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Common sense in government

| June 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, June 22, 2017. For years Johnston County’s school superintendent accepted fringe benefits as a compliment to his salary then, just before he retired, he turned $94,000 in ‘fringe benefits’ into salary to increase his pension to $143,000. The State Treasurer then told Johnston County, We’re not going to pay […]

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Is North Carolina the future of American politics?

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Jason Zengerle, NY Times Magazine, June 20, 2017. On the last Thursday in March, the air horns returned to the governor’s mansion in Raleigh, N.C. There were about 75 of them, and they belonged to the Air Horn Orchestra, an ad hoc ensemble of liberal activists. In 2016 the orchestra gathered once a week […]

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Final budget fails to strengthen the foundation of public schools

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Cedric Johnson, NC Budget and Tax Center, published on NC Policy Watch, June 21, 2017. The final budget that lawmakers have proposed fails to strengthen the foundation of North Carolina’s public schools. While the public schools area of the budget seems to have a lot going on – one could argue that a lot […]

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Overview of state budget

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, June 20, 2017. Representatives from the North Carolina House and Senate released their “compromise” budget bill Monday evening. Total spending in the plan comes to $23.03 billion, slightly more than the $22.9 billion figure previously included in both the House and Senate plans. The spending plan marks a 3 percent […]

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NC SPIN episode # 973 – Air Date 6/25/2017

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online! Topics: The Budget Compromise and No Appointments to the Ethics and Election Board. 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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After SPIN! Video – “Will the Future Caucus connect with millennials?”

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Connie – Millennials are the fastest growing age group in the nation and range in age from teens to the mid 30s but a group of young lawmakers has formed the North Carolina Future caucus, lawmakers under the age of 45. They believe it is important to address and voice the […]

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Treasurer Folwell’s quick response

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by D. G. Martin, One on One, June 19, 2017. “I have just spent a couple of hours trying to negotiate the State Health Plan eligibility exercise and am still steaming about the difficulty I had following its directions. Others may have a better experience, but I kept thinking about others less well equipped and […]

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We pay but have no say in charter schools

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Paul O’Connor, The Insider, published in The Salisbury Post, June 22, 2017. Decades from now, the most enduring and defining mark of this Republican legislature may well be charter schools. In 2011, Republicans came to power intent on lifting the 100-school cap that had existed since the mid-1990s. This school year, 168 charters operated […]

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Supreme Court appears ready to rule on ‘Political Question’ in redistricting

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzer, Political Science Professor, Catawba College, wfae.org,, June 19, 2017. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Wisconsin redistricting case and consider whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. In the past, the courts have deferred on answering whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional or not for the simple fact that it inserts the […]

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Visiting our General Assembly

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Joe Mavretic, former House Speaker and NC SPIN panelist, June 23, 2017. Several generations of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill students studied our state’s history under Dr. Hugh Talmage Lefler using his book, ” The History of a Southern State North Carolina.” I can find no reference in Lefler’s history of our Legislative Building(s) […]

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