Archive for March, 2015

After SPIN! – “Is new sales tax distribution another form of redistributing wealth?”

| March 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

After SPIN! Video – Question to Doug Raymond: The Senate came forward with their plan to phase in the distribution of sales taxes based on population within a county. Urban Counties, already smarting from the loss of privilege taxes say this will force them to raise property taxes. Isn’t this another form of redistributing wealth? […]

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Tracing the right-wing family tree

| March 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, March 31, 2015. Names have changed, but the ideas driving the NC conservative movement are distressingly familiar Professor Gene Nichol, the outspoken UNC Chapel Hill Law School professor and anti-poverty warrior who, to his everlasting credit, ran afoul of the state’s conservative political leadership in recent years, was nonetheless chastised […]

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The future is now

| March 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, March 30, 2015. Going back to the days of Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt, Young Democrats were a breeding ground for extraordinary leaders. But the current crop may become the best ever.   I spent several hours in Chapel Hill Saturday morning at the annual state convention of YDs, […]

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Pat McCrory’s march to the middle begins

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, March 30,2015. After being elected as a moderate and signing a raft of high-profile conservative legislation into law, we’ve all figured Gov. Pat McCrory would be making an aggressive tack back toward the middle come election season. Judging from his appearance this morning on WFAE-FM’s Charlotte Talks radio show, that march […]

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McCrory opposes current ‘religious freedom’ legislative proposals

| March 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 30, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory told a Charlotte radio host Monday that he opposes a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings and didn’t see the need for a broader religious freedom bill. “What is the problem they’re trying to solve?” McCrory asked during Monday’s broadcast […]

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Lawmakers give tentative approval to gas tax revamp

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by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 30, 2015. The state House and Senate gave tentative approval on Monday to a bill that would drop the state’s gas tax by 1.5 cents per gallon, with leaders in both chambers saying they needed to ensure the short-term stability of North Carolina’s primary source of state funds for road […]

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Is tax reform starting to unravel?

| March 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, March 30, 2015. Are the Republican-led tax reform efforts of the past couple of years “unraveling”? Not yet – at least not in any major way. But that word is getting used increasingly in debates as the General Assembly mulls tax and economic incentives proposals this legislative session, including the […]

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After SPIN! Video – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the March 29th program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.

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How power is shifting to voters

| March 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Jim Tynen, Civitas Review Online, March 28, 2015. The Internet and the growth of grassroots groups is shifting power from backrooms in Washington to the American people, FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe said Saturday morning at Civitas’ Conservative Leadership Conference CLC. Consider ride-sharing services such as Uber, through which he got a ride […]

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Half of cities to lose revenue in Sales Tax redistribution bill

| March 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by The Insider, March 30, 2015. When Sen. Harry Brown presented a plan last week to change how the state distributes sales tax revenue, few understood that language in the legislation would cause about half of North Carolina’s cities and towns to lose money. Brown, a Jacksonville Republican, acknowledged Friday that he is among them. […]

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