Archive for January, 2014

A capital idea

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, January 30, 2014. Governor Pat McCrory is correct in pointing out the deplorable conditions in many state buildings and properties. For too long we have failed to maintain and improve current properties in favor of either building new facilities or, in tight economic times, doing practically […]

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The president’s pep rally

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPN panelist, January 29, 2014. I watched the President’s pep rally er, State of Union Address last night, mostly because I had to. I’ll be on a couple of television news shows this week and I figure they’ll want to talk about it.  And there was impact […]

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Legislators grill school chief over reading tests

| January 31, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, January 29, 2014. State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson spent Tuesday morning on the hot seat at a Joint Government Oversight Committee hearing, where lawmakers peppered her with questions and complaints about the state’s new reading test for third-graders. The test, rolled out over the past few weeks, is designed […]

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Behind the legislative curtain

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Scott Mooneyham, Capitol Press Association, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, January 30, 2014. Throughout the debate of a sweeping voter ID and elections law bill, Republican supporters said it was an attempt to restore public confidence in the election process. Democrats, at the state and national level, called it a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress […]

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Senator shows man can indeed bite dog

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, January 31, 2014. State Sen. Bill Rabon isn’t known for stomping on puppies. Quite the opposite, actually: When he’s not working as a lawmaker, Rabon is a veterinarian in Southport. But he did some stomping last week on a group of constituents who back a bill that sets minimum treatment standards […]

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Half of North Carolinians have little or no savings

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by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, January 30, 2014. The number of North Carolinians possessing little or no savings rose again in 2013, this time to 51.5 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The nonprofit group, based in Washington with offices in San Francisco and Durham, titled its report […]

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Reassessing the War

| January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, January 31, 2014. If University of Chicago economist Bruce Meyer and Notre Dame economist James Sullivan are correct, much of the recent political chatter about the 50 anniversary of the War on Poverty was little more than uninformed nonsense. Meyer and Sullivan have been doing […]

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SPIN This Week – February 2

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Election lawsuit, Education lawsuits over vouchers and tenure, NC Tracks lawsuit, Abortion protocol and Execution protocol.  Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Rufus Edmisten, Former Secretary of State & Attorney General, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation […]

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Down boy

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, January 29, 2014. Some Republicans probably would like to get Sen. Bill (Mad Dog) Rabon a rabies shot – or get him fixed, if you know what I mean.   Rabon’s now-famous rant just shows that, in politics, the worst wounds are self-inflicted. Rabon diminished his own stature, put […]

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More desperate ‘spin’ about the Carolina Comeback

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, January 29, 2014. Here are two things you need to know about this week’s news that the state unemployment rate fell half a percentage point in December to 6.9 percent and is down 1.5 percent since December of 2012. Fewer jobs were created in North […]

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