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Friday, May 13th, 2011
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Rhetorical Bullets Fly As House Committee OKs Abortion Bill

Measure on fast track, now moves to House floor

By David N. Bass

May 12, 2011

RALEIGH — Is pregnancy punishment? Is the process of getting an abortion comparable to refinancing a mortgage? Do abortion providers disproportionately target African-American women? Those were some of the questions bandied about for two hours Wednesday morning before a House judiciary subcommittee gave its stamp of approval to a contentious informed-consent abortion bill.

The legislation — House Bill 854, Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act — passed by a party line 9-5 vote and now goes to the House floor. Republicans have enough support in both chambers to pass it, although a veto from Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is likely.

Among other components, the proposed law would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, an ultrasound image of the unborn child, and notarized parental consent for a minor’s abortion. Pro-lifers say the bill would save thousands of unborn lives each year. (more…)



Friday, April 8th, 2011
April 07, 2011 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

VIDEO: Is DOT Double-Counting High-Speed Rail Jobs?
By Anthony Greco
RALEIGH — Under the job-years concept, if one person holds the same job for four years, it’s counted as four jobs. That’s how the North Carolina Department of Transportation can claim that federal funding for high-speed rail would create nearly 4,800 jobs when in fact only about 1,200 people would be employed.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

Reality Check on UNC Tuition
As long as legislative appropriations cover the vast majority of the cost of educating students, the constitutional provision is satisfied.


4.07.11 – Legislators see trouble in Perdue’s budget cuts

4.07.11 – N.C. bills aim at constitutional changes

4.07.11 – Private property safeguards OK’d by NC House panel

4.07.11 – Second governor’s residence is getting an update

4.07.11 – NC charter school overhaul bill back in committee

4.07.11 – NC voter ID mandate approved by House committee

4.07.11 – Perdue forms panel to help select judges

4.07.11 – Ruling due on sex offenders’ access to Facebook social site

4.07.11 – Bill to separate crime lab from SBI

4.07.11 – Red-light camera ban zips through panel vote

4.07.11 – Bill would shield citizens from suits like Titan’s

4.07.11 – Charlotte region jobless rate falls

4.07.11 – AT&T says 4G on the way, but some say, not so fast

4.07.11 – Graham, Swain counties spar over Fontana dam funds

4.07.11 – Red wolf litter on the way? Species needs blessed event




Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

John Hood


By John Hood

March 30, 2011

RALEIGH – With all due respect to my right-leaning friends who are diehard NC State or UNC fans, they should not let their affection for their favorite sports mascots obscure a deeper truth about themselves: they have little in common with wolves or sheep.

Conservatives are cat people. They are picky. They are fastidious. And they are impossible to herd.

That’s not to say that conservatives can’t be dog lovers, as long as they don’t let their personal preferences in pets cloud their analogical judgment (this will make more sense if you read each link in order). But when it comes to political behavior, conservatives are more feline than they are canine, ovine, bovine, or equine. They don’t run in packs or amble in herds. (more…)



Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
March 23, 2011 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

VIDEO: Pantano Gets Early Start on 2012 Campaign
By Anthony Greco
RALEIGH — Ilario Pantano is not taking any downtime after his narrow loss to U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th. Pantano filed campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. He said he decided to keep his campaign active in order to meet as many potential voters as possible.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

The Perdue Predicament
The best option Democrats have right now is for the governor to recover her footing and make a serious contest out of what now seems a foregone conclusion.


3.23.11 – Plan puts NC health insurance on chopping block

3.23.11 – Lottery funding for public schools on table

3.23.11 – GOP tries to put brakes on high-speed rail in NC

3.23.11 – N.C. held back data on bypass, documents say

3.23.11 – DAs say guilt of suspects affirmed

3.23.11 – High court to rule on Miranda rights of juveniles

3.23.11 – 911 call bill gets Senate approval

3.23.11 – Goolsby seeks more openness in government

3.23.11 – Florida legislator regrets letting utility pass on cost

3.23.11 – Duke to offer free home car chargers

3.23.11 – Bill would allow wider use of digital billboards

3.23.11 – CMS will explore privatizing services

3.23.11 – Experts duel over busing, diversity in Wake

3.23.11 – Census numbers amplify shortfall in Fayetteville budget

3.23.11 – Greensboro landfill savings could top $5 million




Monday, March 7th, 2011
March 07, 2011 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

NCGA Preview: Week of March 7
By Anthony Greco
RALEIGH — The bill lifting the state’s cap on charter schools at 100 passed the Senate by a 33-17 vote. It faces tougher sledding in the House.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

Perdue Now Owns ObamaCare
Perdue and Cooper did the wrong thing. They defended a lousy policy because it is their president’s policy. Now it’s their lousy policy, too.


