Archive for July, 2012

Just askin’

| July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Why does UNC Chapel Hill need 115 full and part time employees in the academic support program for athletes? According to the News and Observer (7/29) these people track academic progress, tutor and include specialists in learning disabilities and time management. And why do these employees report to the athletic program, not the academic program? […]

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Call me Crazy…..

| July 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Crazy me. I thought North Carolina was having budget problems, but that is obviously wrong. Otherwise they wouldn’t be advertising to lease more than 1 million square feet of office space that will house more than 1,300 Department of Health and Human Service workers who will be displaced from the Dix Campus. Sources tell me […]

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SPIN This Week – July 29th

| July 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into to NC SPIN this week as our panelists discuss Gubernatorial campaign heating up, Duke debate continues, UNC athletic scandal won’t die and Expunging criminal records. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Brad Crone, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, Henry Hinton, host of Eastern NC’s “Talk of the Town” […]

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Sequestration Could Cost NC Thousands of Jobs

| July 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

It is estimated there are 30,000 civilian employees at Fort Bragg, Camp LeJeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station and the Coast Guard Air Station. These jobs are not only vital to those employees but also essential to our state’s economy. Unless something happens before December 31, we stand to […]

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Duke Wanted Out – So Do We

| July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson testified before the NC Utilities Commission that after federal regulators failed to approve the Duke-Progress “merger” for a second time, Duke Energy wanted to cancel the deal.  We wish they had after learning more about what transpired. In truth, even though Johnson (for whom we have great respect) and […]

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SPIN This Week – July 22nd

| July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into to NC SPIN this week as our panelists share insights on Election News, why Coastal Regulations need top to bottom review, Why You Owe $15,000 to cover the state’s debt obligations and Public schools choice of longer days or more days. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are John Hood, President of the […]

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Mr. Publisher

| July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Being in the media business is like wading through quicksand. Every time you think you’ve found firm ground you start sinking. Not long ago we depended on the newspaper for news, then radio, followed by the three networks, then cable and now the Internet and social media. There aren’t many constants in the news biz […]

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NC SPIN panelists opine on elections

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

John Hood There were no great surprises in the runoff results, at least not to my mind. Former Labor Commissioner John Brooks retained just enough name recognition to get the Democratic nomination for that office once again. Richard Hudson, former staffer to Republican Congressman Robin Hayes in the 8th District, retained enough ties to the […]

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Nobody Cared. Even so, we spent $18 per vote

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

There were winners and losers in Tuesday’s runoff elections but the big losers were the taxpayers of our state, who shelled out a reported four million dollars only to have 3.5 percent registered voters bother to cast ballots. North Carolinians spent more than 18 dollars for each vote cast. Insanity, it is said, is doing […]

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No More Runoffs

| July 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

North Carolina taxpayers are about to spend several million dollars on Tuesday’s runoff election. According to state statutes if no candidate in a race receives 40 percent of the votes cast in a primary election the second place recipient can call for a runoff election. Our state is one of about ten, mostly southern states, […]

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