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Don Carrington


Vice president at the Locke Foundation and Associate Publisher of Carolina Journal, the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for Carolina Journal and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research, and public speaking. He writes articles and newspaper columns for the Foundation and in 1995 co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes. Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

Articles by Don Carrington

(11.03.15) FTC: Green Misrepresentations A Problem
RALEIGH — Amazon’s statement that its wind farm in northeastern North Carolina will provide electricity for data centers located near Washington Dulles International Airport, nearly 200 miles away, could be a problem for the federal regulators that police corporate advertising and promotion. The Federal Trade Commission has issued guidelines for “green claims” since 1992, and deceptive statements could result in legal action by the agency.

(11.02.15) Amazon’s Wind Farm Links Nonexistent
RALEIGH — When Amazon Web Services, a division of online retailer Amazon, announced in July its involvement in North Carolina’s first major wind farm, the company stated the power would be used for its data centers in Northern Virginia, but the centers will continue to purchase electricity entirely from Dominion Virginia Power, the public utility that currently supplies the Amazon data centers.

(9.30.15) State To Continue Fight Against Alcoa
RALEIGH — Even though Alcoa Power Generating Inc. has won two more legal battles against the state of North Carolina dealing with the company’s efforts to relicense its four hydroelectric dams on the Yadkin River, the state plans to continue fighting to gain control of those facilities, says a spokesman for one of the agencies involved in the legal battle.

(9.01.15) Wind Farm Project Could Disrupt Radar
RALEIGH — Despite initial concerns by the U.S. Navy that a massive wind farm near Elizabeth City will disrupt a sophisticated radar station located near the Virginia-North Carolina border, the $400 million project will proceed. The radar system provides critical surveillance capability to support the Southern Command’s program to detect and monitor drug-smuggling aircraft and ships from Central and South America.

(8.31.15) Gang Leader Sought Prosecutor’s Murder
RALEIGH — Federal prosecutor Denise Walker, who was forced into hiding for six weeks as a result of a drug dealer’s threats to have her killed, later resigned when her superiors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Raleigh proposed a lesser sentence for the drug dealer and blocked any mention of his murderous intentions in a pre-sentencing report. The drug dealer lived in rural Duplin County.

(8.03.15) I-77 Lawsuit: Toll Deal Unconstitutional
RALEIGH — Even though Gov. Pat McCrory has said the tolling project along the Interstate 77 corridor north of Charlotte will go forward, it faces a challenge to its constitutionality, as well as allegations the contractor did not meet full-disclosure requirements.

(7.01.15) Business Leaders Make Case Against Toll Road
RALEIGH — A group of Lake Norman-area business leaders traveled by chartered bus to Raleigh on Tuesday to urge state legislators to support a bill that would cancel the state’s contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on Interstate 77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, hosted a press conference at which he reiterated his pledge to introduce legislation doing just that.

(6.29.15) McCrory Not Budging on I-77 Toll Project
RALEIGH — 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.

(6.08.15) Heirs Finally Win Hammocks Beach Dispute
RALEIGH — While John H. Hurst and Harriet Hurst Turner say that news stories Carolina Journal published of the family’s struggles beginning in 2011 helped persuade others that they were entitled to the property, the election of Republican Pat McCrory as governor in 2012 appears to have played a significant role. Officials working under Attorney General Roy Cooper and former Gov. Beverly Perdue, both Democrats, tried to acquire the property from the Hurst heirs without paying for it.

(6.01.15) Alcoa Prevails in State Lawsuit
RALEIGH — Alcoa Power Generating Inc. scored a victory in federal court May 6 when U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle ruled that the state of North Carolina failed to prove that a 45-mile segment of the Yadkin River where Alcoa operates four hydroelectric dams was navigable for commerce in 1789. Alcoa continues to assert that the deeds it has to property all along the contested area are valid.

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