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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that tariffs and trade battles could increase the price tag for North Carolina as it rebuilds from Hurricane Florence. The Daily Journal explains that North Carolina’s leaders have rejected a political philosophy that calls for tax hikes during times of natural…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2018
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    Carolina Journal reports: Court bars funeral director licensed in Vermont from working in N.C.

    From Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello: A Vermont man’s attempts to work as a funeral director in North Carolina were thwarted when the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld a decision rejecting his request for a reciprocal license. Craig Franklin Smith is licensed as a funeral director in Vermont, but the…
    Anna Manning, September 24, 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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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    With a string of election-related lawsuits either resolved or on hold, North Carolina’s ballot looks fairly well set for November. Rick Henderson assesses key ballots issues in this “blue-moon” election during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops explains why a national group is wrong…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a special legislative session linked to hurricane relief. Kari Travis highlights a new report giving N.C. universities high marks for free speech. John Trump’s Daily Journal reminds us that the people of North Carolina will rebuild and recover long…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2018
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    Special session for Florence relief may be needed, lawmakers say

    From Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way: The General Assembly could convene a special session to allocate Hurricane Florence recovery money from the state’s rainy day fund, although some money is available for use without the legislature’s approval. “We stand ready to do whatever is necessary to help this recovery move forward…
    Anna Manning, September 20, 2018
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    Brookings: States “deprived state governments of revenue”

    I’ll write about the entire Brookings study, Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools, sometime soon.  For now, I’ll mention that this line did not sit well with me: Some of these cuts, particularly those made immediately following the recession, were a result of economic forces outside of states’ control. Once…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: Florence revealed need for better community college emergency planning

    From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis: The N.C. Community College System should take notes during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and make better emergency plans for future natural disasters, system President Peter Hans says. While the University of North Carolina System kicked into emergency mode at the storm’s onset last week,…
    Anna Manning, September 20, 2018