Archive for May, 2013

Is there a Democrat in the house?

| May 23, 2013 | 3 Comments

North Carolina has become a red state. In 2010 and again in 2012, Republicans convinced voters that Democrats had done a poor job of running our state and they had a better plan. Their message was louder and more effective and they won control of state government with boldness, conviction and an incredible display of […]

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Picking Gnats from the State Budget Elephant

| May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell You have to hand it to North Carolina’s Republican Senators. They relish going, as Star Trek proclaimed, “Where no man has gone before.” They appear to enjoy painting bull’s-eyes on themselves, daring feedback. We admire their boldness and courage but their tax reform proposals and recently passed budget deserves closer deliberation. The […]

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A Thing you Rarely See

| May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Carter Wrenn, from the “Talking About Politics” blog, May 21,2013 There’re a lot of clever politicians and smart politicians but there’re not many politicians with the courage to take a stand they know is unpopular. The other day, baffled by the raft of tax reform plans floating around the State Legislature, I asked an […]

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Robin Hood in Reverse

| May 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Brad Crone There’s no doubt that Senator Berger’s tax reform plan is an attention getter.  The problem, however, is the math just doesn’t add up.  Under the GOP tax reform plan, North Carolina’s middle-class families will actually end up paying more in their state taxes while the rich and powerful will pay less. Two […]

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SPIN This Week – May 26

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss The Senate Budget, Tax Reform and Crossover deadline. 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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The snarling, regressive Senate budget

| May 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office issued a press release Sunday night about the Senate budget a few hours before the actual budget itself was online for reporters and citizens to read. Berger’s Chief of Staff Jim Blaine couldn’t understand why reporters also wanted to see the actual budget document at […]

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When Liberals Love Privatization

| May 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood Remember Where’s Waldo? Imagine for a moment that he had the word “privatization” stitched on his colorful little cap, and see if you can spot him in this word picture: North Carolina spends billions of dollars a year funding a critical service. But rather than deliver the service directly, the state allows […]

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Human Trafficking In North Carolina

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell Sometimes it feels that just one more problem will overwhelm us, but there is one that needs immediate exposure and urgent attention: the growing problem of human trafficking, defined as the illegal trade of humans for purposes of reproductive slavery, sexual exploitation, forced labor or other modern-day forms of slavery. Trafficking has […]

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SPIN This Week – May 19

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Transportation reform, Fracking cracks, The chancellor’s priorities and New mental hospital. Joining moderator Henry Hinton this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker and Connie Wilson, legislator .   Air Times  

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The arrogant power-grabbing continues on Jones Street

| May 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon The General Assembly is always chaotic during the week of the crossover deadline and this session is no exception with rushed committee meetings, late night sessions, and supplemental calendars issued for the House and Senate floor listing what will be debated and voted on. Even for legislative insiders like lobbyists, reporters, and […]

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