Category Archives: Local government

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that some N.C. county governments are scrambling to deal with changes linked to Obamacare. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges prudence as policymakers respond to the latest state budget projections.

Split N.C. Court of Appeals upholds Franklin County’s decision to block shooting range

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals split 2-1 in upholding Franklin County’s decision to block a shooting range on private property within the county. The legal dispute focused on the fact that Franklin’s Unified Development Ordinance said nothing about either permitting or banning shooting ranges. Judge Chris Dillon’s majority opinion responded to theContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on corruption allegations involving the Indian Trail town government. John Hood’s Daily Journal moves beyond the “red-blue” classification of American states’ voting patterns.

A liberal makes the case for ending the ban on U.S. oil exports

Among those supporting an end to the federal ban on U.S. oil exports is former Clinton and Obama economic adviser Larry Summers, who offers his reasons in a brief article for Bloomberg Businessweek. “If we allow oil exports, the price received by U.S. producers will rise, which will lead to more production—meaning more employment andContinue Reading

Results from Bonds on the ballot

During this election cycle, many decided to offer general obligation bonds to pay for schools, streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, water systems, and many other items.  While many might argue that these items are a function of government, should debt be issued to fund these initiatives? General obligation bonds are a general obligation ofContinue Reading

Election eve email from DPI, media stories have much in common

Yesterday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) sent a message to DPI staff and school superintendents. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson encouraged recipients to forward the following email to their employees and staff: From: Lynda Fuller <> Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM To: For NC Superintendents Only <> Subject:Continue Reading

Holy early turnout, Batman!

It’s Election Day!  I arrived at my polling place (Fuquay Varina High School) around 25 minutes after polls opened and was voter 102.  I was a bit surprised, to be honest. Folks continued to pour in after I finally finished filling in those little ovals.  

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