Archive for March, 2012

All Dollars, No Sense

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Among the many unfathomable vagaries of this time is the yo-yo world of mortgage lending. In 2007, you could borrow $300,000 or more to purchase a home if you could fog a mirror. They called it “no doc” or no documentation lending. Lenders (as well as buyers) got burned making bad decisions. To compensate for […]

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Which Way Did They Go? I’m Their Leader

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

House Speaker Thom Tillis might have said more than he thought when recently remarking that even if voters approve the Marriage Amendment in the upcoming election he suspects it will be overturned within twenty years. Is Tillis seeking cover in the event it doesn’t pass? Is this a commentary on the changing nature of public […]

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Startling Rural Healthcare Stats – NC Farm Bureau

| March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

During last week’s Healthcare Forum, NC Farm Bureau’s Peter Daniel shared some startling rural healthcare statistics. Peter has graciously summarized these for NC SPIN to share. As Peter discussed during the healthcare innovation panel discussion, NC Farm Bureau has made a substantial investment in upfitting a 50 foot Mobile Health Unit for health screenings in […]

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Your “Must Have” is My Option

| March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

A new book stimulates interesting discussion. “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” written by a Harvard professor and a Harvard researcher looks at the impact and consequences of the Tea Party movement. The two interviewed Tea Party members and actually attended Tea Party meetings to ascertain what this movement stands for. Among […]

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SPIN This Week

| March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

This week our panel has a lively discussion about Governor Perdue’s Education Tour, we talk about the May Primary Elections, focusing on the Council of State races, give our spin on the good news-bad news unemployment numbers and we start a new feature, “The Last Word,” asking panelists to give the last word to House […]

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A Healthier NC Campaign

| March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

At the conclusion of the NC SPIN Healthcare Forum, Tom Campbell shared exciting news of a statewide campaign focused on improving the health of our state. The “A Healthier NC” campaign will have three key components: 1. Measurement – Stressing the importance for each NC resident to know their Health Baseline, including Blood Pressure, LDL […]

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Watch NC SPIN Healthcare Forum Live

| March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Watch “What The Health?: Can We Survive our Healthcare System” live on WRAL.com. Download summary results from statewide Healthcare survey.

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Gas Prices Fuel Concern for Growth

| March 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a March 13 Charlotte Business Journal article, UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton shared some positive revisions to his economic growth projections for 2012 – now projecting 2 percent growth. This is slightly above his previous projections in December of a 1.1 percent gain. Connaughton shared that 12 of our state’s 15 economic sectors will […]

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NC SPIN Healthcare Forum – Agenda for March 20

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

“What the Health: Can We Survive Our Healthcare System” – Forum Agenda, March 20, 2012 GSK Research and Development Auditorium, GSK Main Campus, RTP 8:30 a.m. Open, welcome, introductions, sponsors Tom Campbell, producer/moderator, NC SPIN Jack Bailey, Sr. VP Policy, Payers and Vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline, RTP 8:40 a.m. Introduction of keynote speaker – Katherine Thomas, Director […]

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Politicians, Poor People and Historians

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Politicians say dumb things, often when cameras and reporters are present. Then they are forced to admit what they said was dumb or try to defend it. When they choose the latter course they always make things worse. Then they commit their third and dumbest mistake…they clam up, praying their stupid statements will just fade […]

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