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I write a column for the Indy on politics and public policy called Exile on Jones Street. My blog is



Updated on May 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM


Kirk Ross

Kirk Ross is a freelance columnist for INDY Week and founded the online news and feature publication The Carolina Mercury. He lives in Chapel Hill.

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Re: “N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences director puts kibosh on documentary about sea-level rise

Thought I'd weigh in since I've written about this for the federation's news organization. The original language of the 2012 bill was very, very limiting and the Senate passed a version that had a few adjustments, but continued to dictate the science and how it could be used. The House rejected that bill and a House and Senate conference committee finally agreed on a four-year moratorium on setting a new state rate of rise. It also spelled out how the state's Coastal Resources Commission should go about developing a new rate. Here are my first and last stories on the legislation from the 2012 session.
Sea-Level Rise Debate May Move to Raleigh…
Sea-Level Rise Debate Brings Curtain Down…
And here's an interesting analysis of reporting on the issue…

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 11/16/2013 at 10:17 AM

Re: “The GOP sacrifices N.C. citizens—for what?

The actuarial tables disagree with you. Don't blame me.
And, hell yeah there'll be a lot of reporting about the results of these policies.
Also, thanks for reading.

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 07/27/2013 at 9:41 PM

Re: “The GOP sacrifices N.C. citizens—for what?

Not sure you read that right. The point is they were unable to get their biggest signature issue done and how that is an example of mismanagement.

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 07/17/2013 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Election shows impact of redistricting and why voting-rights groups are suing

The case is about racial gerrymandering and the excessive splitting of precincts and counties. The results of the lines are pretty clear. We're not going to see a record number of African-Americans chairing committees next session.

Posted by Kirk Ross on 11/26/2012 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

One of the things we heard over and over again was that there were long waiting lists for any kind of heating or weatherization assistance. In the case of substandard rental housing, landlords would have to apply and agree to inspections. You can imagine how many would agree to that.
The bills I saw had fuel surcharges and other items in them that drove up the costs. Mrs. McQueen said her neighborhood had old analog meters and that may be part of the problem. They want to switch to newer digital meters, but were told by the town they'd have to pay for them.
The main problem is lack of oversight and accountability. Without it we don't know what is really happening.
In the next leg of the tour, we're visiting Red Springs to look at this specific issue. I hope to have more information after that.

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 02/16/2012 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

I've looked over some of the bills from Red Springs and was pretty stunned.
There may be more going on there. Whether you believe that case or not, the negative impact of high electric rates in Eastern NC is undeniable.

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 02/16/2012 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

The avg kilowatt-hour price is an average through the whole region. Some towns are higher.You also have to take into account that many people are living in substandard rental housing. In the case of Red Springs there may be a lot more going on.

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Posted by Kirk Ross on 02/16/2012 at 8:16 AM

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