Archive for February, 2014

SPIN This Week – March 2

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Medicaid contract revealed, Buying municipal power, The 4 billion dollar repair bill and our popular segment Tell us something we don’t know. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Phil Kirk, former […]

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Why vouchers?

| February 27, 2014 | 16 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, February 27, 2014. Momma always said you can learn more listening than you can speaking, so now that a judge has called a temporary halt to North Carolina’s school voucher program let’s spend time in listening to both sides of this issue. And the best way […]

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Decline of family farms continues, but some trends promising

| February 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, February 26, 2014. The American family farm is a proud tradition that has long been in decline. Farmland continues to disappear, according to the latest government survey, and while the farms that remain have grown in size, the profit per acre has dropped. That’s a sad state of affairs, but there […]

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Could NC require food stamp recipients to work?

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Tynen, Civitas Review Online, February 27, 2014. Polls taken across the nation have shown support for requiring able-bodied food stamp recipients or other welfare recipients to work. In recent years, however, work requirements were removed from the food stamp program. There is reportedly an opportunity to change that in North Carolina. The new farm bill (Subtitle A, section […]

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Recognizing Republicans’ dubious achievements

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Jenkins, News and Observer, February 26, 2014. In the old days of Esquire Magazine, the most anticipated issue was the one containing the “Dubious Achievement Awards,” wherein the gaffes and stumbles of the famous and powerful and yes, sometimes those of questionable … er…judgment were noted with a headline as the punchline and […]

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As he hits Kay Hagan on healthcare, Thom Tillis is facing tough questions about his stance

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Frank and Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, February 26, 2014. As conservatives hammer Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on the failures of the federal health care law, her chief Republican rival is getting squeezed from both sides of the political spectrum on the issue. Thom Tillis, who is leading the GOP’s Senate hopefuls in […]

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NAACP equates vouchers to school segregation effort

| February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Leyla Santiago, WRAL.com, February 25, 2014. North Carolina’s school voucher program is the state’s latest assault on minorities, civil rights advocates said Tuesday. A Superior Court judge last week suspended the Opportunity Scholarships program until a lawsuit challenging its legality can be resolved. The NAACP has filed briefs supporting the position of the North […]

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Task force begins work on teacher pay incentives

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, February 25, 2014. Despite teachers’ concerns about its implementation, North Carolina public school educator pay raises ultimately will shift toward rewarding individual performance, a key state lawmaker predicted Tuesday. The comments by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, an education budget-writer, came at the first meeting of […]

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NC Health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Emery Dalesio, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, February 26, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory’s health agency on Wednesday planned to unveil its latest version of ideas on how to change North Carolina’s $13 billion Medicaid health care system for about 1.7 million poor and disabled people. The state Department of Health and Human […]

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It might not be good to follow the South Carolina model

| February 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Rob Christensen, The News and Observer, February 25, 2014. South Carolina is, in many ways, a wonderful state. I have spent countless vacations there. I know, like and admire many South Carolina natives. There are undoubtedly many things Tar Heels can learn from the Palmetto State. But. South Carolina is not Shangri-la. I mention […]

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