Archive for June, 2017

Public school governance

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, June 29, 2017. A three-judge panel is currently tasked with interpreting one of our state’s thorniest issues, namely who is in charge of public education. Is it to be the State Board of Education or the state Superintendent of Public Instruction? North Carolina’s public school governance is […]

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The gloomy, blustery and vindictive session drawing to a close

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, June 28, 2017. As the 2017 General Assembly session draws to a close, reporters, pundits and partisans will all soon be putting their session wrap-ups together, reminding us all of what has happened in the last six months at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. It […]

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State legislators set adjournment – sort of

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 30, 2017. State lawmakers unveiled an adjournment resolution Thursday night that will bring them back to town in August, September and then again by November to draw new legislative districts. For many years, the state’s part-time legislature went home in the summer after the long session in odd years and […]

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We have the ‘Roadmap to Freedom’

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, June 29, 2017. In December, my colleagues and I put together a Roadmap to Freedom in preparation for the 2017 legislative session. It outlined in short-form our goals and objectives. It talked about where we would put our resources and was meant to serve as […]

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A state budget built by a hammer

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Editorial by The Fayetteville Observer, June 27, 2017. Watching what passes for state government in North Carolina these days can be discouraging. This week, it’s downright disheartening. We’re watching a choreographed performance in Raleigh, with a certain outcome. We’re watching a General Assembly whose leaders wield power like a hammer, driving intensely political nails. (In […]

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Budget takes from the needy and gives to the greedy

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by Bob Etheridge, former Congressman and Superintendent of Public Instruction, published in Durham Herald-Sun, June 23, 2017. When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised to look after the “forgotten man.” Rural voters who felt left out by the economic recovery heard this promise and voted for Trump. Many of us did not to trust […]

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Democrats in the wilderness

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, June 28, 2017. Earlier this week, a plane pulling a banner that read “Senator Heller: Keep your word. Vote no on Trumpcare” flew over West Virginia. Unfortunately, Heller represents Nevada, not West Virginia. Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake retweeted the photo, writing, “If you want a metaphor for why Democrats […]

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Politically driven judicial redistricting halted…for the time being

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Broughton, NC Policy Watch, June 28, 2017. North Carolina lawmakers’ latest attempt to insert politics into the judiciary was thwarted Tuesday but is expected to be taken up again the next time they gather in Raleigh. Legislators unveiled new prosecutorial and judicial district maps this week that would dramatically change the way district […]

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NC film industry gets a boost

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, reprinted in The Burlington Times-News, June 27, 2017. We wish North Carolina didn’t have to play the incentives game to lure businesses here. But as long as other states are playing, we can’t afford to be on the sidelines. So we are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed budget provides […]

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Drug business is out of control

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Ada Fisher, Republican National Committeewoman, published in Salisbury Post, June 26, 2017. Isis and terrorism, though threats to national security, pale in comparison to the toll of illicit drug use on our human capital. The proposed Opioid Task Force is fast heading for a role as another bureaucratic mess before it gets started. […]

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