Archive for August, 2015

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

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the August 30th program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.

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Fate of legislative, congressional maps back in court

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published in Winston-Salem Journal, August 31, 2015. North Carolina’s boundaries for General Assembly and congressional seats were drawn four years ago by Republican legislators and have been used in the past two election cycles, helping bolster GOP electoral gains. Yet the initial litigation that called the role race played in forming the […]

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For higher growth, think small

| August 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by  John Hood, John Locke Foundation, August 31, 2015. Remember the old tale about a drunk man crawling around under a lamppost? Dating at least as far back as 1924, the joke starts off with a police officer approaching the drunk to ask what he’s looking for. In earlier versions of the joke, it’s a […]

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Members of the “third house” shape public policy

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 30, 2015. When the loud thunk of the speaker’s gavel hammered a legislative day to a close on a recent afternoon, most members of the state House began moseying off to late-day meetings or, if they were lucky, home for the night. As rank and file lawmakers filtered out, more […]

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Will we invest in ourselves to create jobs?

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, August 30, 2015. It’s the kind of announcement we’ve heard a lot lately, albeit bigger than most. Novo Nordisk, the Danish pharmaceutical company, will invest $1.85 billion in a new plant in Clayton. It will create nearly 700 new jobs, with the average salary more than $68,000 – double the average […]

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Certificate of Need laws no longer needed

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Christopher Koopman, research fellow George Mason University, published in Greensboro News-Record, August30, 2015. Health care in America isn’t a topic reserved only for the federal government. Debates over its future are playing out in statehouses across the country, including North Carolina’s. In Raleigh, it centers on decades-old laws requiring qualified doctors and medical providers […]

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Friday follies

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, August 28, 2015. Another budget deadline missed and bad news for teachers and state employees  The state budget is now 59 days late. That makes it the second latest two-year state budget since at least 1961 and probably ever. And this from Republicans leaders who promised to make government […]

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Blaming everybody

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, August 28, 2015. When asked recently about what they thought about Donald Trump, focus group participants saw him as a leader who “kicks ass and takes names.” They like that he has been successful and that he’s not owned by any special interests. They don’t care that he’s changed positions on a […]

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UNC Board was not pressured on Ross

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by John Fennebresque, chair, UNC Board of Governors, published in Charlotte  Observer, August 26, 2015. From John Fennebresque in response to “At UNC, a session of Politics 101” (Aug. 25 editorial): Let me be clear: The UNC Board of Governors was never pressured in any way to replace University system President Tom Ross. All of […]

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More on unemployment numbers

| August 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by John White, Raleigh, August 28, 2015. I appreciated the most recent broadcast and, in particular, the comments about unemployment and 5 contacts. Rob Christensen of the N&O had an excellent column explaining that the GA cut the unemployment insurance rate to the lowest in the country, helping friends in business.  Then in order to […]

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