Print Editions

  • Volume 12, Number 3 – March 2003

    Cover • A Raleigh businessman is suing a consortium of interests, one of them linked to publicly funded Golden LEAF, for allegedly conspiring to keep him from building an ethanol plant in Beaufort County. His accusations include racketeering, extortion, corruption, and conspiracy, which reach “the highest levels of state government.” Page…

  • Volume 12, Number 2 – February 2003

    Cover • In August Golden LEAF, led by Chairman S. Lawrence Davenport, awarded $10 million to the North Carolina Grain Growers Cooperative, which is co-run by Davenport’s brother Charles. The decision raised questions about conflicts of interest among LEAF’s board members. Page 1 North Carolina • A June 2002 study…

  • Volume 12, Number 1 – January 2003

    Cover • The North Carolina state budget, barring unforeseen circumstances, seems to be on target for this year. But the new legislature beginning in January will have a doozy of a deficit to fill for fiscal 2003-04. Page 1 North Carolina • The North Carolina Economic Development Board released its strategic…

  • Volume 11, Number 12 – December 2002

    Cover • When Golden LEAF announced its $85.4 million biotechnology “stimulus” initiative in August, its leaders claimed that they operated independent of political influence. However, documents related to the stimulus deal reveal that intense pressure was placed on the foundation by North Carolina’s two most powerful politicians. Page 1 North…

  • Volume 11, Number 11 – November 2002

    Cover • What happened behind the scenes as the N.C. Economic Stimulus and Job Creation Act was lobbied for, and passed? Only a legislator, a lobbyist, a large public company, and an entire state agency acting with conflicts of interest know. Page 1 North Carolina • The “clean smokestacks” law has been…

  • Volume 11, Number 10 – October 2002

    Cover • Both conservatives and liberals are de-nouncing the 2002 Farm Bill, signed into law in May by President Bush. The farm subsidies, worth almost $200 billion, are promising massive payouts to farmers in North Carolina and across the country. Page 1 North Carolina • Charter boat operators on the…

  • Volume 11, Number 9 – September 2002

    Cover • The North Carolina House and Senate approved a bill reallocating money from an $800 million bond package toward grants for localities to improve their water and sewer systems. Rep. Fern Shubert thinks the whole idea stinks. Page 1 North Carolina • Gov. Mike Easley’s comments to the state…

  • Volume 11, Number 8 – August 2002

    Cover • The nightmares of a brutal redistricting battle aside for now, North Carolina is finally proceeding with its long-delayed 2002 campaign season, which has some of the most competitive races in years. Page 1 North Carolina • Several national television networks question how states, particularly North Carolina, have misused money won…

  • Volume 11, Number 7 – July 2002

    Cover • In September 2001, Gov . Mike Easley signed a “budget for education.” It began last summer as the “Education Revenue Act.” At least that is what legislators were calling it. Now hopes for education to remain a priority during North Carolina’s budget disaster are fizzling as officials look…

  • Volume 11, Number 6 – June 2002

    Cover • A new report from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy calls for a moratorium on the sale of higher-education bonds approved by North Carolina voters in 2000. It also criticizes the University of North Carolina system for not giving repair and renovation projects top priority and for…