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An excellent post at the Bloomberg View blog by Megan McArdle explains why the political left and the right view the outcome of the recent Hobby Lobby case so very differently.
Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present.
n a recent article for the Pope Center, I looked at the latest academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill in light of athletes' academic preparation.
North Carolina lawmakers should "make history" by becoming the first legislative body to repeal a state tax targeting electronic cigarettes. John Locke Foundation researchers make that recommendation in a new Spotlight report.
The Senate on Thursday passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ Devpt Changes) that changes county sales tax authority.
As we move towards a critical November election in the US, you should look for an opportunity to communicate with your local House or Senate candidate.
For a long time, Chatham County has been an overflow containment area for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro crowd
On Thursday, July 24, 2014, I presented Senate Bill - SB788 (Town of Duck Eminent Domain) and Senate Bill - SB877 (Exempt Time Shares/Rule Against Perpetuities) to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
Like recovering accident patients, we need to determine current abilities
A state audit has found numerous violations and irregularities centered on former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble. The investigative audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood's office found that over a six-year period the former town manager made nearly $366,000 in purchases that exceeded the...
Fight From Sunrise to Sunrise is the story of a small army with the task to take back control of the United States one hundred years after a successful invasion to unify all nations under a centralized order.

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Government

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Senate passes revised county sales tax bill
The Senate on Thursday passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ Devpt Changes) that changes county sales tax authority. The current iteration still contains the 2.5 cent cap on sales tax for all counties except Orange and Durham, which are allowed to maintain their 2.75 cent combined tax. It changes the existing Article 46 quarter-cent tax to one-half cent, increases the Article 43 transit tax to a half cent for all counties, and adds a new half-cent authority designated for education needs. Education uses are limited to school construction and debt service for construction, teacher salaries, and community college funding.

All of these new and expanded sales taxes may be enacted in quarter-cent increments, and all require approval in a voter referendum. Counties may choose to enact a single half cent or... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Mayor claims finding that he took improper reimbursements a misunderstanding
RALEIGH State Auditor Beth Wood said an audit pointing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in misspending by top Tarboro officials should serve as a call for governing boards across North Carolina to ratchet up their oversight of public spending.

"It's a huge message to cities and councils, that their board members, their commissioners, their city council members are watching their operations," Wood said Tuesday. "These are the things that council members should have their arms around."

Wood's office issued an investigative audit finding numerous violations and irregularities centered on former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble.

The investigative audit found that, over a six... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dr. Roy Cordato, who is Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH — An excellent post at the Bloomberg View blog by Megan McArdle explains why the political left and the right view the outcome of the recent Hobby Lobby case so very differently.

Her argument is that there is a fundamental clash between how each side views the nature of rights. As she points out:

Usually in political disputes, it's broadly understood which side is being forced and which side is doing the forcing. We may argue about how much people should pay in taxes or how harsh incarceration policies should be, but both sides can generally agree on who is being coerced and who is doing the coercing. Here we have a case in which folks on both sides genuinely believe that they are the ones being imposed up... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Jenna Ashley Robinson.

In a recent article for the Pope Center, I looked at the latest academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chape... (read more)

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Community

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Rodney Darnell Putney On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington. Putney was charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.

Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. Putney was placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond pending appearances.

Officer William Chrismon
Washington City Police... (read more)

Business

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Move Will Add 1,262 New Jobs
Charlotte, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sealed Air Corporation will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017.

"North Carolina's business-friendly climate continues to attract corporate headquarters to the Charlotte region," said Governor McCrory. "We welcome Sealed Air's senior executive team, division and line managers and staff to the Queen City where they will find big city opportunity with a great quality of life."

Sealed Air is a Fortune 500 company that generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion in 2013. The company creates packaging and hygiene solutions for name brands such as Cryovac® food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Di... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Noble also received $87K in insurance premiums without permission
RALEIGH – A state audit has found numerous violations and irregularities centered on former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble.

The investigative audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood's office found that over a six-year period the former town manager made nearly $366,000 in purchases that exceeded the scope of his duties and that he obtained more than $87,000 for universal life insurance premiums without approval of the Tarboro Town Council.

The audit also found that a former accounting clerk, who left her job voluntarily, may have violated state law by obtaining more than $30,000 in unemployment benefits that she was not eligible to receive.

In addition, the audit found that th... (read more)

The Arts


Satirical Farce Emblematic of the Wes Anderson Franchise

Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present. I know. We rented The Grand Budapest Hotel as soon as we could get a copy of the DVD, and we were pleasantly entertained, which is almost always the case with his films on the first viewing, and always on the second. Upon this first sitting, we were struck by this fine film's rich representation of Wes Anderson's unique storytelling, yet look forward to it, once again, the 'second time around'.

Is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" truly emblematic of all Wes Anderson films?

Yes and no.

Yes, because the film is deliberately, and now ironically staged in the center of each frame of film. One can argue that this perfect placement, as if modeling a fine garment... (read more)
I will soon be 70 and, like recovering accident victims, there comes a time for self examination. The phrase "Know Thyself" has always been an important part of information in self-help books. The study of a few psychology courses in college exposed my lack of interest in deep thought and a tendency to misdiagnose - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself is a good way begin a conversation.

Senior citizens know that Self changes over time --- but you are able to connect the dots and foresee a pattern by looking from younger years to today --- then drawing the lines into the future. The High School counselor, football coach, and teachers exposed a large number of talents although you may have yet-undiscovered ones like Grandma Moses or a Col Sanders Chicken recipe. He had his "success" in his latter life after many failures.

These talents were used in a career and eventual r... (read more)

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Living

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Raleigh, N.C. NC DHHS' Division of Public Health is updating the health advisories issued in February 2014 related to the coal ash spill in the Dan River near Eden. The advisories address concerns associated with human exposure and consumption of fish and shellfish.

Recreational Water Advisory

DHHS is recommending lifting the recreational water advisory after evaluating the most recent available surface water and sediment data from the Dan River downstream from the coal ash spill. The large coal ash deposit that remained in North Carolina was removed June 30, 2014. DHHS has evaluated sediment and surface water data collected after the work was completed that confirms that no incidental ingestion or skin contact risk exists for the sediment or the river water. Contaminants associated with the coal ash spill are at levels that should not pose a health risk during r... (read more)

Announcements

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This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

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