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    Charlotte Observer gets new affordable housing reporter. For half price.

    Years ago my wonderful father-in-law urged me not to go into the journalism business. There’s no money in it, he said. He had a friend in the publishing business who said he had so money people willing to write for free—even some people who were willing to pay him to…
    Sam Hieb, January 17, 2019
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    Self preservation may be key to collaboration on redistricting

    On opening day of the 2019-20 General Assembly, we heard lots of promises of collaboration.  There are opportunities to work together; finding a budget that meets the state’s needs while keeping policies that have created strong economic growth, reforms to an archaic alcohol beverage system, and creating a health care…
    Becki Gray, January 17, 2019
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    High-powered developer pulls out of High Point stadium hotel project

    Greensboro developer Roy Carroll has announced he is pulling out of a proposed hotel project near High Point’s $35 million taxpayer-funded downtown baseball stadium. In a statement, Carroll said: “The Carroll Companies will not be moving forward with the development of the downtown High Point hotel. After more…
    Sam Hieb, January 15, 2019
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    May Day, May Day on Brexit

    The rough and tumble of British parliamentary debate is a welcome and entertaining relief from the stodginess of the U.S. Senate and House debates. Today is the last day of the “Meaningful Vote” debate on Brexit. Will Parliment vote for a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit, or no Brexit…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
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    Tax group’s letter to S.C. legislators references N.C. tax success

    Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform is sending a letter today to the S.C. Senate. It urges senators to follow North Carolina’s lead on tax reform. I urge that you reject any and all efforts to raise taxes, especially at a time when the Palmetto State is…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    Charlotte greenway comes up $77 million short. Council members are stunned….

    Outraged…..embarrassed…disappointed. Charlotte Observer reports the city’s Cross Charlotte Trail—a 26-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail from Pineville to UNC Charlotte—has a $77 million funding gap: Now, the plan’s future is murky, with no clear source of funding to close the gap and no consensus on City Council about whether to…
    Sam Hieb, January 11, 2019
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    W-S property owner calls for removal of Confederate statue

    In case you’ve missed, there has been yet another controversy brewing over a Confederate statue, this one in Winston-Salem. On Dec. 31, the city–represented by Mayor Allen Joines, called for the removal of a downtown statue owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, citing “concerns over confrontation and violence”…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2019
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    Greensboro ‘food desert rescuer’ closes its doors

    The Renaissance Community Cooperative—which received generous help from local government and nonprofit groups to help to alleviate the ‘food desert’ that is supposedly northeast Greensboro—announced it will close on January 25th: The city spent a decade trying to lure a grocer to that area, which had been without one…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2019