Archive for December, 2012

Bill Friday is NC SPIN’s Tar Heel of the Year

| December 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Many made significant contributions to our state in 2012 but NC SPIN awards our annual Tar Heel of the Year award posthumously to William C. Friday. Perhaps no other North Carolinian of has played a bigger role in our state. His humility, wisdom, goodness and leadership are unequaled. He called out the best in us […]

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Battling Unrealistic Job Expectations

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Mitch Kokai “I’m highly educated, very qualified. I don’t need training. I need a job.” That matter-of-fact statement stood out among dozens of comments addressed recently to a legislative committee looking into the best way for North Carolina to repay its $2.5 billion debt to the federal government for unemployment insurance benefits. The speaker […]

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Two State Decisions on Health Care

| December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

by John Hood Politicians of all parties, at all levels of government, have been debating health care virtually nonstop since the early 1990s. If you’re tired of hearing about it, I have some bad news for you about the new year. Health care is going to be a key political issue in 2013, perhaps even […]

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Newtown tragedy highlights need for better mental health services

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Vickie Smith In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, there has been a predictable uptick in public discussion of mental health care and treatment. In the wake of such a jarring tragedy, it is natural that we all want an explanation—some way to fit this terrible story into the way we think […]

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SPIN This Week – December 30

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss the top stories of 2012:  The 2012 Election and Republican Takeover, North Carolina’s Continuing Sluggish Economy, The Marriage Amendment, Sports Scandals and Firings, Education, The Duke-Progress Merger, Healthcare Reform, The First Racial Justice Act Decision, Gambling, Worker’s Comp and Tar Heel of the Year. Joining moderator […]

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2012: A Year Off Course

| December 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell 2012 was the year we finally admitted that, much like a ship that sails for days one degree off course, our country and our state are lost and spiritually sick. Witness the contentious gridlock in Congress and talk of the fiscal cliff that we will fall off in January. North Carolina’s executive […]

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My Christmas Wish

| December 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

Half my friends/family are convinced the world is going to Hell because Barack Obama was re-elected. The other half are equally convinced North Carolina is headed to the same place because Pat McCrory was elected Governor. Maybe it’s time I got some new friends. My Christmas wish is that everyone could learn tolerance, soften their […]

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Political Choices have Political Consequences

| December 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Jeanne Milliken Bonds I am a moderate Democrat on fiscal issues, leaning progressive on social issues. I did not attend a liberal Journalism School, rather I am a UNC Chapel Hill Economics major with an MPA (public policy) also from UNC.  I tend to analyze things from a mathematical perspective and a people perspective. […]

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The Pope Administration officially begins

| December 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Chris Fitzsimon When Pat McCrory takes the oath of office January 5th, he won’t just become Governor of North Carolina; he will assume the role of the highest ranking official, at least in title and public housing privileges, of the new Pope Administration that is taking over in Raleigh next year. McCrory formally acknowledged […]

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Observations of McCrory’s team from the middle

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Within an hour after naming three cabinet secretaries, a budget director, legal counsel and communications director the media was giving Governor-elect Pat McCrory what-for over his selections. Most of the ink was spilled over the naming of Art Pope as Deputy Budget Director. Pope explained that by law the governor was the chief budget director […]

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