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Governor McCrory has ordered the Executive Mansion to be lit in orange light this evening in recognition of September as "Hunger Action Month."
In 2013 North Carolina instituted sweeping tax reform and began the process of making its tax system more efficient and more consistent with liberty.
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out in strong opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars to train and arm so-called "moderate" Muslim Syrian rebels.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that AvidXchange will expand its headquarters operations in Charlotte. The company plans to create 603 jobs in Mecklenburg County by the end of 2018 and invest more than $21.4 million.
It's Time For Kay Hagan To Explain To North Carolina Why She Sided With President Obama Over Our State's Law Enforcement Community By Voting To Confirm Debo Adegbile. If Senator Hagan Is Willing To Completely Ignore North Carolinians By Supporting Such A Flawed And Controversial Nominee, She...
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15, 2014 to October 15, 2014.
Teacher pay. Medicaid. These are perhaps the two most contentious spending items in this year's state budget. But continuing to fly under the radar is taxpayer-funded television programming.
Ever since the Imposter-in-Chief admitted he had no strategy on how to deal with ISIS and the Middle East, I have been looking at other situations where there is a definitive strategy, and well laid out tactics to accomplish the goal.
When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer - through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms - who stands to benefit?
The Anointed One Challenges Syria with a red line in the sand and when that doesn't seem to be achieving anything, he asks Congress for authority to "go after" them.
Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 3 into law today at the Governor's Western Residence in Asheville. The bill modifies the Job Maintenance and Capital Development (JMAC) Fund.

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Government

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Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he would not reconvene the Legislature for a special session.

"We have made major progress in getting people back to work here in North Carolina, and that didn't happen by accident. From tax reform to a budget that provides raises to teachers, to coal ash legislation addressing a decades-old problem, the progress we have made is undeniable.

"I've decided not to call our legislators back for a special session. It would be counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer money to bring the General Assembly back when there is no agreement in place on issues already voted on. However, if a major job recruitment effort develops and it requires legislative support, I will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh.

"While lawmakers remain at home, my administration will continue to work on other important areas like devel... (read more)
Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced today he will let the Coal Ash Management Act, passed by North Carolina's General Assembly Aug. 20, become law without his signature. The governor said that while the bill continues the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue, constitutional, operational and funding concerns with the bill prevent him from giving the bill a full endorsement.

"In just a year and a half, my administration has taken more action to address groundwater and coal ash issues than any previous administration in North Carolina history – much of the action being many months before the Dan River Spill in February," said Governor McCrory. "To ensure that we address the statewide issue of coal ash ponds, my administration drafted aggressive legislation that would result in the closure of all the state's coal ash... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

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Raleigh, N.C. Governor McCrory has ordered the Executive Mansion to be lit in orange light this evening in recognition of September as "Hunger Action Month."

Lt. Governor Dan Forest will also illuminate his office, the Hawkins-Hartness House in Raleigh.

The governor reiterated North Carolina's commitment to raise awareness about hunger and build attention for activities and steps being taken to feed those in need. He noted that in 2013, N.C. Feeding America food fed about 1.4 million individuals across all 100 counties.

"Food banks and other hunger charities receive some state funds, but the vast majority of support comes from businesses and individuals all over the state," Governor McCrory said. "Today I challenge every business and citizen to be a part of feeding our neighbors in need. Make a financial donation; volunteer at a local food bank, take food to a nei... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dr. Roy Cordato, who is Vice President for Research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation.

It's time to consider a change
In 2013 North Carolina instituted sweeping tax reform and began the process of making its tax system more efficient and more consistent with liberty.

There are important areas of the tax code that still need to be reformed, and the treatment of capital gains is one of those areas.

Capital gains taxes penalize saving, investment, and therefore entrepreneurship.

They do this by imposing a second layer of taxation on equity investment.

The most straightforward way to end this bias is to eliminate the tax on capital gains completely.

If abolition of the capital gains tax is considered to be too difficult a task politically, then North Carolina could take the same approach as the federal government and t... (read more)

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Community

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Rodney Darnell Putney On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington. Putney was charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.

Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. Putney was placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond pending appearances.

Officer William Chrismon
Washington City Police... (read more)

Business

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Software Company to Add 603 Jobs in Mecklenburg County
Charlotte, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that AvidXchange will expand its headquarters operations in Charlotte. The company plans to create 603 jobs in Mecklenburg County by the end of 2018 and invest more than $21.4 million.

"AvidXchange is one of North Carolina's great homegrown success stories," said Governor McCrory. "Over the last 14 years it has gone from being run from the founder's basement to one of the top businesses in its industry. It is another great example of the business opportunity North Carolina offers."

AvidXchange was founded in 2000 in Charlotte and has more than 300 full-time employees in North Carolina, New Jersey and Georgia. The company helps small to medium-sized businesses automate their accounts payable process.

In A... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Harry Painter, who is an associate reporter for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Advocates urging greater reliance by community college students on federal loans
RALEIGH — Not all students can obtain federal loans for college because some community colleges do not participate in the federal lending program.

In North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Community College System office, only 18 of the 58 member schools will participate in the loan program this fall, down from 21 in 2009.

A national group, The Institute for College Access & Success, issued a report in July, through its Project on Student Debt, criticizing the policy allowing community colleges to deny loans to students.

In "At What Cost? How Community Colleges That Do Not Offer Federal Loans Put Students at Risk," researchers Debbie Cochrane and Laur... (read more)

The Arts

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Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)

Families Die, Allegiances are Born

Divergent, in the similar formula of "Hunger Games", proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst and the maturing relationship of the opposite sex.

The film begins in narrative explanation, by the film's heroine, Beatrice Prior (Tris), played by Shailene Woodley, as to her understanding that her world of metropolitan Chicago was severely, and irrevocably damaged, and then reborn as a totally different societal civilization. This new civilization of northern Illinois consisted of five "factions" of people: Abnegation, for the selfless behavior of leaders in service to all people; Amity, for the peaceful prospectus on life, who farm as their one avocation; Candor, for the honesty with good people, who hate duplicity; Dauntless, for the brave, and dutiful, who are trained to protec... (read more)

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Living

Vidant SurgiCenter, Vidant Home Health and Hospice recognized for excellence in patient care

GREENVILLE Vidant SurgiCenter in Greenville and Vidant Home Health and Hospice in Washington were recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award by HealthStream, Inc. Vidant SurgiCenter was given the award for "Overall Outpatient Experience," while Vidant Home Health and Hospice was given a Unit Specific Award for Home Health.

The facilities were awarded this honor for their commitment to excellence in patient care. These awards recognize hospitals and other health care services that excel in their ability to give quality patient care. Ultimately, this information is used to build excellence within their organization and the community.

HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist, Jr. said, "We applaud Vidant SurgiCenter and Vidant Home Health and Hospice's high-level commitment to exc... (read more)

Announcements

Mrs. Gloria S. Sawyer, age 63, a resident of 6863 Free Union Church Road, Pinetown, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home.

Arrangements will be announced by Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.... (read more)

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