(6.04.12) Trial of Perdue Associates Stubbs, Sitton on Hold
RALEIGH — The campaign finance trials of two associates of and fundraisers for Gov. Bev Perdue have been placed on hold until a state appeals court can rule on motions filed by both defendants. The trials will not go forward until the N.C. Court of Appeals rules on the motions.
(6.01.12) Tyranny Will Arm You For Political Discussions With Liberals
Goldberg, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has compiled an enlightening and often mischievous collection of examples showing how the American Left has grown sloppy over time, leaning on trite phrases rather than logic to defend its views.
(5.24.12) House Budget Eliminates Job of Controversial Commerce Official
RALEIGH — The House budget for commerce would eliminate the position of assistant secretary of commerce for community services. That job now is held by Henry C. McKoy, who is embroiled in a controversy over an attempted diversion of federal funds to a nonprofit he controlled.
(5.18.12) State Unemployment Rate Drops Due to Drop in Labor Force
RALEIGH — North Carolina's unemployment rate in April fell 0.3 percentage points, due in large part to a reduction in the number of residents who were seeking jobs. Though the rate fell, in seasonally adjusted terms, the state lost 1,300 jobs in April — 1,200 of them in the private sector.
(5.01.12) ‘Dark Shadows’ TV Revival a Great Guilty Pleasure
Before Twilight or “True Blood,” Lestat or Angel (but not before Dracula), there was “Dark Shadows” and its enigmatic undead protagonist Barnabas Collins. As you may know, the iconic daytime soap of the 1960s will be revived in film this summer by director Tim Burton, with his favorite collaborator Johnny Depp bringing Barnabas back to life, as it were, on the silver screen.
(4.20.12) Despite Drop, N.C. Has Nation’s Fifth-Highest Unemployment Rate
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains more than 1 percentage point higher than the national rate in both seasonally adjusted (9.7 percent versus 8.2 percent) and not seasonally adjusted (9.6 percent versus 8.4 percent) terms.
(3.30.12) N.C. Unemployment Rate Drops, State Adds Jobs
RALEIGH — Even with the monthly improvement, North Carolina’s unemployment rate exceeds the national rate by more than a percentage point. The seasonally adjusted rate is 8.3 percent; the unadjusted rate is 8.7 percent. Only three states have higher unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted) than North Carolina.
(3.13.12) Education Job Losses Remain Modest
RALEIGH — Year-to-year unadjusted numbers by the N.C. Department of Commerce and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show a slight drop in government education employment over the past year — but not nearly the levels projected by Gov. Bev Perdue and other Democrats.
(2.17.12) Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor?
RALEIGH — Of the several government agencies who have been named in the controversy, none will admit that it was responsible for employing or contracting with the person who was inspecting preschoolers’ lunches at West Hoke Elementary School in late January.
(2.03.12) Fake But Accurate Job Numbers
Manipulation of federal employment data leads to misstatements about job gains and losses.