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Saturday, October, 25 2014

Wanna Get from Here to There? Get Your Thug on

Saith the Hendersonville Times-News: Tryon police officers have become “overzealous” and “intimidating,” and are harrassing motorists in such a manner that it is harming commerce. Among complaints are “excesssive stops, searches, license checks, and followings.” Where do you want to go with this? Do you want to whine that we are just pieces of meat […]

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Outgoing DA Ron Moore is going to pardon 230 speeding tickets. Mine are not among them.

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You So Bad

Me mum informs me my little nephew received an ersatz gold medal for placing third in his grade in math for his school district. But that’s in Indiana. In Western North Carolina, kids arrive by making bomb threats.

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You’re Invited! Tarry Not!

The Buncombe County Commissioners got into a heated debate, along partisan lines, about whether or not Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger acted appropriately in extending office hours until 7:00 p.m. on October 10, after Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. ruled gay marriage to be legal in North Carolina. (Correct me if I am using the wrong […]

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Transit system impact

Asheville's transit system has the smallest impact on regional travel, according to a report by Dr. David Hartgen of UNCC.

Asheville congestion

Future road congestion could threaten North Carolina’s economy, but Asheville is better prepared for congestion than most other N.C. cities.

Shuler and amnesty

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and several Republican members of Congress try get Senate to resist attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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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.

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