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With three weeks to go, let’s analyze electorate

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzer, political science professor Catawba College, published on WFAE website, October 15, 2014. With three weeks to go, a lot of prognostication is going on in the political analysis universe. Some analysts like to attach ‘chances are’ percentages to their predictions, while others take a broader approach (read, less quantitative) in their gazing into what Election Day will bring us. While I […]

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Naming highway for Tolson deserved

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, October 19, 2014. To hear the nonstop television blather, you might wonder if there’s anything this country will ever be able to agree on again. We’re not sure about the other 49 states, but we’d be amazed if anyone in North Carolina fails to recognize the important contributions made for […]

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NC cities starting to feel the loss of privilege tax

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Benjamin Brown, The Insider, published in News and Observer, October 17, 2014. When the legislature voted last session to take away municipalities’ ability to charge a privilege license tax starting in July 2015, city leaders across the state warned about loss of revenue. What wasn’t obvious was how soon those losses would be felt. […]

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State will keep the change

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Lock Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, October 20, 2014. In 1925, advertising executive and future Congressman Bruce Barton wrote the book that made his national reputation, The Man Nobody Knows. In it, he imagined what Jesus Christ would be like if he resided in the modern world. Barton drew lessons from […]

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Hagan stimulus grants

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, October 18, 2014. n the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention. Well, let me clarify that statement. […]

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Tillis best for Senate

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, October 18, 2014 The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, is among the nation’s tightest as Republicans look to regain control of the Senate. The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and the president’s unpopular handling of numerous scandals, military operations and public […]

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Difficult week for Democrats as disaffected women and blacks drive down favorability to 1984 lows

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Davis, John Davis Consulting, October 17, 2014. Women and Blacks Down on Democratic Party: According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted October 9-12, 2014, the Democratic Party has the worst Favorable (39%) to Unfavorable (51%) impression among Americans since 1984. What is most surprising, is that the downward spiral is driven by the disaffection […]

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NC needs a patient investment in higher education

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Eric Johnson, Chapel Hill writer, published in News and Observer, October 18, 2014. Two decades ago, the world looked promising for electronic pagination systems workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, armed with the kind of confidence known only to oracles and mathematicians, predicted 83 percent growth in employment for electronic typesetters between 1994 and […]

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Tillis-Hagan showdown could be nation’s most expensive Senate race ever

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 18, 2014. From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first $100 million contests. Outside groups continue to flood the state with ads and accusations, forcing Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan […]

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Tillis race should make McCrory nervous

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, October 18, 2014. If the polls are to be believed, Republicans are on the verge of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in North Carolina’s Senate race. All the fundamentals favored the GOP. No Democratic senator from North Carolina had won re-election since conservative Sen. Sam Ervin Jr. […]

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