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    It is not about urban vs. rural

    I was in a discussion yesterday on the topic of the Urban/Rural Divide. It was very clear that those I was engaged in discussion with had not read John Hood’s daily journal on the subject.
    Kory Swanson, December 5, 2018
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    NC elections board chair resigns over anti-Trump tweets

    Washington Post reports— and the News & Observer follows up— that N.C. Board of Elections chairman Andy Penry has resigned in the wake of controversial social media posts criticizing President Trump and other prominent Republicans. Penry’s resignation also comes in the middle of allegations of absentee voting…
    Sam Hieb, December 3, 2018
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    New Guilford County sheriff’s controversial dismissals

    There a new sheriff in Guilford County–or at least there will be on Monday–and he’s coming in with a bang—Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers has–as the Rhino Times outs it—fired a slew of officers— and the county commission chairman is not happy: Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan…
    Sam Hieb, November 30, 2018
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    9th Congressional District race still in limbo over absentee ballot “unfortunate activities””

    Charlotte Observer reports the 9th District Congressional race–where Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. However, the state board of elections has refused to certify the results based on alleged absentee ballot irregularities: “I’m very familiar with unfortunate activities that have been happening down in my…
    Sam Hieb, November 29, 2018
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    Is Winston-Salem more Austin or Florida?

    Winston-Salem Journal columnist Scott Sexton ponders that question in light of recent controversy of Bird scooters zipping along city streets. Put another way—is W-S a “a town of Bird scooters or early-bird specials?” Anyone else remember the kerfuffle when empty-nesters started flocking downtown to live and discovered that bars…
    Sam Hieb, November 27, 2018
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    Greensboro adopts rules on scooters

    From the City of Greensboro website: The City Council adopted new rules regulating the use of standup electric scooters tonight. The new ordinances include rules for how riders should act as well as regulations for scooter-share businesses. Residents who use standup electric scooters, including rental scooters from businesses…
    Sam Hieb, November 21, 2018
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    NC Restaurant and Lodging Association taking advantage of new federal AHP rule

    In a recent newsletter piece, I wrote about the Trump administration’s new rules for Association Health Plans. These plans offer small businesses and self-employed owners new opportunities to group together in order to get health coverage together with other entities that share a…
    Jordan Roberts, November 21, 2018
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    Greensboro’s $30 million downtown parking deck stalls

    Construction on Greensboro’s proposed $30 million parking deck —which became a campaign issue in the hotly contested 13th District Congressional race, has stalled. Rhino Times editor John Hammer writes: Last April, when the city settled a lawsuit with Rocky Scarfone and other property owners on South Elm Street…
    Sam Hieb, November 19, 2018