Archive for July, 2016

What’s a voter to do?

| July 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 28, 2016. Most everywhere you go people repeat a familiar refrain. They can’t vote for Trump and don’t like Hillary, or vice versa. These are the two most unpopular presidential candidates since they started these polls. What’s a voter to do? Most of us who […]

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Down the wrong road

| July 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, July 27, 2016. There’s a lesson in highway maintenance for North Carolinians nearby. If you’ve driven in South Carolina in the past few years, you’ve seen it — and felt it. Our southern neighbor’s roads are crumbling, along with bridges and other transportation infrastructure. The state will spend $1.4 billion on […]

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A public debate

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by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, published in Charlotte Observer, July 28, 2016. Political campaigns are odd creatures: There’re born, grow like crazy, live in chaos, then die on a set date. Back in the late 1970’s, Republicans leaped a generation ahead of Democrats in the arts (from fundraising to communicating with voters) of nourishing […]

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Two Americas

| July 29, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 29, 2016. The Democratic and Republican conventions offered two starkly different visions of America. Here’s how this old Democrat sees them.  Hillary Clinton’s is bright and optimistic. Donald Trump’s is dark and pessimistic.  Clinton says there’s hope. Trump says he’s the only hope.   Clinton is about love and […]

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More taxpayer funding for schools that openly discriminate against LGBT

| July 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 27, 2016. Bible Baptist Christian School in Matthews is one of 336 religious schools and private academies that receive taxpayer funding under the voucher program created by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. The school collected more […]

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NC Court of Appeals ballot not very appealing

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Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, July 27, 2016. Sometimes the worst corruption doesn’t happen when laws are broken, but when they are made. Case in point: Court of Appeals races are supposed to be nonpartisan, in that parties don’t nominate judges. But legislation, passed along party lines by the Republican majority in the General Assembly […]

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New York’s pitch

| July 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 29, 2016. We don’t like New York running TV ads in North Carolina trying to lure businesses. And we doubt its recruitment pitch will be very successful. Yet the campaign by the Empire State Development Corp., aimed at North Carolina, Texas and Mississippi, only seeks to play on a touted […]

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Full 4th Circuit declines Wake County district appeal

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by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 26, 2016. The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to rehear the challenge to the Wake County commission and school board redistricting case. The defendant in the case, the Wake County Board of Elections, had asked for an “en banc” hearing by the full 15-member appeals court. […]

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Legislature will remain a prize

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by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN  panelist, July 27, 2016. As Democrats and Republicans actively contest North Carolina’s governorship, U.S. Senate seat, and 15 electoral votes for president this fall, don’t expect them to ignore other races on the ballot. Two statewide offices, for example, will be vacant for the first time in […]

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NC SPIN episode # 926 – Air Date 7/31/2016

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics:  The Democrats in Convention, NBA Pulls All-Star Game, Voter ID at Question and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Bob Orr, Former Supreme Court Justice Dennis Wicker, Former Lieutenant Governor Tom Campbell, Moderator

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