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110,000 absentee and provisional ballots remain uncounted or unaccounted for, although elections officials don’t yet kno...
11/14/2016
McCrory, Cooper gearing up for possible legal battle over votes

110,000 absentee and provisional ballots remain uncounted or unaccounted for, although elections officials don’t yet know what those ballots hold or even how many may be valid. Read more:

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/mccrory-cooper-gearing-up-for-possible-legal-battle-over-votes/

RALEIGH - The problems in Durham County on Election Night have been resolved, but much work remains leading up to the Nov. 18 county canvass and…

Voters send clear tax messageWhen North Carolina voters in 17 counties cast their ballots this year, they had the option...
11/14/2016
Voters send clear tax message

Voters send clear tax message

When North Carolina voters in 17 counties cast their ballots this year, they had the option of voting “yes” or “no” for proposed increases in local sales or property taxes. In effect, however, voters in all 100 counties got their say on tax policy. The message most sent was unmistakable: don’t raise taxes.

First things first. There were 17 tax-hike referenda on county ballots. In 14 counties — Bladen, Carteret, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Henderson, Jones, Mitchell, Pasquotank, Rockingham, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, and Swain — voters were asked to raise the sales tax by a quarter-point. In all 14 counties, voters said no, often by large margins. In Gates County, voters also said no to a supplemental property tax for school construction.

In the final two cases, the trend went the other way. In Halifax County, voters approved a supplemental property tax for schools. And in Wake County, voters approved a half-cent hike in the sales tax for public transportation. But neither margin was overwhelming. In fact, in populous and Democratic-trending Wake — where 57 percent opted for Hillary Clinton and 60 percent picked Roy Cooper — the transit tax passed with only 53 percent of the vote.

Speaking of Clinton and Cooper, taxes weren’t just on the ballot as a collection of county referenda. The races for president, governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, and state legislature all featured lots of advertising, debate, and media coverage about the issue. The tax plans of Clinton and Donald Trump contrasted sharply. Deborah Ross’ long record of voting for higher taxes in the General Assembly became a flashpoint in her race with Richard Burr. In dozens of state house and senate races, Democratic challengers attacked Republican incumbents for slashing taxes too much over the last six years, and promised to rescind at least some of the tax cuts to pay for more state spending on education, health care, or unemployment benefits.

In the vast majority of contested races, North Carolinians opted for the candidate least likely to raise their taxes, or mostly likely to cut them.

But what about Cooper? He significantly outpolled most of the Democratic ticket, essentially tying with Pat McCrory in the race for governor despite the general Republican tilt of the election. Does that constitute a contrary signal about public opinion on taxes?

No, and this is an important point. Roy Cooper did not promise to rescind any of McCrory’s cuts in personal, corporate, or payroll taxes. Indeed, he pointedly refused to endorse any increase in state tax rates, even when asked repeatedly about the question by debate moderators and reporters. If he had, I would submit, Cooper would have lost lots of votes from among the suburban and rural voters who split their tickets between him and GOP candidates for other offices.

Fiscal liberals often accuse fiscal conservatives of an unjustified fixation on the tax issue. They are mistaken. Elections are about bestowing the government’s coercive power to tax, spend, and regulate on particular leaders. At stake are the core questions of how much to use those powers, and to what ends.

Since 2010, state Republicans have chosen to shrink the size and scope of government. They’ve cut taxes by billions of dollars. They’ve kept budget growth at a modest, steady pace, which has had the effect of reducing the size of state government relative to the state’s economy to a projected 5 percent of gross domestic product next year, down from an average of about 6 percent of GDP when Democrats ran the legislature. At roughly the same time, Republicans won control of most of North Carolina’s county commissions and put a similar check on local taxes and spending.

In 2016, voters had ample opportunity to weigh in on these developments. They defeated almost all of the tax hikes on the ballot. And when there was a clear contrast between the candidates on taxes and spending, the fiscal conservatives usually won.

Of course, North Carolinians believe in spending money on core services. But most favor doing so by setting priorities, not raising taxes.

John Hood is chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank, and appears on the talk show “NC SPIN.”

https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion-article/voters-send-clear-tax-message/

In the vast majority of contested races, North Carolinians opted for the candidate least likely to raise their taxes, or mostly likely to cut them.

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11/13/2016

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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."~ Ronald Reagan
11/12/2016

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
~ Ronald Reagan

“As eastern North Carolina was underwater due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, the western part of the state has been...
11/11/2016
Governor McCrory Declares State of Emergency for Wildfires in Western North Carolina | State of North Carolina: Governor Pat McCrory

“As eastern North Carolina was underwater due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, the western part of the state has been suffering from a severe drought and now hundreds of acres are burning. This declaration will help facilitate evacuations as needed and provide further state assets to help combat the wildfires and support North Carolinians displaced by the fires. This is extremely dangerous work and I especially want to thank the firefighters, first responders, sheriffs and other emergency personnel that have risked their own lives to protect our citizens and property.”