3.07.11 – Perdue vetoes GOP bill challenging health care law




Thursday, February 10th, 2011


Carolina Journal Exclusives

Hard to Reproduce Game Plan of RTP Founders

Unique confluence of time and place made RTP possible

By Jay Schalin
February 10, 2011

RALEIGH — Perhaps North Carolina’s history should be dated “B.T.” and “A.T.” — Before the Triangle and After the Triangle. In the early 1950s, when Research Triangle Park was conceived, the state was a poor, largely rural backwater, near the bottom nationally in many socioeconomic categories, such as family income.

The future did not look bright: its traditional economy was based on agriculture (particularly tobacco), textiles, and furniture manufacturing. These three industries would soon face severe global competition.

By the 1970s, when the Triangle was in full swing, North Carolina had become a national hotspot, attracting educated people from not just the entire country, but from the whole globe.

The success of Research Triangle Park led to a widely accepted belief that cooperation among government, academia, and business can spur economic growth. Many states have adopted policies that reflect this belief through heavy investment in their higher education systems. Such policies are coming under increasing scrutiny, however. It is starting to appear that, rather than showing a certain path to prosperity, the Triangle’s success was the result of a particularly propitious place and time. (more…)



Monday, January 17th, 2011
January 17, 2011 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

State May Get No Pension Help From Washington
By Anthony Greco
RALEIGH — While no specific bailout plans are under consideration, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has introduced H.Res. 23, stating Congress’ opposition to any federal intervention meant to “bail out state and local government employee pension plans that provide post-employment benefits to state and local government retirees.”

John Hood’s Daily Journal

A Letter to the Democrats
You are about to walk a mile, or perhaps several hundred miles, in the Republicans’ shoes. And they are about to try yours on for size.


1.17.11 – Influence firms warm to the GOP

1.17.11 – Hayes to helm state GOP

1.17.11 – General Assembly to wrestle annexation laws this year

1.17.11 – As legislature opens, Wilmington area’s lobbyists line up

1.17.11 – Tillis backs limits on abortions

1.17.11 – Smokers see ban as rights issue

1.17.11 – McHenry pledges to scrutinize bailouts

1.17.11 – Rising waters threaten the coast of North Carolina

1.17.11 – With funds in jeopardy, N.C. pushes rail projects

1.17.11 – UNC system seeks funding increase

1.17.11 – Charter schools gain strength

1.17.11 – Nuclear goals stoked by Duke-Progress merger

1.17.11 – Durham lobbies for local hiring

1.17.11 – Cumberland crime statistics point to a homicide turnaround

1.17.11 – In Asheville, a 4-year degree not necessary for a good job




Thursday, November 4th, 2010

November 03, 2010 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

GOP Makes History by Securing Control of N.C. House, Senate
By David N. Bass
RALEIGH — Republicans made historic gains in the North Carolina legislature during Tuesday’s midterm election, gaining control of both chambers of the General Assembly by comfortable margins for the first time since the 19th century.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

Carolina Caught the Wave
The vulnerable Democratic congressmen who voted against ObamaCare won reelection. The vulnerable Democrat who voted for it was defeated. Pretty clear message there.


11.03.10 – NC GOP regains legislative control in shake-up

11.03.10 – GOP takes the General Assembly




Thursday, October 28th, 2010
October 28, 2010 –
Carolina Journal Exclusive

Tax Foundation Ranks N.C. Business Tax Climate 10th Worst in Nation
By CJ Staff
RALEIGH — North Carolina earns the dubious distinction this week of joining the Tax Foundation’s list of the top 10 states with the worst business tax climates. The John Locke Foundation’s top budget expert places much of the blame on recent sales-tax increases. Voters in 11 counties will decide Nov. 2 whether to raise sales-tax rates even higher.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

Estimating the Republican Wave
In the NC Senate, generic polling has been a fairly good predictor of the share of votes cast for GOP candidates – but has tended to overestimate the number of seats won.


10.28.10 – Shuler, Miller get testy in radio debate

10.28.10 – NC candidate supports troops: Flier shows Germans

10.28.10 – Democrats begin boycott of N.C. discount chains (more…)



Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Author photoCarolina Journal Exclusives

UNC Health Plan Makes Students Pay for Abortion Coverage

Students must pay for private coverage to opt out of abortion option

By David N. Bass

August 10, 2010

RALEIGH — A new policy that requires students enrolled in the University of North Carolina system to purchase health insurance also forces them to pay for abortion coverage if they use the university’s plan, a development that’s upsetting pro-life groups.

The UNC Board of Governors approved the revised plan for the system’s 16 campuses in August 2009 (PDF version). It mandates that students who aren’t covered by another plan, such as through a parent or employer, purchase coverage through the South Carolina firm Pearce & Pearce.

Students must shell out $361.50 in premiums each semester. Those who can’t afford the insurance can get the coverage free under their school’s financial aid program. (more…)

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