Daily Archives: August 17, 2012
The Battle of Buncombe continues to rage, with embattled but persistent Buncombe County Board of Education member Lisa Baldwin now pressing for answers on the issue of potential toxic contamination at the central office building where a STEM high school for 300 to 400 students is planned. “Why are we going to renovate this buildingContinue Reading
Incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall and Republican challenger Ed Goodwin, North Carolina Secretary of State candidates in the Nov. 6 General Election, will be featured in a candidate forum on Thursday. The forum is being presented by The NC Center for Voter Education and League of Women Voters of NC at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship ofContinue Reading
Yesterday I attended the Raleigh Chamber’s “Federal Issues Review Forum” in the morning and the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation’s “Political Money Wars” briefing in the afternoon. It was a full day with expert speakers and lots of interesting information. Isn’t the political season fun? Here are 17 take-aways from yesterday’s events for August 17:Continue Reading
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program that Obama announced in June was open for applications on Wednesday. According to the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), if you are an illegal immigrant, pay $465 and can prove that you: Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to theContinue Reading
Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the fundraising advantage Republicans have gained in most 2012 North Carolina election contests, as discussed during a N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation panel event Thursday.
That’s one of the pieces of advice in Sheldon Richman’s TGIF column. Another is to stop talking about “the economy” as if it were an entity. It’s a vast network of producing and trading relationships where individuals and groups act. The government can’t “manage the economy” and only does damage by trying.
• Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says if elected governor, his initial budget would not include a sales tax increase. But he does not rule out raising taxes later. • Incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, wins the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business. • Attorneys for former N.C. Democratic Party stafferContinue Reading
Did you hear about the drop in CO2 emissions this year? I didn’t think so. It seems to have been kept pretty quiet. But here it is. According to an Energy Department report, in the first 4 months of 2012, U.S. CO2 emissions dropped to roughly 1992 levels. That’s as low as they’ve been inContinue Reading