Local government

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    Asheville, Meet San Francisco

    More than 80 police officers have left the Asheville police force since January 2020, so a few days ago, the city announced that Asheville residents are on their own when it comes to the crimes and situations described below: Here’s the problem. The city is opening the door…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021
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    Elections Director Wants To Delay All Municipal Elections. Why?

    State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell is urging the General Assembly to give municipalities the ability to delay their local elections. But, as Locke’s Andy Jackson explains, lawmakers have a better solution to Brinson Bell’s concern about Census Bureau data. Their solution is one that doesn’t threaten…
    Donna Martinez, June 3, 2021
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    Happy Birthday to Raleigh’s Feckless Lack of Civic Pride

    Raleigh's welcoming "farrago of witless Marxism" turns a year old today.
    Jon Sanders, May 29, 2021
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    Tired of the ‘Woke’ Crowd: Surry County Removes Coke Machines

    Score one for the folks like me who are tired of ‘woke’ leftist politics invading everything from soda to baseball. Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal on the Surry County commission’s 3-to-2 vote to tell Coke they’ve had enough. Surry County commissioners are pushing back against major corporations…
    Donna Martinez, May 28, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Andrew Dunn writes for Carolina Journal Online about N.C. towns that face financial insolvency. Joseph Coletti’s CJ Opinion explains why policymakers should focus on reducing structural barriers to work. Andy Taylor’s CJ Opinion asks whether President Biden can avoid deeper attacks on capitalism.
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2021
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    Mostly good news in rules on ARPA spending and taxes

    On Monday, the US Treasury Department released an “interim final rule” on what states can do if they take money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Based on the rule and the Tax Foundation’s summary, here are a few key points for North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy…
    Joseph Coletti, May 11, 2021
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    SB 349, Increase Housing Opportunities is a good idea. Here’s what I had to say about it.

    I spoke in favor of SB 349, Increase Housing Opportunities this afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee. Here’s what I said: With the new census numbers in and as Apple’s recent announcement reminds us, North Carolina has been an attractive and affordable alternative for businesses and people to move.  You…
    Becki Gray, May 5, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on local bills that would allow more N.C. governments to post public notices online. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights suburban voters’ important role in N.C. elections.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2021