Archive for September, 2013

Ethanol mandates bad for economy

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial in Jacksonville Daily News, September 28, 2013. When oil-industry supporters and Al Gore agree on an issue, one had better pay attention as to why. Former Vice President Gore and many oil-industry supporters are dubious about the feasibility of using ethanol in gasoline blends, as mandated in the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard. That regulation […]

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NC’s business ‘brokenness’

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Scott Mooneyham, Capitol Press Association, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, September 28, 2013. During the back-and-forth about this year’s tax reform, tax overhaul or tax cut (whatever it really was), one of the rebuttals that Democrats offered Republicans pushing for change was North Carolina’s business climate ranking by business publications. The legislative Republicans promoting […]

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Wos’ worries

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, September 28, 2013. Gov. Pat McCrory promises big changes in the delivery of Medicaid services, but getting there won’t be easy. The job took a setback this week when the woman hired to spearhead the effort, Carol Steckel, announced she’ll leave next month. Worse, she can’t make key decisions in the […]

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Obamacare in NC: Missed Opportunity

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, September 29, 2013. There will be problems. There may be a lot of them. There may not. Beginning this week, Americans will start signing up for health insurance at exchanges across the country – the most sizable federal endeavor since Social Security. No one is sure what the impact of Obamacare […]

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The facts about health insurance exchanges in NC

| September 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

  by Karen Garloch, Charlotte Observer, September 29, 2013. After years of partisan debate, public confusion and a Supreme Court challenge, the Affordable Care Act goes before consumers Tuesday when enrollment begins in the new online health insurance marketplace. In North Carolina, 1.5 million uninsured residents will have the choice of 51 insurance plans offered […]

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Tom Coburn: GOP will ‘fold like hotcakes’ on Obamacare

| September 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Burgess Everett, Politico, September 27, 2013. If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, the GOP will “fold like hotcakes” in the fight to defund Obamacare, Sen. Tom Coburn said Friday afternoon before a critical set of votes. The Oklahoma Republican said that after seven or eight days of shutdown the Republicans will begin […]

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The answer….

| September 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 26, 2013. Yesterday I asked why the three camps in Washington – the House Republican Bigwigs in Washington, the House Republican Conservatives in Washington, and President Obama –couldn’t sit down and make a list of the government departments they can agree to keep open and then fund them […]

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Millennial politics

| September 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, September 26, 2013. Today I suspend Republican-bashing to recommend a provocative political analysis. Titled “Will Disillusioned Millennials Bring an End to the Reagan-Clinton Era?,” it’s from a professor and Daily Beast contributor named Peter Beinart. It’s long, and it’s worth reading. Here’s my best shot at a short recap: For […]

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Lathered up

| September 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, September 26, 2013. Republicans are all in a lather about the implementation of Obamacare. Here in North Carolina, they got news that sent them over the moon. Our state’s premiums will be higher than than the national average. On twitter, this was like Christmas in September. The right-wing talking-point tweeters […]

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When every child is a winner, we all lose

| September 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Ashley Merryman, author of Nurture Shock, published in New York Times, September 27, 2013. As children return to school and sign up for a new year’s worth of extracurricular activities, parents should keep one question in mind. Whether your kid loves Little League or gymnastics, ask the program organizers this: “Which kids get awards?” […]

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