Archive: Wed Nov 2015

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    Absurd political quote of the moment

    From the Charlotte Observer’s very own Taylor Batten: Charlotte must be a pretty purple city. Democrat Jennifer Roberts narrowly beat Republican Edwin Peacock in Charlotte’s mayor’s race Tuesday, 52 percent to 48 percent. It doesn’t get much closer than that, suggesting the city is closely divided between the two…
    Michael Lowrey, November 4, 2015
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    Three Peeves

    The analysis of the Asheville City Council race continues to annoy. This one was black, that one was gay. Does nobody care about ideas anymore? No. What matters is what a person looks like, because they can only represent those with similar body parts – unless they have identity politics…
    Leslee Kulba, November 4, 2015
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    No charges in Guilford County animal shelter investigation

    Guilford County’s district attorney will not file charges against former employees of the county animal shelter: The investigation of the shelter, launched in July by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the DA, dug into allegations of animal cruelty, potential drug violations and financial misappropriation at the…
    Sam Hieb, November 4, 2015
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    Aldeman: NC teachers are not immune to broad economic trends

    Here is a must-read blog post from Chad Aldeman, Associate Partner for Policy and Thought Leadership at Bellwether Education Partners. Aldeman observes, It may be tempting to conclude that the recent increases in the turnover rate are linked to policies adopted in North Carolina. There may be some of…
    Terry Stoops, November 4, 2015
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    No charges against jewelry store employee…..

    …..Who shot a would-be robber at Long Jewelers in Winston-Salem on Monday afternoon: A “person in control” of Long Jewelers shot one of the three masked thieves during the attempted robbery Monday afternoon, police said. Because the man is not being charged, his identity will not be released by…
    Sam Hieb, November 4, 2015
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    Incumbents sweep Gboro City Council election

    All nine incumbents on the Greensboro City Council were reelected in yesterday’s municipal election. Mayor Nancy Vaughan will be Gboro’s first two-time mayor since Keith Holliday after taking 88 percent of the vote. Meanwhile–in the District 1 rematch—incumbent Sharon Hightower easily defeats Dianne Bellamy-Small—the incumbent Hightower…
    Sam Hieb, November 4, 2015
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    RIP Howard Coble

    WGHP reports the long-time 6th District congressman died late Tuesday night.
    Sam Hieb, November 4, 2015
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    The big money behind the ‘Reductio ad Kocham’

    Wonder why some people get so worked up about the Koch brothers? Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reminds us that it’s a good idea to follow the money. Liberal foundations financing a nonprofit news venture that is reporting on donations…
    Mitch Kokai, November 4, 2015