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    Doubling down on light rail in Durham

    Despite all the warning signals—the surprising sanity in Sacramento that pulled the plug on California’s $77 million high speed rail project–not to mention the decline in transit ridership— mostly due to ride sharing services —-leaders at N.C. Central University, Durham Technical Community College and the Durham Housing Authority…
    Sam Hieb, February 26, 2019
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    Charlotte Observer slams Superior Court amendment ruling

    In today’s lead editorial, the Charlotte Observer slams Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins’ ruling that struck down two constitutional amendments last fall. The way I read it, the Observer basically uses the same the logic as JLF chairman John Hood– be careful what you…
    Sam Hieb, February 25, 2019
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    Mel Watt rides off into the sunset

    Much regarding federal housing runs under the radar scope, whether or not the rest of the world is focused on the likes of Jussie Smollett. Prime example #1 is the infamous 2009 Christmas Eve document dump “announcing” huge bonuses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives. So it’s understandable…
    Sam Hieb, February 21, 2019
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    Cooper to Senate: ‘These go to 11’

    A wise sage once wrote: When senators propose more money for school construction, available more quickly, and at lower overall costs, it won’t be a great idea to respond: “But we support a bond.” Unless, of course, bond advocates want to come across in the same way as the Spinal…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2019
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    RIP Pat Caddell

    Yesterday we learned that pollster Pat Caddell died at age 68. Caddell is credited with helping send “an obscure peanut farmer” —-Jimmy Carter— to the White House in 1976. But then –as Carter was facing reelection: While Mr. Caddell was considered instrumental in Mr. Carter’s victory in 1976, he…
    Sam Hieb, February 19, 2019
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    Something is not right here

    The new NCGA session will be a busy one for the North Carolina Healthcare Association, the industry group that represents hospitals. On one front they are fighting the Treasurer’s proposal to change the method in which the State Health Plan pays for health…
    Jordan Roberts, February 19, 2019
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    Dogs get a reprieve at Guilford County brewpubs

    News broke last week via Facebook that the Guilford County Department of Health had come down on Joymongers Brewing Co.—my neighborhood pub for the record—for allowing dogs inside. In case you’ve been out of the loop, dogs inside brewpubs is the trend these days. The news created a…
    Sam Hieb, February 18, 2019
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    NC lawmakers considering Medicaid Expansion should look no further than the federal budget

    The question of whether or not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina is without a doubt the most contentious issue facing the general assembly this session. However, more attention should focus on how the federal government would finance the expanded public insurance program. Particularly the enhanced matching rate…
    Jordan Roberts, February 18, 2019