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What is the real danger on the streets?

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Shiver, Capitol Connection, July 22, 2016. The past few weeks have torn at the heart out of most Americans. Citizens have been killed in incidents with the police; videos in some instances inflaming the situation yet not clearly enlightening as to the reason police pulled the trigger. Meanwhile, police officers have been targeted, […]

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A misguided campaign strategy using HB2

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, published in Burlington Times-News, July 22, 2016. Do you want to know why the Left has tried to make North Carolina politics into an “all HB2, all the time” zone? Here are some reasons: ■ Since mid-2013, when Gov. Pat McCrory’s first budgets and other policy priorities […]

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Long-term care for Seniors putting financial strain on Medicaid

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, July 20, 2016. This N&O article takes a closer look at the financial challenges presented by the swelling ranks of senior citizens and the rising costs of long-term care. This issue is a key issue that states need to evaluate as it puts significant pressure on Medicaid costs. State Medicaid directors […]

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The follies of McCrory’s demagoguery on HB2

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 22, 2016. In April NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would move its 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte if state officials did not make major changes to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed by the General Assembly in a rushed one-day special […]

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A frustrated legislator bids adieu after two terms

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in The Rocky Mount Telegram, July 23, 2016. Frustrated, defeated and over it. Those words sum up the feelings of N.C. Rep. Nathan Baskerville, a Henderson Democrat, as he finishes his second, two-year term in the N.C. House. He is not running for re-election. Baskerville spoke matter-of-factly in a […]

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The looming GOP disaster in North Carolina

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Democratic political strategist, published in The Charlotte Observer, July 22, 2016. North Carolina Republicans this year will get to experience what we Democrats went through in so many presidential elections: how to avoid going down with the Titanic. Because the S.S. Trump is going down, and it will be hard to avoid […]

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A short, busy, largely successful session

| July 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, July 22, 2016. The N.C. General Assembly’s 2016-17 short session is over, the legislature has adjourned, and everyone is back in his or her district — either planning retirement or campaigning. A total of 486 bills received some kind of action; 113 had become law […]

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Why North Carolina is so important

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 21, 2016. The future for our state and the nation will be determined by the 2016 elections and North Carolina voters will have a big voice on both levels. Democrats believe any chance they have to regain control of the U.S. Senate requires a victory […]

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Our two great Robert Morgans

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by D. G. Martin, One on One, July 18, 2016. North Carolinians of my generation have been blessed with two important Robert Morgans. One is the mountain-born-and-raised and acclaimed writer who is featured this week on North Carolina Bookwatch for his latest novel, “Chasing the North Star.” The other, the former U.S. senator, died on […]

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Can NC Treasurers serve two masters?

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, July 21, 2016. Following the news that State Treasurer Janet Cowell has joined the boards of two companies based in the Triangle, while she is still in office, the board of trustees for the state’s retirement systems is discussing policy changes to ensure that the treasurer is employed solely to […]

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