Carolina Journal

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    Political reporting in state capitals

    “For those who have an appetite for politics and the free time to pursue it, this is a journalistic Golden Age,” Alan Ehrenhalt, senior editor of Governing magazine, writes. “For the ordinary voter who thinks about politics only at election time, it is more like a Dark Age.” Ehrenhalt…
    Joseph Coletti, December 6, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: House Democrats Have Big Night, End GOP Supermajority

    Carolina Journal reports on Tuesday’s election results. Good night for North Carolina Democrats seeking to regain some power in the General Assembly. State Democrats accomplished a major goal in Tuesday’s midterm election, breaking the Republican Party’s supermajority in the General Assembly. Unofficial results show the GOP, which has a…
    Donna Martinez, November 7, 2018
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    Blue Wave Coming To North Carolina? Maybe, Maybe Not.

    Syndicated columnist John Hood looks at two recent polls of North Carolinians that lead to different conclusions about the November midterms. On one hand: If the latest Harper Polling survey commissioned by the conservative Civitas Instituteproves to be an accurate forecast of voter sentiment by Election Day, North…
    Donna Martinez, September 24, 2018
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    Who is supposed to collect the ACP payment?

    The $57.8 million payment agreed between Gov. Cooper and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline partners remains in limbo and a new investigative committee will “probe Cooper’s involvement with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” Dan Way writes for Carolina Journal. From committee debate, it appears nobody knows, or will say, whether the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2018
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    John Hood’s Daily Journal: Silent Sam Must Be Restored

    What comes next in the Silent Sam story? Columnist John Hood has a thoughtful commentary on the options for Silent Sam, and a recommendation. To allow the mob to achieve its objective would reward criminality, weaken the rule of law, and set a dangerous precedent. What might the…
    Donna Martinez, August 29, 2018
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    CJ Reports: Supreme Court Candidate Anglin Says He’ll Drop Out If He Loses In Court

    The latest on legal wrangling related to North Carolina’s November ballot, reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: State Supreme Court candidate Chris Anglin has offered to withdraw from the race if the courts don’t restore his affiliation as a Republican to the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Anglin hand-delivered a…
    Donna Martinez, August 9, 2018
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    CJ Commentary: Big Almond and Big Coconut aren’t pulling the wool over your eyes

    Is it milk or is it something else? And do consumers realize that milk is milk, and other stuff doesn’t come from an animal? That’s the nut of the debate here in North Carolina and in Washington D.C., as Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson explains: The farm bill became law…
    Donna Martinez, August 2, 2018