Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Dear Diary

I just got out of the Asheville City Council meeting, and I thought I’d send you a short note. I won’t have time to read the headlines today. As you know, council had scheduled a couple big public hearings. Yes, one after another, people got up to complain about traffic. I have to compliment JoeContinue Reading

More charter schools coming to Mecklenburg County

Maybe a lot lot more. As Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal: “We were expecting quite a few, [but 154] was not what we were expecting,” Joel Medley, director of North Carolina’s Office of Charter Schools, said of the huge volume of letters of intent received by the Jan. 4 deadline. Formal applications are dueContinue Reading

Why isn’t there a Congressional Second Amendment Defense Caucus?

With great fanfare today, Democratic North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan announced she will co-chair, with Republican Sen. John Thune, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus: “North Carolina is among the best places to hunt and fish in the country and I’m honored to continue to protect our rich outdoor heritage as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’sContinue Reading

Put the government in charge and costs will fall!

That was what Obamacare proponents told Americans back in 2009. Quite a few of them fell for it. Reality is now setting in and we find that Obamacare is doing the opposite — driving up costs. Hans Bader of CEI explains here.

Unanswered Questions

In today’s Education Update, Terry Stoops poses ten unanswered questions about public schools in North Carolina.  They’re thought provoking – about educational achievement, teachers, charters.  He even manages to reference the War of Northern Aggression.  Definitely worth checking it out.

Appeals Court Rules For Cary, Says Throw The Bums Out If You Don’t Like Sign Ordinance

A federal appeals court has ruled for the Town of Cary and against the late David Bowden over his “Screwed by the Town of Cary” sign, which he charged violated his right to free speech. The Fourth Circuit court found that the town government did not violate the First Amendment by fining the late DavidContinue Reading

Graduation rate update

Holla!  The U.S. Department of Education just released a new report, “Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10: First Look.”  Researchers used a uniform method of calculating the graduation rate, called the Average Freshman Graduation Rate or AFGR, to provide apples-to-apples graduation and dropout figures for all U.S.Continue Reading

Re: Obama and unemployment

An observation based on Roy‘s posts: the president has accepted that his political goals won’t help the economy, and he still champions them. He’s no longer shouting “What do you mean, there are no jobs?” at his flummoxed economists. He has “evolved” to the inevitable fallback position, what Dario Fernandez-Morera, author of  American Academy andContinue Reading