Mobile home sales tax goes up

by Scott Mooneyham Now into the new tax year, state legislators are hearing another round of complaints about their tax changes, these involving how mobile and modular homes are taxed. On New Year’s Day, the cost of mobile and modular homes jumped as the state began applying the...

At Jordan Lake, the evasion begins

by Scott Mooneyham Last spring, as state legislators prepared to stop tougher development rules upstream of central North Carolina’s Jordan Lake, I noted how George Orwell saw politics as descending into “evasion” because the truth was often “too brutal for most people to face.”...

First in flights of fancy?

by Scott Mooneyham There’s nothing quite like states feuding over bragging rights. For years, North Carolina and Ohio fought over who had dibs regarding powered flight. Ohio claimed the Wright Brothers and the research in their Dayton bicycle shop. North Carolina claimed the...

Looking for the anarchists

by Scott Mooneyham The fellow who heads the General Assembly police caused quite a stir the other day when he testified in court that his police force had labeled some Raleigh-area people “anarchists” and collected intelligence on them. According to a Raleigh newspaper, the...

Feds challenge Voter ID law

by Scott Mooneyham RALEIGH — The lawsuit came as no surprise. Just two months earlier, the U.S. Justice Department had sued to stop a voter ID law passed in Texas in 2011. In doing so, federal officials said that other lawsuits were likely. North Carolina legislators had just...