Archive for June, 2012

Perdue’s Budget Veto

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

The political gamesmanship taking place in Raleigh would be fun to watch if it didn’t affect so many North Carolinians. It started last week when Governor Perdue called Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger to the governor’s mansion for a face-to-face meeting, asking them to compromise on the budget they passed. […]

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What the Healthcare Verdict Means to NC

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

It might be some time before we know conclusively how the Supreme Court’s ruling affects our nation, the healthcare system or our citizens, but we can speak to some of the impact it will have in North Carolina. There are an estimated 1.5 million people who do not have health insurance in our state. If […]

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SPIN This Week – July 1st

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into to NC SPIN this week as our panelists discuss The Budget, Grading the Short Session and More Medicaid Mess. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker, Becki Gray, columnist for the Carolina Journal, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch and John Hood, President of the John Locke […]

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I Want to be a Post-Cynical American

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

George Washington’s greatest nightmare is today’s reality. As we celebrate our independence let us re-read what Washington said to the nation in his farewell address, September 19, 1796. He warned us of the dangers of partisanship. “I have already intimated to you the danger of Parties in the State… Let me now take a more […]

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SPIN This Week – June 24th

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

This week on NC SPIN we are airing excerpts from our recent Carolina Collection interview with former Wachovia Bank CEO and legendary NC leader, John Medlin. This was Mr. Medlin’s last public interview before his death earlier this month. Mr. Medlin will be remembered by most for Wachovia’s 10-fold growth under his leadership. But for […]

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Medicaid: It’s Complicated

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Managing Medicaid is not unlike sitting in the driver’s seat of a car without being able to steer, change speed or determine who and how many others can ride. 1.6 million North Carolina residents receive Medicaid, costing roughly 12 billion dollars a year, of which the state contributes 3 billion. This week’s firing of the […]

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NC SPIN Jobs Survey Results

| June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

NC SPIN Jobs Survey      Question #1 Do you think government leaders in North Carolina are doing enough to help businesses create jobs? Answer Options Response Percent Yes 9.5% No 73.0% Not sure 17.5% Question #2 What role should North Carolina’s government play in job creation? Answer Options Response Percent None, this is a […]

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Two Visions: Both Right and Both Wrong

| June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

You have to give our two major candidates for governor credit. Both have their perspective of the current state of our state and each has a vision for the future. But if you are asking whose vision is correct you are asking the wrong question. It was easy to contrast Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat […]

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SPIN This Week – June 17th

| June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into to NC SPIN this week as our panelists discuss The Senate Budget, Legislative roundup, The new Duke Energy and Taxing sweepstakes machines. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Rufus Edmiston, former Secretary of State and Attorney General, Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray, […]

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Mr. Wachovia

| June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

The financial industry lost a champion and North Carolina a great friend when John Grimes Medlin died this week. Medlin was the gold standard of responsible and accountable capitalism, but also was an approachable, low-key, forward thinking rock of integrity and trust. John understood you had to appreciate your heritage before charting a course for […]

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