Archive for December, 2013

NC’s 5 big political questions for 2014

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker and Cullen Browder, WRAL, December 31, 2013. Lawmakers had long left town, and official Raleigh was winding down for the Christmas-to-New Year’s stupor that annually settles over the city, but the Rev. William Barber’s voice boomed over loud speakers Monday on the Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly building. “If you thought […]

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Positively changing North Carolina

| December 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Pat McCrory,  published in Greenville Daily Reflector, December 28, 2013. Let’s look at where we started in January when I had the great honor of being sworn in as your Governor. Putting people back to work was our main goal and we’ve made significant progress. In January, North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent. […]

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Big buck judges

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Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, December 31, 2013. Money is still tight in North Carolina, except in politics. With a key U.S. Senate race topping the ballot, expect tens of millions of dollars to be spent by candidates for state and national offices in 2014. That’s nothing new for partisan political races, but big spending will […]

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Urgent wake-up call from teachers

| December 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Scott Imig and Robert Smith, published in News and Observer, December 30, 2013. In a state that has witnessed the loss of numerous industries in the past decade, a private software company headquartered in Cary remains a beacon of success. With annual revenues of nearly $3 billion, SAS employs approximately 14,000 people in 59 […]

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NC Dems cautiously optimistic

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by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in Charlotte Observer, December 31, 2013. North Carolina Democrats sapped of ruling power in North Carolina state government over the past three years are cautiously optimistic their fortunes will improve in 2014, thanks to what they describe as poor Republican policy decisions in Raleigh. Party leaders and organizers say […]

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Voting safeguards will be needed

| December 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, December 28, 2013. When legislators approved voting law changes this year, they branded them as a voter identification bill. Others, including the Journal editorial board, were not as positive, calling the legislation voter suppression. If lawyers at the Raleigh law firm of Bailey & Dixon are right, however, the new law […]

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NC Tax changes unlikely to spark boom

| December 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

by Ned Barnett, News and Observer, December 29, 2013. You’re lucky if you got a bigger wallet for Christmas. You’re going to need it in 2014 to carry your extra take home pay. At least that’s the line state Republicans are pushing about changes in tax laws they passed last session that take effect Jan. […]

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The Governor’s harsh Medicaid message

| December 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, December 29, 2013. If you thought – as some have speculated – that Gov. Pat McCrory was wavering on his decision to reject a federal Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, his office stomped on that notion last week with a harsh holiday statement. McCrory and Republican lawmakers have been taking heat […]

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Time to employ common sense

| December 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist. December 30, 2013. According to official government estimates, paying people not to work for extended periods of time is good for the economy, because it encourages consumer spending. This is an excellent reason why you should not take official government estimates all that seriously. To concoct […]

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Mental health issue needs more than talk

| December 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, December 28, 2013. A pilot program in Raleigh is aiming to shift mental health patients away from hospital emergency rooms and into private psychiatric hospitals. Raleigh faces a problem that many communities across the country are struggling to deal with: Finding psychiatric patients a place to get the mental health […]

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