Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:53am

From Our Esteemed Economist Laureate at NC State:

So how will North Carolina finish 2014? As with the nation, I predict some broad economic gains. Production and jobs will increase, and more companies will become confident about the future. The unemployment rate could dip below 5 percent in fast-growing areas like Asheville and the Triangle. Yet there will be plenty of economic gaps. Many of the jobs created will be low-paying, and most workers will see little or no gain in their hourly earnings. Many people will still have to accept part-time work even though they want to work full-time. And the economic improvement won’t be spread evenly across our state. Several areas will still have jobless rates of 7 percent or higher.

Mike Walden
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:42am

Johnny Winter
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:46am

This week the Republican-led General Assembly put the kibosh on freedom-loving moped owners with new requirements for registration and liability insurance. Consistent with their intent to control whatever they can, including women's bodies, drugs, license plates, sea level rise, etc., GOP leaders now have bicycles, tricycles, and maybe even pedestrians in their sights.

Blue Onion ncgop
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:42am

Despite the recent frenzy of budget negotiations around teacher pay, Republicans cannot recover from the damage they've done to public education in North Carolina. A quick story from my sister-in-law, who is in the process of moving to Brunswick County, tells the tale.

After spending all of their lives in Newport News, Virginia, she and my brother found a home near Wilmington, with a move-in date of August 1. Last week, they toured their new development to inspect the house and check-out the neighbors. They visited the fitness center, where they met another retiree, a school teacher. It didn't take long for the conversation to turn to family.

"I'm hoping my daughter will want to move down here, too," said my sister-in-law. "She's a public school teacher in Virginia."

Teacher pay
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:37pm

Brad Woodhouse, the enlightened better half of Busdriver Dallas, is leading up the charge at American Bridge. They sent me a link to their survey by email, which I'm passing along in case you're interested.

American Bridge
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:54am

When it comes to his relationship with Art Pope, Mayor Pat is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Which only goes to show that Pope was nothing but the first in a very long line of inept appointments.

Asked whether his budget director, wealthy businessman Art Pope, would be the deciding factor on a budget veto, Gov. Pat McCrory said, “No.” Dispelling the often-voiced idea from critics that he is “Art Pope’s man,” the governor said: “He knows his numbers and where the skeletons are and where money has been hidden in the past and it’s very helpful. I make final decisions and my secretaries and budget director will go along. “We have healthy debate every Tuesday morning,” McCrory continued. “I consider him part of my cabinet."

Methinks Mayor Pat doth protest too much.

Pat McCrory
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 5:28pm
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 10:43am

That's the cost to taxpayers of the General Assembly's incompetence. The main reason they're in Raleigh at all is to pass a budget. Now, 13 days past the end of their planned session, they've spent $650,000 of your money, with nothing to show for it. And there's more to come.

Just be clear, it's not a bipartisan problem. This high drama is nothing but Republican egos on parade. If you're a North Carolina citizen who votes for any Republican, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 4:56pm

Frankly, Mr. McCrory is full of baloney most of the time. And the whole world seems to be watching.

Pat McCrory
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 1:36pm

Another good summary from Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Thanks Kelly!

On Thursday morning Judge Schroeder announced his intention to end the hearing early in the afternoon, if possible. "I'm going to stop at three today," he told the legal teams. "The issue is whether we can finish." That announcement began a grueling day for court employees, spectators and legal teams as lawyers for both sides worked through breaks and lunch recess, struggling to make all their arguments before the 3 p.m. deadline.

Need more time? Fuggedaboutit. The judge probably already has made up his mind ... and is now looking for evidence to support his view.

That's how it's supposed to work, right?