Archive for July, 2017

Misplaced loyalty

| July 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

 by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 27, 2017. “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country…” That’s the opening sentence of the oath Boy Scouts take when joining. I remembered this oath as President Trump spoke to an estimated 70,000 at the Boy […]

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Health care for millions and democracy itself is now at risk

| July 28, 2017 | 6 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 26, 2017. It is not just health care for 30 million people at stake these days. Democracy is hanging by a thread too-in Raleigh and in Washington. First, consider the spectacle of Sen. John McCain, arriving back in Washington Tuesday for the first time […]

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Exaggeration won’t stop school choice

| July 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, July 26, 2017. During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run public schools. In Wake County and some other urban areas, the percentage was even higher. What does this mean? To opponents of parental […]

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A never-ending fight for freedom

| July 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, July 28, 2017. The 2017 legislative long session is over. Kind of.  In the wee hours of June 30, on the eve of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly adjourned, only to schedule encore sessions in August and September.    The session started with what […]

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‘Obamacare’ reeling after Senate defeat

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published on WRAL.com, July 28, 2017. Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it […]

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It’s time to enact fair redistricting

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Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 23, 2017. Gov. Roy Cooper promised last weekend that Democrats, if returned to power in 2020, will implement independent, nonpartisan redistricting. Was that a serious commitment to good government or a campaign pitch? Time will tell, but voters should press Democrats and Republicans to enact this important reform. Skepticism about […]

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20 years later, we’re still waiting for Leandro results

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, July 26, 2017. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the N.C. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling in the Leandro v. State case, in which it said every student in this state has a constitutional right to “receive a sound basic education.” The court defined that education as […]

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‘Not off our coast’

| July 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, July 24, 2017. Gov. Roy Cooper rightly said loud and clear Thursday that he’ll fight oil and gas drilling off our state’s beautiful, moneymaking coast. We hope he and all the other opponents in our state prevail against the Trump administration’s wrongheaded plan to open our coast to an industry that […]

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A simple health care reform for North Carolina

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Tate Holbrook, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, July 27, 2017. With the health care reform debate raging in the halls of Congress, it can seem like anything to do with fixing health care is at a standstill. But there are still improvements that health plans here can — and should — be making, […]

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Texas not learning from NC’s HB2 mistake

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Durham Herald-Sun, July 25, 2017. Most states, even those of the deepest red, learned from the monumental mistake of North Carolina’s Republicans, who passed the now-infamous House Bill 2 transgender bathroom bill, which flew by many descriptions. It denied transgender people the right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they […]

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