Archive for April, 2015

Lawmakers push raft of education bills in advance of crossover deadline

| April 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, April 29, 2015. As the April 30 ‘crossover deadline’ nears — at which point a bill must be passed by one legislative house in order to have a shot at becoming law — members of the General Assembly scrambled to rush proposed measures through committee hearings Tuesday, debating many […]

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Alvin York

| April 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, April 28, 2015. I didn’t see much sense in making a lady in Indiana (or anywhere else) cater a gay wedding if she didn’t want to, so I said the Religious Freedom Act sounded like a fine idea – which turned out to be like lighting the fuse to […]

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Duke, legislature must confront contamination near coal-ash dumps

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, April 28, 2015. Here in North Carolina, we take clean water for granted – until we can’t. Some residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps, including the one at Belews Creek, have been advised by letters from the state not to drink or cook with water from their wells, The Associated Press […]

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Still not prosperous

| April 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, April 29, 2015. A report published last week adds grim context to good news about North Carolina’s 5.4 percent unemployment rate. While more people are working now than before the massive layoffs of the Great Recession, earnings are still depressed. That’s a key finding of “A Comeback Short of the Mark,” […]

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Why N.C. car insurance rates are the lowest in the nation

| April 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Eric Frazier, The Charlotte Observer, April 29, 2015. Government is pretty distrusted these days, but here in North Carolina, motorists of all political stripes can rightfully sing the praises of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the N.C. Department of Insurance, the state officials responsible for capping what insurance companies can charge for auto […]

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Good cop, bad cop with Pat McCrory

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, April 28, 2015. When it comes to the treatment of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration, the House often is the good cop, and the Senate is the bad cop. Or maybe the Senate is the strict parent, while the House is more lenient. In a system of checks and balances, there […]

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Fallacies impede sound policy

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, April 29, 2015. Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time. That’s not an argument against fighting for freedom. But it […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Do statistics justify claims of racial profiling?”

| April 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! “Question to Cash Michaels – A UNC Chapel Hill research team just concluded a 12 year study of traffic stops by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Even though African Americans make up one-third of the driving age population they are twice as likely to be pulled over, receive traffic tickets and be subjected to […]

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Threatening consumers with court system spam

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, April 28, 2015. Why thousands of average citizens could get dragged into court by controversial “debt buying” legislation If you thought that the ignominy of being sued for “bad debt” and all the fun things that come with it is a phenomenon that only afflicts poor people and/or those […]

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False equivalence

| April 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, April 28, 2015. John Drescher of the N&O called foul on Governor McCrory’s public-records stonewalling. But will the media referees let McCrory manufacture a counterpunch against Roy Cooper? It’s called “false equivalence.” It’s a favorite media-manipulation trick. Let’s say your candidate has a big, fat negative. Like you haven’t […]

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