-Gov. Pat McCrory

http://governor.nc.gov/press-release/governor-mccrory-declares-state-emergency-wildfires-western-north-carolina

Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency to help the state combat more than 20 active wildfires in western North Carolina prompted by the lingering drought that has impacted the regio

President-elect Trump pledges to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Katherine Restrepo of the John Locke Founda...
11/11/2016
JLF’s Katherine Restrepo assesses Obamacare’s future

President-elect Trump pledges to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Katherine Restrepo of the John Locke Foundation assesses its future. Stay tuned for more!

https://www.carolinajournal.com/video/jlfs-katherine-restrepo-assesses-obamacares-future/

Katherine Restrepo, John Locke Foundation director of health care policy, discusses the likely future of the Affordable Care Act under a presidential administration led by Donald Trump. Restrepo offered these comments for a Nov. 10, 2016, report on Time…

Today we honor our nations veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
11/11/2016

Today we honor our nations veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

John Locke Foundation
11/09/2016

John Locke Foundation

Carolina Journal's Election Wrap-Up: Governor’s race undecided in otherwise big GOP night. All the races here: http://bit.ly/2fDuvrW

Congratulations to to Donald Trump, Richard Burr, Dan Forest, Dale Folwell and all of the candidates who won last night....
11/09/2016

Congratulations to to Donald Trump, Richard Burr, Dan Forest, Dale Folwell and all of the candidates who won last night. The people have overwhelmingly spoken as North Carolina and the rest of the country experienced record high turnout.

It's Election Day! North Carolina has seen incredible improvements over the past several years including the largest mid...
11/08/2016

It's Election Day! North Carolina has seen incredible improvements over the past several years including the largest middle class tax cut in NC history, over 300k jobs created, and teacher pay at an all time high. North Carolina's future is bright so let's keep our great state on the right track!!

A stirring motivational email from Renew NC Chairman Ron Joyce on the importance of exercising your right to vote tomorr...
11/08/2016

A stirring motivational email from Renew NC Chairman Ron Joyce on the importance of exercising your right to vote tomorrow:

Our right to vote is one of the most special privileges we have as Americans.
Now it’s time to exercise that right. Early voting has already produced record turnout figures in North Carolina.
Tuesday morning, however, I believe the Surge begins.
And North Carolinians who have no other way to express their opinions but their vote will show up and vote their conscience.
They will vote in appreciation of a job well done in lowering family taxes, creating more than 300,000 news jobs, and helping education by raising the average teachers’ salaries to over $50,000.
They will vote for a steady hand helping guide us through the devastation of a powerful storm.
They will vote for a growing economy and an increasing belief that North Carolina is back on the right track after years and years of liberal policies that stifled business, stagnated our economy and hurt middle class families.
Most of the people I’m writing have already voted or intend to vote sometime Tuesday. But I believe there will be a Surge on Tuesday because some people are just arriving to this party and may be deciding to vote right now.
So if you know someone teetering on that decision point – please give ‘em a nudge. And give ‘em a reason.
• If they’re sick of political correctness and the overt liberal bias of the media, they need to vote and send a message.
• If they believe it’s wrong for federal judges to overturn the actions of legislators who are the people’s duly elected representatives more than once this year – it’s time to go vote your conscience.
• If they are angry at the inside game played in Washington and believe there needs to be more influence from “outsiders” – they need to vote.
• If they believe the Silent Majority has been muzzled for too long, while our country is too heavily influenced by radical extremists of many stripes, they need to go vote.
• If their skin bristles like mine when you watch an NFL game and watch as those who don’t understand the price paid in human lives for defending our flag disrespect it, you need to go vote.
I could go on and on. Obamacare failure, email servers, we’ve heard it all this year. But if you haven’t made up your mind, I hope you may see things a little clearer and go vote.
The time is finally here and we need you to get to the polls Tuesday. I truly believe we will see a historical turnout – A Surge – like we haven’t seen in a long time. On behalf of Renew NC, we respectfully ask you to please…. GO VOTE!
Ron Joyce
Chairman, Renew NC

Tomorrow is Election Day! We believe North Carolinians will vote  in appreciation of a job well done in lowering family ...
11/07/2016

Tomorrow is Election Day! We believe North Carolinians will vote in appreciation of a job well done in lowering family taxes, creating more than 300,000 news jobs, and helping education by raising the average teachers’ salaries to over $50,000.

They will vote for a steady hand, helping guide us through the devastation of a powerful storm.

They will vote for a growing economy and an increasing belief that North Carolina is back on the right track after years and years of liberal policies that stifled business, stagnated our economy, and hurt middle class families. Please be sure to get out and vote tomorrow!

Lew Ebert: North Carolina’s economy is growingWhile everyone is entitled to their opinion, the facts fail to support the...
11/07/2016
Lew Ebert: North Carolina’s economy is growing

Lew Ebert: North Carolina’s economy is growing

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, the facts fail to support the argument that, North Carolina tax cuts have failed to grow the economy.

Before 2013, a history of reliance on narrow bases and high rates fueled erratic fluctuations in annual tax collections. High individual rates placed an unfair burden on families and stifled capital access for small businesses and entrepreneurs, while inflated business taxes discouraged new investments and damaged our potential to attract jobs.

