Carolina Journal Weekly Report

September 07, 2012

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Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — A Beaufort County wind energy project that won conditional approval in March from the North Carolina Utilities Commission may never erect a single turbine, reports Carolina Journal.

Among the obstacles facing the Pantego project are the potential for a Mitt Romney victory in the November presidential election, conflicts with military aviation training, and the prospect that the wind turbines will cause the death of too many birds.

Through spokesmen and position papers, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made clear that he would urge Congress to end a federal tax credit for wind energy that makes the alternative power source economically feasible when compared with traditional sources. But no matter who wins the White House, objections from the military lodged with Gov. Bev Perdue could kill this wind project and others.

The project is being developed by Pantego Wind Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago-based Invenergy. The Pantego project would generate up to 80 megawatts of electricity using 49 wind turbines situated on approximately 11,000 acres of privately owned land, east of Washington near the Town of Pantego.

Large-scale commercial wind projects depend on federal subsidies as well as state renewable energy mandates to create a demand for the electricity produced by their wind farms. Without these subsidies, it would economically unfeasible to build and operate them.

News Features

CJ: Change of venue casts pall on DNC celebration
CHARLOTTE — Some saw wisdom in the decision by the Democratic National Convention Committee to move tonight’s nomination speeches by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from Bank of America Stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena. Others had mixed emotions. Many were displeased.

CJ: Young adults not better off than four years ago
CHARLOTTE — A former chief of staff in the U.S. Labor Department takes issue with former President Bill Clinton’s assertion that Americans are better off now than they were four years ago, especially when it comes to younger adults.

CJ Reid cheers LDS Democrats at convention
CHARLOTTE — Mormon Democrats got a boost Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told an estimated 300 faithful, “Ladies and gentlemen, be proud of who you are.” Reid spoke to the Latter Day Saints Democrats Tuesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Uptown Charlotte in an effort to boost the number of Mormons who vote for Democrats or join their party.

Banks face suits as states weigh Libor losses
NEW YORK — The scandal over global interest rates has state officials like Janet Cowell of North Carolina working intensely behind the scenes to build a case for suing the nation’s largest banks. Ms. Cowell, the state’s elected treasurer, and several of her staff members have spent the summer combing through the state’s investments trying to determine how much the state may have lost because of suspected manipulation of Libor.

Study cites dismal job stats in last decade in N.C.
WINSTON-SALEM — The N.C. Justice Center used the Labor Day weekend backdrop to present a gloomy assessment of a "lost decade” for the state’s job market. “The 2000s were characterized by book-end recessions, the stagnation of wages for working families, lower employment and economic hardship that grew over the course of the decade,” according to the report.

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Monday, September 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Terry Stoops
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Lunch & Learn: School Choice - The Road Ahead
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Election Preview 2012
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What to Expect in the 2012 Election

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A Headliner Luncheon
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Coming Apart at the Seams: America's New Cultural Divide

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Capital Quotes

America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now.
— President Barack Obama, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

If you’re looking for a playing field of 10 or 11 (states), his chances are better in 10 other places than they are in North Carolina. They’re going to have to make some choices: Is a dollar better spent in Ohio or in North Carolina?”
Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, talking to the Charlotte Observer about whether President Obama’s campaign will put money into North Carolina going forward.

It’s not printable.
Susan Stanish, describing to the Charlotte Observer her daughter’s response to the cancellation of President Obama’s outdoor acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

I don’t want to use the word ‘relic’ yet, but … you may be hosting the last of the big-time conventions.
— Political analyst Bob Beckel, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, talking about the Democratic National Convention.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops on N.C.’s numerous education job openings; constitutional attorney Miguel Estrada on the 2012 Supreme Court term; N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler on Anti-Federalists’ role in history; Robert Childs of N.C. Harm Prevention Coalition on banning syringes to reduce illegal drug use; George Leef of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy on criticism of for-profit colleges.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: State government reorganization; at-risk children must be admitted to pre-K; the new curriculum; and election update. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Henry Hinton, host of Eastern NC’s “Talk of the Town”; and columnist Cash Michaels.


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