Archive for October, 2013

SPIN This Week – November 3

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Job creation, Is Pre-K mandated or not? and Higher education being tested.  Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Gene Arnold, Former Legislator, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Peg O’Connell, Political Consultant. Air Times  

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Landrieu to propose saving vanishing health plans

| October 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Many Raju, Politico, October 30, 2013. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat who faces a tough reelection in Louisiana in 2014, […]

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Big money likely to enter judicial races

| October 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, October 30, 2013. One of the more puzzling voting reforms passed this summer by the N.C. General Assembly dealt with an important part of elections that too few people care enough about – judicial races. Outside of lawyers and professional political circles, we have our doubts about how many North […]

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Is high early voting a response to new voter laws?

| October 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, October 28, 2013. Aconsistently higher number of citizens taking advantage of early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal election in Pitt County begs an important question: Are the increased numbers due to higher interest in certain races; or is a new voting law, not yet in effect, actually inspiring more […]

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Complaints charge “Walk In” uses schools for political purposes

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by T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, October 30, 2013. State Republican lawmakers and conservative groups are accusing the N.C. Association of Educators of injecting politics into the classroom with Monday’s series of planned protests on funding for public education. NCAE, the largest group representing the state’s public school teachers, has been encouraging educators across […]

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Prison is not the place to treat mentally ill

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by Lee Brett, Civitas Review Online, October 30, 2013. This week, allegations of abuse emerged from Central Prison.According to the Associated Press: Lawyers for an inmate who suffers from a serious mental illness say he was abused at North Carolina’s Central Prison by guards who repeatedly doused him with pepper spray while he was locked […]

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Healthcare needs politicians with backbones

| October 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Marc Landry, News and Observer, October 30, 2013. Two friends of mine had joint-replacement surgeries this year. One is a 60-year-old retired Canadian who had a hip replaced. The other is a 61-year-old American who had to stop working because of her knee, which she had replaced. When the Canadian government worker retired last […]

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Wake schools: No more zero grades

| October 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

by T. Keung Hui, The News and Observer, October 29, 2013. Starting as soon as next school year, zeros may be banned as grades from Wake County schools, and students could be guaranteed the right to hand in late work for credit and retake exams to get higher scores. School administrators said Tuesday that the […]

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Time for drug-law change

| October 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Op ed by Troy Williams, published in Fayetteville Observer, October 27, 2013. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, largely due to misguided drug laws. In the 25 years since the passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the United States prison population rose from around 300,000 to more than 2 […]

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It’s Not Just Obama’s Fault

| October 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, October 30, 2013. The economic recovery from the Great Recession is painfully sluggish — and it’s not all Barack Obama’s fault. Nor can the fault be laid solely at the feet of George W. Bush, or North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, or former governors Bev […]

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