Archive for January, 2016

Don’t believe media hype of ‘Independent’ voters

| January 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Michael Bitzser, professor of Political Science, Catawba College, wfae.org, January 28, 2016. In the past few weeks, two news stories implied this year’s election could be determined by not only “independent” voters but a possible ‘independent’ presidential candidate. The media hyped a Gallup Pollthat indicates more than 40 percent of Americans identify as politically independent. […]

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You decide: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

| January 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mike Walden, Professor of Economics, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, January 28, 2016. I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1 I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair – the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, […]

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N.C. unprepared for next recession

| January 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Alexandra Forter Sirota, NC Budget and Tax Center, January 28, 2016. When last week’s blizzard hit, North Carolinians got another reminder that tough times are easier to handle if you’re prepared. Those who stocked up on food and made sure they had a good snow shovel fared best. It’s the same with the economy. […]

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Friday follies

| January 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, January 29, 2016 Speaker Moore rules out teacher pay raise costing less than last year’s tax cut State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson made headlines this week by calling for a ten percent raise for all teachers in her appearance before a legislative committee. […]

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Lofty, laudable education goals

| January 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published by The Greenville Daily Reflector, January 29, 2016. Even as an often-cynical reporter, I was impressed by the collaboration among some of the state’s top education and business leaders at a recent meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet. The panel includes representatives from K-12 public schools, the community […]

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Supreme Court upholds McCrory’s challenge to coal ash panel

| January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, January 30, 2016. North Carolina lawmakers tried to take too much power out of the hands of Gov. Pat McCrory when they created a trio of commissions, including one that oversee coal ash cleanup, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday. In the specific showdown over appointments to the three boards, […]

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900th NC SPIN a piece of cake

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

You won’t want to miss the 900th episode of NC SPIN this week as many of your favorite panelists reminisce about experiences and comments they have had as a result of the 18 years we’ve been together. Be sure to tune in to hear what John Hood, Chris Fitzsimon, Becki Gray, Rufus Edmisten, Joe Mavretic, […]

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Railroading Eminent Domain

| January 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, January 28, 2016. Governor McCrory’s pronouncement that the proposed CSX rail hub in Selma is effectively dead is both good news and bad. Without question this could be a great benefit to our state but the handling of it was not good, especially regarding the use […]

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Steve and Cokie Roberts: The Sanders attraction

| January 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Steve and Cokie Roberts, published in The Salisbury Post, January 28, 2016. “Yes, we will raise taxes. Yes we will.” When Sen. Bernie Sanders made that statement at a town hall in Iowa this week, Republicans all over the country leapt out of their chairs, cheering. If Sanders somehow wins the Democratic nomination, he […]

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Education insanity

| January 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Walter Williams, professor George Mason University, published in Burlington Times News, January 28, 2016. Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.” Whomever we credit, he was absolutely right. A perfect example of that […]

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