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    State funds for downtown revitalization. Now they just need a downtown.

    News & Observer reports on the $30,000 appropriation for Cleveland (N.C.) for “downtown revitalization.” Problem is–Cleveland–located in Johnston County outside Raleigh–has never incorporated, so there is no downtown: North Carolina legislators this summer earmarked $30,000 for Cleveland, a fast-growing crossroads community of shopping centers and subdivisions that does not…
    Sam Hieb, July 25, 2017
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    Should Congress Restore “Regular Order”?

    Angelo Codevilla addresses that question in an interesting post at American Greatness: Casting aside “regular order” was essential to the rise of the unaccountable administrative state and the near-sovereignty of party leaders, lobbyists, and bureaucrats. [Under the system of regular order that held…
    Jon Guze, July 24, 2017
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    Meanwhile, fourth-grade teachers thank Sen. Wade….

    OK I embellish there a bit….A couple of weeks ago I posted on the City of Greensboro’s press release graciously thanking state Sen. Trudy Wade for her help in passing legislation that will the city the Westin Hotel move forward with plans for a downtown hotel and parking garage…
    Sam Hieb, July 24, 2017
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    Charlotte council MLS stadium discussion goes sideways

    The Charlotte City Council held a public meeting to discuss possible funding for a Major League Soccer franchise, and the discussion went a little sideways, considering the anniversary of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting and protests are rapidly approaching: The city is considering whether to spend roughly $30 million…
    Sam Hieb, July 24, 2017
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    Richard Dawkins Shames Berkeley Radio Station KPFA

    Recently, iconic Berkeley Radio station KPFA arranged to interview geneticist Richard Dawkins about his new book, Science in the Soul, only to withdraw the invitation without notice when social justice warriors accused Dawkins of Islamophobia. Here is Dawkins’ response: Dear KPFA I used to love your station when I lived in…
    Jon Guze, July 22, 2017
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    “If the community of scholars can span regimes as diverse as China, India, and Iran, surely it can make room for North Carolina.”

    That’s my favorite line from a new Bloomberg piece by Virginia Postrel. In it, she takes California to task for its ill-conceived ban on travel to states with politically incorrect bathroom policies. If you’re as tired as I am of social justice warriors using North Carolina as a scape-goat, you’ll enjoy the whole thing,…
    Jon Guze, July 21, 2017
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    Raleigh horning in on Charlotte’s MLS bid

    Maybe I missed it, but it seems like Raleigh– all of a sudden– is making its own bid for an MLS franchise—complete with stadium—as Charlotte is still figuring out if it will be able to put its government funding package together. But just in case, Charlotte-area legislators are…
    Sam Hieb, July 21, 2017
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    N&O shakeup

    The big headline yesterday was longtime News & Observer columnist Barry Saunders is leaving. Agree or disagree with Saunders–and believe it or not I found myself agreeing with him more than I would think—he always made you think. Note however the write-up announcing Saunders’ departure does not mention his…
    Sam Hieb, July 20, 2017