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New Carolina Journal Online features

Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on pay-for-performance legislation filed on behalf of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why conservatives seek lower taxes.






Re: N.C. Appeals Court upholds trial court ruling …

There seems to be a bit of confusion about the impact of today’s opinion from the N.C. Court of Appeals in the Wake County open meetings suit. Perhaps a direct quote from Judge Donna Stroud’s opinion might help clarify the situation: We affirm the trial court’s order which found that on 23 March 2010, defendantsContinue Reading






N.C. official unemployment rate dips to 9.7 percent, still 10th-worst rate in the country

While the national official unemployment rate dipped below 9 percent in March, North Carolina still lags behind the national average. The N.C. Employment Security Commission reports this morning a 9.7 percent unemployment rate for the Tar Heel State, down from the 9.8 percent rate in February. North Carolina ranks No. 10 in the nation withContinue Reading






New at CJO: Smart meters could raise costs for customers using less electricity

Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that could force N.C. electricity customers to pay higher bills — while using less — because of smart meters.






Other Appeals Court opinions released this morning

Among the other N.C. Court of Appeals opinions released this morning: A unanimous three-judge panel reversed trial-court rulings and favored a former Stoneville police chief in his legal battle against the town over wrongful discharge and retirement benefits. A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a ruling from the N.C. Industrial Commission that would have forced theContinue Reading






N.C. Appeals Court upholds trial court ruling in Wake schools’ open meetings suit

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed most of a trial court’s ruling in an open-meetings lawsuit filed against the Wake County school board in connection with a controversial March 2010 meeting. The trial court had found that the school board had violated the open-meetings law at a March 23,Continue Reading






Sowell tackles the bull tied to debates about bullying

Thomas Sowell‘s latest column at Human Events focuses on the empty rhetoric that often substitutes for action in addressing the problem of bullying. When politicians want to do nothing, and yet look like they are doing something, they appoint a blue ribbon committee or go to the U.N. or assign some Cabinet member to lookContinue Reading






Hood discusses redistricting reform on Charlotte public radio

If you missed John Hood’s commentary last week at a news conference touting redistricting reform — or just want to hear him expand on the themes spelled out in this column — be sure to listen to WFAE Radio at 9 a.m. If you’re not in the Charlotte area and unable to listen to FMContinue Reading






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