Archive for August, 2013

Does McCrory have a truth problem?

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, August 31, 2013. You are the governor of North Carolina, and a staffer who did very good work on your election campaign could be a fit for a primo state government job. He’s a smart guy but a young guy, but as any good businessman knows, the smart part is more […]

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Who will lead North Carolina Democrats?

| August 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News-Record, August 30, 2013. Before I close out for a holiday weekend and direct my attention to something much more delightful than politics (my year-old granddaughter), let me leave you with an assignment. We’ve had fun knocking around the Republican governor and Republican legislature. No apologies. The crowd in power always […]

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The political payroll

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 30,2013. If a government agency’s overall payroll is down, does it matter if some of its top employees get really big salaries? That depends on what the agency delivers for the money. Gov. Pat McCrory, granted the opportunity to make many more political appointments to the state workforce than previous […]

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NAACP won’t agree to Moral Monday plea bargains

| August 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

by WTVD, August 30, 2013. Plea bargains that would avoid hundreds of trials for Moral Monday protestors arrested at the North Carolina General Assembly appeared to hit a stumbling block Friday when the North Carolina NAACP said it will oppose them. The Wake County District Attorney’s Office has offered plea agreements to some 940 protestors […]

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I Have an Unanswered Question

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, August 30, 2013. Call me a policy nerd if you like. I don’t mind. 

Part of my job involves commissioning, reading, interpreting, and writing about public policy research. As I began researching my 2012 book on North Carolina’s economy, Our Best Foot Forward, I found […]

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Sheriffs: Sustain McCrory’s veto

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

from press release from Governor’s office, August 30, 2013. Sheriffs from various counties across the state are expressing their support for Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the Reclaim North Carolina Act. The bill would expand the seasonal worker E-Verify exemption from 90 days to nearly nine months. That means seasonal workers working for up to […]

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Remember Benghazi

| August 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Bill Moore, Beaufort Times, August 30, 2013. The United States response to the Syrian government’s use of nerve gas on its own people is complex. Some say we should attack with enough air asset forces to topple the regime. Still others want to take out their air force to ensure rebel victory. Others want […]

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Officials OK rule to force fracking on NC landowners

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by John Murawski, News and Observer, August 29, 2013. North Carolina landowners would be forced to sell the natural gas under their homes and farms – whether they want to or not – under a fracking recommendation approved Wednesday that’s expected to be enacted by the state legislature this fall. The proposal by a state […]

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Brushing aside the governor, again

| August 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 30, 2013. It now seems very likely that Republican lawmakers will ignore the wishes of Republican Governor Pat McCrory next week and vote to override his vetoes of two bills, one that would require drug testing of some applicants for public benefits and one […]

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Student Congress cuts college Republicans

| August 30, 2013 | 8 Comments

by Benmcsmith, CR Daily, August 28, 2013. In a seemingly shocking move, the UNC Student Congress voted to cut the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College Republican’s budget from last year by 75% in one fell swoop. On Tuesday August 27, 2013, the UNC College Republicans appeared in front of the Student Congress […]

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