Archive for December, 2016

The unsettling year 2016

| December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, December 29, 2016. The best word to describe the year 2016 is unsettling. We barely had time to break our New Year’s resolutions before the year crashed down on us. We knew it was going to be unusual when the General Assembly, hoping that our state […]

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NAACP boycott would further harm its victims

| December 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, December 26, 2016. The president of the North Carolina NAACP says he will ask the national NAACP to call for a national economic boycott of North Carolina. The Rev. William J. Barber’s call for a boycott was initially a response to the General Assembly’s failure to repeal controversial House Bill 2, […]

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Off to an early start

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Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, December 30, 2016. How eager is Democrat Roy Cooper to become governor of North Carolina? While others ring in the New Year Saturday night, he’ll take the oath of office just moments after 12. The state constitution says the governor’s term begins on Jan. 1 following the election, but most new […]

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McCrory staffers told their jobs end Sunday

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by Emery Dales, Associated Press, published on WRAL.com, December 29, 2016. The incoming administration of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is already giving notice to stalwarts of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration that they’re being replaced and shouldn’t show up for work next week. Dismissal notices were given Wednesday to a few dozen McCrory political appointees in the […]

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Judge temporarily blocks House Bill 17

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by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal, December 29, 2016. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens prevented parts of House Bill 17 from taking immediate effect, issuing a stay on Thursday afternoon, giving parties a little more than a week to argue whether the legislation should take effect while challenges work their way through the courts, WRAL reported. Representing the State […]

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NC SPIN episode # 948 – Air Date 1/1/2017

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Watch NC SPIN online! This week on NC SPIN we will take one last look at the events of 2016 and announce NC SPIN Tar Heel of the Year. Panelists: Brad Crone, Political Consultant Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Tom Campbell, Moderator

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After SPIN! Video – “How would you describe the current political culture in NC?”

| December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! “Question to Becki and Brad – Each of you watches the political scene closely. How would you describe the political culture in our state? Partisan and divisive? Has this become a “red” state? Are Republicans overplaying their hands? Can Democrats regain power, especially in rural sections? Do you see any efforts to heal […]

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Lawsuits to keep an eye on in 2017

| December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Melissa Broughton, NC Policy Watch, December 28, 2016. With the New Year less than a week away, legal experts and advocates are planning to keep an eye on litigation likely to make an impact in 2017. Below are just some of the lawsuits they expect will be heard or decided in the next year […]

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Did someone call for brawls at the malls?

| December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, December 29, 2016. Mall brawls, it appears, are a thing now. A short-lived thing, we hope. We were surprised to see a large fight break out Monday at Cross Creek Mall, near the food court. It started with about eight teenagers, but quickly grew, eyewitnesses said. That sparked a mass flight […]

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Not a full democracy

| December 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, December 29, 2016. North Carolina ranks with authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies in terms of electoral integrity, a UNC-Chapel Hill political science professor wrote in The News & Observer of Raleigh last week. That’s an astonishing statement, but Andrew Reynolds is not an Ivory Tower pundit. He has helped set up elections […]

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