Daily Journal

6.30.15
Band of Giants Recalls Revolution’s Heroes

A recent book teaches us about the extraordinary and ordinary people who made America independent of the British Crown.

CJ Ticker

Other Opinions

6.30.15
Time to read budget

Patrick Gannon says that it’s pretty clear that many senators voted for or against the Senate budget without fully understanding potential impacts of parts of it.


6.30.15
Budget delay

Today is the last day of the state government’s fiscal year, but a budget for the year that begins Wednesday is nowhere in sight. And there seems little urgency in Raleigh to rectify that says the Durham Herald-Sun.


6.30.15
Cyberbullying

In choosing to treat online putdowns differently from spoken slights, North Carolina has waded into legal quicksand says the Burlington Times-News.


6.29.15
Voter ID changes

Tom Campbell says that this is the first time a state ever lost a Voter ID court case. North Carolina did so without going to trial.


6.29.15
Democratic comeback?

Rob Christensen writes that while the Democrats have lost a lot of races recently, Patsy Keever points to near misses. She sees the Democrats as a party on the verge.


6.25.15
People-Driven Versus Poll-Driven Candidates
The American electorate is looking for someone who is true to himself or herself and has the courage of their own convictions.

Media Mangle

3.13.15
Corrections Policies Say A Lot

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


1.08.15
Early Lessons in Journalistic Bias

Professors do future journalists and the reading public no favors by teaching students that a left-wing narrative trumps the facts.


12.21.14
When the Media Ignores the News

News outlets shirk their duty when they fail to acknowledge important stories.

Lead Story

Tech Giants Want NCGA To Keep Renewable Subsidies Flowing

June 30, 2015, By Dan Way

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Internet giant Google collected $262 million in incentives when it located a data center in North Carolina, and now is urging the General Assembly to continue offering hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to renewable energy investors. But while the search engine company strongly advocates maintaining green-energy subsidies for North Carolina, it once shut down its own research and development project after concluding it was impossible to make renewable energy more affordable than traditional electricity.

06.29.15 - McCrory Not Budging on I-77 Toll Project

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Despite widespread vocal opposition from area business leaders and residents, Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials maintain it is too late for the state to scrap the controversial 26-mile Interstate 77 tolling project between Charlotte and Mooresville in favor of nontolled alternatives.

06.29.15 - VIDEO: Author Highlights 14 American ‘Conservative Heroes’

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Ask a conservative to compile a top list of American political heroes, and you’ll not be surprised to see names such as Thomas Jefferson, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan. The names Nathaniel Macon, Josiah Bailey, and John W. Davis might seem less obvious. But all six men are profiled in a Raleigh author’s latest book, Conservative Heroes, the topic for the John Locke Foundation’s Monday Shaftesbury Society luncheon.

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Headlines

6.30.15 - NC lawmakers signal deal to keep government running

RALEIGH — General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement late Monday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget. The House approved a funding bandage that essentially continues the current year’s spending levels until Aug. 14 – ideally enough runway for the legislature to finalize and send the governor a new, two-year spending plan, which will not be ready by the new fiscal year starting Wednesday.


Related NC Budget and Tax Articles:
House, Senate agree on 45-day budget extension
Lawmakers moving toward tax break for homebuilders
NC Senate provision could raise bank taxes
JLF: JLF budget plan emphasizes savings, fiscal discipline
Lawmakers negotiating temporary NC spending measure
NC lawmakers have work to do on stop-gap spending plan

6.30.15 - NC Senate packs bill with environmental regulation changes

RALEIGH — Senate Republicans began trying again Monday to alter environmental standards they said would trim needless regulation and aid business. Environmental advocates contend that the changes would give industry and developers more license to pollute. A divided Senate environmental committee favoring GOP legislators recommended a 50-plus page bill that arrived from the House at less than a page.


Related Regulation Articles:
JLF: How sunset laws can improve North Carolina’s regulatory climate
Broad regulatory reform bill clears Senate committee
Bill regulating packaging of e-cig liquids heads to McCrory
Fatality raises questions about zip line safety
Greensboro council discusseses changes to housing code
Lawmakers approve moped insurance requirement

6.30.15 - Blust and Hardister help House halt Greensboro-Trinity bill

RALEIGH — The N.C. House refused Monday night to make sweeping changes to Greensboro’s City Council without a voter referendum. Members voted 73-35 to reject House Bill 263, a move that sends it to a House-Senate committee for more work. But Mayor Nancy Vaughan said the victory could turn out to be a hollow one for the city: Only one of five House members appointed to the joint committee later Monday night — Rep. John Blust of Greensboro — opposes the bill.


