Archive for December, 2012

Let’s Focus on Job Creation

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

by John Hood It’s about time for New Year’s resolutions. My recommendation for North Carolina politicians of all stripes is to resolve to focus their attention, rhetoric, and legislation on reducing the ranks of the unemployed. I don’t mean to suggest that state government is the primary player in economic policy. To the extent public […]

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The path toward saner gun policies

| December 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

by Rob Schofield What it will really take to reclaim the debate and “regulate the Militia” It’s been less than 96 hours since a pathetically troubled young man dipped into his mother’s arsenal of high-powered weapons and changed our world last Friday, but already there has been an outpouring of pent-up passion and persuasive analysis […]

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SPIN This Week – December 23

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Christmas violence, Racial Justice reprieves, New Day in Politics and Video Sweepstakes Ban upheld. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Jeanne Bonds, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker Air […]

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A New Year and a New Day

| December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell As we begin 2013, we are in many respects returning to the political past in North Carolina. Not since Reconstruction has the Republican Party held control of our executive, legislative, top court and most of our counties. There are big changes and new faces ahead. Since all politics is local let us […]

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Tax Reform: “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!”

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds In October 1986, just shy of my 24th birthday, I was sleeping in the Hall of States in the US Capitol using my big ole bag phone as a pillow (yes, a Bag cell phone with each minute costing 2 bucks). I was working on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. […]

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Help Wanted: One Perfect State Party Chair, NC Democratic Party

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Jeanne Milliken Bonds NC Democrats are reorganizing after the State elected a supermajority in the NC House and Senate, Republican Majority Supreme Court, Republican Governor and Lt. Governor. What they need now is a State Party Chair. David Parker has announced he is not running. I have to say that many Democrats are skeptical […]

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And now it’s official – the Electoral College has met

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

BY BECKI GRAY I was honored to attend the 56th meeting of North Carolina’s Electoral College today. Here are some things I learned: 1. North Carolina did not participate in the first Electoral College. Our state constitution was not ratified until 10 months after George Washington was elected. 2. There are 15 electors for North Carolina – […]

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Was Justice Served?

| December 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks overturned the death sentences of three convicted killers, applying The Racial Justice Act. In the four-week trial Weeks cited several instances where prosecutors made a concerted effort to reduce the number of black jurors in the three trials. Family members, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors disagreed, some strongly, to changing […]

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New state leaders need to master the facts in the mental health debate

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Vicki Smith Irrespective of our political views, I and most everyone I know were relieved to see campaign season end. This campaign season was divisive. Differences between candidates and parties were not just highlighted, they were polarizing. With the election over, winning candidates must move from campaigning to governing. To govern successfully, our newly […]

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Medicaid Savings Illusory Under Obamacare Expansion, Critics Say

| December 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way A recent study suggests that taxpayer costs could go down if the states expanded Medicaid enrollment under President Obama’s signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But critics say expanding Medicaid actually would cost North Carolinians directly an extra $3.1 billion more over a 10-year period — and costs to federal taxpayers, […]

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