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Stein’s N&R interview

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein met with the N&R editorial board yesterday. A couple of interesting points— Stein said no progress yet on his bipartisan effort with Sen. Phil Berger to lobby the U.S. Justice Department to to require the huge plant’s owner, InBev, to sell it as a condition of the international giant’sContinue Reading






Another reason to be ware of the ol’ public-private partnership…

…..I present the proposed downtown Greensboro performing arts center….Citizens and antsy donors are awaiting at the very least a groundbreaking–which the News & Record reports in today’s edition will be April 26. No doubt that date has been set as a reaction to the N&R’s recent reporting on what will be called the Tanger CenterContinue Reading






Well dog my cats…..

…The line from James Woods playing a cynical editor-in-chief in True Crime, one of the more underestimated Clint Eastwood movies. (Brief plot summary–Clint plays reporter trying to save a convicted murderer hours before the scheduled execution.) With that in mind….both Attorney General Josh Stein and Sen. Phil Berger write a letter to U.S. Attorney GeneralContinue Reading






‘Say Yes setback’

Rhino Times breaks the story; N&R follows up and then editorializes: More than 2,000 Guilford County students began post-secondary education this academic year with financial help from the new Say Yes to Education program. That marked success beyond organizers’ expectations. And above their financial means. The program spent $6 million for those students, Say YesContinue Reading






Problems with Gboro performing arts center…?

About three weeks after reporting on the state-of-the-art sound system that will grace Greensboro’s proposed $78 million downtown performing arts center, the N&R reports (front page, above the fold—bigger than Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s comments slamming Gboro as an ACC Tournament site–but not much bigger) reports –surprise— there might be another delay in the center’sContinue Reading






Oh yeah–positive publicity for our fair state

I hear it said so often that our fair state’s economic development depends on the strength of its school system. Following that logic, the evil Republicans’ supposed gutting of N.C.’s public school system will keep businesses away. Well, here’s some positive publicity regarding our public school system, and on national television no less: Chapel Hill-CarboroContinue Reading






Strong Guilford delegation in sanctuary cities bill

News & Record reports on yesterday’s state House Judiciary II Committee hearing on HB 63, which —among other things— would “withhold six types of state tax money from local governments that give sanctuary to unauthorized immigrants.” Sources of revenue that could be withheld from cities providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants include “tax collections on theContinue Reading






Trump and HBCUs

A wise man once told me that if don’t show up for an appointment 10 minutes early, then you’re showing up five minutes late. That’s the way it feels in the Trump era news cycle–stories that seem important one day line the birdcage the same day. So I’ll go back to the the president’s meetingContinue Reading






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