Archive for March, 2013

COMPROMISE

| March 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

From an article in the L.A. Times, March 28th Alan Simpson has never shied away from sharing his convictions but a recent article in the LA Times elevated him in our esteem. The former Wyoming Senator, half the duo of Simpson-Bowles budget reform efforts, was characteristically blunt about the sequester cuts now being implemented. “Stupid, […]

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SPIN This Week – March 31

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss North Carolina More Urban and Republican, Turf Battles, Justice matters, Lottery changes or elimination. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Gene Arnold, former legislator, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Cash Michaels, Journalist. Air Times  

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From Chaos to Stability

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell March Madness is the moniker given the NCAA basketball tournament championship, but this year in North Carolina it is taking on new meaning. Seems like everyone is mad about something. Local governments are mad at the legislature, the legislature is mad about the Dorothea Dix deal, the Racial Justice Act and a […]

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Time for McCrory to step up

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon Governor Pat McCrory hasn’t said much about the spiteful power grab by Senate Republicans to void a lease agreement between the state and the City of Raleigh that would turn the Dorothea Dix land into a destination park. The lease was finalized during the waning days of the Perdue Administration and duly […]

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500 Beds

| March 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Lib Campbell, Pastor Emeritus, St. Mark’s UMC, Raleigh. Today is Monday of Holy Week 2013, a day when thoughts gather toward the coming events of the week. Two thousand years ago, plus, Jesus was in Jerusalem. He had angered the religious authorities of the day… angered them unto death. The powerful elite of the […]

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Dix: Two Wrongs Don’t Make It Right

| March 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

Here’s our bottom line on the Dix property feud. Governor Perdue was wrong on several levels to have committed the state to an agreement over the Dorothea Dix property, but so is the legislature wrong in reneging on the deal. For starters, Perdue and just about everyone else seemed to have forgotten the Master Agreement […]

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McCrory’s budget

| March 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Gene Arnold, former Legislator from Nash County and NC SPIN panelist. For the first time in a very long time the media and the General Assembly recognize the Governor has a budget.  Generally, in the past, no one cared if the Governor presented a budget because it was dead on arrival at the General […]

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The Optimist

| March 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce in Talking About Politics Bowater, as his friends call him, is a local Democrat – and an incurable optimist. While Republican preen and strut with power and Democrats wring their hands with worry, Bowater remain serenely sanguine.   One friend finally reached his limit – with the Republicans and with Bowater’s rosy […]

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Do We Need Certificate of Need?

| March 21, 2013 | 4 Comments

by Tom Campbell In the 1970’s, the federal government mandated that most medical service providers, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, long term care facilities and others obtain a certificate of need in order to operate. In the 1980’s, the feds removed the requirement and many states eliminated their certificate of need laws, but North Carolina actually […]

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Governor’s Budget Proposal

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Joe Mavretic For the past four years, a few NC SPIN panelists have advocated a governor who wanted to lead a good executive branch-not just another education governor. Governor McCrory’s proposed budget is another signal that we finally have one. His proposal stays within realistically expected revenues. It puts a little aside for emergencies. […]

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