Archive: Tue Feb 2012 (page 2)

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    The president is right about drilling

    President Obama and his spokespeople are continuously telling us that new drilling for oil will not bring gas prices down. He’s right. It’s discovering the oil, bringing it to the surface, getting it to refineries (probably through a pipeline), refining it into gasoline, and transporting it to gas stations that…
    Roy Cordato, February 28, 2012
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    NYC releases teacher effectiveness data

    Last week, the New York City Department of Education released performance data for the district’s 18,000 public school teachers.  According to an article in Governing, The reports rank individual teachers based on their students’ performance in math and English over a five-year period, concluding with the 2009-2010 school year.
    Terry Stoops, February 28, 2012
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    Charlotte's Taxes By Far the Highest in the State. Advantage: Raleigh.

    If you live in Charlotte, you pay the highest taxes in the state among big municipalities. By a mile. It's hip and hot. It's a more affordable place to live and do business. It's Raleigh. So says a new report by the John Locke Foundation. Among the state’s…
    Tara Servatius, February 28, 2012
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    Atkinson probably won’t have a primary after all

    Barring a last-minute entry by another candidate, state schools superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat, won’t have a primary after N.C. Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, announced today that he’ll run for state House rather than the top education post. From his press release: Democratic House Minority Whip, Rep. Rick…
    David N. Bass, February 28, 2012
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    Gibson Guitar case an ongoing travesty of justice

    Last year, heavily armed federal agents stormed into the Gibson Guitar factory, claiming that the firm had violated the Lacey Act. Still no charges of any wrongdoing months later, as you learn in this post. Wouldn’t it be splendid if our next president told his AG, either these vicious…
    George Leef, February 28, 2012
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    JLF releases annual By The Numbers report ranking N.C. cities and counties by tax and fee burden

    Charlotte tops the list again this year as the John Locke Foundation ranks North Carolina’s larger cities based on their local government tax-and-fee burden. While the Queen City is one of five in the large-size category that take more than $2,000 each year per person from local residents, the average…
    Mitch Kokai, February 28, 2012
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    Malveaux out as Bennett College president

    Bennett College has announced that Dr. Julianne Malveaux has resigned as president, effective in May. Though Bennett is a private college, I’ve still found occasion to post during Dr. Malveaux’s tenure.
    Sam Hieb, February 28, 2012
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    Democrats aren’t eager to file for state legislative office

    Candidate filing for the North Carolina primary ends Wednesday. We’re bound to see a flurry of last-minute filers today and tomorrow, because 21 Senate districts (out of 50) and 52 House districts (out of 120) didn’t have at least one Democratic candidate as of this morning. Using partisan ranking data…
    David N. Bass, February 28, 2012