Category: Business and Regulations

  • Multilingual notaries in demand, hard to find

    Spanish-speaking customers frequently came to Concepto Latino in Durham for notary public services. Then Washington politics had an indirect hand in elevating the volume. “I know that when President Trump started initiating his immigration actions a lot of people were bringing in letters to notarize,” showing they were in the…

  • Legislative leaders dismiss lawsuit over Medicaid expansion

    With Gov. Roy Cooper’s desire to expand Medicaid withering on the vine, legislative leaders decided to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block what they saw as unconstitutional action. “We are pleased Gov. Cooper abandoned his plan to defy state and federal law and unilaterally expand…

  • State election/ethics board stays put, for now

    A legal battle between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the General Assembly over the creation of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is bypassing the Court of Appeals. The next stop is the N.C. Supreme Court. An order…

  • U.S. steps up use of civil asset forfeiture, which is illegal in N.C.

    It soon will be easier for the feds to take your property, even if you’re not convicted of a crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that federal law officials will expand civil asset forfeiture, meaning they can more easily take your property without pressing criminal charges or following state laws. Civil asset forfeiture laws are the…

  • Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry has called a job killer

    Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. In his veto message, Cooper, a Democrat, said the Republican-led General Assembly “used the levers of big government to…

  • JLF: Special interest effect drives up cost of government

    Government is bigger and more expensive than it needs to be, thanks to an economic concept called the “special interest effect.” A recent John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains how the concept drives energy policy, health insurance mandates, and sugar subsidies. The report also suggests ways to fight negative consequences tied to…

  • Agriculture remains major driver of N.C. economy

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 739: Agriculture remains one of North Carolina’s largest businesses. Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, has served as one of the General Assembly’s top advocates for agricultural issues in recent years. Dixon shares his thoughts about the current state of farming and agribusiness, along with…

  • New Bern trailing the field in Sunday alcohol sales

    New Bern has given opponents of Senate Bill 155 — teetotaling lawmakers and religious leaders — a reason to flash a crooked smile. Those who wrung their hands and told of dark times to come should North Carolina pass a law allowing 10 a.m. Sunday alcohol…