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Searching for the ‘Holy Grail’ in redistricting

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch, October 20, 2017. A court really shouldn’t shirk away from making a finding about a constitutional violation just because it may be difficult, said the lead judge on a federal panel reviewing two North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases. Chief District Judge William Lindsay Osteen Jr., who was appointed by […]

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Wacky rules complicate municipal elections

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Insider, published by The Salisbury Post, October 17, 2017. If the rules for Raleigh’s municipal elections had applied to last year’s governor’s race, Pat McCrory would have had the power to send voters back to the polls in December. It would have been the same election without the Libertarian candidate. Given […]

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NC hurting itself with squabbles over education governance

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Ferrell Guillory, Education NC, published in Salisbury Post, October 18, 2017. No doubt, students will arrive at school this morning, and teachers will engage with them until the dismissal bell without giving a thought to the education governance issues facing North Carolina. After all, “governance’’ is the often-murky work that bureaucrats and politicians do. […]

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Constitutional amendment would shorten judicial terms

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, October 18, 2017. A Senate leader, on Tuesday, filed legislation that would put a constitutional change in front of voters during the 2018 primary to shorten the terms of the state’s elected judges from four and eight years to two years. The bill, SB 698, would put the constitutional amendment […]

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Left and right agree: corporate welfare programs failing

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, October 18, 2017. WRAL.com today has an interesting feature article examining the recent track record of North Carolina’s corporate welfare programs. Spoiler alert: the results are not pretty.  In the wake of the 2008 recession, about four of every 10 of the jobs state officials hoped to lure to North […]

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Should we worry about monopolies

| October 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU Professor of Economics, October 14, 2017. One of my favorite games as a child was Monopoly. On a Saturday morning my mother would announce, “tonight is Monopoly night.” That evening the family would gather around the dining room table and play Monopoly for hours. An added bonus was the availability […]

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NC SPIN episode # 990 – Air Date 10/22/2017

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics: Did the NCAA Fumble?,  Who will draw the Legislative Maps?,  A Decade of Charter Schools and  Tell Us Something We Don’t Know Panelists: Rufus Edmisten, Former Secretary of State & Attorney General Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Phil Kirk, Former Chair, State Board of Education, […]

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After SPIN! Video – “CHIP has expired. What can be done to reinstate it?”

| October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “QUESTION TO PEG O’CONNELL – Lost in most reporting was the fact that on September 30th the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP, expired. This program affects 256,000 children in our state. What impact will this have and what should be done to reinstate it?”

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After SPIN! Video – “What can be done to improve BOG meetings?”

| October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Henry Hinton – Recently the UNC Board of Governors held a meeting to discuss Meetings of the Board. Members said meetings were too lengthy and often not enough time was allowed for questions. You served on the Board of Governors for 4 years. What’s your reaction to the meeting and what […]

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After SPIN! Video – “What happened at Trump Greensboro fundraiser?”

| October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Chris and John – President Donald Trump came to Greensboro to attend a fundraiser at the home of former DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and her husband. There were protesters and supporters present outside the event but few details were released. What have you learned about this event?”

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