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Thursday at 6:10 am: CJ’s Rick Henderson Discusses Easley Testimony on WPTF

You can hear Rick Henderson, managing editor of Carolina Journal, Thursday at 6:10 a.m. on WPTF. He’ll discuss Wednesday’s testimony from former governor Mike Easley and look ahead to Thursday’s testimony from Scott Falmlen, who was the state Democratic Party executive director from 1999 to 2005.

You can hear the interview at 680 AM on the dial, or online at www.wptf.com. Click on “Listen Live.”

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4:00: Easley Hearing Adjourns for Day; Back Thursday at 9:30 am

Carolina Journal’s David Bass has been live-blogging today’s session of the state Board of Election hearing, featuring Mike Easley for a good portion of the day. You can read Bass’ posts here.

The hearing resumes Thursday at 9:30. The witness will be Scott Falmlen, who was the state Democratic Party executive director from 1999 to 2005.

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When the power ‘speaks truth to power,’ expect Orwellian results

President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, whose judgment has shown itself in her championing of Van Jones and other spectacular lost causes, here tries to explain to CNN why her administration is pursuing such a Chavezian vendetta against Fox News.

In language sure to annoy Jon Ham, she avers that “We’re going to speak truth to power.”

Ma’am, Mr. President, other statist lunatics in the Obama administration: YOU ARE THE POWER. What you have been objecting to these past few months is people speaking truth to you. And now your dictatorial bent has begun to alienate more and more members of the press (though not all of them, of course), former allies who see how you are treating their own colleagues and friends and beginning to realize the logical ends of your actions. Stew in it.

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2:15: Easley Testimony Complete

Former governor Mike Easley has completed his sworn testimony before the state Board of Elections. The hearing has recessed until 3:30.

Carolina Journal’s David Bass has been live-blogging the testimony. You can read his posts here.

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Durham Commissioners Already Talking Property Tax Hike

The News & Observer reports about today’s Durham County commissioners’ meeting, which included comments from county manager Mike Ruffin.

“It’s not a question of whether, but of how much,” Ruffin said. “What do you want to do?”

Ruffin was not asking for an answer right away, but did want a consensus on some proposed guidelines that included a 75.53-cent cap on the property-tax rate. The current rate is 70.81 cents per $100 valuation.

“We are still looking at doing a lot of reducing in the county’s budget next year,” Ruffin said.

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Noon: Easley Testimony So Far

Carolina Journal’s David Bass has been live-blogging former governor Mike Easley’s testimony before the state Board of Elections today. You can find his posts here.

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10:00: Easley Testimony So Far

Carolina Journal’s David Bass is live-blogging the Mike Easley testimony before the state Board of Elections. You can follow his posts here.

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Board of Elections: Wake School Board Runoff is a Go

Cathy Truitt rescinded her request for a runoff with John Tedesco for the District 2 seat on the Wake County school board, but this morning the Board of Elections ruled the runoff is a go. More details here.

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