Archive for February, 2015

NC SPIN episode # 852 – Air Date 3/1/15

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch this week’s NC SPIN, now online! Topics: UNC Centers and Institutes Court overturns Map Act Duke Energy settles with the Feds Tell us something we don’t know Panelists: Brad Crone, Political Consultant Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch John Hood, Chairman of the John Locke Foundation Joe Mavretic, Former NC House Speaker Tom […]

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FCC OKs Wilson Greenlight broadband expansion

| February 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

by WRAL Techwire, February 26, 2015. The Federal Communications Commission is siding with Wilson against North Carolina, voting Thursday that the city’s Greenlight broadband service can be sold outside the city limits in a victory for so-called municipal broadband services. State lawmakers four years ago placed limits on cities and counties offering their own Internet […]

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Sec. of State Marshall seeks fee increase to protect crowdfunding investors

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, Under the Dome, February 26, 2015. N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall asked state legislators this week to approve fee increases that would generate $2.68 million in new revenue. Marshall says her department needs 12 new positions, many of which would be financial investigators. She said the investigators will be needed when […]

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Stam: Observer missed the point

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Skip Stam, NC House Speaker Pro Tem, published in News and Observer, February 26, 2015. Regarding the Charlotte Observer column “A shortfall of candor” that you reprinted Feb. x: Taylor Batten confuses “revenue” with “budget” There is a $271 million “shortfall” from the 2014 prophecies about the 2014-2015 budget. The budget itself contains explicit […]

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FCC moves to Net Neutrality, greater control over broadband

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, February 26, 2015. Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or […]

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Tillis and Burr oppose Lynch as Attorney General

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill and Michael Doyle, Charlotte Observer, February 26, 2015. The nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general cleared a major hurdle Thursday and now moves to the full Senate, where the two senators from her native state plan to fight it. Lynch’s nomination won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the […]

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What not to hear

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, Capitol Press Association, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, February 26, 2015. With another General Assembly long session upon us, we once again will get to hear hundreds of hours of political debate over the next few months, ranging from the extremely mundane to the vitally important. During debates in committees and on […]

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The beginning of the end for the Map Act?

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Guze, John Locke Foundation, February 27, 2015. The N.C. Court of Appeals handed down this month a ruling that strikes at the heart of a controversial piece of legislation known as the Map Act. Here at the John Locke Foundation, we have been urging the General Assembly to repeal or reform the Map Act for some time. Now, […]

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Candidates waste much of their money on advertising

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzer, Catawba College Professor of Political Science, WFAE.org., February 24, 2015. As many presumptive presidential candidates are heavily engaged in the ‘invisible primary’ process right now, the key caucus activity of this phase of the race for the 2016 White House is fundraising. And if 2014 is any indication, 2016 should break all […]

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Senate leaders push to legalize discrimination

| February 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 24, 2015. This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly.  It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose in a debate over a […]

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