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    Cornelius’ uphill battle to break away from CMS

    Earlier this year education news here in the Triad was High Point Mayor Jay Wagner’s suggestion that HP break away from Guilford County Schools and form its own municipal school system—a suggestion that was met with considerable opposition. Besides–how would that actually work? Down I-85, the Town of Cornelius…
    Sam Hieb, September 19, 2019
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    ‘Analysts’ say House Republicans may have overstepped ethical bundaries

    For starters, let me say that in my opinion the Winston-Salem Journal’s Richard Craver is an excellent reporter. However, I have to question the “analysts” he uses as sources to question House Speaker Tim Moore’s ethics when calling last week’s vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the…
    Sam Hieb, September 16, 2019
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    McClatchy’s reaction to ‘surprise’ House veto override vote

    As you can probably imagine, McClatchy–owners of both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer–was not happy with the “surprise” state House of Representatives vote overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. The editorial that appears in both the Observer and the N&O Strongly criticizes…
    Sam Hieb, September 12, 2019
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    Redistricting calls for leadership. Luckily we’ve got it.

    As the legislature hunkers down to re-draw some of the House and Senate districts to comply with the recent Common Cause three-judge decision which claimed “extreme” partisan gerrymandering, new maps will solve the immediate problem but they won’t solve the underlying problems with redistricting. What’s next? Real reform. Several…
    Becki Gray, September 10, 2019
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    Re: Attorney General Stein joins investigation into Google, Facebook

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a multi-state “investigation” into the practices of Google and Facebook: In the Google investigation, Stein joins a coalition of 50 attorneys general looking at Google’s moves in online advertising and search traffic to “suppress competition, violate antitrust laws and harm consumers.”…
    Sam Hieb, September 10, 2019
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    W-S council member running against Lambeth (?) for state House seat

    Winston-Salem City Council member Dan Besse is making another run at the state House of Representatives. Besse says he will run for the District 75 seat; ostensibly his opponent will will be incumbent Rep. Donny Lambeth, who defeated Besse in 2018. However, the court-ordered redraw of state House…
    Sam Hieb, September 9, 2019
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    Environmentalists’ troubled relationship with people

    Editors at the Washington Examiner ask why environmental advocates seem to assign little value to human beings. When an environmentalist says he or she wants to “save the planet” be sure to ask: “For whom?” Because often it seems like they’re not doing it for people at all.
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2019
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    Mecklenburg commissioners want oversight of ‘arts and culture’ sales tax money

    At Wednesday’s meeting, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted to increase their oversight of a potential $22.5 million in sales tax funds that would be designated for “arts and culture groups.” The funds would be raised through a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot: Mecklenburg County…
    Sam Hieb, September 6, 2019