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Legalizing discrimination

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, February 28, 2015. This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly. It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose […]

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More than an opt-out, it’s a constitutional cop out

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, March 1, 2015. In this stormy North Carolina winter, you’d think lawmakers would know a slippery slope when they see one. But they don’t. And they may be headed for a spectacular fall. State senators Wednesday approved a measure that allows magistrates and clerks in county register-of-deeds offices to opt out […]

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The world according to Rucho

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Ned Barnett, News and Observer, February 28, 2015. Phil Berger, the Eden Republican and state Senate president pro tem, is the state’s most powerful lawmaker and likely its most powerful politician. But if you want to talk to the state’s super Republican, you have to go see state Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews. Berger […]

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Admission officials pressured to admit athletes into graduate programs

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Kane, News and Observer, February 28, 2015. Michael Waddell had a low grade point average, no entrance exam score and was months past the deadline when an athletic official sought to have the football player admitted to UNC’s graduate school in fall 2003. John Blanchard, then a senior associate athletic director, made the […]

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GOP divided over Primary date

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, February 28, 2015. Next year it will have been 40 years since North Carolina Republicans made history by saving the political career of California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s upset over President Gerald Ford – the first time in American annals that a sitting president had been defeated in a […]

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Attention Raleigh-Durham viewers

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Because of possible freezing rain Sunday morning the 6:30 a.m. broadcast of NC SPIN will be preempted this week only. You can see this week’s show by tuning in WRAL Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. or you can watch anytime by watching this week’s show on www.ncspin.com and clicking on the YouTube selection on the […]

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Attention Raleigh-Durham viewers

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Because of possible freezing rain Sunday morning the 6:30 a.m. broadcast of NC SPIN will be preempted this week only. You can see this week’s show by tuning in WRAL Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. or you can watch anytime by watching this week’s show on www.ncspin.com and clicking on the YouTube selection on the […]

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Friday follies

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 27, 2015. McCrory snubbed again by legislative leaders An interesting moment in the political world in Raleigh came in between this week’s two bouts of winter weather. The Republican leaders of the General Assembly once again ignored the wishes of Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory […]

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Inconsistent tax policy

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, February 28, 2015. Tax breaks for movie productions and historic property renovations are out. Tax breaks for more data centers are in. The North Carolina legislature is still picking “winners and losers,” but the criteria have changed. As the News & Record’s Richard M. Barron reported this week, the state is […]

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Gene Nichol: Work of the Poverty Center will go on

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gene Nichol, Director UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, published in News and Observer, February 27, 2015. I have no words to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support the poverty center has received, in recent weeks, from thousands across North Carolina and the nation. Students, faculty, alumni, engaged citizens, activists, […]

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