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Thursday, October, 23 2014

NASCAR viewership down

Per Sport Media Watch: NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Talladega, the sixth race in the Chase for the Cup, earned a 2.7 final rating and 4.3 million viewers on ESPN Sunday — down 13% in ratings and 12% in viewership from last year (3.1, 4.9M) and down 16% and 15%, respectively, from 2012 (3.2, 5.1M). […]

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Wreck of U 576 found off the North Carolina coast

On July 14, 1942, the German submarine U 576 torpedoed and sank the American motor vessel Bluefields off Cape Hatteras. The U-boat was sunk soon thereafter with all hands in an ASW counterattack. The wreck of both vessels were found earlier this year by a team led by NOAA; the discovery was announced today. In […]

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Frontier Airlines drops CLT – Washington Dulles

As of January 5th. Well that didn’t last long, as Frontier only started service on the route on Aug. 20. This leaves Frontier with a single flight from Charlotte. It’s to Trenton, NJ and operates four or five days a week. The airline is also apparently planning service from Charlotte to Philadelphia, but the airline […]

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The Panthers exposed

The Carolina Panthers were good in 2013 despite having very limited salary-cap space because the performance of their NFL minimum-salary and near minimum-salary signings exceeded expectations. The problem with that is players like Ted Ginn Jr. and Captain Munnerlyn that did well in 2013 signed elsewhere for more money in the offseason, leaving the Panthers […]

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Gold is the new platinum

At best, in music sales it seems. It use to be that a band had a hit album if it went platinum — shipped 1,000,000 copies. As Billboard points out, that just doesn’t happen much any more. No artist album has sold 1,000,000 units (copies) in 2014 (but see note below). And the pain for […]

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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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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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