Archive: Thu Nov 2012

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    And You Feared Zombies

    Why is there no great stir about the billboard that reads, “Asheville progressives are coming to get you . . .”? In the background is a menacing blaze, so it is likely the artist was trying to divide our community.
    Leslee Kulba, November 8, 2012
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    Ping Pong

    It seemed inconsequential. Wascally Wepublican Wedistwicters cut the most liberal college in the US in half and didn’t bother to tell anybody. 145 people dwelling on the campus of Warren Wilson College were issued provisional ballots. Another 54 people must revote, as they early-voted before Buncombe County Election Services discovered…
    Leslee Kulba, November 8, 2012
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    Long way to go

    600 layoffs at TE Connectivity’s High Point plant: The layoffs hurt a region that is still struggling with high unemployment, despite recent economic development successes in the region, such as the announcement last month that BB&T Corp. that it expects to add about 1,700 Triad jobs during the next…
    Sam Hieb, November 8, 2012
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    McCrory introduces his transition team

    Governor-elect Pat McCrory was in Raleigh Thursday to meet with outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue to discuss transition procedures. He also took some time to meet with the press and introduce some members of his transition team. Here is the transition team, as provided by McCrory’s office: Raleigh, N.C. – Today,…
    Barry Smith, November 8, 2012
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    Stunning

    At sister blog The Locker Room, Mitch Kokai posts a stunning 1:30 audio clip from Brent Lane, director of the UNC Center for Competitive Economies. He offered the comment during a presentation to the General Assembly’s Revenue Laws Study Committee. Lane’s presentation focused on the “imperative” of pursuing tax reform.
    donnamartinez, November 8, 2012
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    Gone: $1 Billion Wasted By Air Force

    Read it and weep. Here are your federal tax dollars at work. After a $1 billion investment that produced “negligible” value, the Air Force is formally scrapping a next-generation logistics management system, officials announced Thursday. The Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) program is “no longer a viable option” for…
    donnamartinez, November 8, 2012
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    ‘Effectively, we have lost 25 years of economic progress in this state’

    That’s the assessment of Brent Lane, director of the UNC Center for Competitive Economies. He offered that comment during a presentation to the General Assembly’s Revenue Laws Study Committee. Lane’s presentation focused on the “imperative” of pursuing tax reform. Here’s what he had to say about the state’s…
    Mitch Kokai, November 8, 2012
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    Election Notes

    Look for recounts in the Lt. Governor’s race where Dan Forest is ahead 11,200 votes right now, in 7th Congressional district where McIntyre is ahead of Rouzer by only 507 votes and in the state Senate district 1 where Stan White leads Bill Cook by 388 votes – all under…
    Becki Gray, November 8, 2012