Daily Journal

10.31.14
A Referendum on State Policy

Voters will decide whether the General Assembly should continue to pursue necessary reforms.

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

10.31.14
Campaign finance

Patrick Gannon says that with just a few days remaining before Election Day, voters have little chance of learning exactly how General Assembly candidates spent their campaign cash or who gave it to them.


10.31.14
Senate race

By the time the votes are counted, North Carolina’s Senate race will have cost at least $100 million. Regardless of one’s political preference, that figure is nothing less than obscene says the Burlington Times-News.


10.30.14
Certificate Of Need

JLF’s Katherine Restrepo says that what the Wwhat the healthcare industry needs is a strong dose of disruptive innovation – relaxing regulations that will increase provider competition.


10.30.14
APD unrest

The situation in the Asheville Police Department is grave. At the very least, the city should order an outside evaluation says the Asheville Citizen-Times.


10.30.14
Contracting rules

The Winston-Salem Journal says that the legislature has essentially created for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system a situation that will just plain waste public money.


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

Bradshaw, Alexander in Mostly Positive SD 15 Race

October 31, 2014, By Joe Johnson

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — The race in Senate District 15 pits high-spending former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw against first-time, fill-in legislative candidate John “Johnny Mac” Alexander to claim a seat left open by the retirement of Republican state Sen. Neal Hunt. Alexander entered the race in July after the death of GOP nominee Dr. Jim Fulghum; as a consequence, he trails Bradshaw significantly in fundraising for the seat.

10.30.14 - Education, Medicaid, Fracking Divide Presnell and Hicks in HD 118

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Education is the campaign focus as the North Carolina House District 118 race heads toward the finish line. At least that’s the issue Democratic opponent Dean Hicks will concentrate on as he hopes to defeat incumbent Rep. Michele Presnell, a Republican. Both are former Yancey County commissioners.

10.30.14 - Incumbent Dollar Faces Rematch With Baker in House District 36

photo-fpo-leadRALEIGH — Incumbent state House Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, faces a familiar challenger in this year’s race for House District 36 — Raleigh Democrat Lisa Baker, who last ran against Dollar in 2012. Baker said public schools, the environment, and women’s issues rank high among the topics of particular interest to voters in her district. Meanwhile, Dollar said jobs continue to be the No. 1 issue in his bid for re-election.

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Headlines

10.31.14 - Hagan, Tillis spar over economy

WASHINGTON — Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate, says he’d take his conservative revolution to Washington if he wins next week and try to help shrink the federal government. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the Democrat Tillis hopes to unseat, says cuts Tillis already made in the state as speaker of the state House of Representatives have hurt the middle class.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Tillis optimistic as Election Day nears
Aiken asking for votes ... in a political forum
Spending on NC’s Senate race tops $100M
Hagan, Tillis call on political heavyweights
Exchanges spirited in 6th District debate
No big surprises expected in debate

10.31.14 - N.C. in-person early voting reaching toward 700,000

RALEIGH — Even with one less week of balloting this election, in-person voting continues to outpace levels from the last midterm election in North Carolina and has Democrats guardedly optimistic for results from U.S. Senate down to the legislature and local races. State Board of Elections data show nearly 690,000 people had cast ballots from the start of early voting Oct. 23 through Wednesday at centers in all 100 counties. It closes Saturday afternoon.


Related Elections Articles:
AFP voter mailers mixed Arkansas and NC information
Voting study: N.C. needs improvement
Voting study: N.C. needs improvement
12 who voted may be ineligible as not U.S. citizens
Democratic Party uses ‘voter shaming’ to spur turnout
‘Souls to the Polls’ sought in only Sunday voting day
Races Take Shape as 2012 Primary Season Officially Gets Underway

10.31.14 - Aiken asking for votes ... in a political forum

ASHEBORO — Clay Aiken’s arrival at Randolph Community College didn’t go unnoticed Thursday afternoon. After all, hiding a celebrity’s presence proves difficult when he arrives in a gold bus with his name plastered on all sides. Several people rushed over to pose for selfies when Aiken exited. It’s been 11 years since his second place “American Idol” finish, but Aiken wasn’t on campus to sing.


Related NC Delegation Articles:
Tillis optimistic as Election Day nears
Hagan, Tillis spar over economy
Spending on NC’s Senate race tops $100M
Hagan, Tillis call on political heavyweights
Exchanges spirited in 6th District debate
No big surprises expected in debate

10.31.14 - Crawford, Van Duyn vie in Buncombe Senate district

ASHEVILLE — The candidates for the state Senate district that takes in most of Buncombe County sound somewhat alike when they are talking about education but very different when discussing each other. Incumbent Democrat Terry Van Duyn of Biltmore Forest says restoring school funding cut in recent years is her “job one.”


