Archive for November, 2012

Secession? Really?

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

We get it. Folks aren’t happy with Barack Obama’s re-election. But seccession? NC SPIN panelist John Hood declared this Internet campaign a colossal joke, saying even Elmo could sign the online petition. It is going to get the serious consideration it deserves…nada, zip, zero. But let’s just assume for a minute those behind the movement […]

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The Divided States of America

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Doug Raymond The election is over and as with any election, there are a lot of people who aren’t happy about the results. But this election brought out a lot of unhappy people long before the votes were tallied. I started hearing stories of discontent even before early voting started.  Citizens were fired up, […]

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SPIN This Week – November 18

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss The new administration, Jobs and the economy, Tax reform and Judicial reform. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker and Dennis Wicker, Former Lieutenant Governor. Air Times […]

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Could Mister Rogers’ neighborhood be relocated to another state?

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell Duke Energy’s CEO Jim Rogers issued a veiled threat to the NC Utilities Commission: if they don’t approve the 7.2 percent rate increase his company requested Duke could move their corporate headquarters to another state. Isn’t this the same Duke Energy that lobbied to convince us their takeover of Progress Energy would […]

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Bold Leadership in Raleigh

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray The 2011-12 North Carolina General Assembly has been under a barrage of attacks for bold moves during the first session under Republican leadership in more than a century. Republican lawmakers have been accused of decimating education, which has not happened. They also have been accused of giving tax breaks to millionaires and […]

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Post Election Perspective From An Eastern NC Conservative

| November 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

by Henry Hinton I don’t know if I should celebrate or cry in my soup.  That’s the feeling of many North Carolina conservatives as we grasp for perspective on what just happened in the election.  At the state level it was obviously a great year for the conservative movement albeit twenty years late.  At the […]

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Mixed signals from McCrory

| November 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon The least ideologically extreme conservative politician with significant power in Raleigh after Tuesday’s election may be the Pat McCrory who was the mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, the Republican who worked closely with mainstream business leaders and championed public investments in light rail and economic development and supported tax increases when […]

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Semper Fi

| November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

 It was a different birthday party, the 237th birthday of the US Marines. Our hosts were two retired     Marine Corps Officers. The ceremony began with a Champaign toast, with one extra glass lifted in salute to all those who had died in service, were currently in harms way or who had recently died. […]

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One Word Response to the Elections

| November 11, 2012 | 6 Comments

 The Charlotte Observer asked a panel to provide their one word response to the November 6th elections. We thought it would be interesting to ask our readers to provide their responses. Here are our rules: One word. We’re not looking for treatises, just responses. No profanity, defamation or hatred. You must provide your real name, […]

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Time to Change Judicial Selection?

| November 9, 2012 | 16 Comments

Commentary by NC SPIN Panelists In light of recent discussions surrounding the impact big money has on North Carolina’s judicial selection process, NC SPIN panelist Jeanne Bonds did some research to determine how other states select their Judges. Below is a quick summary and the dialog this sparked. As an aside, look for more NC […]

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