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    Update: Council of State approves DMV move to Rocky Mount

    News & Observer reports the Council of State approved a 15-year lease on a new Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Rocky Mount. The council, made up of Gov. Roy Cooper and nine other statewide elected officials, “approved the lease without discussion or dissent,” according to the N&O.
    Sam Hieb, March 6, 2019
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    How many DMV workers would make the move to Rocky Mount?

    News & Observer reports more than half of Division of Motor Vehicles workers polled (that’s important) say they will not make the move if the division sets up shop in Rocky Mount as proposed. More than 400 Division of Motor Vehicles employees were asked about their plans to remain…
    Sam Hieb, March 5, 2019
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    Forsyth commissioners approve $30m children’s museum

    At last night’s meeting the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved funding that would bring the cost of the Kaleideum children’s museum to $30 million: The board’s approval makes changes to the 2016 Kaleideum Capital Projects Ordinance, when the project was estimated to cost $17.3 million. Originally, the $17.3…
    Sam Hieb, March 1, 2019
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    Bill would make Guilford County school board nonpartisan (again)

    A bipartisan bill to make the Guilford County Board of Education nonpartisan was filed Tuesday, with Republican Reps. Jon Hardister and John Faircloth and Democrat Reps. Amos Quick and Ashton Clemmons as the primary sponsors. The GCS board has been partisan since a bill sponsored by then-Sen. Trudy…
    Sam Hieb, February 27, 2019
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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