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A Spy, Drug Dealers, Cronies, Hemp and the NCGA

Who does it take for the NC General Assembly to move fast? Apparently lawmakers can act swiftly if they want to legalize hemp, a relative of marijuana, especially when four lobbyists are on the job, and when the son of a political insider stands to benefit.

And then there’s the firm linked to a convicted Soviet spy and two former drug dealers that was waiting in the wings for hemp to become legal. All these players add to the oddity of the very same legislators who overshot the budget deadline by months managing to pass “the hemp bill” in the space of a couple of days.

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the grade distinctions to 10-point intervals.

Educators and administrators believe the change is an improvement and seem pleased with actions by the State Board of Education. Don’t count me among the supporters.

North Carolina's Unknown Tax Cut Bonanza

It’s such a shame North Carolina’s 2013 unemployment insurance reforms, which stirred up a lot of controversy at the time, have drawn so little attention since – and why it’s time more people hear about North Carolina’s other tax cuts.

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