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Bonds might get old foes' support
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Bonds might get old foes' support

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- Wake County's new $ 550 million school construction plan won the conditional endorsement Friday of an advisory committee that includes key opponents of last year's failed bond issue. Committee members said they would campaign for a $ 500 million bond issue to help finance the plan if the school board would lobby the General Assembly to make two legislative changes they say would help control public school costs.

07/29/2000
Group assails refund delay
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Group assails refund delay

BY Amy Gardner

A small group of Republican lawmakers and indignant taxpayers gathered in front of the Department of Revenue on Thursday to protest the roughly 100,000 individual tax refunds still in state hands. "The citizens did not volunteer to lend their money to the state to help balance the budget," said Rep. Art Pope, a Raleigh Republican. "It's just wrong to play games with tax refunds."

07/28/2000
N.C. late getting refunds to about 100,000 taxpayers
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N.C. late getting refunds to about 100,000 taxpayers

BY Amy Gardner

Three months after this year's tax-filing deadline, North Carolina still owes 101,000 taxpayers about $ 43 million in income tax refunds and is piling up millions of dollars in interest on late payments. So far, the state has paid $ 12.8 million in interest this year, and officials now estimate that the total will exceed $ 15 million, $ 5 million more than last year.

07/27/2000
Easley ads OK, auditor decides
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Easley ads OK, auditor decides

BY Matthew Eisley

The state auditor said Thursday that state Attorney General Mike Easley's use of television public-service announcements over the past two years was acceptable under state laws and regulations. Easley's Democratic and Republican opponents in this year's governor's race criticized the attorney general, saying he used more than $ 1 million in advertisements since 1993 to promote his political career. Easley faces Republican Richard Vinroot and Libertarian Barbara Howe in the fall governor's race.

06/30/2000
Not Quite Microsoft of Politics
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Not Quite Microsoft of Politics

BY Rob Christensen

If David Price or Jesse Helms were making computers rather than laws, the antitrust lawyers in the U.S. Justice Department would be breathing down their necks. Deregulation may have helped free up the private sector, but Congress thinks of itself as the Microsoft of politics. Members of Congress provide themselves with free mail, telephones, Internet access and Web pages. They have taxpayer-paid caseworkers back in their districts. They hold town meetings. They deliver the pork for the folks back home. They design their districts to suit their political leanings.

06/25/2000
Ignoring Our Rally
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Ignoring Our Rally

BY Avery McGrew

Your June 21 edition once again showed the liberal bias of the paper. The day before, CSE (Citizens for a Sound Economy) held a Day at the Capitol. Where were you?

06/22/2000
Wake Forest Mayor Keeps Pressure On
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Wake Forest Mayor Keeps Pressure On

BY Dinky Kearney

Wake Forest Mayor George Mackie is heeding a time-honored political credo: When in doubt, appoint a committee. The mayor has long claimed Town Hall is rife with corruption. A month ago, he gave town commissioners a list of nine former employees who he said would confirm his allegations of poor management and illegal activity in the police and water departments.

06/17/2000

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