Archive for June, 2013

Gimme a Break

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell. Events in state government this past week have shown the tensions between legislative houses, the governor and groups within our state are hotter than the 90 degree temperatures. When that happens the best course is often to call time-out and that is exactly what House Speaker Thom Tillis has done. Negotiations over […]

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So what’s the problem with Common Core?

| June 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Becki Gray So what’s the problem with Common Core?  Well, we don’t know.  Don’t know how it will work, don’t know how well it will work and don’t know how much it will cost. The State Board of Education adopted Common Core in conjunction with the state’s Race to the Top application.  The prospect […]

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The Voting Rights Decision in North Carolina

| June 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell The U.S. Supreme Court has been the big news this week, with landmark 5-4 divided rulings. Their verdict on the Voting Rights Act sent reverberations across the South, indeed the entire nation, saying the mostly Southern states covered under the act no longer have to get pre-clearance from the US Department of […]

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SPIN This Week – June 30

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Where things stand at the General Assembly, Unemployment down slightly but benefits end for many July 1, Where to take the garbage, Gun control, Executions, and Common Core curriculum. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Dan Blue, III, Political analyst, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC […]

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Access to power sale this weekend

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon Legislative leaders and officials from the McCrory Administration are huddled in the backrooms of the Legislative Building these days working out the final details of a package of massive tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals and the cuts to education to pay for them. If you haven’t weighed in yet, there’s […]

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Should Democrats really “Focus on the sweet spot-Education.”

| June 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

By Joe Mavretic, Former Speaker, NC House and NC SPIN panelist Republican strategists must be salivating over Gary Pearce’s “Focus on the sweet spot-Education.” If education is the Democratic Brand for North Carolina, then the Democrats are in for a pounding.  Fifty years of Democratic Education Governors-what’s our unemployment rate? Extra pay for teachers with […]

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Big Government Slams Small Firms

| June 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood Regulatory policy is about striking a proper balance. Virtually no one disagrees with the propriety of government designing, promulgating, and enforcing regulation. When health, safety, and property are threatened by private action, there are some private penalties or remedies. Risky individuals or firms tend to face higher insurance premiums or liability for […]

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Please shave, Speaker Tillis

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

House Speaker Thom Tillis continues to insist the legislature will adjourn by July 4th. Yeah, and the Red Sea will part again and Governor McCrory will pull a rabbit out of his hat. Citizens of North Carolina should hope this doesn’t happen. In addition to what the legislature has promised will be a major tax […]

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Big Bills on Hold: Where Are They Now

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Laura Leslie,, June 21, 2013 RALEIGH, N.C. — The budget and tax reform bills aren’t the only high-profile bills still in limbo as the 2013 legislative session draws to a close. House Speaker Thom Tillis said Thursday he expects the session to adjourn by July 4. If that’s the case, lawmakers will have just […]

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Legislative oversight, interference or intimidation?

| June 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The proposed merger of the Asheville Water System into a Metropolitan Sewer District continues to create controversy, with new revelations that two western legislators might be using veiled intimidation to force the city to abandon a lawsuit and drop opposition to the merger. Mountain Xpress, an independent newspaper located in Asheville and a blogsite called […]

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