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    Yet another absentee ballot controversy–this time in state House 103

    Charlotte Observer reports the N.C. Values Coalition is urging North Carolina House officials not to seat incoming state Rep. Rachel Hunt, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Republican Bill Brawley by 68 votes in the House District 103 race. You guessed it—the coalition is citing absentee ballot irregularities. In…
    Sam Hieb, January 9, 2019
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    At Last — Some Good News About Copyrights

    No, Etta James’ 1960 classic recording hasn’t entered the public domain, and the original score by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren hasn’t entered it either. Nevertheless, quite a few works will enter the public domain in 2019, and, as Duke’s Center for the Study of Public Domain reports,…
    Jon Guze, January 8, 2019
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    Charlotte will allow more scooters—with more rules

    Charlotte Observer reports the city will allow more electric scooters on its streets but with “rules to cap speeds, ban sidewalk riding from a big chunk of uptown and charge scooter rental companies a new fee.” The proposed rules, which the City Council could vote on as soon as…
    Sam Hieb, January 8, 2019
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    Guilford County Schools $1 billion bond in 2020?

    If you think the 2020 election won’t be a big enough hoot, the only thing that could make it a bigger hoot—at least here in Greensboro—would be if a $1 billion bond for Guilford County Schools were on the ballot. The Rhino Times’ Scott Yost probes that possibility: Before…
    Sam Hieb, January 4, 2019
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    Traffic circle debate–in Oak Ridge

    It should be noted from the start that Oak Ridge-is a town of 7,000 people. On the flip side—it is a growing Greensboro suburb and —as the Rhino Times points out– “heavily visited retail areas in town have gotten more crowded over the years and some type of road…
    Sam Hieb, December 31, 2018
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    New McCrae Dowless sighting–this time in Columbus County

    News & Observer reports on yet another absentee ballot controversy, this one involving the sheriff’s race in Columbus County. As it stands now, Republican challenger Jody Greene defeated Democrat incumbent Sheriff Lewis Hatcher by fewer than 40 votes.Greene has been sworn in as the new sheriff, but the board…
    Sam Hieb, December 21, 2018
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    Cooper’s priorities for 2019

    Cleaning out my notebook and found notes from Governor Cooper’s address to the NC Rural Assembly on November 16, 2018.  He outlined his priorities for 2019. 2018 wraps on a contentious note between the governor and the General Assembly, i.e. voter ID veto and overrides and a lawsuit already,…
    Becki Gray, December 20, 2018
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    Greensboro council hires contractor for $22m downtown parking deck

    At last night’s meeting, the Greensboro City Council hired the construction manager-at-risk for the $22 million parking deck at the corner of Eugene and Bellmeade streets—one of two downtown parking decks the city is funding: The council voted 9-0 to appoint a construction-management company to work out a plan…
    Sam Hieb, December 19, 2018