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A jackass or a carpenter?

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

by D. G. Martin, One on One, May 30, 2016. “Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the long-time speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Lambeth was beginning his tribute […]

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The UNC challenges

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, May 31, 2016. UNC President Margaret Spellings turned heads last week with the announcement that she’s hired a senior vice president for strategy and policy at $245,000 a year, but a lot is at stake. Our state university needs smart strategy and policy. The man named to the post is Andrew […]

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We honor their sacrifices

| May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, first published 2000, reprinted May 29, 2016. Memorial Day is a laid-back holiday for some. There’s not a lot of advance shopping to do. Gifts are not usually exchanged, cards and flowers not dispatched. The menu is simple picnic fare or something you can throw on the grill. Elaborate preparations are […]

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March primary signals big problems for NC voters

| May 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Jen Jones, Democracy North Carolina, published on NC Policy Watch, May 27, 2016. Citing findings from the March Primary, Democracy North Carolina has filed an amicus brief asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the lower court ruling and overturn NC’s 2013 voting law before the November General Election. According to Democracy […]

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Memorial Day is never over for these parents, many others

| May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, May 28, 2016. Memorial Day weekend is usually a happy affair for most of us. We have a good time and then it’s over. But for others, especially those for whom the losses of war are still fresh, memorial days continue year ’round. Count Rebecca and Michael Swaim in that club […]

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Unappealing the layers of our hunger problem

| May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Clyde Fitzgerald, Second Harvest Food Bank of NW N.C., published in Greensboro News-Record, May 29, 2016. Last year, Greensboro-High Point was ranked first in the nation for food insecurity. This ominous ranking was reported by the Food Research Action Center, or FRAC, and served, unfortunately, to confirm similar findings from a number of respected […]

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Important notice to WRAL viewers

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

This week NC SPIN will air on Saturday at 7:30 pm on WRAL in the Raleigh-Durham market. Please be sure to set your DVR, go online and watch from this website or watch live on WRAL. We will air at regular times on all other stations along the NC SPIN network.

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Enough is enough

| May 27, 2016 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, May 26, 2016. There are too few statesmen today, but David Gergen qualifies as one. This North Carolina native’s bona fides include service as a high-level advisor in the administrations of four presidents, as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and […]

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Confusion reigns supreme

| May 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, May 27, 2016. Nobody who does politics knows what’s up with politics now. Republicans can’t explain why Trump is winning. Democrats can’t explain why Clinton isn’t winning. Ask candidates, consultants, commentators and the media crowd for explanations, and they all mumble, fumble and stumble. A month ago, everybody thought […]

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Legislature’s education bill fails

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, May 26, 2016. A bill introduced by the state legislature with claims that it will improve access to higher education has already lost at the starting gate. The sponsors, which include Sen. Joyce Krawiec of Kernersville, need to kill this bill. Senate Bill 873, the “Access to Affordable College Education Act,” […]

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