Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Cruisin’ for a Contested Election

Those wascally Wepublicans while wedistwicting dwew a line wight thwough the most liberal college in the United States. Students and faculty of Warren Wilson College collect their mail in a single room with a single address, which just won’t do anymore. The problem only came to light about halfway through early voting. If the nouveauContinue Reading

Weirdness Trickling Downhill

Hendersonville used to be a nice little town. In recent years, it seems damaged by a push to turn it into a tourist trap. Main Street has been traffic calmed and suffers frequent construction blockages. Downtown has been converted from a business district to an antique market, and stupid psychedelic bears can be found onContinue Reading

Transit-friendly group opposes Orange transit tax

A politically influential, grassroots organization in Orange County that supports mass transit is launching a last-minute effort to convince voters to reject a half-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot Nov. 6 to fund a Triangle Transit plan that features a light-rail corridor. “The group wants voters to recognize that if the tax increase goesContinue Reading

Do we really need FEMA?

Statists are using Hurricane Sandy as proof that we need big (yea, even bigger) government to cope with natural disasters, but in this piece, Sheldon Richman argues that disaster responses are better left to voluntary efforts. Among other reasons, politicians tend to be mainly concerned about theatrics than actually doing any good.

Got Electricity? No. Got Marathon? Yes.

Just an unbelievable decision from Nanny Bloomberg. Thousands are suffering the devastation of Sandy, but, hey, the marathon goes on! More than 40,000 runners and millions of onlookers are expected to converge Sunday on the city’s streets, some of which are still damaged from the superstorm that left at least 22 city residents dead. DespiteContinue Reading

New at CJO: Former NCIS agent tries to take out veteran Secretary of State Marshall

Sam Hieb profiles the races between incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall — who won her first race for the office in 1996 against Richard Petty — and her Republican challenger, Ed Goodwin. Read Sam’s story here.

When Will Somebody Do Something About These Rotten Rich People

They don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes, and today I’ve learned this. You know, they just don’t care about anybody but themselves. The 2012 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy found that average giving as a percentage of household income stayed stable at around 9% between 2009 and 2011. Between 2007 and 2009, that percentageContinue Reading

How can a state with one of the nation’s worst unemployment rates rank No. 1 in ‘business climate’?

It’s a question that crops up near the end of the News & Observer‘s brief report on North Carolina’s latest No. 1 ranking from Site Selection magazine (not posted online, as far as I can tell). North Carolina, the state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, has the top business climate in theContinue Reading