Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

Election cost

Carolina Journal’s Barry Smith has an interesting article out on the cost of elections in North Carolina. The Kay Hagan/Thom Tillis fight is shaping up to be megaexensive, but it likely won’t be the most expensive race in state history: Election watchers suggest that, including outlays from candidates, political parties, and independent expenditure groups, moreContinue Reading

Hagan: Max Pac Queen

Sen. Kay Hagan, playing by the rules as they’re written: The McCutcheon ruling frees joint campaign committees to collect checks as big as $3.6 million from a single donor, watchdogs warn. But the amount distributed to each individual participating candidate will still be capped at $2,600 per election. ..Hagan may run more joint fundraising committeesContinue Reading

No need for new economic development incentives

A bill before the North Carolina Senate would create a new state tax credit for small businesses that get the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), if they decide to make these federally credited investments in North Carolina. The idea would be to further incentivize investment in poorer areas in the state. The small businessesContinue Reading

It’s Raining Jobs – Again

At their last meeting, the Buncombe County Commissioners went into closed session. The minutes reveal they were discussing the but-for for an unnamed company that would bring 200-300 jobs to and invest $120-170 million in the local economy. I suggest making all the minimum wage slaves forfeit half their paychecks to help pay for goodContinue Reading

For the Funny Bone

With their budget, the Buncombe County Commissioners listed “Performance Measures.” A goal of the Soil & Water Conservation Department was to: Provide a comprehensive environmental awareness program. Indeed. How nice would it be if we could all wake up, look around, and see things for what they are. It reminded me of my love forContinue Reading

Good Observation

Although I’m sure Bill Moss of the Hendersonville Lightning intended this to be interpreted differently, I like it: Gone this spring was the phony “taxpayer watchdog” posturing spectators had to endure from blowhards who were better at rhetoric than arithmetic.

Why is this local military death a non-story? (Updates added)

By now you know the story of the Obama administration swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five high-value terrorists who are deemed the equivalent of generals in Taliban. Under Obama’s deal, we get a soldier who is at best a deserter and at worst a traitor, and the Taliban get five guys who have toContinue Reading

Which One Do You Believe? The Documents Or The Bureaucrat?

Just when you think the federal government’s intrusion into our private lives couldn’t possibly get any worse — it does. As many as 227 million Americans may be compelled to disclose intimate details of their families and financial lives — including their Social Security numbers — in a new national database being assembled by twoContinue Reading