Archive for April, 2017

Owning up

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by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, April 27, 2017. Why is it that the hardest words to say are, “I’m Sorry,” and “I made a mistake?” Think of the needless pain and problems that could be avoided if people, especially those in leadership, owned up to their mistakes. If the CEO of United […]

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Another look at Cooper’s doggedly impressive start

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by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, April 25, 2017. As the national pundits weigh in on President Trump’s first 100 days in office and the General Assembly careens toward its self-imposed crossover deadline for legislation, it’s worth considering how Governor Roy Cooper has fared in his first 100+ days on the […]

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Caution needed on state budget

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by John Hood, Syndicated columnist, author and NC SPIN panelist, April 26, 2017. While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make fiscal decisions for them. There are some very […]

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Tempers flare at end of long legislative week

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by Matthew Burns, WRAL, April 27, 2017. A low-key House session as lawmakers tried to meet their self-imposed “crossover” deadline Thursday erupted into anger, accusations and parliamentary maneuvering. As lawmakers neared the end of the calendar, they voted without debate in favor of House Bill 113, which would allow people to sue a local government […]

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Our honest elections

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Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, April 26, 2017. There was voter fraud in North Carolina last year. But not much. The audit by the State Board of Elections released last week concludes that at least 508 ballots were cast by ineligible voters. That’s a tiny fraction of the 4.8 million votes tallied, but it isn’t nothing. […]

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Richardson education reform plan is on target

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, April 26, 2017. Billy Richardson is thinking big. The Democratic state representative from Fayetteville may actually be thinking bigger than is realistic, but he’s on the right track. Education in North Carolina needs to be much better than it is today. The education reform legislation that he has filed is the […]

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Injustice is costly business

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Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, April 26, 2017. North Carolina just got this lesson again: Injustice is costly in more than just human terms. Two brothers wrongfully imprisoned for 30 years in the killing of an 11-year-old girl in Robeson County have reached a settlement with investigators who helped put them away, The Associated Press reported. […]

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A bill that should make newspaper readers take notice

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by Mark Binker, The Insider, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, April 26, 2017. Friends and readers — lawmakers here in Raleigh are taking a swipe at your local newspaper. Last week, Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, won committee approval for a bill that would let cities and counties bypass the daily broadsheet or weekly tabloid and […]

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What determines county jobless rates?

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by Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, April 27, 2017. The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short […]

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A welcome shift in economic incentives

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Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, April 27, 2017. Rural North Carolina is finally getting some economic attention from the N.C. General Assembly. A bill approved this week by the N.C. Senate Finance Committee would direct incentives money from the Job Development Investment Grant to poorer counties across the state. The bill, authored by N.C. Senate […]

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