Carolina Journal (page 4)

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    Wake Rep. Darren Jackson Defends Gov. Cooper, Says Pipeline Fund Controversy Just Election-Year Politics

    Interesting news conference from several legislative Democrats on Thursday, led by House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Wake County. As reported by Dan Way of Carolina Journal, Rep. Jackson defended Gov. Cooper’s unusual $57.8 million discretionary fund, which cut the General Assembly out of the appropriations process. And then…
    Donna Martinez, March 16, 2018
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    A New Era in Journalism

    As the number of traditional media outlets have declined for economic reasons, some gaps in coverage increasingly are being filled by nonprofit groups. Many of them are staffed by journalists with “mainstream” experience. These outlets are gaining public credibility — as shown by Carolina Journal’s recent wins in the…
    Donna Martinez, March 14, 2018
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    At Your Fingertips: Carolina Journal Archive of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Reporting

    Not exactly sure what’s up with questions swirling around Gov. Roy Cooper’s $57.8 million discretionary fund attached to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline? Not sure where things stand between Cooper and the General Assembly over the money? Now you can peruse all the reporting by Carolina Journal in…
    Donna Martinez, February 22, 2018
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    Tucker: Only reporting worth reading “is on the business pages”

    Dane Huffman, the managing editor of the Triangle Business Journal, is our Shaftesbury Society speaker next Monday.  And Jeffrey Tucker’s “American Culture Has Become Unbearably Toxic” explains that the “only really sensible stuff” worth reading is business news.  Tucker writes, And so, what to read these days by…
    Terry Stoops, February 20, 2018
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    Understaffing, Inadequate Training, and Prisoner Mental Health Issues

    Horrific events inside North Carolina’s prison system have focused attention inside and outside government on addressing the system’s many needs related to staffing challenges, work environment, and prisoner mental health and addiction issues. Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports in the February cover story. An April altercation at Bertie Correctional…
    Donna Martinez, February 20, 2018
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    Breaking News: Pipeline Deal Made Between ACP, Other Parties With Cooper Sign-Off

    Breaking Thursday from Carolina Journal: The $57.8-million discretionary fund the Atlantic Coast Pipeline operators planned to pay to an escrow Gov. Roy Cooper would control was in fact negotiated between the pipeline’s operators and a series of private parties. It remains unclear whether Cooper’s involvement was legal. In his…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2018
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    Budget Basics: Prison costs

      North Carolina spends $30,000 to keep a person in prison for a year. This is 50 percent more than Georgia spends, according to the Vera Institute. This gap means Georgia could hold 46,145 prisoners in 2015 at a cost of $922 million while North Carolina spend $1.1 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, February 14, 2018
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    Voluntary contribution? You can’t do that!

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office did not answer a number of questions about the proposed $58 million escrow payment. The budget office’s response to General Assembly staff called the payment a “voluntary contribution” to the state. There is no precedent for this. In fact, I tried years ago…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2018