Archive for March, 2017

Right problem. Wrong solution

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, March 30, 2017. Too many North Carolinians lack confidence in our courts, according to a recently concluded 15-month study initiated by Mark Martin, Chief Justice of our state Supreme Court. 53 percent of the public believe court outcomes are “fair only some of the time or not […]

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Left doubles down on double standard

| March 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, Syndicated Columnist and NC SPIN panelist, March 29, 2017 Dr. James Otteson, a business school professor at Wake Forest University, came up with an intriguing idea. What if he brought together a group of faculty, students, and outside scholars to explore how societies can best promote human welfare and happiness? As befitting […]

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Sending mixed message, confusing North Carolinians

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by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 31, 2017. Mixed signals. Some things are clear — lower taxes, fewer regulations, skilled workers, and efficient infrastructure lead to economic growth. A robust and growing business community creates jobs. Vouchers offer opportunities to low-income students, and school choice leads to better and more […]

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HB2 repealed, but many not happy with reset

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by Laura Leslie and Matthew Burns, WRAL, March 30, 2017. As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday. About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House […]

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Who can do eye surgery? We need a visionary answer

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, March 29, 2017. North Carolina’s optometrists and ophthalmologists are poking each other in the political eye this year, sparring over legislation that would allow optometrists to perform several kinds of laser surgeries. The debate so far has been as much about politics and money as it’s been about the eye health […]

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NC SPIN episode # 961 – Air Date 4/2/2017

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Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics:  Staring down the NCAA barrel to repeal HB2, Tax Cuts on the Legislative Agenda, Building New Schools and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation Howard Lee, Former Senator, Chair State Board of Education Connie Wilson, Former Legislator Tom […]

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With HB2 gone, let’s move on

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, March 30, 2017. You can tell when a real compromise has been reached: Many on both sides remain mad. That’s the case with the repeal Thursday afternoon of House Bill 2, the “bathroom bill” that discriminated against transgender people. Many on the right say the repeal went too far. Many on […]

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In defense of the press

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by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, March 30, 2017. Yesterday, Peder Zane wrote a piece in the N&O bemoaning the partisan bent of news coverage in the state and nation. He has some legitimate gripes. Reporter bias does often come through and, yes, coverage does occasionally seem to reflect a more progressive view of the world […]

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Important Medicaid news you might have missed

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by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 28, 2017/ You probably missed the news that the members of the overwhelmingly Republican state Senate finally came to their senses Monday and voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provide health care to hundreds of thousands of people. One Republican […]

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Unravelling

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by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, March 29, 2017. Day in and day out for years I sat in meetings watching and listening to men who lived and breathed politics and, almost to a man every one looked on telling a lie (or, more precisely, being caught telling a lie) as a risk they dreaded. […]

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