Archive for October, 2013

Fact Check: AFP’s “Just Exempt Me” ad attacking Hagan

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 29, 2013. Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group – or more correctly, a pair of nonprofit groups – that has become a familiar player on North Carolina’s political scene, has launched the first of what figures to be many ads by outside groups hoping to influence the 2014 U.S. Senate election in North […]

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Consumer Confidence Decreases Sharply in October

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

from The Conference Board, October 29, 2013. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined moderately in September, decreased sharply in October. The Index now stands at 71.2 (1985=100), down from 80.2 in September. The Present Situation Index decreased to 70.7 from 73.5. The Expectations Index fell to 71.5 from 84.7 last month. The monthly Consumer […]

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Spinning the voter suppression law

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 29, 2013. Governor Pat McCrory and other supporters of the sweeping voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly this summer are working hard to make sure people don’t really understand how regressive and anti-democratic the law is. They’d rather people not realize that […]

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Hard-working teachers deserve job security

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, October 29, 2013. North Carolina’s judicial branch will decide if the legislature acted legally when it ended job protections for public school teachers and instituted a system of one-to-four-year contracts. No matter what the court says, however, it is clear that the legislature’s actions are not good for students or fair […]

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Business, conservatives push lawmakers on immigration

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Franco Ordonez, Charlotte Observer, October 30, 2013. An unorthodox coalition of conservative leaders – pastors, tech moguls, tea party farmers and the sheriff from Fresno County, Calif. – converged Tuesday on Washington to make the conservative case for an immigration overhaul. It’s likely to be the last, best effort to convince Congress to vote […]

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Politically motivated redistricting is bad for the voters and for democracy

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, October 28, 2013. If a poker buddy stacked the cards to win the game, you’d call him out for cheating. In North Carolina, though, it’s just how the game is played, and the victims of a dishonest system known as gerrymandering have no influence over the process. Every 10 years politicians […]

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The Democratic mind

| October 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, October 28, 2013. Yesterday, a letter-to-the-editor in the News & Observerresponded to Rob Christensen’s column from last week, “A look inside the GOP mind.” The author asks what’s inside the Democratic mind. He says he can’t understand what Democrats are thinking or how they believe Barack Obama has done anything good. Let me […]

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Even red states making Obamacare work

| October 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Diane Amos, letter to Asheville Citizen-Times, October 28, 2013. It’s becoming clear that the states that embraced the Affordable Care Act are having success, while those who didn’t, like N.C., are struggling. Here are two interesting examples of red states Kentucky and Arizona. In Kentucky, they’ve enrolled more than 15,000 already. In a recent […]

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Academic freedom or shrill partisanship?

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Frances DeLuca (Civitas Institute) and Jane Shaw (Pope Center for Higher Education), October 21, 2013. In 2011, President Obama called for a more civil discourse to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” Unfortunately, Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor—and former dean—at […]

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Ads hit red-state Democrats on Obamacare

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Katie Glueck, Politico, October 28, 2013. Americans for Prosperity is targeting two red-state Democrats over Obamacare with a pricey new ad buy that launches this week. The conservative group singles out Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in two new health care-related television ads, viewed first by POLITICO. The North Carolina and […]

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