Archive: Tue Dec 2016

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    Ford to run against Roberts for Charlotte mayor?

    Given Jennifer Robert’s less than stellar record as mayor of Charlotte, it’s hardly surprising that she might face opposition when she’s up for reelection next year. The Charlotte Observer reports that Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford is considering challenging Roberts. Sample quote: “We need a mayor who will focus…
    Michael Lowrey, December 6, 2016
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    Even more scrutiny for N.C. government rules

    A legislative committee could vote early next year to subject more N.C. state government rules to detailed scrutiny. It’s an idea that comes from Garth Dunklin, chairman of the N.C. Rules Review Commission. He and his colleagues want lawmakers to amend state law. Their proposed amendment would force rules either…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2016
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    The N&O editors actually wrote this

    I gave it several hours in case someone pranked the poor guys, but it appears that the editors of The News & Observer actually editorialized against using state incentives to save or create jobs. No, really. I know, it sounds as unthinkable as if someone said Chip Gaines punched Joanna.
    Jon Sanders, December 6, 2016
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    The regulatory hurdles facing N.C.’s craft beer entrepreneurs

    North Carolina has seen substantial growth in craft beers in recent years, but the state’s alcohol-distribution regulations stand in the way of even further growth. Ryan Self, director of sales for Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, explained how regulations block growing businesses during a speech Monday to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2016
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    “Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.”

    That’s the opening sentence in a Yahoo News report. The report goes on to say: The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the…
    Jon Guze, December 6, 2016
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    NC vs. the world in math, reading, and science

    Results from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released today. PISA tests allows comparisons of student performance for students who reside in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations.  North Carolina was one of a handful of U.S. jurisdictions to participate in PISA testing.  This…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2016
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    N.C. gets another top congressional slot

    Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner highlights a high-profile job for a North Carolina congressman. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was elected chairman of the House Freedom Caucus on Monday evening by the conservative group’s 42 members. Meadows, who will enter his third…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2016
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    N.C. Appeals Court rules against longtime Triangle media mogul

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against longtime Chapel Hill media entrepreneur Jim Heavner in a libel case. The Court of Appeals reversed a trial-court ruling that had thrown out defamation charges against Heavner. At issue are statements he made in a press release…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2016