Archive for February, 2015

Friday follies

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 27, 2015. McCrory snubbed again by legislative leaders An interesting moment in the political world in Raleigh came in between this week’s two bouts of winter weather. The Republican leaders of the General Assembly once again ignored the wishes of Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory […]

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Inconsistent tax policy

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, February 28, 2015. Tax breaks for movie productions and historic property renovations are out. Tax breaks for more data centers are in. The North Carolina legislature is still picking “winners and losers,” but the criteria have changed. As the News & Record’s Richard M. Barron reported this week, the state is […]

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Gene Nichol: Work of the Poverty Center will go on

| February 28, 2015 | 6 Comments

by Gene Nichol, Director UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, published in News and Observer, February 27, 2015. I have no words to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support the poverty center has received, in recent weeks, from thousands across North Carolina and the nation. Students, faculty, alumni, engaged citizens, activists, […]

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UNC BOG chair explains decision to close centers

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Fennebresque, chairman UNC Board of Governors, published in News and Observer, February 27, 2015. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is committed to ensuring North Carolina has the best public university system in America. North Carolinians have good reason to be proud. UNC educates 220,000 students on 17 campuses. Our faculty, […]

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UNC governors vote to close 3 university-based centers

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Andrew Dunn and Jane Stancill, News and Observer, February 27, 2015. As nearby protesters chanted slogans about freedom and democracy, the UNC Board of Governors voted Friday to close three university-based centers as part of a sweeping review of institutes across public campuses in North Carolina. The decision was condemned by faculty members, who […]

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State judge allows voter ID lawsuit to proceed

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, February 27, 2015. The lawsuit in state court over North Carolina’s voter ID law will proceed, but a Superior Court judge refused to strike down the law out of hand. Judge Michael Morgan made public Friday an 11-page order he authored three days ago, saying he could not make a final decision […]

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It’s all about the Nichol, not the dollar

| February 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, February 26, 2015. You’ve heard the spin the media, the progressives and the professors have put on the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, but let’s step back and look at what this is and isn’t about. It’s not another attempt to […]

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NCs tax shift continues

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Cedric Johnson, NC Policy Watch, February 26, 2015. State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and profitable corporations. Legislation approved by the state […]

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Shuttering the Center

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, February 26, 2015. The fur’s flying over in Chapel Hill – Dean Boger (at the Law School) along with a cohort of professors have lit into the Board of Governors saying closing the Law School’s Anti-Poverty Center leaves them with only one conclusion: The Board is for poverty.    The Dean lamented the Board was […]

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Politics gone wild

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, February 26, 2015. A snow-day deep-dive into current political commentary finds three things. One, Republicans are becoming more and more deranged. Two, Democrats are falling deeper and deeper into despair. And, three, it’s all about President Obama.   Politics has come unhinged since Election Day 2008 and the election […]

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