Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 26, Number 1 – January 2017

On the cover

• Fate of DPI, SBE board overhaul uncertain

• H.B. 2 remains in place after raucous session


North Carolina

• Scenes from the Special Sessions, Page 2

• Federal court admits decision will reduce voter turnout, Page 3

• Cooper lashes out at NCGA actions, shuts out CJ coverage, Page 4

• John Trump commentary: McCrory deserves credit for his disaster-relief efforts, Page 4

• SEC whistleblower pension complaint could implicate N.C., Page 5

• Certificate of need may get overhauled by Raleigh … or D.C., Page 6

• Analysts: Generational divide will define N.C. politics, Page 7

• Oversight group: Medicaid program lax in detecting fraud, Page 8

• McCrory signs disaster-relief package in December special session, Page 11

• Timeline: N.C. governor’s election, Page 12

• Special session reconfigures judicial elections, ethics enforcement, Page 14

• Mitch Kokai commentary: ‘If it’s politics, it’s fine’ test could derail gerrymandering foes, Page 18


Local government

• Community center would add debt without taxpayer OK, Page 9

• Julie Tisdale commentary: Community center won’t save Rocky Mount, Page 10

• John Trump commentary: N.C. alcohol makers deserve control — all of them, Page 10



• UNC official says students need to be taught self-defense, Page 15

• Issues in Higher Education: Is the ‘snowflake generation’ a real or imagined phenomenon?, Page 16

• Stephanie Keaveney commentary: Should universities emulate ‘sanctuary’ cities?, Page 17

• Kristen Blair commentary: Screen teens lack reasoning skills online, Page 17



• Brennan: If it’s legal to give something away, it should be easy to sell it, Page 19



• Editorial: Time to break the cycle, Page 20

• Becki Gray commentary: In 2017, let’s let ideas benefit all, Page 20

• Editorial: Rediscover federalism, Page 21

• Editorial: Burr deserves spotlight, Page 21

• John Hood commentary: N.C. economy outpaces nation again, Page 21

• Media Mangle: Making transparency a priority, Page 22

• Michael Walden commentary: Looking at the 2017 economy, Page 22

• Andy Taylor commentary: Varied explanations for McCrory’s loss, Page 23

• Marc Rotterman commentary: A Trump realignment is entirely possible, Page 23


Parting Shot

• Gov. Cooper vows to combat ‘epidemic’ of fake news (a CJ parody), Page 24