Archive for January, 2013

Regulatory Reform? Preach on.

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here’s a story that helps explain what Governor McCrory and Speaker Tillis are speaking to regardling regulatory reform. We gave my son’s family gas logs for their fireplace for Christmas. Rather than take any chances with gas leaks we went to PSNC to purchase the logs and have them installed. Never mind it took them […]

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Gene Arnold’s Perspective on Speaker Term Limits

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Gene Arnold Speaker Tillis has announced he will step down after two terms.  Public speculation is his purpose for this is to run for the US Senate.  This voluntary action has generated the question of should this action be adopted into state law. First of all, this position has taken on more responsibility and […]

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Phil Kirk’s Perspective on Speaker Term Limits

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Phil Kirk I am practically libertarian on limits on public service.  Think it is good government for top legislative leaders to voluntarily limit themselves to two terms;however if their members want them to serve longer, they should have that right.   Senate and House leaders must have same rules.     Sen Sam Ervin […]

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Tax Reform The Key To Economic Vitality

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray As the new General Assembly gets under way, there are lots of issues to be considered. Repaying the unemployment insurance debt owed to the federal government, requiring photo identification to vote, restructuring the state’s information technology systems, rejecting the health exchanges and Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, repealing costly energy renewable portfolio standards, […]

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Joe Mavretic’s Perspective on Speaker Term Limits

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Joe Mavretic The Liston Ramsey era taught me that term limits were necessary. Two consecutive terms is about right for starters. It only takes about four years to learn how to, and then do, a good job as Speaker. After that, the Speaker becomes too indebted to special interests. I think a good Speaker […]

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SPIN This Week- February 3

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss The Legislature returns, Education Silos, Political Party examination and Corruption and Fraud. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, Becki Gray, columnist, Carolina Journal, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker. Air Times […]

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The Bottom of the Internet Pipeline

| January 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell According to the Federal Communications Commission, North Carolina finds itself in the unenviable position of being at the bottom, tied with Mississippi, for having the lowest number of households with basic broadband connections. Too many homes and businesses are stuck with outdated cable and DSL networks because of a lack of competition. […]

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McCrory’s Education

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell Pat McCrory learned (or ought to have) three lessons of his own following his radio interview with former US Education Secretary Bill Bennett. Lesson 1: When you are governor everything you say will be noted. Don’t ask if the media or your opposition will find out. Instead ask how it will be […]

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Look for the Party Label

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Hood I noted a couple of days ago that North Carolina native Richard Weaver helped spark the modern conservative movement with his 1948 book Ideas Have Consequences. My John Locke Foundation colleagues and I like Weaver’s famous phrase so much that we used it in the subtitle of our new book on North […]

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The case of QEA and unaccountable charter schools

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon Three Serbian students at a North Carolina basketball powerhouse disguised as a high school were desperate in January of 2010, as school officials were reclassifying them without their permission from seniors to juniors to keep them on campus and on the team. The students wanted to leave and were ready to graduate […]

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