Tag:Mike Easley

  • Parity extends down the ballot

    The number of Republican-controlled county commissions jumped from 56 to 61 this year. However, slightly more than half North Carolinians now live in counties with Democratic boards.

  • Past governors budgeted more carefully

    The state had already promised billions of dollars in spending over the coming year that it cannot finance with expected revenue. Now it faces additional spending requirements because of COVID.

  • Why North Carolinians are upbeat

    North Carolina is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars more a year than it used to building, expanding, resurfacing, and maintaining our highways — and the results are evident.

  • Cooper budget relies on extra taxes

    Flowery language aside, the Roy Cooper administration properly books its proposed tax changes as an increase in tax collections — of $392 million over the next two fiscal years.

  • Let the sun shine on government — all year long

    Journalists are criticized today for any number of things. They’re biased and even evil. They invent stories and propagate fake news, an allegation, by the way, that’s as dangerous as it is wrongheaded and ridiculous. That’s not what good journalists do. Period. Good journalists are vital…

  • Former SBOE Chairman Leake among new judges named

    Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday named a familiar figure in state politics to an open seat in Judicial District 24: Larry Leake, the former chairman of the State Board of Elections who presided over the hearings that resulted in a $100,000 fine and a criminal referral against former Gov.

  • Lawsuit challenges A.G.’s hog waste ‘slush fund’

    A lawsuit filed by the president of a conservative policy organization says the North Carolina Constitution requires payments from a 2000 agreement between pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. and the North Carolina Department of Justice go to public schools instead of being used by the attorney general to award discretionary…

  • Road Policies Deserve Attention

    North Carolina’s new “Strategy Mobility Formula” will have the effect of shifting scarce road dollars from projects that would have transported relatively few people to those that will transport lots of people.