Author Archive: NC SPIN

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Members of the “third house” shape public policy

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 30, 2015. When the loud thunk of the speaker’s gavel hammered a legislative day to a close on a recent afternoon, most members of the state House began moseying off to late-day meetings or, if they were lucky, home for the night. As rank and file lawmakers filtered out, more […]

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Will we invest in ourselves to create jobs?

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, August 30, 2015. It’s the kind of announcement we’ve heard a lot lately, albeit bigger than most. Novo Nordisk, the Danish pharmaceutical company, will invest $1.85 billion in a new plant in Clayton. It will create nearly 700 new jobs, with the average salary more than $68,000 – double the average […]

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Certificate of Need laws no longer needed

| August 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Christopher Koopman, research fellow George Mason University, published in Greensboro News-Record, August30, 2015. Health care in America isn’t a topic reserved only for the federal government. Debates over its future are playing out in statehouses across the country, including North Carolina’s. In Raleigh, it centers on decades-old laws requiring qualified doctors and medical providers […]

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Friday follies

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, August 28, 2015. Another budget deadline missed and bad news for teachers and state employees  The state budget is now 59 days late. That makes it the second latest two-year state budget since at least 1961 and probably ever. And this from Republicans leaders who promised to make government […]

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Blaming everybody

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, August 28, 2015. When asked recently about what they thought about Donald Trump, focus group participants saw him as a leader who “kicks ass and takes names.” They like that he has been successful and that he’s not owned by any special interests. They don’t care that he’s changed positions on a […]

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UNC Board was not pressured on Ross

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Fennebresque, chair, UNC Board of Governors, published in Charlotte  Observer, August 26, 2015. From John Fennebresque in response to “At UNC, a session of Politics 101” (Aug. 25 editorial): Let me be clear: The UNC Board of Governors was never pressured in any way to replace University system President Tom Ross. All of […]

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More on unemployment numbers

| August 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by John White, Raleigh, August 28, 2015. I appreciated the most recent broadcast and, in particular, the comments about unemployment and 5 contacts. Rob Christensen of the N&O had an excellent column explaining that the GA cut the unemployment insurance rate to the lowest in the country, helping friends in business.  Then in order to […]

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Set high standards

| August 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 29, 2015. North Carolina’s Academic Standards Review Commission is doing a serious job of examining Common Core. That’s a relief after the Dump Common Core efforts led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and fueled by people who seemed to think the national academic standards were an invention of Barack Obama […]

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Fixing failing schools

| August 28, 2015 | 5 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 28, 2015. North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk. It isn’t easy to discuss some of the underlying issues involved without sounding accusatory, discriminatory or harsh, but for the sake of all our children […]

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Supporting freedom by opposing federalism

| August 28, 2015 | 7 Comments

by Sarah Curry, The John Locke Foundation, August 28, 2015. This past week I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at Americans for Prosperity’s annual event, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I spoke about Washington’s power grab and how the growth of federal agencies is threatening our laboratories of democracy. Many of us […]

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