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A nosedive

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 22, 2014 The way the President figures it the Iraqi army’s going to supply the ‘boots on the ground’ to whip ISIS but the other day, up in Congress, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said half the Iraqi army isn’t fit to fight and the other half […]

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Common sense for incentives

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, September 21, 2014. The N.C. General Assembly’s failure to put together a comprehensive economic development incentives program was a discouraging shortcoming to leaders longing for more industries and jobs. But some analysts look at North Carolina and say, “Be careful what you wish for.” Incentives are a necessary evil, it […]

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NC’s vanishing workers

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Seth Effron, Politics NC, September 19, 2014. North Carolina’s unemployment rate is now higher than it was in January. The rate, 6.8 percent for August, has gone up each month since May.  There were 29,000 fewer people on the job in August than in July. The rate would be even worse if there weren’t […]

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NC’s labor market wilts in August

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Quinterno, South by North Strategies, September 19, 2014. In August, employers in North Carolina added 12,500 more payroll jobs than they cut (+0.3 percent), due largely to hiring by local governments. The monthly household survey, meanwhile, recorded a rise in the unemployment rate to 6.8 percent, even though the size of the labor […]

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Is Charlotte really the Silicon Valley of the South?

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rick Smith, WRAL Techwire, September 19, 2014. How’s this for a headline on a blog post: “Charlotte: Silicon Valley of the South” So declares the Charlotte Chamber at its website. Leaders from across the Queen City are gathering today for the Charlotte Chamber’s “Technology Summit” at which it is sharing new jobs data that […]

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Oil and gas exploration would be a huge win for North Carolina

| September 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Rachel Dobi and Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, September 16, 2014. Not surprisingly, the new study Economic and Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Offshore the DelMarva, Carolinas and Georgia by Dr. Timothy J. Considine, the School of Energy Resources Distinguished Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming, finds that the benefits of allowing […]

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FUBAR

| September 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 20, 2014. This came as a surprise: Iraq’s new Prime Minister does not want American troops in Iraq. They’re not welcome. And, he says, not needed. It’s tempting, since Prime Minister al-Abadi figures he can whip ISIS on his own, to just say, Yes, sir. We’re out of here. But, on the […]

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Who lobbies for John Q. Public?

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, September 15, 2014. We’ve used this space before to point out how relatively easy it is for incumbent legislators and members of Congress to hold onto their seats. The vast majority of incumbents are routinely returned to office every election year. The after-life for many of those who either don’t […]

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Hagan claims

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, September 20, 2014, Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s […]

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Cutting senior services

| September 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, September 20, 2014. A report last week on state and federal funding cuts for services assisting the state’s rising population of senior citizens reveals at least two things: 1. More volunteers are needed to help provide services to older citizens. 2. Some of those extra volunteers may be tuckered out […]

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