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Russiagate

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, March 22, 2017. This looks familiar. A President’s election campaign is investigated by the FBI for possible lawbreaking. The media is hot on the trail. Deep Throats are leaking all over Washington. Congress is asking questions. A President, known for his paranoia and his disregard for the truth, lashes […]

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Rolling downhill

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, March 22, 2017. It’s peculiar: My memory is far from perfect but I can’t recall either Jesse Helms or Jim Hunt spending taxpayers’ money to sue another politician – but these days it happens all the time: We’ve got packed courtrooms where one group of government lawyers are battling […]

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One year in, lawmakers address HB2

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Joe Killian, NC Policy Watch, March 23, 2017. Thursday marks one year since HB2 was signed into law, setting off a firestorm of controversy that led to statewide boycotts, mass protests and contributed to the downfall of the governor who supported it. The bill, which excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from statewide nondiscrimination […]

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Diane Rehm faces life, loss and being ‘Own My Own’

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by D. G. Martin, One on One, published in Salisbury Post, March 21, 2017. Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years her morning talk show made her […]

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GOP lawmakers try again to halt new wind farm in NC

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by David Boraks, wfae.org, March 21, 2017. Several Republican state senators are trying again this session to limit the expansion of wind power, saying new turbines could interfere with military flights. The bill filed Wednesday, the Military Operations Protection Act of 2017, would halt permits for new wind farms until studies show they are safe. […]

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State should pass school bus bill

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, reprinted by Jacksonville Daily News, March 21, 2017. Two Republican state senators, Tom McInnis of Rockingham and John Alexander of Raleigh, are sponsoring a bill that would let counties assess civil penalties for passing a stopped school bus when there’s no criminal prosecution. The state Department of Public Instruction is pushing […]

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Boxing in the Democrats

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Paul O’Connon, Capitol Press Association, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, March 21, 2017. You have to give credit to state Republicans: They’re pretty clever. They keep finding simple issues to drive their voters to the polls while putting Democrats on the defensive, like an income tax cap. If the House approves SB 75, voters will […]

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Civitas Poll shows Trump gaining support, 50% approve job Cooper is doing

| March 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, March 23, 2017. The Civitas Institute released its most recent poll numbers Thursday at a luncheon in downtown Raleigh, and the survey showed President Trump’s favorability rating in the state as positive for the first time since taking office in January. The Institute’s polling showed Trump’s favorable rating at 49 […]

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Changes coming to address unfunded liabilities in state retiree benefits?

| March 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, March 22, 2017. Changes to the State Health Plan may be coming, following a vote of the State Health Plan Board of Trustees taking place today. State employees who now pay no health insurance premiums could start paying $25 a month under changes being considered for the state health plan. […]

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NC SPIN episode # 960 – Air Date 3/26/2017

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics:  Court Rules on Separation of Powers, Two Visions for North Carolina and State Health Plan Changes. Panelists: Leo Daughtry, Former Legislator Rufus Edmisten, Former Secretary of State & Attorney General Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation Tom Campbell, Moderator

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