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NC Senate takes wrong step with Medicaid

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
NC Senate takes wrong step with Medicaid

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, July 26, 2014. The N.C. Senate last week inexplicably approved a Medicaid reform plan that is all but dead on arrival in the N.C. House and opposed by Gov. Pat McCrory. The Senate took this action as negotiations between the two chambers remain at a standstill over a budget plan […]

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Liberals want it both ways

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Liberals want it both ways

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, July 26, 2014. When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their positions. They keep changing. Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a […]

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NC should resist push for offshore drilling

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
NC should resist push for offshore drilling

Editorial by News and Observer, July 26, 2014. Even as the Obama administration presses for action to halt climate change, it has approved a new search for fossil fuels off the Eastern Seaboard. The decision not only contradicts the administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases, it poses a serious threat to coastal environments and the […]

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Business recruitment stumbles in North Carolina

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Business recruitment stumbles in North Carolina

by Ned Barnett, News and Observer, July 26, 2014. Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory savored one of the roles governors find sweetest – announcing a major new employer moving to the state. In this case, it was Sealed Air, a packaging company moving from New Jersey to Charlotte, bringing 1,300 jobs and promising to spend […]

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In NC courts, death means life

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
In NC courts, death means life

by Taylor Batten, Editorial page editor, Charlotte Observer, July 26, 2014. A federal judge made an unusual ruling in California this month that should get Americans thinking – and none more than those of us in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional – not because the state […]

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Letter to NC leaders: Fix 3 flaws in coal ash bill

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Letter to NC leaders: Fix 3 flaws in coal ash bill

Letter from Southern Environmental Law Center, published in Charlotte Observer, July 25, 2014. Dear Senator Berger and Speaker Tillis: Following the Dan River coal ash spill in February, members of the legislature promised to provide a robust solution to North Carolina’s coal ash problems. Instead, the current legislation inexplicably attempts to weaken our State’s existing […]

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Increasing the taxpayer’s burden for unfunded state pension liability

| July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Increasing the taxpayer’s burden for unfunded state pension liability

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, July 21, 2014. According to the most recent report available, North Carolina’s main pension fund for retired state employees is strapped with a $3.7 billion unfunded liability. This growing liability means taxpayers must pony up an increasing amount of funds to cover the costs of promised benefits to retirees. In FY 2013, […]

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Is the bear bored?

| July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Is the bear bored?

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 24, 2014. President Obama has taken to slipping the surly bonds of office, going out to Starbucks for a coffee, asking friends to set up late dinners with interesting, intellectually stimulating people (as opposed to the people he deals with in Washington, presumably). When he escapes, he jokes […]

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A useful summary of the session

| July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
A useful summary of the session

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 25, 2014. The best one line summary of much of this legislative session came from the N.C. Medical Society Thursday in a statement about the Senate Medicaid plan that turns over the health care program for the most vulnerable people in North Carolina to […]

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Let’s try talking the gov’s language

| July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Let’s try talking the gov’s language

by Peter St. Onge, Charlotte Observer, July 25, 2014. For Pat McCrory, being governor of North Carolina is a series of political considerations. This is not an uncommon nor a horrible thing. McCrory, like most politicians, would like to get elected again in a couple of years. He has a lot of people to please. […]

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