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The courts earned their keep in 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch, December 17, 2014. It was a game of runs in state and federal courts here in 2014 as state lawmakers pulled out all stops and spent millions in taxpayer’s dollars to stave off challenges to their conservative agenda. Legislative leaders even took on the state Attorney General when he […]

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N&O takes a toll on the truth

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, December 16, 2014. By now, most of us have come to expect the left-wing bias of the Raleigh News & Observer. Part of that bias includes efforts to promote their chosen narrative by presenting questionable data while ignoring more relevant facts. Unfortunately, a Tuesday editorial titled “NC Tax Cuts are Taking a […]

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Warren and Webb

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, December 17, 2014. Conventional wisdom says only two people can stop Hillary Clinton from the nomination in 2016: Hillary herself and Bill Clinton.   But two other people embody a potential problem: Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Senator Jim Webb. Warren and Webb are vastly different individuals, but are […]

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He gets no respect

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, December 17, 2014. He’d been through, he said, the ordeal of sitting for a whole hour and fifteen minutes under hot lights, sweating, answering questions but then, he added, when he saw the interview on TV he had been shocked. He sounded – not in the TV interview but, later, […]

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Say yes, already

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial Greensboro News-Record, December 18, 2014. One of the best policy decisions North Carolina can make in 2015 is to expand Medicaid coverage. The foolishness of refusing to do so already is confirmed by today’s release of a detailed new study funded in part by the Cone Health Foundation. The report is written by researchers […]

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Public pension reforms on the way?

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mitch Kokai, The Locker Room, December 18, 2014. Sean Higgins reports for the Washington Examiner that a new Republican-led U.S. Senate could instigate changes for state and local public pension programs. The incoming Republican majority in the Senate plans to pass laws that allow state and local governments to turn over their pension plans to the private sector. […]

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NC to join 32 other states that don’t fund driver’s ed

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review online, December 17, 2014. Wake County school leaders (and likely school leaders across the state) are up in arms about the state’s elimination of funding for driver’s ed programs. Wake County school leaders warned Tuesday that the state’s elimination of funding for driver’s education could endanger public safety and will lead […]

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What’s the counterargument to justice for all?

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lewis Pitts, former Civil Rights attorney, published in News and Observer, December 17, 2014. There is something dangerously Orwellian about a group of UNC Board of Governors complaining about the lack of “diversity of opinion” at two centers connected to the UNC School of Law that receive no state funding. The 32-member UNC Board […]

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NC’s Congressional power shortage

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, December 18, 2014. When Republican Sen. Richard Burr becomes chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, it will be the first major Senate committee chairmanship held by a Tar Heel since the retirement of the late Jesse Helms. Burr’s elevation is the exception. North Carolina’s congressional delegation will […]

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To help the poor or boost self-image

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, December 18, 2014. What can be done to help the poor is a perennial issue in politics, and with it comes what is to me a real puzzler: Why do those who seem most adamant that government programs are the best way to serve the needs of the poor […]

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