Related NC General Assembly Articles:
Race for Tillis’ House District 98 seat county’s costliest
Education issues divide Tom Apodaca, Rick Wood
Rick Glazier faces familiar opponent, Richard Button
Crawford and Barefoot in tight Senate battle
New attacks in Meredith and Richardson race
Film incentives, education hot topics in House 20 race

10.31.14 - Race for Tillis’ House District 98 seat county’s costliest

CHARLOTTE — Republican Thom Tillis’ U.S. Senate race is the most expensive in the nation. And the race for his legislative seat is the most expensive in Mecklenburg County. Republican John Bradford III and Democrat Natasha Marcus are waging a high-stakes contest for the seat Tillis is leaving in north Mecklenburg’s House District 98.


Related NC General Assembly Articles:
Crawford, Van Duyn vie in Buncombe Senate district
Education issues divide Tom Apodaca, Rick Wood
Rick Glazier faces familiar opponent, Richard Button
Crawford and Barefoot in tight Senate battle
New attacks in Meredith and Richardson race
Film incentives, education hot topics in House 20 race

10.31.14 - Dems dominate fundraising in Wake commission races

RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Commissioners races that voters will decide Tuesday are set to be the costliest in a decade or more, and the panel’s four Republican incumbents face a significant financial disadvantage compared with their Democratic challengers. The eight candidates had raised a total of about $750,000 by the middle of this month, according to financial disclosure reports.


Related Local Government Articles:
Union County adopts growth management plans
JLF: What government costs cities and counties
Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter eases into new role
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

10.31.14 - McCrory says he’s assessing NC Medicaid expansion

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he's weighing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, adding to signs that state Republican leaders may reconsider their opposition to extending the social program.


Related Health Care Policy Articles:
Blue Cross sends out incorrect rate increase notices
Appeals court reviewing N.C. abortion law
US Court of Appeals examines NC abortion law
Triad hospitals retains Bs in patient safety
NC ultrasound law goes to 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals
More hospital consolidation expected in near future

10.31.14 - Blue Cross sends out incorrect rate increase notices

RAKEIGH — Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, said Thursday that about 42,000 customers around the state received insurance renewal letters with incorrect rates, some showing cost increases of more than 100 percent. The Chapel Hill company has been flooded with calls since Wednesday from irate customers who began receiving their renewal notices this week.


Related Health Care Policy Articles:
McCrory says he’s assessing NC Medicaid expansion
Appeals court reviewing N.C. abortion law
US Court of Appeals examines NC abortion law
Triad hospitals retains Bs in patient safety
NC ultrasound law goes to 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals
More hospital consolidation expected in near future

10.31.14 - McCrory touts plan for ailing NC buildings

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory stood Thursday in an empty conference room with a ratty, stained carpet and damaged ceiling tiles. “This is the room I recruited GE in,” he said, referring to GE Aviation’s 2013 decision to expand facilities throughout the state. “There were broken tables.”


Related State Government Articles:
Expansion gives NC Zoo’s polar bears more room to roam
Groups protest Tennessee Walking Horse shows
Deadline for compensation for NC eugenics claims
Raleigh, state exchanged Dix sale offers after August council meeting
NC offers to sell Dorothea Dix property for $52 million
State to send out about 200 eugenics payments

10.31.14 - NC teacher turnover rate dips slightly

RALEIGH — More teachers left North Carolina to teach in other states last year than the year before, and more reported leaving the profession because they were dissatisfied or wanted to make a career change, according to a state Department of Public Instruction draft report. Overall, the teacher turnover rate dipped slightly to 14.12 percent last year from 14.33 percent in 2012-13.


Related Education Articles:
Summer school students score some success
New NC high school grading scale causes angst
School district struggling to find enough bus drivers
JLF: Rethinking Common Core state standards
Charter Day School Inc. maintains contentious posture
Panel discusses school standards

10.31.14 - Charges dropped for 3 in UNCG case

GREENSBORO — Prosecutors agreed Thursday to drop all 22 felony charges against three fired UNCG employees accused of falsifying time sheets. Photographers Chris English and David Wilson — and Lyda Carpen, who was their boss — walked out of Guilford County District Court with relieved expressions and clean criminal records.


Related Higher Education Articles:
Williams: If they fire me, it won’t be because of AFAM probe
Emmert calls UNC-CH academic fraud report troubling
UNC-CH scandal ranks among the worst, experts say
UNCG still refuses to release details of firings
NCCU and two other schools to test sliding scale of admissions standards
NCCU pilot program will admit students with lower SATs

Week in Review

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