Category Archives: Local government

Required Functions of Government

Did you know that every level of government has certain required functions?  Many of us spend time debating or questioning the function of government and where government spends tax dollars.  In North Carolina there are three main governments: State, County and Municipal (city, town or village).  Many of these governments take on responsibilities that areContinue Reading

Wake County Schools social media policy

Earlier this week, Wake County Assistant Superintendent Douglas Thilman disseminated a three page memo that detailed social media guidelines for district faculty and staff. I think the advice in the memo is pretty sensible, but I suspect that some Wake County Schools employees will not take it seriously.  Thilman writes [edited for length], Do notContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolinians aren’t the only ones watching this state’s U.S. Senate race closely. Jim Geraghty of National Review, who oversees “The Campaign Spot” blog and delivers the daily “Morning Jolt” email newsletter, discusses North Carolina’s race and other major electoral news during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson discusses details of aContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Durham’s gun registry records remain in limbo. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a detailed explanation of his assessment of the impact in North Carolina of ending federal extended unemployment benefits.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. counties’ pursuit of sales-tax increases and the impact of pending state legislation. John Hood’s Daily Journal pokes holes in misguided statements about North Carolina’s jobs picture.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state audit showing that Tarboro’s former city manager made $366,000 in excessive purchases. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal explains how the Hobby Lobby case exposes a clash between positive and negative rights.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on a John Locke Foundation report that urges N.C. lawmakers to repeal their new tax on electronic cigarettes. Richard Dietz’s Daily Journal focuses on a Winston-Salem ordinance that exempts newspaper vendors from new restrictions on door-to-door sales.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about critics’ concerns over a proposal to tax plastic bags in Raleigh. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a conservative proposal to resolve state budget differences.