Category Archives: Media

Again, NC didn’t start offering film incentives till 2005

You can almost count upon op-eds and editorials written in favor of keeping North Carolina’s film incentives to cite popular, well-known North Carolina productions such as “Bull Durham” (1988), “Dirty Dancing” (1987), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003), etc. in making their case. Even though those examples preceded the incentives by years, evenContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education about threats to free speech on college campuses. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal explains why the media should welcome opportunities to hold politicians accountable for their actions.

He doesn’t panic for UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill Sinecure Occupant Gene “When I call it breathtaking stupidity and a moral failing to keep poor kids in a bad education environment, I don’t mean give them any choice in schools or worse a Hope Scholarship” Nichol has grasped the election results in North Carolina. He realizes how bad it was for theContinue Reading

WUNC asks for your favorite NC film; only 1 of 17 received incentives

First off, WUNC’s poll has nothing to do with film incentives that I can tell. I just find it interesting that 14 of the 17 “North Carolina movies” WUNC identified were made before the state got involved in the race to the bottom of offering tax incentives to film production companies. Two others were madeContinue Reading

President: I’ve stolen ideas from Gruber is just some advisor not on staff who says stuff I disagree with

My newsletter last week catalogued the well-deserved fall of Jonathan Gruber. Who? Exactly. Excuse this brief trip into the arcane recesses of American politics: Last year, Jonathan Gruber was “one of the most respected economists in the world,” in the words of U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor. He was citedContinue Reading

It wasn’t just Gruber

Although Obamacare architect Jonathan “serial speak-os” Gruber has found himself an unwitting YouTube star yet again for accidentally telling truths about the Affordable Care Act, he is not the only one responsible for insulting Americans’ intelligence with respect to the ACA. If you missed it here and elsewhere, Gruber participated on a panel discussion OctoberContinue Reading

Rail Consensus Denialism

My newsletter explains what it is and why it now threatens Wake County. The main point is this: Six different transportation experts — some advocates for light rail, and some skeptics of it — have over the past two years all had the same message: The Triangle area, including Wake County, is too decentralized, tooContinue 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