Archive for February, 2013

Joe Mavretic’s Perspective on Senate Bill 10

| February 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Joe Mavretic A review of state government should be conducted about every twenty-five years. The review should be one part of a CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW required by our constitution. Our state constitution is the way of stating the way we choose to live. As such, each generation should have a way of deciding the rules […]

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Grading McCrory’s “State of the State”

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Jeanne Milliken Bonds Liked: Let me say straight off the top that I liked two policy goals mentioned: cut the advertising, administrative costs of the lottery and apply money to kids and technology in education. The technology is needed and there’s a revenue stream to tap. And, the reinstatement of the Drug Treatment Courts. […]

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Two Views of the NC Economy

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Hood North Carolina’s lackluster economy is the top political issue. Voters who pay scant attention to legislative sessions and partisan dust-ups in Raleigh view state leaders primarily through the economic lens. If they believe things are getting substantially better in the coming years, they’ll reelect the Republican legislature in 2014 and Pat McCrory […]

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Grading McCrory’s Speech

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Tom Campbell Governor Pat McCrory was obviously eager to deliver his state of the state, starting before the 7 o’clock hour and pre-empting network nightly newscasts.  His speech was about 45 minutes long…longer than most had anticipated. It took him a few minutes to get comfortable. Pat McCropry is at his best when he […]

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Saying No is a Start

| February 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

By John Hood, President of The John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist. Now that the North Carolina legislature has sent a clear signal that it opposes both Medicaid expansion and a state-based health exchange, the state capital is abuzz with complaints and speculations. Are Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Gov. […]

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The Bigger Picture of Medicaid Expansion

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Scott Mooneyham, Editor, NC Insider For state Rep. Bert Jones, the expansion of Medicaid under federal health care reform could be explained easily. “It’s simply another step toward the goal of socialized medicine controlled by the federal government,” the Rockingham County Republican said as the state House considered legislation to block that expansion in […]

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Watching McCrory’s State of the State

| February 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Jeanne Milliken Bonds Since his inauguration in January, Governor Pat McCrory has emphasized a “broken” government that needs to be “fixed” but we have heard very little detail of policies and specifics plans for the “fix.” We’ve also heard no specific details about where the Governor stands on issues the NC General Assembly is […]

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NC Manufacturing is Thriving

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Michael R. Drummond, Packrite LLC. Dear Tom, Not only is manufacturing not dead but it is thriving. Our company, Packrite LLC, a packaging manufacture company started in October of 2008 just as the economy was turning down has not only survived but thrived. Packrite is a retail packaging company that was started by myself […]

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Can Colorado be the Healthiest State?

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Governor of Colorado, concerned about the growing problem of obesity in his state, issued a challenge to his citizens to become the healthiest state in the nation. In an article in The Atlantic, Governor John Hickenlooper said, “We can be hopeful about our future. We can be bold. We will come through this rough […]

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John Hood says legislators and the Governor have secret reasons to reject Obamacare

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

From Adam Linker, The Progressive Pulse. It is safe to assume that John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, has easy access to Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders in Raleigh. That means he has more insight than the rest of us into what motivates Republican lawmakers. That is why I found his column today interesting. […]

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