Archive for September, 2017

Stumbling blocks to healthcare reform

| September 29, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator of NC SPIN, September 28, 2017. It is evident that Congress is unable to pass meaningful and significant healthcare reform. There are two major obstacles in the way. They are health insurance and the government. Health insurance is a relatively recent phenomenon. While there were some early and isolated […]

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Attention to NC SPIN viewers on FOX

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Because the Fox Network will be broadcasting an NFL football game from London this Sunday (10/1) our NC SPIN broadcasts on those stations will be changed. Fox50 – Raleigh-Durham. NC SPIN will air at its regular time of 6:30 a.m. but not at the 8:30 a.m. time. It will return to regular scheduling the following […]

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Property rights have economic payoff

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by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, September 27, 2017. When North Carolina is competing with other states and nations for investment, business startups and expansions, and high-value professionals, we start out with some important advantages. Our tax code, for example, is now one of the most growth-friendly systems in the country. In […]

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Whose free speech?

| September 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, September 29, 2017. We wonder what Jeff Sessions would say if a college football team or band followed the lead of NFL players and took knees during the national anthem. It may happen this weekend at some schools, nearly a year after it happened before. In 2016, 19 members of the […]

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Tillis offers a path for the dreamers

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, September 27, 2017. Could President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans finally take a step forward for illegal immigrants after Democrats failed? It might be a relatively small step — but it sure would be significant for the not-quite-Americans known as Dreamers. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina could be one […]

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Higher education isn’t ready for our future

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Editorial by The Fayetteville Observer, September 28, 2017. Margaret Spellings is right: Public education is too expensive. Paying for it is a tough burden for all but the wealthiest families. For people of average means, tuition, fees and other costs are a crushing burden, often leaving both student and parents with debt that will last […]

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Budget busting tax cuts for the rich

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by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, September 28, 2017. Republicans in Washington are about to undertake tax reform. As we in North Carolina know, that means a massive tax cut for the rich and massive budget cuts for programs that help the rest of us. The GOP will, of course, call it a middle-class tax cut, […]

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Divided we stand. Or kneel

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, September 25, 2017. Last night’s installment of Ken Burns’s “The Vietnam War” recalled how divided our country was 50 years ago. Today we’re just as divided. Thanks to Trump. Apparently, the Divider-in-Chief doesn’t have enough on his plate with North Korea, Russia, Obamacare and hurricane relief. So he goes […]

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A chess game

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by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 28, 2017. When a politician takes a poll most folks figure he means to figure out how he can bamboozle people and there’s truth in that but a poll’s also a picture of the powers – like fear, revenge, blindness and rage – shaking the political world and […]

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NC economy retreated slightly in August

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by Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU Professor of Economics, September 28, 2017. The Index retreated slightly in August from its reading in July. However, this was not unexpected given the Index’s strong rise in July.  Also, the Index has trended upward for the year.  It will be important to watch for the economic impacts of Hurricanes […]

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