Tyler Cralle

Tyler Cralle is a founder and contributing editor of Tavern Voices.

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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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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Thom Goolsby Talks Board Of Governor’s Controversy

Senator Thom Goolsby joined me on my radio show this morning to talk about the recent controversy surrounding the Board of Governors and a planned partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare Systems.  He argued he had similar concerns that were raised by fellow board member, Tom Fetzer, about the legality and possible consequences of this major...

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SCOTUS Delays Congressional Map Redistricting

I can't imagine anyone is surprised by this decision... The court granted a request from North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders to put the lower court’s ruling on hold. The decision was not unexpected, because generally, the Supreme Court is reluctant to require the drawing of new districts before it has had a chance to review a lower court’s ruling...

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Amazon Releases Shortlist for HQ2

Amazon has officially released its shortlist for their second headquarters and North Carolina made the cut... But the list isn't exactly short. The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C. Last year, Amazon...

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No Delay on Judicial Ruling

This is not surprising.  These judges wanted to send a message and delaying the ruling delays the message... The judges who struck down North Carolina's congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge federal panel was...

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