Archive for April, 2013

“Conservative” divisions and outside influence culminate in renewable energy debate

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds The divisions and internal battles of the NCGOP in the House are alive and well, evidenced in the high profile fight over the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. First, we were to believe Rep. Mike Hager was introducing the repeal of the renewable energy portfolio standard “RPS” for his former employer, […]

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Public notices need to be where the public notices

| April 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

by Beth Grace Public notices need to be where the public notices. But state legislators and a handful of local government agents want to take legally required public notices advertisements that tell you about major road closings, competitive bids being sought, elections scheduled, important public hearings set, etc. out of the newspapers that have run […]

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Why the Energy Bill Matters

| April 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood In a legislative session featuring proposals to rewrite the tax code, take important next steps on regulatory reform, give parents more school choice, and restructure the state’s transportation and Medicaid programs, Rep. Mike Hager’s idea of putting a time limit on North Carolina’s renewable-energy mandate might seem comparatively inconsequential. Although the bill […]

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Pandering to the shaking heads

| April 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon More hidden and loaded guns in more places, including bars, restaurants, college campuses and city greenways—that appears to be the General Assembly’s response to the national tragedy in Newtown and the public outcry to do something to prevent more gun violence. A House committee approved a bill Wednesday to allow more guns […]

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More Chaos Coming in Healthcare

| April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

by David Brooks, New York Times, Sunday, April 28, 2013 It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected. Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election. […]

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Tax Shuffle Could Shake Up Missouri

| April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

From Stateline, April 29th JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature is poised to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would cut the state income tax, especially for small businesses, while raising the sales tax to benefit three legislative priorities. It would be the biggest change in the tax code in decades and the first step […]

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Keep our Grandfather’s fire burning

| April 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

By D. G. Martin, host of UNC’s North Carolina Bookwatch “Everybody in North Carolina should have heard that speech.”  Someone had just heard Tom Lambeth’s recent remarks to the North Caroliniana Society, which was presenting him with its annual award for service to our state. Lambeth, longtime former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds […]

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Governor Should Be Mr. Fix-It

| April 26, 2013 | 5 Comments

By John Hood in the Carolina Journal, April 26, 2013 Now that Pat McCrory has passed the oh-so-important mark of 100 days in office, the political class in Raleigh feels obligated to offer a critique of his administration. The most common one is that Gov. McCrory is playing “small ball.” That is, the critics say […]

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Time for Colleges to make a choice

| April 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

Departing UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said more than he knew in a recent interview with The News and Observer. Thorp said that dealing with intercollegiate athletics was the most important part of the job of chancellor. Notice it wasn’t educating students, training future thinkers and leaders, undertaking research or attracting the best faculty possible. Thorp […]

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SPIN This Week – April 28

| April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week we have a special edition of NC SPIN featuring four Mayors from North Carolina. We will discuss the following: Local Governments, Current issues and The Future. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Mayor Bill Bell, Durham, Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, Mayor B.J. Murphy, Kinston and Mayor Jill Swain, Huntersville.   Air Times […]

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