Archive for December, 2014

The stories (maybe) of 2015

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, December 27, 2014. Last week in this space, your humble @NCCapitol blogger demonstrated a pretty clear lack of predictive power by pointing out the things last year’s state politics forecasting column got wrong. So, what did the boss-lady say once that bit of self-flagellation was filed? “I assume you will be looking […]

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2014: Coal ash and the Carolina comeback

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, December 29, 2014. In 2014, “coal ash” became a household term, some state lawmakers wanted to gamble on extra lottery revenues to help balance the budget and Gov. Pat McCrory touted the “Carolina Comeback.” Here’s a look back at a few of the top issues and news-makers of 2014 – […]

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Policy Watch top stories of 2014: Helping low-income children

| December 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, December 29, 2014. Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel inspired to participate in […]

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Justices discover common ground

| December 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Jacksonville Daily News, December 26, 2014. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan are sitting in a duck blind in Mississippi. Scalia turns to Kagan and says.… It sounds like a pretty good start to an absurd joke with no basis in reality. The only trouble is that it happened. That’s right, […]

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Falling energy prices, high costs might limit fracking start-up

| December 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

by John Murawski, News and Observer, December 28, 2014. After four years of heated debate, North Carolina stands on the cusp of lifting its fracking moratorium and opening the state’s woodlands and meadows to shale gas exploration. The state legislature, which convenes next month, is expected to let energy developers start pulling drilling permits as […]

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Liberals roll their boulders

| December 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, December 29, 2014. I know Christmas Day has come and gone, but we ought to try to retain the holiday spirit as long as we can. That’s why I’m urging compassion for a downtrodden group that doesn’t often receive it: North Carolina’s liberal commentators. Over […]

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Marketing, admissions and universities

| December 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, December 27, 2014. Raise a hand if a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter, niece, nephew, or fifth cousin (twice removed) mentioned college applications over Christmas. Well, for those who did, we’re right there with you. A lot of holiday conversation was about what universities high school seniors were hoping to enter, […]

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State must commit funding

| December 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, December 27, 2014. When state legislators created a new commission last summer to review North Carolina’s participation in Common Core standards for elementary and secondary schools, they made an excellent decision. While setting high expectations for our students and assessing […]

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The obvious newsmaker of the year in North Carolina

| December 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, December 27, 2014. t’s the time of the year when newspapers and websites and television talk shows are busy with their year-in-review features, looking back at the people and events of 2014 with many of them picking a newsmaker of […]

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5 facts about NC schools, teachers

| December 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Dale Carpenter, Dean of Education Dept., Western Carolina University, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, December 26, 2014. Education and schools in North Carolina have received a great deal of media attention in the last couple of years, including throughout the recent political campaigns. With the campaigns over, the work of newly elected officials begins in […]

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