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Friday, April, 25 2014

The Garden Porkway rates poorly

As the UPoR reports, the state’s new road project rating system is out, and it puts a very middling score on the Garden Porkway, placing it 175th out of 399 projects ranked statewide. Given that the proposed toll (in parts) bypass around Gastonia could cost up to $843 million, the odds of the porkway getting […]

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Death may come to that infamous round building

I did my masters at N.C. State and was subjected to several classes in Harrelson Hall, which was probably the most bizarre building I’ve ever set foot in. Harrelson is round, which means that the classrooms are pie-shaped. And that makes for a rather interesting learning experience, especially if you’re sitting near the wall. And […]

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Questions about Cannon

Recently wrote a column about the arrest of then Charlotte Mayor Patric Cannon on federal public corruption charges. It will appear in the May print edition of Carolina Journal, but here it is in unedited form a bit early: North Carolina once had made a name for itself as a clean government state. That reputation […]

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Another 12th Congressional District preview

This time it’s from the Greensboro News & Record and it can be found here. Enjoy.

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12th Congressional District update

From the UPoR: Who has money: Alma Adams. She who is known for her hats has raised the most money and has the most money on hand. Adams is also the only woman in the race, which could also be a significant advantage. Who doesn’t have money: James “Smuggie” Mitchell, who’s dropping out. Mitchell says […]

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Charlotte's Greatest Hits

Black got sweetheart deal

As jailed former state House Speaker Jim Black mounts a campaign for early release, critics contend that the state justice system did favors for Black regarding the settlement of his $1 million fine.

Questions about Black settlement

Wake County officials say imprisoned former House Speaker Jim Black satisfied a $1 million fine by surrendering some Mecklenburg County real estate, but questions remain about the real market value of the property.

Black settlement may not add up

Imprisoned former House Speaker Jim Black used undeveloped land with a tax value of less than $150,000 to pay off an outstanding $500,000 state fine.


Colleen Calvani writes that the Charlotte Area Transit system will scale back some routes in an attempt to counter three major decreases in funding.

McCrory’s failure

Jeff Taylor argues that Pat McCrory failed to carry Mecklenburg County because he failed to move its conservatives.

Lynx And Exploding Pipes

Jeff Taylor says there may be another factor to blame for CMUD’s recent series of water leaks.

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City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

By the Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2010

County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue, but finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

Raleigh Convention Center: Throwing good money after bad

This report examines 52 contracts signed by the Raleigh Convention Center for the period of July–December 2011 and is a follow-up to the September 2008 John Locke Foundation report “The New Raleigh Convention Center: A taxpayer-funded money pit.”

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