Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Toxic fear surrounds Buncombe school

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

Marshall leading in Sec. State race

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

17 fun take aways for the 17th

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

No public benefits for deportation deferred youth

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

New at CJO: Republicans outraise Democrats in 2012 election races

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.

We don’t have a free market, so don’t talk about it

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.

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, August 17, 2012

• 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

CO2 Emissions Drop to 20 Year Low

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