Related Local Government Articles:
House votes down Greensboro redistricting proposal
Budget fractures ties among Guilford commissioners
JLF: What government costs cities and counties
Greensboro mayor: HB 263 ‘extreme waste of time’
Vote on HB 263 delayed once again
Pender commissioners OK 34% tax hike

6.30.15 - NC’s ‘Choose Life’ license plate lawsuit kept alive

RALEIGH — The question about whether North Carolina can issue “Choose Life” specialty license plates and not offer the other side of the political debate will be revived in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent the North Carolina case back to the federal appeals court with instructions to reconsider it in light of a ruling this month in a Texas case.


Related NC Politics Articles:
Gay marriage ruling doesn’t end debate in NC
‘Moral Monday’ leader arrested at NC General Assembly
The new face of the N.C. GOP is a former Democrat
House overrides governor’s veto on marriage bill
Poll shows lack of support of gay marriage opt-out law
Franklin Graham is pulling bank accounts out of Wells Fargo

6.30.15 - EPA emissions ruling to have little impact here

WINSTON-SALEM — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down a decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, a rule implemented in April to reduce some of the most toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, though Duke Energy officials say the decision will not have any immediate effect.


Related Energy Articles:
Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill
Freedom Act would allow third-party sales of solar power
JLF: Facts on fracking
Duke Energy to close 12 NC coal ash ponds
Chatham agrees to take coal ash landfill for $19 million
NC Supreme Court vacates ‘immediate action’ order on coal ash

6.30.15 - Push underway for ignition interlocks after all DWIs

RALEIGH — Some day our cars will be so smart that they won’t start until they’re sure we’re sober. Until then, we have the ignition interlock. It’s a device that checks a driver’s breath for alcohol before letting the car engine start. North Carolina requires interlocks for drunk drivers who have been convicted of repeat offenses, who refuse to take a blood-alcohol breath test or who blow a .15 – nearly double the .08 limit that legally defines impaired driving.


Related Police/Public Safety Articles:
Major fixes on medical examiners’ system stalling
Gun bill clears House after heated debate
House gives initial OK to overhauled gun bill
NC House passes watered-down gun bill
New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney faces test in officer’s trial
Lawsuit against Mocksville police dept. can go to trial

6.30.15 - NCCU faces another complaint

DURHAM — A N.C. Central University professor has hit the school with another federal equal-opportunity complaint, alleging mistreatment on the basis of gender in his quest to regain the chairmanship of the Department of Language and Literature. James Pearce, the department’s chairman from 2008 to 2010, is disputing the April appointment to the post of one of his colleagues in the department, professor Wendy Rountree.


Related Higher Education Articles:
UNC tuition waiver for NCSSM grads to return someday?
Severity of UNC-CH academic probation questioned
Groups weigh in on desired traits for next UNC president
Board shapes recruiting pitch for next UNC president
UNC-CH redactions shield innocuous information
UNC-CH physics professor jailed in Argentina wins back pay

6.30.15 - NC shark attacks: Why so many?

RALEIGH — Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It’s mainly because so many people are getting in the water. Six shark attacks were recorded in June in North Carolina waters, and the two most recent victims had to be flown to a hospital in Virginia for treatment. That’s more than North Carolina has recorded in any single year dating to 2000.


Related Coastal Issues Articles:
Non-native algae causing concerns
JLF: Catch shares could help fight problem of declining N.C. fish stocks
Outer Banks national seashores could lose $2 billion to rising seas
After attacks, town considers shark fishing ban
NC shark attacks on the rise
After shark attacks, Oak Island beachgoers stay ashore

6.30.15 - Non-native algae causing concerns

WILMINGTON — If you can’t beat it, study it. For years an unwelcome pest has been blooming in the waters of Southeastern North Carolina: red algae known for clogging up everything from crab traps to wetland grasses. As scientists grapple with Gracilaria vermiculophylla — the alga’s scientific name — some are taking the opportunity to learn more about the non-native species’ impact on local habitats.


Related Coastal Issues Articles:
NC shark attacks: Why so many?
JLF: Catch shares could help fight problem of declining N.C. fish stocks
Outer Banks national seashores could lose $2 billion to rising seas
After attacks, town considers shark fishing ban
NC shark attacks on the rise
After shark attacks, Oak Island beachgoers stay ashore

6.30.15 - Holly Springs, FV and Garner to favor Orange Route

GARNER — For those who live in the heart of Garner, the Red Route could mean a highway in the backyard. Or worse: A highway replacing their home. It is one of multiple routes N.C. DOT officials have proposed that go through or past Garner as the final connector for Interstate-540. The Orange Route on the other hand travels south of Garner and does not plow through its neighborhoods.


Related Transportation Articles:
JLF: Transportation priorities for North Carolina
Business leaders head to Raleigh to oppose I-77 toll lanes
Cycling advocates unhappy with proposed bike lane limits
Fayetteville’s red light cameras to go live on Wednesday
McCrory hits trouble with plan to pay for roads by borrowing
Lake Norman Chamber to NC DOT: Cancel I-77 tolls contract
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