Archive for July, 2013

Response to “The Forgotten Middle Class.

| July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

This response was written by Jerry Williamson, after reading Tom Campbell’s column, “The Forgotten Middle Class” in the Wilmington Star-News. First I want to thank you for this article which was published in the Wilmington Star-News. In a word, you nailed it! I have been very concerned about the issue addressed in your column, in […]

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Wobble But Don’t Fall

| July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood   And so it begins. After a weekend of online chatter, media spin, and political fulminations, there can be no doubt that the end of the 2013 legislative session was, in truth, the start of the 2014 election cycle. The political class in Raleigh — including longtime Democratic lobbyists and powerbrokers, liberal […]

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Is North Carolina model of a reborn Confederacy?

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Neal Pierce, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 28, 2013. There was a time when North Carolina was a symbol of Southern enlightenment. Compared to the policies of the old “Solid South” — Democratic, conservative, fervidly anti-civil rights — the state embraced relatively progressive policies in such areas as education and race relations. No longer. In the […]

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A CEO on jobs and tax cuts

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 29, 2013. A successful businessman – and Democrat – offers the view below on the tax-cut bill passed by the legislature and signed by Governor McCrory. The writer is Reid Overcash, who has been a business owner and CEO for four different companies. “There is no short-term successful […]

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The Most Backward Legislature in America

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

by John Wilson, former head of NEA and NCAE, July 29, 2013. I realize many of you in states like Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, and Tennessee could tell similar stories, but the North Carolina General Assembly, with its GOP super-majority and leaderless Governor, who is also a member of the Republican Party, have managed to […]

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Though It’s Best Known For NASCAR, North Carolina Takes A Tax Reform Victory Lap

| July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Travis Brown, Forbes Magazine, July 26, 2013. True reform requires true leadership. Over the past few weeks, North Carolina has provided a best-in-class example of what can happen when legislators keep their promises and governors follow through on their word. A few days ago, the North Carolina House and Senate gave final approval to […]

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The Impending NC Teacher Shortage

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Pete Kaliner, WWNC Radio,  July 29, 2013. The local teachers union… er … I mean ASSOCIATION is planning a protest (naturally) over the North Carolina budget. From Mountain Xpress: “The Asheville CIty Association of Educators is holding a protest march today, gathering at Asheville Middle School at 5 p.m. The march is at the […]

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A McCrory Voter Betrayed

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

How one woman went from voting for Pat McCrory to demonstrating against him Toni Youngblood is 71, small and soft-spoken, a retired real estate appraiser and registered political independent “because I like to vote in the primaries.” She’s generally voted Republican over the years. When it came time to vote for governor last year, having […]

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Johnston now turning landfill gas into electricity

| July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Paula Seligson, Smithfield Herald, July 27, 2013. Johnston County is now using trash to power 1,500 homes, a move county officials say helps both the environment and the county’s pocketbook. About 30 people gathered Wednesday at the Johnston County Landfill for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of a new facility that collects gas from […]

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Why Is New York So Worried About North Carolina?

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Susan Myrick, Civitas Review Online, July 29, 2013. Okay everyone, I’m getting ready to talk about the New York Times — yes New York — and what appears to be their fixation with North Carolina. In a follow-up New York Times blog, North Carolina: First in Voter Suppression to an earlier New York Times […]

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