Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • N.C. State researchers say solar lobby silencing them

    Ron Heiniger just wanted to be a farmer. He encouraged research to avoid solar industry encroachment on North Carolina’s prime farmlands. But because of his academic study, the respected crop and soil scientist has become an unwilling poster child for anti-solar activists, vilified by the…

  • 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…

  • Raleigh debate over short-term rentals continues

    It began with an anonymous complaint. It’s now a full-scale debate — about property rights, the free market, and, in fact, freedom of choice. Short-term rentals — Airbnbs, for example — have been banned in Raleigh for years, though enforcement of that ban has been lax as the city debates…

  • Did solar company obtain land for Terra Ceia farm legally? 

    Gertrude Respess claims Wilkinson Solar, and its parent company Invenergy Solar Development, took advantage of her dying husband Rhonda to obtain farmland last year for a large solar installation in Beaufort County. Gertrude’s attorney Mario Perez also says a notarized statement filed with the Beaufort County Register of Deeds…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…

  • Hospitals ready to use political clout to preserve certificate of need

    The battle to preserve the state’s certificate-of-need laws is about to get personal. A newly formed political organization, connected with the North Carolina Hospital Association, seems poised to target elected officials who oppose CON laws, which require a state bureaucracy to approve new free-standing ambulatory…

  • Lawmakers may take another shot at distillery bill

    Senate Bill 155, what has been called the “brunch bill,” appears to have gotten a jumpstart and could go forward in the next couple of weeks. The measure has been referred to the Senate Finance committee. Restaurants would benefit if this bill becomes…