Archive for March, 2014

SMART lunch improves graduation rate at Panther Creek

| March 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Jeanna Lamonte-Kerr, Raleigh Publish Record, March 24, 2014. Lunch is a very ordinary part of every high school student’s school day. But a lunchtime experiment at the county’s newest high school in Cary has led to extraordinary results — a 94.7 percent graduation rate. SMART (Students Maximizing Achievement Relationships and Time) Lunch is the […]

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Could an Independent candidate become Governor

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, March 29, 2014. A good friend responded that even without the formality of a third political party Independent candidates can and are being elected to public office in North Carolina. We have one in the legislature, but the best example can be found in the Capital […]

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Green paint balls

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, Marcy 28, 2014. About a month ago Greg Brannon, dead-set on getting elected to the Senate,  was trying to build momentum and gain ground on front-runner Thom Tillis then, out of a clear blue sky, two investors sued Brannon for flamoozling them out of $250,000 and a jury ruled […]

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Move on

| March 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

 by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, March 28, 2014. Is our long national Obamacare binge winding down?   A veteran Raleigh operative said this week that the folks at home are getting tired of hearing about it. Coincidentally, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that “just over half the public (53 percent) say they’re tired of hearing […]

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Legislative leaders not happy with Secretary Wos

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 28, 2014. It looks like Republican legislative leaders have finally had enough of the McCrory Administration’s dysfunctional and scandal-plagued Department of Health and Human Services, judging by Secretary Aldona Wos’ appearance this week before the Government Operations Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown listed […]

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Republicans reluctant to borrow, but needs grow

| March 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Scott Mooneyham, Capitol Press Association, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, March 29, 2014. A couple of years ago, a friend who was working to raise money for a major cultural project in the state asked my opinion about the likelihood of winning a state grant from legislators. My response was quick: “Have you looked […]

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Driving on empty

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, March 28, 2014. State road crews did an outstanding job this winter of clearing ice and snow from highways. Clearing a backlog of other maintenance needs will be even more challenging and expensive, especially as traditional funding sources evaporate. A new report by TRIP, a national transportation research group, and the […]

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Challenges, successes of the NC Community College system

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Burgetta Eplin Wheeler, published in News and Observer, March 29, 2014. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, visited with the editorial board this week to talk about challenges and successes and what the system of 58 colleges needs from the legislature this session. Here are my notes. They are NOT verbatim. […]

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Spinning McCrory’s declining popularity

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 28, 2014. It couldn’t have been a very happy Halloween for Governor Pat McCrory. His approval rating has fallen so much that even the Pope Civitas Institute, the partisan propaganda outfit almost entirely funded by McCrory’s own budget director Art Pope, was forced to […]

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A third political party in NC?

| March 28, 2014 | 5 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, March 27, 2014. Fact: 26 percent of all registered voters are Unaffiliated. More than one in four had the option of registering as a Democrat or a Republican but chose not to do so. Some probably chose to remain unaffiliated because they get to choose either […]

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