Category: North Carolina

  • Learning and winning go together

    Learning about why others disagree with you is hardly an impediment to achieving political victories. Nor is learning how to disagree without being an obnoxious jackass.

  • Wallace: H.B. 2 repeal has not ended legal battles

    Repeal of House Bill 2 closed one chapter in the culture war. But a federal civil rights case spawned by the so-called bathroom bill is likely to go forward, said Campbell University constitutional law professor Greg Wallace. UNC-Chapel Hill student Joaquin Carcano, UNC-Greensboro student…

  • Hot air from the wind industry

    RALEIGH — Wind-energy developers routinely deceive the public, a longtime critic of the industry told Carolina Journal. And the sales pitch surrounding the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City continues spreading those deceptions. Amazon continues to perpetuate the myth that the electrical grid can take power from the turbines on…

  • Cooper signs H.B. 2 ‘reset’ after whirlwind of compromises

    In fewer than 18 hours, the debate over House Bill 2 went from impasse to compromise, with Gov. Roy Cooper signing a measure repealing North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom bill.” “Today, our laws are catching up with our [welcoming] people,” Cooper said at a press conference after signing a revised version…

  • The bumpy road to H.B. 2 repeal

    Here’s a recount of the twists and turns of House Bill 2, the infamous “bathroom bill.” 2016 Feb. 23: The Charlotte City Council passes an ordinance adding gay and transgender people to an existing ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, and age to…

  • Billion-dollar tax cut plan heads to Senate floor

    Stark differences in conservative Republican and liberal Democratic fiscal priorities were clearly on display during a Senate Finance Committee meeting Wednesday at which a $1 billion tax cut package was approved by voice vote. Senate Bill 325 was then forwarded to the Senate…

  • Bill to loosen rules on distilleries takes another step forward

    Senate Bill 155 has taken another step forward and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance approved it Thursday. Committee members spent about 30 minutes debating two proposed amendments, concerning auctioning off antique spirits and a move to ensure local distilleries get…