Archive for April, 2014

Life after Obamacare

| April 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, April 29, 2014. The ice melting under Republicans’ feet isn’t climate change, it’s Obamacare. The issue on which they bet the house this year may be disappearing.   A poll this month in North Carolina, Louisiana and Kentucky found that, while people don’t like Obamacare, they want Congress to improve […]

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Tweak, don’t dump Common Core

| April 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Durham News-Herald, April 29, 2014. The Common Core educational standards adopted by nearly every state are caught up in a political storm and fury that has forged unusual alliances and created unlikely adversaries. The N. C. Chamber of Commerce, for example, has emphatically supported the standards, even as Republicans in the legislature have […]

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Big money attack turns Supreme Court race ugly

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News-Record, April 30, 2014. Four years ago, Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson issued an extraordinary order. He overturned the jury’s guilty verdict in a burglary case against a man whose conviction would have made him a habitual felon in line for a long prison term. The Mecklenburg County prosecutor was stunned. […]

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Palin endorses Jones’ opponent for Congress

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by David Weigel, Slate, April 29, 2014. One of this year’s few endangered Republican incumbents is not a “moderate,” or an establishment figure, or a lover of TARP. He’s Rep. Walter Jones, a 10-term congressman who turned hard against the Iraq war in 2003 and became a reliable vote against foreign aid, war funding, and […]

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Triangle jobless rate increases, worrisome trend in the middle

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by David Bracken, News and Observer, April 29, 2014. The Triangle unemployment rate edged up in March despite the region adding 3,700 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis during the month. The jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce and […]

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McCrory changing the funding formula for higher education

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by Michael Futch, Fayetteville Observer, April 30, 2014. Before speaking further, the governor acknowledged he was stepping on some toes. With the president of Methodist University sitting next to him and the chancellor of Fayetteville State University in the audience, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said his administration is changing the educational formula in the […]

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Will the road formula stick?

| April 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, April 30, 2014. Last year Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly managed to accomplish something that many longtime legislative observers thought was highly improbable if not impossible: a substantial rewrite of North Carolina’s system for funding roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. The new […]

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Tillis breaks open NC Senate primary

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by Public Policy Polling, April 29, 2014. PPP’s newest Republican Senate poll finds Thom Tillis breaking away from the pack and in a very strong position to avoid a runoff election: he’s at 46% to 20% for Greg Brannon, 11% for Mark Harris, 5% for Heather Grant, 3% for Jim Snyder, 2% for Edward Kryn […]

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NC families pay $1,397 per month for health insurance

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jason deBruyn, Triangle Business Journal, April 28, 2014. North Carolina families faced another 4.6 percent increase on employer-based health insurance premiums this year. That compares to an increase of 2.7 percent in 2013, though is a smaller increase than any in the five years leading up to 2013. In real dollars, workers who buy […]

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State lawmakers pressure public universities

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Adienne Lu, Stateline, April 24, 2014. State lawmakers around the country are brandishing their budget pens to penalize public colleges and universities for what they teach, what their professors say and which organizations the schools work with. In South Carolina, lawmakers are threatening to cut funding from two public colleges where incoming first-year students were asked […]

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