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After SPIN! Video – 08/31/14 – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from August 31th program: In this video panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show. Panelists: Rufus Edminsten, Former Secretary of State Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation Bob Orr, Former Supreme Court Justice Tom Campbell, Moderator

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At UNC-Chapel Hill, the truth about grades

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, August 30, 2014. Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include the […]

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Debate could shape Tillis-Hagan Senate race

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, September 2, 2014. They’re like two prize fighters, bruised and battered by months of pounding but still standing. Now Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis head into the ring at 7 p.m. Wednesday for their first debate (UNC TV), a head-to-head matchup that could shape the final nine […]

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Labor Day: Times change, the role of workers does not

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, Burlington, NC, August 29, 2014. Labor Day 2014. The day we say so long to summer — even if temperatures top 90 degrees. When we get together with friends to flip burgers on the grill. Take the boat out on the lake, perhaps? Go shopping — again. Or, with gas prices […]

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Race between Tillis and Hagan heats up

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 31, 2014. Although it seems as if N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan have been running for election forever, based on the number of television ads we’ve seen over the past two years, the race is really only beginning to heat up. Tillis and Hagan […]

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Dodging the League of Women Voters?

| September 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News-Record, August 29, 2014. Republican commissioners in Wake County say they won’t participate in candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters, WRAL reports. “While we appreciate your offer, we believe your group has a scope that is too narrow to adequately preserve the impartiality of the setting needed for a full […]

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It’s time to get America all the way back to work

| September 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by News and Observer, August 31, 2014. There’s now an odd aspect to Labor Day. It was born as a day of rest for working Americans who found unlimited ways to toil in a booming nation. But this Labor Day brings another year of too many who can’t find work. Too many underemployed or […]

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Five steps for a reform-minded UNC Board

| September 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jenna Robinson and Jane Shaw, The  John W. Pope Center for Higher Education, published in The News and Observer, Augut 31, 2014. As the academic year begins, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, now with a new chairman, John Fennebresque, must make some choices. The university system faces real problems: It costs […]

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Candidates off and running

| August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, August 30, 2014. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. […]

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The difficulty of defining what a good teacher is

| August 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Bill Massey, retired teacher and principal, published in News and Observer, August 30, 2014. The latest federally orchestrated attempt to close the achievement gap between public school students from low-income families and those from middle- or upper-class homes mandates that all school districts submit to the Department of Education, by May, plans outlining how […]

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