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Sunday, March, 29 2015

Panthers sign Jonathan Martin

Dave Gettleman’s latest bargain-bin signing is another offensive tackle with a recognizable name. And, as Gary Davenport writes for Bleacher Report, another OT that was mediocre at best last year: Yes, the circumstances surrounding the first two years of Martin’s career were hardly ideal, and that can’t make it easy for a young player to […]

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Charlotte and the property tax rereassessment

From the Charlotte Observer, explaining why the city is suddenly surprised that property tax base is taking a significant hit: Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner told a Charlotte City Council committee that Pearson [Appraisal Services] had first examined property that appeared least problematic. Because the early properties examined didn’t change much in value, Pearson […]

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Meanwhile up at Exit 28 in Corntown

Essentially this: You can read the Charlotte Observer’s story here about the disappointment associated with the mast and cable public art display over Interstate 77 that were suppose brand Cornelius as the gateway to Lake Norman.

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Davidson and the NCAA tournament

The NCAA mens  basketball tournament starts in earnest today. A quick word of advice for Davidson College, and other mid-major teams: Up your game. By that I mean, it’s pretty clear that the selection committee rewards teams that play a tough out-of-conference schedule. Teams that don’t — and that certainly includes Davidson, whose best out-of-coference […]

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Court: Exclusionary Rule Not Applicable To Driver

My latest court story for Carolina Journal: RALEIGH — Charges against Mount Airy resident Myra Combs of driving while impaired were dismissed after a judge ruled that the traffic stop in which she was arrested violated her constitutional rights. Even so, the Division of Motor Vehicles suspended her driver’s license, an action that in February […]

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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.

Fat CATS

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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Research

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

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.

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