Archive for November, 2013

Kennedy’s cup of tea?

| November 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, November 30, 2013. Thanks to Senator Bob Rucho for serving up a heaping holiday helping of hilarity: “JFK could have been the founder and leader of the Tea Party.”   Let’s let JFK answer himself. In the 1960 campaign, he said: “I have yet to hear of one single original piece of […]

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We just love to re-litigate law

| November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Gene Smith, Fayetteville Observer, November 30, 2013. If there’s one thing at which we North Carolinians excel, it’s beating ourselves up at our own expense. Either we’re trotting off to court with ill-reasoned pleadings, or we’re asking some judge to settle our political and ideological differences for us. Or both at once. I hope […]

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Information tax

| November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, November 30, 2013. The McCrory administration is only running government like a business by charging for public records. So, perhaps residents also can expect bills for: l Crossing bridges and driving on state roads. l Visiting state parks. l Watching UNC television. l Calling the Highway Patrol for assistance. l Filing […]

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How Certificates of Need laws drive up health care prices

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Jordan Bruneau, The Economic Freedom Project, published in News and Observer, November 30, 2013. Retired optometrist William C. Padgett has been trying to create an elderly care facility in Beaufort County for over a decade. Thousands of seniors across the state sit on a waitlists for various levels of domestic care, and several assisted […]

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Flipped classes: short videos at home, discussion in class

| November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, November 30, 2013. Science teacher Vance Kite spent most of the 90-minute lesson on genetic mutations at City of Medicine Academy circulating the room, talking to students, answering their questions and drawing diagrams of chromosomes. Absent from this Advanced Placement biology class was a formal lecture. Students arrived in […]

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N.C. Democrats: Too early to worry about health care rollout’s election impact

| November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Renee Schoff, Charlotte Observer, November 30, 2013. County Democratic leaders in North Carolina have been watching weeks of Republican attacks on Sen. Kay Hagan over the Affordable Care Act. From the state’s cities to its low-wage rural counties, they say they don’t think the issue will crush their party’s chances to defend Hagan’s U.S. […]

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The Carolina way to give thanks

| November 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, November 28, 2013. Two hundred years ago, long before the days of parades with helium filled balloons, marathon football games and “Black Friday,” a brave group of settlers came to North Carolina looking for a better life. I’ve been re-reading Inglis Fletcher’s wonderful Carolina Series of […]

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College saving deduction will be missed

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, November 28, 2013. About the only cost that seems to keep anywhere close to pace with rising health care expenses is college tuition. Students, parents and grandparents need all the help they can get in finding ways to send promising young people off to school in pursuit of a four-year […]

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Legislature must safeguard pension system

| November 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, November 28, 2013. Four community college presidents and their boards have provided the General Assembly with a perfect example of why legislators can’t take their eyes off the state’s $80 billion pension system. The four, one of whom has already retired, saw their salaries and benefits adjusted, with their boards’ approval, […]

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Fort Bragg vulnerable in budget battles

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, November 28, 2013. Although Fort Bragg sits on Fayetteville’s doorstep, it may be too familiar a presence for us to easily see how big it is. It isn’t just big. The post is huge. In terms of building space and population, it’s the largest military installation in the United States. Greg […]

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