RSSCategory: NC SPIN Perspectives – Opinions from NC Leaders & Organizations

The foolish choice for Medicaid expansion

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 19, 2014. When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in the last two years—and there have been too many to mention—the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid […]

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Duke Energy cleanup actions are needed, but only a start

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, August 19, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration are making steps toward pushing Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash-storage ponds. But a lot more is needed. State legislative leaders announced legislation Tuesday night that would be a start toward that. State environmental officials told Duke last week that they want plans within […]

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Supreme selection

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 20, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory called it one of his most important decisions when he appointed Mark D. Martin to complete Sarah Parker’s term as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. It was. The chief justice heads the third branch of government, not only leading the highest judicial panel […]

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How does the public rank teachers and public education?

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Review online, August 19, 2014. It’s Christmas morning if you’re interested in finding out what the public thinks on major education issues; Education Next has released its annual national Poll .  If you want a quick read  Education Next provides a good summary of results. In addition, this  morning’s  Wall Street Journal (subscription required) contains […]

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Schools lose teacher assistant funding in legislative wringing over economic development bill

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, August 19, 2014. In an apparent surprise to GOP leaders, rank and file members of the House voted down an economic development bill Tuesday that because of unusual legislative maneuvering needed to pass to pave the way a bill that would have allowed local school districts to save more […]

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From Ferguson, a troubling message for North Carolina

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, August 19, 2014. More than a week after an unarmed young man was shot and killed by a police officer, there’s no slowing of the disturbing images coming out of Ferguson, Mo. Each night, on TV and social media, America is seeing the worst in itself. There’s law enforcement choosing too […]

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TV Blitz fails to change Hagan-Tillis Senate Race

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, August 19, 2014. That’s $35 million down the drain. That is the estimate of what has been spent so far in North Carolina’s Senate race, to little effect. Several polls show Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and her Republican opponent Thom Tillis essentially tied – essentially the same place they […]

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Stick with the winning playbook

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, August 20, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, […]

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June Atkinson – “Moving Away from Common Core”

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this NC SPIN Perspectives Video, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, June Atkinson shares her thoughts on moving away from Common Core and other hot topics in education.

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Tea Party hits the skids

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, August 18, 2014. The battered and bedraggled Tea Partiers have been taking it on the chin – they’ve gotten pounded, losing races in Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi so, now, the press is humming their funeral dirge while Washington Republicans are chortling the Tea Party’s headed […]

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