(2.04.11) General Assembly Can Dissolve Golden LEAF, Other Tobacco Funds
RALEIGH — In recent years, defenders of the funds receiving money under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies have said the funds could not be transferred or diverted to the state’s General Fund because the use of the funds was directed by court order.
(12.23.10) Perdue Calls Campaign Violations ‘Inexcusable,’ But Won’t Identify Offenders
RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue said she had no plans to either take action against those named in the elections board reports or prevent them from taking a role in a possible re-election campaign.
(12.01.10) Slivinski Has Good Advice for GOP
In Buck Wild, Stephen Slivinski, at the time the director of budget studies at the Cato Institute, explores the previous 25 years of Republican governance, from Ronald Reagan’s halting moves to rein in federal spending through the first decade of postwar congressional rule by the GOP, and how the Republican Revolutionaries elected in 1994 morphed into “tax collectors for the welfare state” (to cite Newt Gingrich’s description of Bob Dole).
(11.23.10) Carolina Journal News Reports May Be Key to Easley Plea Deal
RALEIGH — Don Carrington first reported on Easley’s free flights in October 2008, months before other media outlets. At the time, Easley campaign attorney John Wallace insisted the flights had been paid for, but the State Board of Elections concluded they had not.
(11.05.10) Hiding the D Proved to Be Successful D-Fense
Even North Carolina’s safest congressional Democrats fared worse in this week’s polling. Those who ran against the national party had the most success.
(9.22.10) Easley Attorney Did Not Notice Senders or Recipients of E-mail Records
RALEIGH — By failing to identify the senders or recipients, or choosing not to notice whether the e-mails were sent from government accounts or private e-mail providers, it would have been difficult for Reuben Young to determine whether the documents he was reviewing were public records dealing with state business or personal correspondence.
(9.14.10) Ethics Loophole Muddies Water Fight
RALEIGH — Ethics watchdogs say UNC-TV’s conflicting roles as both a journalistic enterprise and an arm of state government led to an ethical muddle for lawyer/lobbyist Bruce Thompson. One of his lobbying clients is Stanly County, which spearheaded efforts by the state to take over Alcoa property via legislation, but he also was a member of UNC-TV’s board, which oversees the network’s programming and fundraising.
(8.10.10) More N.C. Reps Hosting Town Halls This Summer
RALEIGH — More members of the state’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives have scheduled (and announced) town hall meetings this summer than last. But this year, fewer have responded to queries from Carolina Journal about their plans for the August recess.
(8.04.10) UNC-TV Quashes Report Chastising Alcoa News Coverage
RALEIGH — A panel from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication has criticized harshly UNC-TV for a “breakdown in the editorial process” that led to “an unbalanced and slanted view” in a series of stories on Alcoa and the state’s efforts to take over four of the company’s hydroelectric dams.
(7.19.10) Tar Heel Democrats Vote To Keep Spending Stimulus Bucks on Signs
RALEIGH — In a report aired last week, ABC News attributed at least $5 million in spending to date on the signs. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., says the cost is closer to $20 million, and if continued unchecked, signs would cost nearly $200 million when funding from the stimulus law has been exhausted.