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Civitas' annual poll of unaffiliated North Carolina voters provides insights into the views of this key voting bloc as the state heads into the election season.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after speaking with Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America and executive vice president of AB Electrolux.
Labor unions and "moral" activists have once again somehow convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.
I believe South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson would like to have a word with the Hagan campaign, state and national Democrats, and their lackeys in the drive-by media.
The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year.
"I always want my students to start with facts, and the fact is Thom Tillis is terrible for education in North Carolina."
Facebook went down at 8:11 pm, and has not come back up as of this post.
Filmmaker Andrew Rossi is fascinated by creative destruction--a concept that sheds light on how new and innovative technology can disrupt and even topple an entire industry (e.g., Ford's Model T vs. horse-and-buggy manufacturers).
North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today he will let the Coal Ash Management Act, passed by North Carolina's General Assembly Aug. 20, become law without his signature. The governor said that while the bill continues the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue...
If Food and Drug Administration regulators adopt new regulations that would place premium, hand-made cigars under the jurisdiction of a law originally passed to regulate cigarettes, sellers of the premium cigars say the changes could put them out of business.

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Government

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Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced today he will let the Coal Ash Management Act, passed by North Carolina's General Assembly Aug. 20, become law without his signature. The governor said that while the bill continues the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue, constitutional, operational and funding concerns with the bill prevent him from giving the bill a full endorsement.

"In just a year and a half, my administration has taken more action to address groundwater and coal ash issues than any previous administration in North Carolina history – much of the action being many months before the Dan River Spill in February," said Governor McCrory. "To ensure that we address the statewide issue of coal ash ponds, my administration drafted aggressive legislation that would result in the closure of all the state's coal ash... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Hand-made, premium cigars would be treated like cigarettes
CJ photo by Dan Way
Jeff Young of Liberty, at left, and Doug Cockman of Greensboro, regulars at the smoking lounge at JR Cigar in Burlington, browse the selection of premium cigars in the walk-in humidor. RALEIGH If Food and Drug Administration regulators adopt new regulations that would place premium, hand-made cigars under the jurisdiction of a law originally passed to regulate cigarettes, sellers of the premium cigars say the changes could put them out of business.

The federal agency is considering adding premium cigars, as well as electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvable tobacco products that are not "smokeless tobacco," nicotine gels, and water pipe tobacco to the Family Tobacco... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This post, by the Civitas Staff, was originally published in of Civitas's online edition.

Civitas' annual poll of unaffiliated North Carolina voters provides insights into the views of this key voting bloc as the state heads into the election season.

This poll of 400 registered unaffiliated voters in North Carolina was conducted Aug. 23-25, and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.9 percent.

Unaffiliated voters comprise nearly 27 percent of North Carolina's registered voters. To learn more about the NC electorate, go to Carolina Transparency.
Photo above is from our Aug. 28 poll lunch, at which Civitas President Francis X. De Luca and noted political consultant Brad Crone of Campaign Connections analyzed the poll.

Text of questions:
"Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?"

2010... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Jon Sanders, who is Director of Regulatory Studies for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH — Labor unions and "moral" activists have once again somehow convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.

True, that isn't what any of them think will happen. Practically, however, if they got what they wanted, that's what would happen.

Working for the lowest allowable wage is nobody's ideal. It's better than not working at all, however — a lot better than misguided activists seem to appreciate.

A quick grounding: Who are the minimum-wage workers? How big do you think that portion of the work force is, and who is in it?

Only about 2.6 percent of the nation's work force are p... (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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Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after speaking with Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America and executive vice president of AB Electrolux.

"This is great news for Electrolux and our state," said Governor McCrory. "I had a very positive conversation with Jack Truong today, and I am excited to watch Electrolux's continued growth and success, especially given the fact that the company's headquarters will be located in Charlotte. I look forward to building on this important relationship that first began when, as mayor of Charlotte, I recruited Electrolux. I also look forward to being a part of Electrolux's 25th anniversary later this fall in Kinston."

It was announced earlier today that AB Electrolux of Sweden, which has a major presence in North Carolina, purchased GE Appliances for $3.3 billion. Ele... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Crystal Baity, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Velde inaugural member of national academy on community engagement
Beth Velde East Carolina University's Beth Velde will be inducted Oct. 7 to a policy group dedicated to honoring scholarship and service at college campuses nationwide.

The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship invited Velde to become an inaugural member following peer nomination and selection. Velde was recognized for the "practice and model of excellence in collaboration with communities and the university while addressing critical issues of mutual benefit."

The academy's mission is to improve the physical, social, civic and economic well-being of communities by advancing scholarship-based collaborative discovery with higher education partners.

Serving as a representative voice for the field of engagement, the ... (read more)

The Arts

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Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)

Families Die, Allegiances are Born

Divergent, in the similar formula of "Hunger Games", proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst and the maturing relationship of the opposite sex.

The film begins in narrative explanation, by the film's heroine, Beatrice Prior (Tris), played by Shailene Woodley, as to her understanding that her world of metropolitan Chicago was severely, and irrevocably damaged, and then reborn as a totally different societal civilization. This new civilization of northern Illinois consisted of five "factions" of people: Abnegation, for the selfless behavior of leaders in service to all people; Amity, for the peaceful prospectus on life, who farm as their one avocation; Candor, for the honesty with good people, who hate duplicity; Dauntless, for the brave, and dutiful, who are trained to protec... (read more)

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Living

Niagara Falls is a Canadian city on the western bank of the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario, with a population of 82,997 at the 2011 census. The municipality was incorporated on June 12, 1903. Across the Niagara River is Niagara Falls, New York.

The city is dominated by the Niagara Falls, a world-famous set of three large waterfalls on the Niagara River. Both the American and Horseshoe falls can be best seen from the Canadian side of the river, so the city has one of the major tourist attractions of the world. The natural spectacle attracts millions of tourists yearly.

This area, which stretches along the Niagara Parkway and tourist promenade, is particularly concentrated at the brink of the falls. Apart from the natural attractions along the river, it includes observation towers, high-rise hotels, souvenir shops, casinos and theatres, mostly with... (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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