Archive for October, 2012

Problems or promise? Experts discuss the privatization of public education

| October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Lucy Hood The inherent tension that exists between individual liberty and the common good has played out in myriad ways for America’s schoolchildren. It’s been the fault line for everything from school finance decisions to desegregation disputes, and it’s at the core of the debate over charter schools and voucher programs. “We consider schools […]

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Time for the NC General Assembly to Revisit the Responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor

| October 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds I had the opportunity to interview the two candidates for Lieutenant Governor.  Clearly both candidates have thought about priorities, goals and how they can use the office for the good of North Carolinians. Because the Lieutenant Governor is elected on a separate ballot from the Governor, it is possible to have […]

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PROGRAM UPDATE – October 28th

| October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

QUICK PROGRAM UPDATE – NC SPIN October 28th WRAL is altering their normal Sunday program lineup for special news and weather coverage of Hurricane Sandy. This week’s program will air at 5:30 on WRAL and at 6:30 on WRAL-2 (Time Warner Cable Channel 106). Thanks and see ya on Sunday!

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NC Needs More Competition

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

by John Hood Competition is an indispensable tool for promoting efficiency, innovation, and excellence. Its virtues are evident in virtually every field of human endeavor, including commerce, athletics, science, religion, and the arts. Government may seem to be an exception to the rule. Although we use (somewhat) competitive elections to determine who runs the government, […]

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Reality check on unemployment taxes

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon You don’t have to listen to the political debate in North Carolina for long before someone brings up the $2.8 billion the state owes the federal government for unemployment insurance funds the state borrowed to provide the desperately needed benefits to laid off workers during the Great Recession. That’s good. It is […]

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Dismantling the Dix Legacy: The End of Compassion

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

The physical abandonment of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh is a final exclamation point on the state’s moral abandonment of the mentally ill, essentially returning us to mid-19th century conditions when the mentally ill were confined to jails, locked in attics or hidden from sight in poorhouses. Dorothea Dix, a champion for the mentally […]

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SPIN This Week – October 28

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Elections almost here, How Much Education do we Need, and 80 on 95. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Cash Michaels, Journalist, and Connie Wilson, former legislator Air Times  

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Will Jobs and the Economy be the focus of a new General Assembly and Governor in 2013?

| October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds When Republicans took control of both North Carolina legislative chambers after the 2010 election, they advanced an agenda driven by big contributors, not good policies designed to help working people. Among the initiatives, they cut worker’s compensation benefits, diminished the rights of negligently injured patients, gave multi-state corporations multimillion dollar tax […]

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Can the Undervote Decide the Election

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Doug Raymond In Presidential Elections, great effort is made to try to identify the voting group that will ‘make the difference’ between victory and defeat.  This year, the race in North Carolina could be decided by a group that might surprise you: the “Uninformed Straight Party Voter”. Please don’t assume that I am talking […]

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Education Points to Ponder

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Gene Arnold The latest word from the State Board of Education is graduation rates for North Carolina are at an all-time high, 80%. Yet polls suggest confidence in public schools has declined dramatically. Let us pause for a moment. In the past twenty years we have implemented the ABC’s program which paid $100 million […]

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