Archive: Tue Nov 2015

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    Charlotte election results: Where did all the voters go?

    Yes, the UPoR headline will be that Jennifer Roberts was elected mayor, but the big underlying issue was turnout. Or rather the lack of turnout. In 2013, 96,356 people voted for mayor. This year, only 79,769 did, 17 percent less than in 2013 despite the city having added population since…
    Michael Lowrey, November 3, 2015
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    Spotify and the music industry

    Andrew Flowers of Fivethirtyeight.com provides an update on the impact of streaming music services on the music industry: The debate over the economic impact of streaming is still being hashed out. The biggest flashpoint occurred last year, when pop megastar Taylor Swift decided to pull her catalogue from Spotify.
    Michael Lowrey, November 3, 2015
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    Tell Me Something Good?

    The Buncombe County Commissioners did something good tonight. They voted to help financially support a veterans court. Working with felons, it seeks to dry out addicts, get those with mental issues on the right meds, mentor, counsel, and otherwise strive to get those who were damaged while serving our…
    Leslee Kulba, November 3, 2015
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    What Will They Navigate Next?

    The Buncombe County Commissioners’ meeting stretched long again. Added to the printed agenda was an award given by the Local Government Federal Credit Union in conjunction with county commissioners across the state. In addition to a dust collector, the county accepted a $1000 check from the credit union for…
    Leslee Kulba, November 3, 2015
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    Sixty Shades of Same

    The results from the Asheville City Council election are in. The winners are Julie Mayfield, Keith Young, and Brian Haynes. I really don’t have any comment.
    Leslee Kulba, November 3, 2015
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    First amendment rights and global warming. Yes, it’s come to this.

    You’ve heard about the corruption and lies in the global warning alarmism movement. As a citizen of North Carolina you know what to do. You figured out the hockey stick hoax. You’re up to date on the climate change coverage. You’re appalled at the attacks on the…
    Becki Gray, November 3, 2015
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    Dispatches from the trail, November 3, 2015

    • U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, has lapped the field of North Carolina’s House incumbents and challengers with more than $2.3 million campaign cash on hand, the Salisbury Post reports. A distant seconc is Deputy House Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, R-10th, with $1.2 million in the…
    Rick Henderson, November 3, 2015
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    Nearly half of the N.C. Senate to serve on top committee between sessions

    Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has named 24 senators — 19 Republicans and five Democrats — to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, described in a news release as “the General Assembly’s top government oversight committee.” The commission, often referred to as Gov Ops, oversees legislative business in between…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2015