Republicans: Inflation costs each N.C. family $7,800 a year
North Carolina Republicans are driving their message as they head into the homestretch of the 2022 midterm elections. At the party headquarters on Thursday, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., spoke to media and party faithful urging them to keep the energy up and their focus on education and the impact of inflation.
Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene suspended for racist comments
There have been loud calls for the removal of Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene since Sept. 28, when WECT reported on audio recordings of Greene making derogatory comments about black employees.
N.C. solar power company being investigated by N.C. AG
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is investigating a North Carolina-based solar panel company after leaving customers with thousands of dollars of malfunctioning equipment.
CNN ranks U.S. Senate race in N.C. as 6th most likely to flip
A new rundown of the top 10 U.S. Senate races in the country most likely to flip puts the North Carolina horserace between Republican Ted Budd and Democrat Cheri Beasley in sixth place. The compilation by CNN shifted the N.C. race to be slightly more competitive than the TV network’s last round of rankings. Recent polling...
Audit says N.C. A&T violated policy with over $100k in no-bid purchases
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University violated a university policy of purchasing over $100,000 in services without contracts. That’s according to a report released Wednesday by North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood.
In their own words: Candidates for N.C. Supreme Court reveal core beliefs
Carolina Journal recently surveyed the four candidates running for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Below are their answers to core questions on personal judicial philosophy. Read carefully, because the stakes are high. November's two races could shift the balance of power on the state's high court.
Wilmington council insists that cost, reliability be priorities in state carbon plan
In a late September letter to the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC), the Wilmington City Council asked that any path forward on reducing carbon also take into account price and grid reliability. The letter begins by praising the October 2021 law, H.B. 951, which creates targets for N.C. utilities for carbon reduction. This law, called “Energy...
Don’t that just beat all?
I’ve been writing a newspaper column since 1986. During that time, I’ve had occasion to criticize the policies of six North Carolina governors: Jim Martin, Jim Hunt, Mike Easley, Beverly Perdue, Pat McCrory, and Roy Cooper. None has seen fit to have me flogged. An ancestor of mine, William Pendley, wasn’t so lucky. Some years...
Amid surge in teen suicide, $25 million gift establishes new center at UNC
A $25 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund a new center built around reducing youth suicides. The move comes as child and teen suicide rates have increased in recent years due in part to the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift, made by UNC alum William...