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Work exemption may mean Medicaid expansion

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, January 16, 2018. It was a surprising to see last week that North Carolina is one of the state’s seeking a federal exemption that would allow it to require employment in return for Medicaid eligibility. That’s not the sort of request we’d expect from a Democratic governor. But there it was: […]

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It’s time to halt redistricting gamesmanship

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, January 18, 2018. The judges got it right: Give North Carolina’s Republican gerrymandering team another break and we’ll end up in the same mess we’ve been in for years now. “North Carolinians would cast votes in congressional elections conducted under unconstitutional maps in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 — virtually the […]

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Until we talk about race we’re all dead in the water

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Mark Schultz, Managing Editor, Durham Herald-Sun, January 10, 2018. There is a slide inside the Durham Public Schools report on suspensions that I suppose is meant to reassure folks. Ninety-two percent of DPS students received no suspensions last school year, it says, even as districtwide suspensions jumped to 5,552, reversing three years of declines. […]

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The Pearsall Plan revisited

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, January 16, 2018. In the wake of the Brown v. the Board of Education decision in 1954 that ruled segregated schools are unconstitutional, Southern states started looking for ways around the decision. In North Carolina, our government came up with the Pearsall Plan. The plan would allow students to be […]

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Like a politician

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, January 16, 2018. Hardly anyone likes politicians drawing districts to elect themselves but, to rip apart the Congressional Districts Republicans drew, Judge James Wynn spun a tale full of fictions. Judge Wynn described the Republican Plan as a vicious extreme ‘partisan gerrymander’ that would assure Republicans win 10 of […]

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The truth about North Carolina’s state budget

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, January 16, 2018. As focus turns to the state budget this spring, liberals will predictably claim that the state budget has been “slashed” or “cut to the bone” Reality, however, shows that the state budget has grown at a rate three times as fast as population – even after adjusting […]

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Former judge thinks judicial reform could lead to Supreme Court stacking

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch, January 18, 2018. Nothing is off the table when it comes to Republican judicial reform, and a former Wake County judge thinks court packing may still be an option. Donald Stephens has been using his newfound retirement to speak out against changes to the judiciary that could result in […]

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GenX solutions require scarce commodity: cooperation

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Insider, published in The Salisbury Post, January 15, 2018. The state legislature’s one-day session on Jan. 10 turned out to be a failure and a waste of the roughly $42,000 it costs to send lawmakers to Raleigh for a special session. When legislators set the date back in October, the plan […]

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NC could pick up 1 additional Congressional seat after 2020 census

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Rebecca Tippett, Carolina Demography Center, December 21, 2017. Every decade, following the decennial Census, the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are allocated to the 50 states based on their population. After the 2000 Census, 12 House seats shifted between the states; another 12 seats shifted after the 2010 Census. Two years […]

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The talent pipeline is the key to bringing jobs to North Carolina

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Mark Johnson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, published in Jacksonville Daily News, January 16, 2018. That we did not secure the new Toyota-Mazda facility and those 4,000 jobs was bad news. North Carolina put forth a strong, bipartisan effort to woo the company, and I commend the governor and our legislative leadership for their work. […]

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