer when he became chief deputy whip for the chamber’s GOP majority.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler
6th District candidates meet for first debate on Thursday
Barfield faces uphill fight against Rouzer
Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid
Turnout will be crucial in NC’s tight US Senate race
Voters in 12th District will be seeing double on ballot

10.23.14 - Barfield faces uphill fight against Rouzer

FAYETTEVILLE — Democratic challenger Jonathan Barfield Jr. is in for an uphill battle to unseat Republican David Rouzer in the U.S. House of Representatives’ 7th District, a political analyst says. “With 2014 election trends tending to favor Republicans, it would be even harder for a Democrat to win this year,” said Mitch Kokai, political analyst for the John Locke Foundation, a small-government conservative think tank in Raleigh.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
Haugh says he’s not a spoiler
6th District candidates meet for first debate on Thursday
Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid
Turnout will be crucial in NC’s tight US Senate race
Voters in 12th District will be seeing double on ballot

10.23.14 - McCrory calls for proposals that could get federal funding

WILMINGTON — Gov. Pat McCrory at a meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission on Wednesday urged coastal experts to submit proposals for programs and policies that could later be used to lobby the federal government for increased funding for projects in North Carolina. “Then I make this offer as governor – we will go up to D.C. or make the invitations to bring D.C. here,” he said, “so that they can see North Carolina’s unique concerns.”


Related Coastal Issues Articles:
State issues permit to build terminal groin on Bald Head Island
Effects of rising sea levels likely to vary along NC coastline
Fishermen voice concerns on new regulations
JLF: Catch shares could help fight problem of declining N.C. fish stocks
Oil-exploring seismic blasts could soon disrupt marine life
New Hanover moving tax dollars to inlet maintenance

10.23.14 - Funding for 440th Airlift Wing set to end in March

FAYETTEVILLE — Funding for Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing budget is slated to end in March, but that doesn’t mean the unit will inactivate anytime soon, officials said.
In an email sent to 440th airmen Sunday night, Brig. Gen. James P. Scanlan said Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris has decided not to extend funding for the unit’s budget past March. However, the unit will continue operating normally until directed otherwise by Congress.


Related Military & Security Articles:
UNC-CH legal team take up cause of tortured ex-prisoner
Pentagon proposes crackdown on high-cost loans for service members
Radicalization of Charlotte jihadist came gradually
Fort Bragg commander doesn’t expect major troop cuts
Fort Bragg likely safe from deep troop cuts, officials say
Fort Bragg and red-cockaded woodpecker co-exist

10.23.14 - Charter Day School Inc. maintains contentious posture on oversight

WILMINGTON — The continuing tug-of-war between businessman Baker Mitchell’s local charter schools and state officials could come to a head on Monday if Charter Day School Inc. does not turn over salary information twice requested by state regulators. The school group, which has four charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina, was the only one among 148 charters in the state not to comply with the request.


Related Education Articles:
Panel discusses school standards
Review commission says Common Core too hard
If state won’t provide driver’s ed money, schools will pay
Charter Day School could face sanctions over salary data
Charter rules benefit owner of 4 schools in Wilmington
NC Supreme Court will take up school voucher appeal

10.23.14 - Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter eases into new role

CHARLOTTE — In the seven months since Dan Clodfelter was appointed Charlotte’s mayor, the former state senator has taken a light approach at the Government Center. He does not micromanage city staff. He has declined to take calls from the media on days when he’s not in the office. Mostly deferential to the City Council, he is reluctant to broadcast his vision for the city.


Related Local Government Articles:
NC cities start to feel loss of privilege tax
School impact fees discussed, approval unlikely in Wake
Mecklenburg County voters to decide on sales tax hike
Greensboro council OK’s participatory budgeting
Guilford sales-tax forum raises emotions, questions
Mayor points to ‘innovation districts’ as Asheville’s future

10.23.14 - Early voting starts today, eligibility for 10,000 not verified

WINSTON-SALEM — The State Board of Elections will not be able to verify before the early-voting period begins today whether all of the nearly 10,000 names that it has flagged as belonging to possible ineligible voters are in fact ineligible, according to interviews with elections and transportation officials.


Related Elections Articles:
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
Judge orders early voting site for ASU campus
High court action on voting aims to avoid chaos
Races Take Shape as 2012 Primary Season Officially Gets Underway

10.23.14 - Haugh says he’s not a spoiler

LEWISVILLE — Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that he’s not a “spoiler” who will decide whether incumbent Kay Hagan or Republican Thom Tillis wins on Nov. 4. “It’s not my fault that Speaker Tillis is so vulnerable and weak,” Haugh said. “It’s not my fault that Kay Hagan is so vulnerable. She did that on her own.”


Related NC Delegation Articles:
MacQueen-McHenry race features activist vs. insider
6th District candidates meet for first debate on Thursday
Barfield faces uphill fight against Rouzer
Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid
Turnout will be crucial in NC’s tight US Senate race
Voters in 12th District will be seeing double on ballot

10.23.14 - App State voting site survives legal fight

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Supreme Court said Wednesday afternoon the courts should take up the issue of early voting on the campus of Appalachian State, literally moments after the State Board of Elections had voted to restore the on-campus early voting site. However, the early voting site will remain open as the state elections board voted, unless the board meets again to cancel the site.


Related Elections Articles:
Early voting starts today, eligibility for 10,000 not verified
DMV search of records turns up ineligible N.C. voters
Unaffiliated registration grows in NC
GOP uses historic win to remake North Carolina map
Judge orders early voting site for ASU campus
High court action on voting aims to avoid chaos
Races Take Shape as 2012 Primary Season Officially Gets Underway

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