Archive for June, 2013

Rollback Backlash

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Gary Pearce in Talking About Politics, June 19, 2013 Looking at the Great Republican Rollback, Democrats are tempted to attack on every front: taxes, Medicaid, teacher pay, jetty ban, Jordan Lake, Child Fatality Task Force, Rural Center, Racial Justice, voter ID, jobless benefits, campaign financing, etc., etc.   Focus, people.   In politics, to […]

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Leaving Rural North Carolina

| June 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell Throughout its history North Carolina was a rural state; farming was the principle source of income. The improvement of transportation in the 20th century made possible successful textile and furniture factories, prompting many to leave the family farm to take jobs at the mill. The rural exodus of people moving closer to […]

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SPIN This Week – June 23

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Legislature under fire, NC Infrastructure and The rural-urban schism. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker, Doug Raymond, Political Consultant.   Air Times  

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A new, bold approach to kick start N.C.’s stalled economy

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

by NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker Over the years, North Carolina has won awards from prestigious publications such as Forbes and Site Selection magazine as an attractive state in which to conduct one type of business or another. But these awards have overshadowed a troubling fact. Despite spending nearly $600 million during the past […]

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Restore Real Judicial Elections

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Hood Liberal groups in and outside the state seem to be spending sleepless nights worried about the fate of judicial-election changes North Carolina adopted in 2002. The General Assembly should save our liberal friends any additional insomnia by immediately ending government funding of judicial campaigns and returning judicial elections to their original partisan […]

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Jim Holshouser was my mentor

| June 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Phil Kirk I had the opportunity to talk with Governor Holshouser on Saturday morning although he was unconscious and probably did not hear me, especially since his daughter, Ginny, said he did not have his hearing aides on.  In case, he could hear me, I thanked him for being a mentor to me and […]

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Chaos in tax debate should prompt a delay

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon The tax reform debate in the General Assembly has moved in recent days from frustrating and confusing to simply embarrassing. It hasn’t been about reform for a while. House and Senate leaders keep coming up with different ways to do the same thing—cut taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations and pay for […]

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Gentleman Jim

| June 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Jim Holshouser grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, came home to Boone to practice law with his father and got interested in politics. He served 10 years in the North Carolina House, was House Minority Chair and my father’s seatmate. That 1972 election, when he beat Skipper Bowles for Governor, was considered an […]

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Special Interests Hamper Economy

| June 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood Both the federal and state constitutions protect the right of North Carolinians to petition their government for redress of grievances. Perhaps you think I’m about to opine on the Moral Mondays protests at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. No, I’ve covered that already. All North Carolinians have a right to assemble, speak, […]

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Common Core: Critics in search of a coherent vision

| June 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Terry Stoops, former classroom teacher and Director of Research and Education Studies, The John Locke Foundation. From Carolina Journal. For three years, opponents of Common Core State Standards have done a good job articulating shortcomings of the widespread adoption of common standards and testing, identifying key flaws that undermine their quality and rigor. They […]

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