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New Year, Newsletter
Local journalism is important, that’s why I’m starting a newsletter this year to share a weekly roundup of local stories that I find interesting (and hopefully a little original reporting).
With the new year, we have new state laws going into effect, like merging the licensure boards for Barbers and Electrolysis (do we really need those in the first place?)
However, the legislation closest to my heart would certainly be closing the loophole which Governor Cooper used in 2020 to declare a state of emergency without the concurrence of the Council of State.
Duke customers say they didn’t receive outage warnings. That was strategic, company says - News & Record
The headline pretty much says it all — are rolling blackouts just something we do now in first world countries? If only there was some clean, reliable, and safe source of energy we could build…
Speaking of rolling blackouts, the John Locke Foundation did warn us last February of the possibility.
I’ve seen a fair bit of criticism for Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt from conservative grassroots education activist circles. This time, it’s due to her response to a lawsuit by anti-CRT whistleblower Dr. David Phillips. On the plus side, Truitt was given a C grade by a News & Observer editor, so I guess it’s not all bad for her.
Special Mention: Here's how the violent Jan 6, 2021 attack on US Capitol changed NC election process and communities - ABC11
For the 2nd anniversary of the Capitol riot, we get another mainstream media story citing Wake County Election Manager Gary Sims as a primary source in a piece lumping together bipartisan political activists with stalkers and rioters as a threat to democracy. Perhaps ABC11 should consider covering the lawsuit against Sims and the Wake County Board of Elections by a Democrat election integrity activist who Sims attempted to ban from public board meetings?
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