Archive for May, 2013

Protecting Our Rights to Assemble and Petition

| May 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell One of the inalienable rights of citizenship in this nation is the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. Recent events at our General Assembly, however, warrant concern that those freedoms might be in jeopardy. The state NAACP, along with others, has made no […]

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Tax Reform Is About More Than Modernizing Outdated System

| May 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

By Becki Gray, VP of John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, May 30, 2013 Tax reform has been discussed but not acted on for 20 years. This General Assembly and governor’s office are committed to fixing a tax system that was set up the 1930s, when our economy was heavily dependent on agriculture and […]

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SPIN This Week – June 2

| May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss School Vouchers, Fixing Medicaid, Tolling and Moral Mondays.  Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Jeanne Bonds, Political Analyst, Rufus Edmisten, former Secretary of State & Attorney General, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray, Columnist, Carolina Journal. Air Times  

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Lawmakers’ disastrous path to an inferior NC education

| May 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Mike Ward, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, published in The News and Observer, May 29, 2013 I am a proud North Carolinian – proud to be a product of public schools, proud to have spent a career in public education, proud to have served as state superintendent of Public Instruction for two terms […]

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Bruton the Bully

| May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mama always said that when a bully finds out you can be intimidated or pushed around, the bullying would continue until something or someone stops it. Bruton Smith, owner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, has been bullying officials in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties for  years. Like the emperor with no clothes, a growing number recognize […]

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The Follies

| May 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon Not inclined to shift money away from schools? The state budget debate shifts to the House next week even as more details buried in the 413-page budget bill that passed the Senate this week are coming to light. One provision that was reported earlier in the week but sparked another round of […]

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Governor Pat McCrory’s Rising Political Stock

| May 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Brad Crone, President of Campaign Connections and NC SPIN Panelist As the legislative session drags on, the Governor is seeing his political stock on the rise. In January, when the General Assembly convened, the Senate went to great lengths to show the newly installed Governor just who runs things in Raleigh. It was a […]

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Carolina Needs Capital Ideas

| May 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

by John Hood Just about every political cause in Raleigh is being pitched as a spur to economic growth. It’s easy to see why. North Carolina continues to post one of the worst unemployment rates in the country. Poll respondents continue to list job creation as the top priority for their elected leaders. No matter […]

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Time is slipping away

| May 28, 2013 | 5 Comments

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds North Carolina is a politically centrist state. Depending on the personalities that emerge and the economy, it can lean right politically. Republicans and conservatives, armed with a web of 527s, 501( c) 4s, and PAC money from their gains in 2010,  were able to boom a louder message across more channels […]

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5 Troubling Ideas for NC Democracy

| May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rob Christensen, News and Observer, May 25, 2013 Let us put aside the major issues that divide North Carolina politics – taxes, the size of government, public vs. private education, abortion, guns, funding for the University of North Carolina system, Medicaid, health care, even voter ID. Off the table for this morning. We’re not […]

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