Archive for November, 2015

Chapel Hill’s protest problem

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2015. From an editorial Tuesday in the Raleigh News & Observer: A town hall meeting at UNC-Chapel Hill to discuss racial issues on campus was disrupted last week by students who, instead of engaging in a dialogue, presented demands of administrators. Among those demands were the removal of Silent […]

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Children wait for rare open spots in preschool programs

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, November 29, 2015. We miss Jim Hunt’s days as governor. Hunt, who’s still speaking out for education, did a lot to help underprivileged children by establishing Smart Start, a public-private program that incorporated socialization, health care and some preschool academic preparation. Gov. Mike Easley, for all his faults in other areas, […]

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State NAACP files for preliminary injunction of photo ID law

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, November 25, 2015. The N.C. NAACP filed court papers Tuesday officially asking a federal judge to stop the state’s photo ID law from taking effect during the March 2016 primaries. A federal trial is scheduled for the week of Jan. 25 on legal claims against the photo ID requirement, but […]

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Busy election year starts Tuesday

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2015. North Carolina kicks off a busy new election season Tuesday and, at least in the presidential race, forecasters expect it to favor Republicans. With earlier-than-ever primaries, filing for office opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 21. And though you’re probably still in the middle of holiday shopping, […]

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Read income data carefully

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, November 30, 2015. Over the past 12 months, North Carolina has experienced faster income growth than the rest of the country, regardless of whether that growth is measured as average income per person or median income by household. But this bit of good news for our […]

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A new low in bullying

| November 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, November 25, 2015. The Right’s shameless attacks on transgender people  It’s not hard to tell that election season is around the corner in North Carolina. Once again, conservative politicians and their allies are lining up to bash weak and unpopular groups in an effort to stoke fear and gin […]

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N.C. Democrats should ‘win the vote’ in 2016

| November 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Lee Mortimer, Election Reform Advocate, published in Greensboro News-Record, November 29, 2015. Democrats looking toward a spirited 2016 presidential campaign should feel upbeat about statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, Council of State and perhaps the U.S. Senate. But the real seat of power in North Carolina is the Republican-dominated General Assembly. With veto-proof […]

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UNC-CH students demands shows lack of real world understanding

| November 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Matt Caulder, NC Capitol Connection, November 24, 2015. Last week a number of UNC-Chapel Hill students stormed a town hall meeting with a list of 50 demands, ranging from demands for racially motivated hiring practices to the abolition of the law enforcement and penal system in the state. The demands were included in a […]

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Signs

| November 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, November 27, 2015 Their facts are the same. But they’re telling two different stories. The Governor’s folks explain how Graeme Keith got his $3 million state contract this way: The Governor met with Keith and Secretary Frank Perry and Keith made his case – that it would be cheaper for […]

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Those pesky primaries

| November 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Wynne, Politics North Carolina, November 25, 2015. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but technically the nominees for governor haven’t been decided yet. In fact, no one has even filed. But there’s a good chance McCrory and especially Cooper will be facing opposition in their respective primaries. Do they have any chance […]

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