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Back Over the River and Through the Woods

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, November 27, 2014. “Over the river and through the woods” is the song that conjures up fond memories of holiday trips to celebrate with loved ones. Shortly after the first Thanksgiving early settlers started migrating west in search of cheaper, less crowded and more available land. […]

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Southern Democrats urge a return to Party basics

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Bill Barrow, Associated Press, Published on WRAL.com, November 27, 2014. Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. “It’s time to draw a […]

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A humble request for Thanksgiving

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Jacksonville Daily News, November 26, 2014. Following is the Thanksgiving Proclamation as issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on Oct. 3, 1789. By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to […]

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Thanksgiving wisdom for the ages

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, November 26, 2014. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving passages to ponder on this special day. “It becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine goodness and celebrating the important event which we owe to His benign Interposition.” – George Washington “It has seemed to me […]

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Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry isn’t doing her job

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by News and Observer, November 24, 2014. Cherie Berry’s idea of helping North Carolina businesses do right by their workers is to ask them politely and avoid confrontation. That’s always been a curious attitude on the part of Berry, a Republican elected to her post in 2000 and re-elected three times. A more apt […]

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Moore: “They want to see us govern”

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, November 25, 2014. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, spent the past four years as then-Speaker Thom Tillis’ Rules Committee chairman, the affable technician who oiled the gears of legislative progress. In January, Moore expects to take full control of the machinery that runs the state House. The 74-member House Republican Caucus on […]

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Cheap advice

| November 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, November 26, 2014. If the review of Common Core standards ordered by the state legislature is a waste of time, at least it’s not costing any money. The Academic Standards Review Commission was authorized to hire consultants “to the extent that funds are available,” but no funds were appropriated. This situation […]

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After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – “Should garbage collection be charged by how much they throw away?”

| November 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! Video – 11/23/14 – Question to Howard Lee – “The City of Charlotte is considering changing the way they charge residents for garbage collection. Instead of a flat fee for every household they are considering a pay as you throw system where residents will be charged for how much garbage they generate. As […]

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People favor facts that fit their bias

| November 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

Editorial from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reprinted in Salisbury Post, November 25, 2014. From an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Ferguson, Mo., case:  Except for sports teams and the weather, people in St. Louis don’t share much in the way of common interests, attitudes, beliefs or goals. We suspect this is true of […]

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The annual ritual of cynically suspending the blame

| November 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, November 25, 2014. The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the rest of the year. You’ve probably seen the […]

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