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Driver’s ed becomes an unfunded mandate

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by News and Observer, December 19, 2014. That’s local-government ease for those times when the state of North Carolina tells a county or municipal government that they must do something, but the state will not provide the money to accomplish the task. Local governments are forced to rearrange their spending plans or increase taxes […]

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Some UNC centers more about politics than academics

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Shaw and Jenna Robinson, John Pope Center for Higher Education, published in News and Observer, December 20, 2014. Imagine that a UNC Center for Western Civilization (which, of course, does not exist) were to co-sponsor a conference with the Heritage Foundation. Suppose that Gov. Pat McCrory was keynote speaker, that Becki Gray of […]

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Jesse Helms and Obama’s new Cuban policy

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, December 20, 2014. North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms received a hero’s welcome from an adoring crowd of Cuban exiles when he visited Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in 1995 to lay a wreath at a monument to slain veterans of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Helms, as the newly […]

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NC struggles to keep up with SC in incentives race

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rick Rothacker and Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer, December 20, 2014. North Carolina officials want to close the gap with South Carolina and other states that offer larger incentive packages and lower tax rates to lure companies – sometimes causing Charlotte to miss out on hundreds of jobs. But emails and documents obtained by the […]

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A state job built to protect the public

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, December 18, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory has a second chance to appoint a top environmental regulator who sees the role less as a friend of business and more as the position was intended: the person charged with enforcing the state’s environmental laws. With the departure of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker for […]

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A clear vision for mental health system improvements

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary, DHHS, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, December 19, 2014. Improving North Carolina’s Mental Health System is a high priority for Gov. Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. Together, they share a clear vision and steadfast resolve to make significant improvements in a rapidly changing health care arena. […]

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Twas the week before Christmas

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, December 19, 2014. ‘Twas the week before Christmas and as far as the eye could see, Governor Pat was melting down over the tales of Lending Tree. It’s a liberal media conspiracy it’s plain to see now, He meant to disclose his windfall, he just […]

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Republicans have 52-47 edge in county commissions

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Wynne, Politics North Carolina, December 19, 2014. As a result of the November 2014 elections, Republicans now control 52 County Commissions. Democrats control 47. One county, Perquimans, is split. Prior to November, the numbers were R 53, D 45, with two being split. Two counties switched from Democratic control to Republican control: Montgomery […]

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No insurance increase for NC homeowners

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by abc11.com, December 19, 2014. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a zero-percent statewide overall average change in homeowners insurance rates, effective June 1, 2015. The decision comes after Goodwin held a hearing to examine the insurance companies’ request to raise overall average rates by 25.6 percent. “The rates I have ordered are […]

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NC unemployment rate at 5.8%, lowest since May 2008

| December 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jon Murawski, News and Observer, December 19, 2014. North Carolina’s jobless rate fell to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008, as the state’s economy gains force in the second half of the year. The state’s jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in October and has dropped from 7.4 percent one year […]

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