Category Archives: Elections

Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading

Do we spend more on Politics or Halloween?

Everything has a price, so how much do Americans spend on the spookiest day of the year? Since 2005, the National Retail Federation has conducted a Halloween Consumer Spending Survey to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to Halloween spending. Overall, 162 million people are expected to celebrate Halloween in 2014, spending $7.4 billion inContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 31, 2014

• Time for closing arguments via advertising. The National Republican Senatorial Committee runs a spot going after Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan using Kay Hagan’s 2008 campaign observations. The Hagan campaign is touting the incumbent’s newspaper endorsements, including one from The Charlotte Observer calling her a “disappointment.” • Longtime political analyst Stuart Rothenberg shifts his callContinue Reading

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Urges vote, hasn’t voted in a decade

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Iredell residents to “vote yes” on a school bond referendum next week. The problem is, according to an article in the Statesville Record & Landmark, “Earnhardt has not cast a single ballot since registering to vote in November 2004.”

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The bureaucrats who run North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction warned this summer about the negative impact of proposed DPI budget cuts. Now that the cuts have come to pass, Terry Stoops says the impact involves little more than eliminating vacant jobs. Stoops discusses DPI’s budget during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. SarahContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Joe Johnson reports for Carolina Journal Online on the competitive election in N.C. Senate District 15. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why this year’s legislative elections represent a referendum on recent state policy.

O’Keefe video shows campaign workers coaxing ‘non-citizen’ to vote

James O’Keefe’s organization, Project Veritas, has uncovered campaign workers in Mecklenburg County encouraging an undercover reporter posing as an illegal immigrant from Brazil to vote. The worker tells campaign workers – not local or state elections officials – that she has a driver’s license and is registered to vote, but is undocumented. “Yeah, you canContinue Reading

10 Sales Tax Referendums on the Ballot

  Anson County has only had a sales tax increase on its ballot one time prior, and that was in 2008. The decision to be placed on the ballot passed the county commission 7-0. The estimated $300,000 in revenue will be used for increased teacher supplements. Education makes up 15% of the county’s total expenditures,Continue Reading