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Make black lives matter

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Hezekiah Brown, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, April 26, 2015. As I read the newspaper and watch television news, I continue to see references to “black lives matter,” the slogan made famous by demonstrators in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. I am in […]

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Big changes, big hurry

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Doug Clark, Off the Record, Greensboro News-Record, April 24, 2015. How fast is major legislation moving in the General Assembly right now? The N&O provides a good example. House Bill 795 was introduced April 14. It was given a “hearing” in the Environment Committee yesterday. “With little discussion and no study of the potential consequences, state legislators […]

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Sunnier take on N.C.’s environment

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Donald van der Vaart, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, published in Charlotte Observer, April 24, 2015. The recent op-ed “Assault on N.C. Environment” (April 19 Viewpoint) ignores facts and fails to recognize North Carolina’s commitment to bettering our environment. DENR is proud of the policies and modernization that have dramatically improved the quality […]

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Bond bite is too big

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, April 27, 2015. Interest rates are low. There are very real needs for public capital spending across North Carolina, resulting from years of inadequate facility maintenance and an ever-increasing population. At the same time, Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have exhibited admirable restraint in […]

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Loss of Volvo plant a legislative failure

| April 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, April 25, 2015. Political egos and partisan chest-thumping can sometimes offer amusing theater, but not when real jobs and regional economies hang in the balance. We have watched the hopeless dilly-
dallying this year of the N.C. General Assembly as it has taken on pointless “freedom of religion” causes rather than […]

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The class divide goes to college

| April 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Eric Frazier, Editorial page, The Charlotte Observer, April 25, 2015. Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, dropped in on the editorial board last week to tout historically black colleges and universities as key vehicles of upward mobility for low-income youth. One of his key points: that President Obama’s plan to offer […]

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Costly, controversial: Lawmakers have just months to tame Medicaid beast

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 25, 2015. If the panoply of issues facing the General Assembly every year were a zoo, the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled would be the snarling, nearly $14 billion beast that makes all of the other critters nervous. During prior legislative sessions, Medicaid has thrashed its tail […]

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Blacks still targeted by traffic stops in NC

| April 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Cash Michaels, Editor, The Carolinian, April 26, 2015. In the aftermath of the recent fatal police shooting of a black motorist in North Charleston, S.C. comes a new study from a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher that conclusively documents how, for 12 years, North Carolina law enforcement have targeted African-American drivers disproportionately across this state in […]

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NC depends on DC more than you think

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, April 23, 2015. Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers. Illuminating the […]

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Crazy train

| April 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, April 24, 2015. The “religious freedom” train ran off the rails on Jones Street yesterday. House Republicans realized the state would lose business and some of them would lose elections.   It was a telling turnaround for a body that had pushed through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages […]

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