The 2013 tax reforms were about creating a healthy overall business climate that ensured our state could continue competing for big growth. The corporate income tax was lowered, and the personal income tax rate got the same treatment. Personal rates dropped from a regional high of 7.75 percent to 5.75 percent, falling further still with subsequent reforms.

The results of those balanced changes? A $400 million surplus in the 2014-2015 budget. And another $430 million at the end of the most recent fiscal year.

“With its unemployment rate below 5 percent for the past four months, North Carolina’s labor market has now returned to the zone of full employment,” economists with Wells Fargo Securities reported recently. “More and more businesses are reporting they are having difficulty finding and retaining the skilled workers they need, which is pushing wages higher and pulling job seekers back into the labor market.”

North Carolina is outpacing the nation with 10,000 new jobs added in September, and unemployment has fallen below the national average. Economists say it hasn’t been this low since 2007.

All this, and we’re coming off three straight years with more than 70,000 new jobs created annually. Tax reforms didn’t prevent North Carolina from passing the first long-term transportation funding package in more than a generation – $708 million in recurring revenue to protect the future of a network that touches the daily lives of every North Carolinian.

New reforms will continue to be made with our economic future in mind: Strengthening alignment between changing workforce trends and education priorities to deliver a next generation talent pipeline; further streamlining regulations and broadening access to affordable energy to keep jobs growing in communities across our state.

So for anyone who “feels” our state is stuck in a rut, I say look at the facts. They paint a pretty convincing picture of an economy that is not just growing, but thriving.

LEW EBERT

PRESIDENT, CEO, NORTH CAROLINA CHAMBER

RALEIGH

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article112803643.html#storylink=cpy

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, the facts fail to support the argument that, North Caroina tax cuts have failed to grow the economy.

11/06/2016
Americans for Prosperity - North Carolina

Vote low taxes, job creation and conservative free market principles. Vote NO to liberal Deborah Ross!

Does Deborah Ross understand how her tax hikes hurt North Carolinians?

Thank you Governor McCrory for stepping up to the plate and displaying true leadership after Hurricane Matthew!Franklin ...
11/05/2016
Franklin Graham presents Good Samaritan award to Gov. Pat McCrory

Thank you Governor McCrory for stepping up to the plate and displaying true leadership after Hurricane Matthew!

Franklin Graham presents Good Samaritan award to Gov. Pat Mccrory

Franklin Graham on Thursday presented Gov. Pat McCrory with a Good Samaritan Award for helping North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

“This is to just say thank you for the people of North Carolina that you have been helping and that you have been serving not only since you’ve been governor but for the past few weeks,” Graham told McCrory at the Boone-based headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse. Just to say thank you on our behalf.”

Graham is president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“We wanted you to come today to recognize your help and your leadership, which is affecting the lives of so many people,” Graham told McCrory.

"I am extremely honored to receive this recognition, but I am not here to accept this recognition,” McCrory said. “I am here to help communicate the needs of over 40 counties and thousands of individuals that were impacted by the worst natural disaster that North Carolina has seen in our lifetime.”

Read More:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/charlotteobserver.relaymedia.com/amp/news/local/article112437652.html

Franklin Graham on Thursday presented Gov. Pat McCrory with a Good Samaritan Award for helping North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Governor McCrory Announces North Carolina Chosen to Host 2018 World Equestrian GamesGames have anticipated economic impa...
11/04/2016
Governor McCrory Announces North Carolina Chosen to Host 2018 World Equestrian Games | State of North Carolina: Governor Pat McCrory

Governor McCrory Announces North Carolina Chosen to Host 2018 World Equestrian Games

Games have anticipated economic impact of $400 million and 500,000 spectators

“I am confident that North Carolina will host the best games yet before the eyes of the world. With the potential to be the largest sporting event in our state's history, we look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators from around the world. This announcement will be a significant boost to North Carolina’s rapidly growing economy.”

-Governor Pat McCrory

https://governor.nc.gov/press-release/governor-mccrory-announces-north-carolina-chosen-host-2018-world-equestrian-games

Governor Pat McCrory joined state and local economic development leaders today to celebrate a major economic development announcement that North Carolina was unanimously chosen to host the 2018 FEI

North Carolina Ranked #2 Business Climate in the Country!North Carolina finishes in second place overall, as it did last...
11/04/2016
NC #2 Business Climate Ranking | Site Selection Magazine

North Carolina Ranked #2 Business Climate in the Country!

North Carolina finishes in second place overall, as it did last year, despite calls to avoid investing there due to a bathroom-access law that passed earlier in 2016. It also ranks in the top tier in the competitiveness component of the business climate ranking, meaning plenty of companies still want a Tar Heel business facility in their portfolio, whether or not some sporting events move their contests elsewhere or a handful of companies cancel their North Carolina expansions. It still has the workforce, climate and infrastructure (transportation, regulatory and otherwise) deemed necessary by capital investors.

http://siteselection.com/issues/2016/nov/cover.cfm

North Carolina Ranked #2 Business Climate in the Country!

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