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Need to know basis, Part II

Winston-Salem city attorney Ron Seeber verified that the utility commission’s Stokes County land deal failed to comply with state law. After he found out about it, that is. On Tuesday. From a reporter.

For what it’s worth

I just heard former Clintonite Lanny Davis on NPR this morning and he said Speaker Dennis Hastert should not resign.

Trickle down

Ferrell Guillory, director of the Program on Southern Politics at the University of North Carolina, says the Foley scandal could have an impact on state races: “After Iraq, this is a double blow” to the party’s prospects, even at the state level. This has blown the (North Carolina lottery scandal) right out of the water.Continue Reading

Don’t make sense

So if the North Wilkesboro Town Board was going to turn down a $51 million deal from Community Health Systems to run Wilkes Regional Center anyway, then why did the town put the operating contract up for bid in the first place? Inquiring minds want to know: Betty Foster, the wife of former Mayor SteveContinue Reading

Need to know basis

There’s an interesting landfill debate raising a stink on the Forsyth/Stokes border. OK, it’s actually a demolition landfill, but you think landfill, you think garbage, you think smelly. The problem is Winston-Salem’s City/County Utility Commission bought 119 acres of land in Stokes County for the landfill and didn’t tell anybody. And we mean anybody: LeonContinue Reading


An Elon University poll finds finds that more than half surveyed say they are aware of the ethics problems surrounding House Speaker Jim Black. But, the N&R writes, “poll results call into question how much Black’s problems will affect the outcome of this fall’s election. (The Meck Deck’s Jeff Taylor puts his in two cents’Continue Reading

Increased scrutiny

For those of you who think the federal government isn’t concerned about education in this country…. U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spelling recently announced proposals to improve higher education and, as Carolina Journal’s Shannon Blosser notes, “it’s clear that many of the programs that she desires would ultimately increase the federal government’s role in higher education.”Continue Reading

February One

Yesterday’s N&R had an interesting article on the proposed $5 million bond for the International Civil Rights Museum. There seems to be some mistrust about the museum’s inner operations, most notably on the part of former county commissioner and city councilman Chuck Forrester: “I refuse to have anybody tell me the International Civil Rights MuseumContinue Reading

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