Daily Archives: January 6, 2012
That undeveloped piece of land in Matthews supposedly worth $613,000 that Jim Black used to pay off half his $1 million state fine just sold for… $295,427. This does not increase confidence in state government.
Ron Margiotta was right. Jim Black fleeced Wake County schools. You may recall that more than two years ago, Carolina Journal’s David N. Bass reported on the unusual settlement arrangement allowing convicted felon former House Speaker Jim Black to settle half his $1 million criminal fine by donating undeveloped property he owned in Mecklenburg County.Continue Reading
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes both seasonally adjusted employment numbers and raw unadjusted numbers. Federal officials usually use the seasonally adjusted numbers in their comments as they did today. A look at the raw numbers gives a different picture than the one given by some government spokesmen. Here are excerpts from the statement ofContinue Reading
Some of you might find of interest this KCCI Television report explaining that a typo involving a 53-person Republican caucus might have helped Mitt Romney top Rick Santorum in this week’s Iowa voting. Others of you might say, “Hey, that blonde gal looks familiar.” Yes, that is Stacey Horst, formerly evening news anchor at NewsContinue Reading
There’s an effort driven by the North Carolina Bar Association to try and eliminate the election of judges and replace it by having liberal special interest groups pick judges. As I have written, there was a constitutional amendment (SB 548) proposed to do this, but fortunately it hasn’t gone anywhere. In the interim, Governor PerdueContinue Reading
Pisgah Legal Services published five recommendations in a brief, “Putting a Dent in Poverty in 2012.” It begins by saying Buncombe County’s poverty rate was 17.2%, which is more than double the current unemployment rate. The number of people receiving food stamps has doubled since 2008. The current number, 37,000, represents 16% of the populationContinue Reading