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NC Tops states with best economic outlook for 2016

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Americans For Prosperity, April 20, 2016. North Carolina has come a long way from its days as the state with the highest income tax in the southeast. Americans for Prosperity and its local activists have been hard at work in North Carolina, holding legislators accountable and advocating for issues like lower taxes, labor reforms […]

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Friday follies

| April 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, April 29, 2016. Another week, another round of falsehoods from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2, the sweeping anti-LBGT law HB2 he signed last month that is costing the state thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in private investments and tourism revenue. This […]

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PPP: NC Senate race remains close

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, April 27, 2016. PPP’s new North Carolina poll continues to find an unexpectedly competitive Senate race. Richard Burr leads Deborah Ross by just 4 points, 40-36, with Libertarian Sean Haugh pulling 7%. Ross is actually slightly ahead with independents, getting 31% to Burr’s 30% and 14% for Haugh. The […]

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McCrory on HB2: ‘I can’t believe we’re talking about this’

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 29, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Thursday night to defend House Bill 2. The conversation with host Megyn Kelly focused exclusively on the provision that deals with public bathroom and locker room accommodations. Sections of the bill dealing with the right to sue in […]

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Despite economic losses NC Chamber stays mum on HB2

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, April 29, 2016. As the number of canceled concerts, conventions and business expansions related to a controversial state law continues to mount, North Carolina’s largest business organization remains strangely silent about the law. House Bill 2, which was approved during a one-day emergency legislative session last month, has generated nationwide debate […]

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Do we care about teachers?

| April 29, 2016 | 12 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, April 28, 2016. The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending. During good times we can spend more and invest. State leaders […]

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NC SPIN episode # 913 – Air Date 5/1/2016

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online! Topics: Voter ID Stands, The Governor’s Budget Proposals, 2016 Elections,  and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Phil Kirk, Former Chair, State Board of Education, Political Consultant Peg O’Connell, Political Consultant Tom Campbell, Moderator

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NC Senate confirms appointments

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jeff Moore, Jones and Blount, April 27, 2016. After a delay extending back to the 2015 long session, the North Carolina Senate has begun confirming Governor’s appointments to various positions in the state. Lyons Gray, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue, was confirmed unanimously to the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Lyons […]

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Hayes, Pope top list of possible GOP replacement chairs

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Donna King, Jones and Blount, April 27, 2016. As the N.C.GOP plans for a meeting April 30 that may see the removal of current Chairman Hasan Harnett, several names are emerging as replacements.  Topping the list are former N.C.GOP chairs and high ranking elected officials.  Former Chairs Jim Hastings of Boone, congressman Robin Hayes and immediate past chair Claude Pope […]

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Republican lawmakers get a big court victory

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzser, Political Science Professor, Catawba College, April 28, 2016. With the decision by federal judge Thomas Schroeder upholding the North Carolina’s election law overhaul that Republicans approved in 2013, the 485-page opinion is a massive analysis of the legislative intent and, at times, a stark dismissal of opponent’s criticisms. The ruling can only be viewed […]

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