Archive: Mon Feb 2013

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    More Sanity from Henderson County

    Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) introduced House Bill 8 to restrict the use of eminent domain in the state to pre-Kelo connotations. The measure requires an amendment to the state constitution. A similar bill cosponsored by McGrady was ignored by the Senate in a previous session.
    Leslee Kulba, February 4, 2013
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    Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished

    Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) recently sponsored a bill to refuse funding from the federal deficit to expand government dependency under Obamacare and buck the demonic power-grab’s requirement that the state establish a health insurance exchange. This is all as it should be, but the NAACP is calling it discriminatory…
    Leslee Kulba, February 4, 2013
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    Synergy

    Higher-ups from the village of Flat Rock wish to spend $41.6 million to create a new park. The price is on top of acquisition costs.
    Leslee Kulba, February 4, 2013
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    NC to Congress: Hey, you don’t have to legalize weed to tax it

    The Drudge Report has this AP article up under the headline “FEDS MAY TAX POT,” which opens with the lede “An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.” Way back…
    Jon Sanders, February 4, 2013
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    Separate authority to run the airport?

    Where exactly did the idea to maybe do that come from? And what exactly is going on here? From the UPoR: In his speech, Foxx said: “In fact, in the backrooms of Raleigh, there appears to be a serious conversation about removing city control over the Charlotte/Douglas Airport,…
    Michael Lowrey, February 4, 2013
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    NC Zoo and State Bureaucracy

    In today’s News and Record, there’s a fascinating article about the North Carolina Zoo and its problems with state bureaucracy.  The zoo wants to move to a public/private partnership model, much like many other zoos across the country.  The model would free the zoo from a lot of…
    Julie Tisdale, February 4, 2013
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    The Birth Rate And Economic Growth

    Michael Barone writes here about the relationship between the record-low U.S. birth rate and economic growth. Birth rates fell sharply during the Depression of the 1930s. They have fallen significantly since the housing collapse, from 69.3 in 2007 to 63.2 in 2011. The steepest decline in births since 2007…
    donnamartinez, February 4, 2013
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    UNC system has a new strategic plan

    In today’s Pope Center piece, Jenna Ashley Robinson writes about the new strategic plan for the UNC system. She thinks that it’s better than the last plan, but is nevertheless flawed. Especially bad is the absurd goal of having 32 percent of NC workers holding college degrees. That makes…
    George Leef, February 4, 2013