By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — It was the summer of 1987 when I first stepped inside the United States Capitol to work instead of visit. As part of a summer program, I spent a couple of months interning with syndicated columnist Don Lambro. Rather than have me run errands or fetch coffee, Don sent me…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Small business job growth continued in December, but the gains remain uneven as certain sectors of the economy are slowing due to state-mandated business closures and consumer resistance to spend, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. “Small businesses continued to prove that they are the engine of the economy as we closed a chapter…

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by John Trump Assigning infallibility to government action is a fool’s errand. It’s a common refrain in libertarian and conservative circles, and its truth is grounded in history, as well as the government’s continuing and ubiquitous intrusion and overreach. I won’t take credit for the aforementioned paraphrased statement because Scott Maitland said it this week…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement ahead of the counting of electoral votes on January 6th and expected political gatherings in Washington D.C. “On November 3rd a record number of Americans voted. Their votes were counted and consistent with state law, in some cases,…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased slightly in Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus and Pender Counties in November, while New Hanover County’s rate held steady at 5.5%. Brunswick and Columbus Counties saw 0.2% increases to 7% and 7.2%, respectively, while Bladen and Pender Counties saw 0.2% increases to 6.25 and 5.4%, respectively. Statewide, unemployment…

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By John Hood RALEIGH — With Democrats in charge of the White House, and U.S. House, and (possibly as of this writing) the U.S. Senate, you can expect a push by left-wing activists and politicians to repeal some federal tax cuts enacted by the previously Republican Congress and signed by President Trump. Here in North…

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By John Hood RALEIGH — When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels — including the fact that every Democrat who ever serves in state or local office spends great time and effort to try to recruit business executives, entrepreneurs,…

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Durham-based Jurassic Capital announced Monday that it is investing $2.9 million into Performance Culture, a Wilmington-based software company that develops and sells a Performance Management platform to businesses worldwide. According to a post on Jurassic’s website, Performance Culture was founded in 2015 by Dallas Romanowski and Melissa Phillippi as the software complement…

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by Daniel Gibson Imagine opening your mailbox one blustery December morning to find a letter from your homeowners’ association. For a passing moment, you think it may be a Christmas card. Your naive hopes are dashed when you open it. No, they are fining you $100 a day for putting up a cross at Christmas…

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