Archive for October, 2015

NC business incentives just a cottage crony industry

| October 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, October 26, 2015. In the face of defeat, claim victory anyway. That’s what state bureaucrats in charge of meddling with North Carolina’s economy are doing in light of a recent report that suggests their meddling has produced dismal results. A recent WRAL article examines the track record of two of NC’s […]

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The follies of tax ads and confederate license plates

| October 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 30, 2015. Misleading commercial on taxes from Americans for the Prosperous The folks over at Americans for the Prosperous, who like to be called Americans for Prosperity, have an interesting take on the latest round of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy passed […]

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Governor’s race is toss up, Ross off to good start

| October 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, October 29, 2015. PPP’s monthly North Carolina poll finds both Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross polling a little better following their official candidacy announcements over the last few weeks. Our monthly look at the North Carolina Governor’s race finds Cooper edging Pat McCrory 44/43. Cooper has now had nominal […]

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Riddle: What has 1.8 million mouths but no voice?

| October 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Taylor Batten, The Charlotte Observer, October 30, 2015. In case you hadn’t noticed, Americans are increasingly turned off by both Democrats and Republicans. From Hillary Clinton to Bob Rucho, they’re as popular as Greg Hardy at a debutante ball. But what choice do voters have? In North Carolina and many other states, precious little, […]

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3 Big ideas to change the state of politics in NC

| October 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Representative Ken Goodman, Main Street Democrats, October 31, 2015. As I travel across the state, meeting and talking with voters about Main Street Democrats, I hear the same questions over and over, “what can we do to improve the state of politics?  Why do we have such hyper partisanship?  Can’t the two parties work […]

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$43.65

| October 30, 2015 | 7 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 30, 2015. Sometimes the teacher gets taken to school, as we learned recently when speaking to The Kenan Fellows. This great program by The Kenan Institute selects 50 K-12 teachers for a yearlong enrichment experience that focuses on leadership development and curriculum. After our NC […]

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Accountability problem in the education privatization crusade

| October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 30, 2015. The crusade to privatize public education in North Carolina has become a hallmark of the folks currently in charge in Raleigh. There’s the sketchy school voucher scheme that diverts public money to almost completely unaccountable private schools and religious academies that even […]

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Milennial voters challenge

| October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in The Greenville Daily Reflector, October 30, 2015. The mood of Millennial voters ahead of the 2016 elections is a “sense of helplessness.” Voters ages 18 to 34 see a nation very much divided along partisan, racial and socioeconomic lines. “There is a sense that we cannot come together […]

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HIgher ed costs get serious attention

| October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Andy Taylor, professor of political science, NC State University, published in Carolina Journal, October 29, 2015. Sadly, much of this presidential campaign has been a media circus, with most attention focused on the antics of Donald Trump and the emails of Hillary Clinton. This has been illuminating because it says much about whether either […]

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Sanctuary city ban prompts protests at governor’s mansion

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Julia Sims and David Crabtree, WRAL, October 29, 2015. More than 100 people rallied Thursday afternoon outside the Governor’s Mansion, including some who blocked the street in front of the building, in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to sign into law a proposal that prohibits any North Carolina county or municipality from restricting […]

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