Fiscal Responsibility

John Hood wrote a great piece that the Wilmington Star News actually published (I know!).  It explained how great of a position North Carolina is in financially... North Carolina’s leaders have proven to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. A new report from the state controller’s office showed that over the first three quarters of the 2017-18 fiscal...

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Poor Teachers

With midterm elections almost 6 months away this unfavorable teacher salary data was inevitable... North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation for average teacher pay, according to estimates released Monday by the National Education Association. The estimate may be revised later based on updated data. Last year, NEA first estimated that North Carolina was 35th in the nation for...

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Solid Fiscal Footing

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported on many states unpreparedness for an economic downturn... That challenge exists across the country: Low unemployment has led to a recovery in state unemployment funds, but the recovery is mixed and incomplete. State unemployment trust fund reserves hit $55.2 billion last year, up substantially from $9.5 billion in 2010. Despite the rebound,...

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Crazy Dems are Back

Crazy Dems Are Back We talked about LaWana Mayfield's crazy belief that 9/11 was a controlled demolition last week.  Well, this weekend, she was on WCNC's "Flashpoint" and wanted to clarify that she is, in fact, a nutjob... Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield apologized on the WCNC show "Flashpoint" for "the hurt and pain" due to her...

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Duke Monopoly

Duke is looking for some major coin to upgrade their grid and clean up coal ash.  Since they only make money charging consumers for energy, get ready for the rate hike... A $13 billion electric grid upgrade would boost Duke Energy electric rates in North Carolina well beyond the 16.7 percent base rate increase the company asked state...

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With Protests, Size Matters…Or Does It

I always assumed that when it came to protests size matters.  The more people at the protest the bigger the issue.  However, when it comes to an issue a certain paper has been instrumental in pushing it's more about the motion of the ocean than the size of the boat. Exhibit A.  The Wilmington Star News devoted half...

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Cooper wants your taxes higher

As if Governor Cooper couldn't get more out of touch with the average North Carolinian, he took one more stab at it. This time taking aim at the take-home pay of the average hard working taxpayer. "Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina business leaders to speak up for public education funding by telling the Republican-controlled legislature to...

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Asheville, Durham BABIES-R-US Set to Close

Photo Credit: Google Maps UPDATE: Durham will lose both their TOYS-R-US and BABIES-R-US stores adding to the closures here in North Carolina. Asheville will soon be without their baby supply megastore BABIES-R-US. As part of its financial restructuring, the parent company TOYS-R-US recently announced they are closing 180 stories nationwide. We have now confirmed that this includes the...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps

Less than two weeks after the 4th circuit court ruled North Carolina's congressional districts were unconstitutional.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made an almost identical ruling about their states congressional districts,,, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state's congressional map "clearly, plainly and palpably violates" the state constitution and must be redrawn in the next three weeks after...

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