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More far-right nonsense from the Lt. Governor

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 31, 2014. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is at it again, offering more bizarre and extreme positions on important issues facing North Carolina in yet an another appearance with a right-wing group, this time in an online conversation with Generation Opportunity, or GenOpp, a Koch […]

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Tuesday elections test GOP’s legislative strength

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, Capitol Press Association, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, October 31, 2014. Republicans are expected to maintain their majorities in the N.C. House and N.C. Senate after Tuesday’s elections and drive the legislative agenda for at least two more years. That much is clear. What’s not clear is whether Democrats will be able […]

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“Mainstream” means left wing, whether media or economists

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review Online, October 31, 2014. McClatchy News ran this article yesterday that attempts to outline the different outlooks on the economy held by Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis. The article was supposed to be an unbiased summary presenting each candidates viewpoints, but, this being the left-wing media, the author couldn’t help but […]

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Lower admission standards at historically black universities

| October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 30, 2014. The UNC Board of Governors perhaps opened a can of worms by allowing three historically black universities to lower their SAT admission standards. The move might be the spark needed for more meaningful discussions. For whatever the reason North Carolina hasn’t done right […]

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Hagan maintains lead in final stretch of Senate race

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Elon University Poll, October 30, 2014. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a steady lead over her Republican challenger with Election Day just days away, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Hagan has solidified a 45-41 margin against Rep. Thom Tillis, the speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives, since the Elon […]

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Barefoot and pregnant

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 30, 2014. Chad Barefoot must have asked his team: “What can we do that will so anger and offend women that they’ll vote AGAINST me?”   They came up with an ad that has backfire potential approaching the “child molester” ad against Justice Robin Hudson. It portrays Sarah Crawford’s […]

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The misleading business climate ranking

| October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 30, 2014. The people currently in charge of the General Assembly and their supporters are busy these days giddily touting the news that the right-leaning Tax Foundation has moved North Carolina up 28 spots in its 2015 rankings of state overall business tax climates. […]

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Certificate of Need: Bureaucrats blocking your health care options

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Kathryn Restrepo, John Locke Foundation, published in Forbes Magazine, October 29, 2014. This week, the John Locke Foundation sponsored a lecture by one of North Carolina’s top hospital lobbyists, a self-professed fan of the free market, albeit with one big exception. The purpose of his presentation was to rebut a previous speaker, a physician […]

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A referendum on state policy

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation, October 31, 2014. The election of 2014 will have widespread impacts. It will determine who will control the legislative branch, directly affect policy decisions (whether to repeal, replace, or renew earlier reforms), and set the stage of the 2016 election and beyond. I am talking, of course, about the […]

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Who’s buying our candidates for the Senate?

| October 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, October 29, 2014. By the time the votes are counted, North Carolina’s Senate race will have cost at least $100 million. Regardless of one’s political preference, that figure is nothing less than obscene. Worse, much if not most of that money is coming from out of state. Political parties, PACs and […]

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