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Cringe-worthy crossover bills

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, April 26, 2017/ Crossover and the end of session are when bad things happen in the legislature. This week is crossover, the period in the legislative session where any bill must have passed at least one chamber to stay alive. Bills are flying, people are tired and shenanigans are happening. […]

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Sellout or step forward ?

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, April 24, 2017. Governor Cooper’s office calls the HB2 repeal “an important step forward for LGBT rights” even though it “wasn’t a perfect compromise or the Governor’s preferred solution.” LGBT leaders call it a “sellout” and an “insult.” This is the oldest debate in politics. Not liberal/conservative. Or Democrat/Republican. […]

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Beer, politics and a quick death

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, April 27, 2017. Years ago, around the time of Prohibition, the politicians in Raleigh passed a law that said, A brewer can’t deliver his own beer. And with that one law the politicians created a new industry which blossomed: The Beer Wholesalers (or Beer Distributors). Eighty-odd years passed and […]

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Trump static, Cooper up in Civitas Poll

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Civitas Institute, April 26, 2017. The latest poll by the Civitas Institute revealed some interesting information. The poll, released Wednesday, surveyed 600 voters in North Carolina. When asked about the job that President Donald Trump was doing as President, Trump’s approval ratings remained static at 48 percent among those polled, while his disapproval ratings […]

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Tax cut fever threatens core services

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Steve Ford, NC Policy Watch, April 26, 2017. How many times do we have to say it? Well, it’s worth repeating – especially in the aftermath of recent income tax filing deadlines, when the subject becomes a sore point for many: None of us should have to pay more in taxes than our fair […]

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Trump declines in support in latest Elon poll

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Elon University Poll, April 26, 2017. Support for President Donald Trump among North Carolina voters has fallen since November, when he carried the state on his way to the White House. According to the results of the latest Elon University Poll, 49 percent say Trump is doing a worse job as president than President […]

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The next generation of Americans might be the greatest

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Mike Hughes, Jacksonville Daily News, April 23, 2017. They’re a generation you’re going to hear a lot about in a year or two. Unlike groups that came before them — Depression Children, Baby Boomers, Generations X and Y and now Millennials whose reign spanned years and sometimes decades in the case of us Boomers […]

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NC GOP determined to lock in power

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, April 23, 2017. Four former chief justices of the state Supreme Court, one of them a Republican, believe the N.C. General Assembly is taking actions that “seriously harm our judicial system” and “hurt the people of our State,” according to a story in The (Raleigh) News & Observer. In a letter […]

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NC SPIN episode # 965 – Air Date 4/30/2017

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics: Education Controversies, The Class Size conundrum, School Districts and Lawsuits, Cooper Veto Overridden, Could Tax Cuts Lead to a Budget Shortfall and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Gene Arnold, Former Legislator Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Howard Lee, Former Senator, Chair State Board […]

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The Six Word Story

| April 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, April 19, 2017. Celebrated novelist Ernest Hemingway was once reported to have made a bet with companions that he could write a novel in six words. He asked each to put $10 in a pot, saying that if he could construct a story with a beginning, middle […]

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