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Highlights Of The New General Fund Budget Plan

Becki Gray on the new state budget; Thom Goolsby on taxing internet-based sales; Gov. McCrory praises outgoing budget director Art Pope; Mark Prak on proposed FCC changes to media ownership rules; Terry Stoops on education funding in new budget

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Aug 29, 2014 05:03 PM

Drawing the Wrong Conclusion XIV: the can’t-compete-with-lower-taxes edition

We learned this week that North Carolina offered the mad bribe of $107-friggin’-million in economic incentives to get Toyota to locate its North America headquarters in Charlotte, but lost. Who won? Texas, with the relatively small bid of $40 million. How on earth did North Carolina, offering over two-and-a-half times as much as Texas inContinue Reading


Aug 29, 2014 02:23 PM

Federal study: Hydraulic fracturing safe to proceed in California

The report, commissioned by the federal Bureau of Land Management, investigated possible effects of well stimulation technologies (WST) in California. It points out that potential energy resources are at shallower depths in California and normally require vertical rather than horizontal drilling and fracturing. The shallower depths made possible groundwater contamination more of a concern; however,Continue Reading


Aug 29, 2014 09:32 AM

Attention media: Do not do this

Next week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release state test results for the 2013-14 school year.  Last year’s results cannot be compared to the 2012-13 scores because the N.C. State Board of Education moved from four achievement levels in 2012-13 to five achievement levels in 2013-14.  In both cases, a Level III scoreContinue Reading


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Aug 28, 2014

CJ Editorial: Legislators Deserve A Time-Out

Many legislative leaders behaved like petulant children at the end of the short session.


Aug 21, 2014

UNC System Avoids Budget Chopping Block

While other state departments scrambled for funding, the UNC system saw its overall budget rise.


Aug 14, 2014

The Left Is Abandoning The Good Ship Obama

The president's sinking poll numbers have emboldened vulnerable Democrats to declare their independence.


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Sep 06, 2012

How to downplay an embarrassing story

The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.


Mar 21, 2012

Death of a narrative

The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.


Jan 16, 2012

Anatomy of a Newspaper Hit Piece

In a Sunday piece, <i>The Charlotte Observer</i> employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.


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