Archive: Sat Jul 2007

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    Statistical Bias II

    While searching for the hours of operation of our local Board of Elections, I ran across the following. Citizens of Buncombe County may register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles, public libraries, or the Board of Elections. They may also register at the following agencies:…
    Leslee Kulba, July 28, 2007
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    Statistical Bias I

    It seems statistically improbable that the signature count for the petition drive for a referendum on partisan elections in Asheville should, for the last few days of counting, be hovering at the target, plus-or-minus single digits. After all, 6192 signatures, 1192 over the target, were turned in, and an…
    Leslee Kulba, July 28, 2007
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    Edwards’ plan: deceptive

    John Edwards thinks he knows how to pay for his healthcare plan. Raise the capital gains tax. Repeal tax cuts for the rich. Extend tax cuts to those making $200,000 or less. But Robert McIntyre of the Citizens for Tax Justice has some doubts about Edwards’ math: ….if…
    Sam Hieb, July 28, 2007
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    Medicaid Smoke and Mirrors

    It is incorrect for legislators to claim that the final Medicaid swap will allow counties to pay for schools and other infrastructure needs. It does, indeed, provide more money to some counties, but the larger and faster growing counties — you know, the ones that need to spend money on…
    Locker Room contributor, July 28, 2007
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    What vacant positions?

    Somehow the $103 million the House set aside from eliminating long-vacant positions to help pay for county Medicaid relief, which shrank to $34.4 million in the Senate budget, is now down to $10.0 million.
    Locker Room contributor, July 28, 2007
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    GCS don’t need no Tolly Carr

    So say two letters to the editor in today’s N&R. Meanwhile, Greensboro’s Michael Riggs didn’t exactly appreciate an N&R staffer’s fishing expedition during the Community Swim Association’s championship meet: I and many other swim families are very disappointed in Robert Bell’s choice of topics for his front-page…
    Sam Hieb, July 28, 2007
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    Real money

    My old estimate on population growth and inflation was 5.1%, Fiscal Research had it at 3.9% Spending in the conference bill is up 9.5%. That difference adds up to real money either way Conference vs. 5.1% TABOR Could save $816 million operating and $830 million total, or about $91 and…
    Locker Room contributor, July 28, 2007