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    “There Is No ‘Epidemic of Mass School Shootings’”

    That’s the title of a New York Magazine article that brings some much needed perspective to the current debate over school safety (despite the author’s pro-gun control agenda): American children do not “risk their lives” when they show up to school each morning — or…
    Jon Guze, May 24, 2018
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    Bill would let Rockingham County post legal notices on website

    Rockingham County Reps. Kyle Hall and Bert Jones have have sponsored legislation that would allow Rockingham County to publish legal notices on its website instead of in the local newspaper. Neighboring Guilford County recently began publishing legal notices on its website following passage of a bill sponsored by Sen.Trudy…
    Sam Hieb, May 24, 2018
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    Don’t count on Davidson to start a charter school

    Interesting to see Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox weigh in on House Bill 514, which would allow suburban Charlotte cities to create their own charter schools: “This has almost become a political poker chip with our kids,” said Knox, a CMS alum and parent. “We’re just not going to do…
    Sam Hieb, May 23, 2018
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    Surprise! N&R ponders voter fraud

    Greensboro News & Record editorial writer Steven Doyle’s column starts out innocently enough—the state Division of Motor Vehicles snafu that had him living in Rockingham County when he really lived in Guilford County. Doyle describes the process of untangling a DMV screw-up—no mean feat, mind you—but the shoe…
    Sam Hieb, May 23, 2018
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    LISTEN HERE: New Head Locke podcast episode: Should N.C. Give Special Favors to Apple and Amazon?

    Episode 15 of the John Locke Foundation podcast, Head Locke, is out. This week’s topic is corporate incentives – a discussion you don’t want to miss! Terry and Kory question whether government should be in the business of offering cash, state assets, tax breaks, and other types of economic…
    Anna Manning, May 23, 2018
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    NCGA taking action on school safety – a short session priority

    In addition to the 2018-19 state budget, school safety is a top priority for the 2018 short session. At the conclusion of the long session, Speaker Tim Moore established a House Select Committee on School Safety  comprised of forty members. They were charged with examining the current safety standards…
    Becki Gray, May 22, 2018
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    No tax increase equals payoff for Durham residents

    News & Observer headline might lead the reader to think that Durham taxpayers are getting some relief due to “all those new people and buildings coming to Durham.” Instead we learn that City Manager Tom Bonfield is merely seeking to hold the current property tax rate. I reckon taxpayers…
    Sam Hieb, May 22, 2018
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    Forsyth commissioners want to do away with Smith Reynolds Airport commission

    Winston-Salem Journal reports the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will ask the General Assembly for permission to dissolve to the county’s airport commission, which oversees Smith Reynolds Airport, effectively putting commissioners in charge of the airport. Commissioner Ted Kaplan said that since the airport commission was formed years ago,…
    Sam Hieb, May 21, 2018