Archive: Mon Dec 2012

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    Rewarding Sloth

    Haywood County has been prospering so much, it now finds itself a victim of the state’s perverse economic development incentives. It has moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3, and is thus not eligible for the same level of economic development incentives it once was.
    Leslee Kulba, December 10, 2012
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    Another Protest

    A vigil was scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m., at 151 Patton Avenue. The WNC Central Labor Council/AFL-CiO and local MoveOn chapter intend to protest the increase of taxes on the middle class and support increased taxes for the wealthy. No consideration is offered for passing tax increases on…
    Leslee Kulba, December 10, 2012
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    Big public money for new Falcons’ arena

    How big? $300 million from Atlanta’s hotel-motel tax towards the $1 billion or so cost of a retractable roofed football palace. H/t: JAT…
    Michael Lowrey, December 10, 2012
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    Guilford County raises: Bull****

    Not me saying it, but former Guilford County Commissioner Paul Gibson, who tells the Rhino he voted against ‘equity salary adjustments’ for 15 county department heads: When Gibson was asked about the argument that the raises had to be granted or the county would open itself up to a…
    Sam Hieb, December 10, 2012
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    Perdue exempts herself, but not McCrory, from executive order on judicial appointments

    Does it strike anyone else as odd that Gov. Bev Perdue is rescinding the same executive order she issued regarding judicial appointments? Well, she’s not really rescinding it. She’s exempting herself from it. She apparently thinks that incoming Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and future governors should be bound by the…
    Barry Smith, December 10, 2012
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    ‘Little appetite in the state capitals’ for Obamacare exchanges

    As Dan Way reported today at CJ Online, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory hasn’t let on how he plans to address the issue of the “exchange” mandated under Obamacare. Should he choose to embrace a state-run exchange, however, he won’t have much company. At National Review’s The Corner, Tevi Troy…
    Rick Henderson, December 10, 2012
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    Obamacare To Hike Some Vet Bills

    The Heritage Foundation points out that Obamacare will raise taxes on medical devices that are used on humans and animals. And when the tax goes up, the cost will be passed to consumers — that would be pet owners. The device tax is expected to raise costs for consumers.
    donnamartinez, December 10, 2012
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    Duke’s Staddon pans what he labels ‘scientific imperialism’

    Public discourse has featured plenty of debate about apparent conflicts between science and religion. Duke professor John Staddon tackled the topic during a presentation today for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Staddon says some portions of religious belief cannot be tested through scientific methods, while others are subject to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2012