Daily Archives: November 3, 2015

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 then. Roberts received 9,440 fewerContinue Reading






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. Swift, writing in The Wall StreetContinue Reading






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 country back to where they canContinue Reading






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 its Pop-up Market program. The Pop-upContinue Reading






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.






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 Locke Foundation. Well, hold on to your melting ice capContinue Reading






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 bank. Incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Burr hasContinue Reading






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 legislative sessions. In this case,Continue Reading