Archive for March, 2014

McCrory talks Duke, tracking, education with Luddy

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, Under the Dome, News and Observer, March 31, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory sat down for a Q&A with businessman and alternative education entrepreneur Bob Luddy at the Conservative Leadership Conference dinner on Friday night. The governor echoed familiar themes without bending them to fit the varied agendas of those gathered at the […]

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Why school districts and the left oppose the “Opportunity scholarship program”

| March 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Bill Moore, Beaufort Observer, March 30, 2014. Republicans at the state level are undergoing an attack from the Left over the opportunity Scholarship program for low income students. The most recent letter attacked Representative Bob Steinburg over this issue. I have decided not to make this a personal political attack that so often happens, […]

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You sure do talk funny

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by D.G. Martin, host of NC Bookwatch on UNC-TV, March 30, 2014. You sure do talk funny. Has anybody ever told you that? If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you […]

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A surprise primary could cost Democrats a high court seat

| March 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Ned Barnett, News and Observer, March 30, 2014. This column incorrectly identified Justice Cheri Beasley’s opponent. She will face Michael Robinson, not Ola Lewis. State Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson is a graduate of Yale and UNC Law School with extensive experience as an attorney and a member of the state Court of Appeals, […]

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Unaffiliated voters could be a headache for both parties

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by Joe Killian, Greensboro News-Record, March 30,2014. In a year of key state elections, the Democratic and Republican parties are trying urgently to turn out their bases — and a growing number of unaffiliated voters could be a headache for both parties, if they show up at the polls. Statewide, Democrats still have the registration […]

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Look B4U leap 2

| March 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 21, 2014. I know my advice is fated to be hated. I know it’s hard to follow. But I’m going to offer it, anyway — again. Politicians and pundits across the ideological spectrum should avoid drawing sweeping conclusions from limited, preliminary data about North Carolina’s […]

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Teacher pay: A problem money can’t fix

| March 30, 2014 | 8 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, March 25, 2014. Teacher pay: It’s a subject on the minds of many in North Carolina these days. Last month Gov. Pat McCrory announced a plan to boost salaries for starting teachers roughly 14 percent over two years to about $35,000. McCrory said his plan was a start and should […]

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Reports, NRLB ruling show the exploitation of college athletes

| March 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by News and Observer, March 29, 2014. Marcus Paige and the UNC men’s basketball team are out of the NCAA Tournament, but that didn’t stop the university from leaning on Paige to score points last week. The sophomore guard, a second team Academic All-America, and several other athletes were taken before the university’s board […]

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NC health insurance enrollments lag for young, healthy people

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by John Murawski, News and Observer, March 29, 2014. Seth Beard sheepishly admits he’s a bit of a klutz, but buying health insurance didn’t make his priority list this year, even though it’s mandatory under the Affordable Care Act. It’s been six years since Beard, a 29-year-old sales clerk at Sorry State Records, had health […]

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Tar Heel conservatives think their tide is still rising

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by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, March 30, 2014. The conservative movement has risen higher in North Carolina than probably even what the late Sen. Jesse Helms, the father of the modern conservatism here, could have imagined. But the question is whether it has reached high tide or is still on the rise. For the […]

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