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As a federal court case regarding election reform laws passed by North Carolina legislators in 2013 has become a major national news item, we await a judge's ruling in the preliminary injunction hearing.
State Treasurer Janet Cowell, alongside bill sponsors Reps. Stephen Ross and Jeff Collins, joined Governor Pat McCrory at the State Capitol this morning for the signing of House Bill 1195.
North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper is starting to remind me of Peter Gibbons, the main character in the cult hit movie "Office Space."
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Last night, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted in favor of a bill to bring transparency to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), prevent the waste of taxpayer money, and reduce the law's impact on economic growth.
Earlier last year you began acting on a proposal to fund a new jail at the Washington Industrial Park.
College and university faculty members have been among the most outspoken critics of private school scholarships for low-income children, measures to improve the quality of classroom teachers, and many other education reform initiatives passed by the Republican-led General Assembly.
A new national study concludes that charter schools in North Carolina and other states uniformly outperform traditional public schools, and have a significantly better return on investment for taxpayers.
The Southwest County Jail, after the final piece of the puzzle fell into place when Chocowinity's government overruled their advisory board on permitting, was a go.
Congressman Walter Jones takes action and relates it to his constituents through these press releases.

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Government

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

Simons-backed groups funds ads opposing Tillis, tax cuts for 'wealthy'
RALEIGH Billionaire Jim Simons, a major contributor to a Democratic political candidates, funds, and causes, has come under fire from federal investigators, a move that has not gone unnoticed by the North Carolina Republican Party.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that at a Senate committee hearing this week on the "Abuse of Structured Financial Products," senators from both parties blasted Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund run by Simons, that has used creative accounting methods to shield itself from more than $6 billion in federal taxes.

Bloomberg.com reported that the Internal Revenue Service is challenging a "particularly aggressive" technique used by Simons, which led... (read more)
Press Release:

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)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This post, by Matthew Henry Young, was originally published in the Elections & Voting, and Issues sections of Civitas's online edition.

As a federal court case regarding election reform laws passed by North Carolina legislators in 2013 has become a major national news item, we await a judge's ruling in the preliminary injunction hearing. Plaintiffs in the case include the ACLU of North Carolina, the League of Women Voters, and the NAACP. These groups claim that the regulations enacted under the Voter Identification and Verification Act, or VIVA, will disenfranchise lower-class voters, minority voters and even student voters.

The complaints, however, overlook a key feature of the voting laws that allows citizens to cast a ballot in virtually any situation. But to understand, we need to take a look at the law.

VIVA requires, among other things, voters to present ph... (read more)
Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. – State Treasurer Janet Cowell, alongside bill sponsors Reps. Stephen Ross and Jeff Collins, joined Governor Pat McCrory at the State Capitol this morning for the signing of House Bill 1195.

The law establishes a contribution-based benefit cap and allows members of the teachers' and state employees' retirement system and the local governmental employees' retirement system who leave employment within five years to receive a return of their contributions with accumulated interest.

From left to right: Rep. Collins, Governor McCrory, Treasurer Cowell and Rep. Ross
"This law prevents North Carolina state employees from having to subsidize artificially inflated pensions of high earners at the end of their careers," Governor McCrory said. "It protects the retirement system from abuse and ensures state employees are rewarded for their important investmen... (read more)

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Community

Press Release

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

Press Release:

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

Press Release:
Many companies give preference to job applicants who have some forklift training and industrial safety training. To meet this need, the Division of Continuing Education will offer a one-day class in forklift operations and a four-day class in industrial safety.

The forklift class will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, 10 training will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 11-15. Both classes will be held at the Beaufort County Skills Center on Page Road east of Washington.

Instructor Ron Skinner will give students an overview of forklift operations, inspections and safe use of a forklift truck. Students will learn to inspect the truck and determine lift limitations. The course will also include instruction on determining the center of gravity and how that determines the proper lift of a load. T... (read more)

The Arts

For Immediate Release:

Performances of Simon Peter, Fisher of Men will be held July 15 through August 9, 2014 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse located at the Leon Nixon Catering & Banquet Facilities on Hwy. 32 in Edenton, NC. Ticket prices in Edenton include both the performance and an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more information contact the Rocky Hock Playhouse Box Office: (252) 482-4621.

Dinner theatre ticket prices are as follows:

The Rocky Hock Playhouse is a full time professional theatre operated by the Emmerich Theatre Production Company, Inc., of Minnesota.

STORY:

The Rocky Hock Playhouse is presenting their 2014 summer musical Simon Peter, Fisher of Men by Gloria Emmerich. The Playhouse has a long history in the area and has operated continuously since the doors opened in August of 2000. Their summer musical focuses on the life of the Apostle Peter and his relationshi... (read more)

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)

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Living

News Release:

This survey is being conducted to learn about the health and quality of life in Beaufort County. The results will be used to help address the major health and community issues in Beaufort County.

Each person may take the survey once, must be atleast 16 years old, and a resident of Beaufort County. Survey responses will remain confidential. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Please click on the following link to participate: http://tinyurl.com/BCCHA2014[from-answers-to-action_employee_survey_customer_survey_199x90[1]]

Kelli Russell, MPH, RHEd

Preparedness Coordinator • Human Services Planner III
Beaufort County Health Department

Office: (252) 940-6528 • Cell: (252) 402-5467 • kelli.russell@bchd.net... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

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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