Archive: Fri Nov 2012

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    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…
    Leslee Kulba, November 2, 2012
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    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…
    Leslee Kulba, November 2, 2012
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    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 goes forward, it authorizes a plan that over-emphasizes light rail transit (LRT) at the expense of a frequent, reliable transit system that truly serves the towns and the county," a news release from Orange County Voice stated. The transit plan, featuring rapid transit buses, light rail and commuter rail, originated as a three-county initiative. Durham County voters approved a half-cent tax last year. The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted in early June to put the issue before voters. But the Wake County Board of Commissioners has not moved the tax issue to the ballot. Orange County Voice believes the transit plan needs to be redrawn with more bus routes in Orange County. As I reported previously for Carolina Journal, the transit plan divided the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The high-cost light rail benefits residents in the urban south of the county, while residents of the rural west and north sections of the county get a modicum of new bus service. Some Orange commissioners opposed the transit plan because it wasn't even completed at the time of the vote to put it on the ballot. Orange County Voice said that rush job is part of the reason they don't believe voters have had enough time to review the plan. It was completed shortly before early voting started. The Orange County Voice release can be seen below.
    Dan E. Way, November 2, 2012
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    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…
    George Leef, November 2, 2012
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    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…
    donnamartinez, November 2, 2012
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    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.
    Rick Henderson, November 2, 2012
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    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…
    donnamartinez, November 2, 2012
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    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,…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2012