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Friday follies

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, August 28, 2015. Another budget deadline missed and bad news for teachers and state employees  The state budget is now 59 days late. That makes it the second latest two-year state budget since at least 1961 and probably ever. And this from Republicans leaders who promised to make government […]

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Blaming everybody

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, August 28, 2015. When asked recently about what they thought about Donald Trump, focus group participants saw him as a leader who “kicks ass and takes names.” They like that he has been successful and that he’s not owned by any special interests. They don’t care that he’s changed positions on a […]

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UNC Board was not pressured on Ross

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Fennebresque, chair, UNC Board of Governors, published in Charlotte  Observer, August 26, 2015. From John Fennebresque in response to “At UNC, a session of Politics 101” (Aug. 25 editorial): Let me be clear: The UNC Board of Governors was never pressured in any way to replace University system President Tom Ross. All of […]

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More on unemployment numbers

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John White, Raleigh, August 28, 2015. I appreciated the most recent broadcast and, in particular, the comments about unemployment and 5 contacts. Rob Christensen of the N&O had an excellent column explaining that the GA cut the unemployment insurance rate to the lowest in the country, helping friends in business.  Then in order to […]

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Set high standards

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 29, 2015. North Carolina’s Academic Standards Review Commission is doing a serious job of examining Common Core. That’s a relief after the Dump Common Core efforts led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and fueled by people who seemed to think the national academic standards were an invention of Barack Obama […]

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Fixing failing schools

| August 28, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 28, 2015. North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk. It isn’t easy to discuss some of the underlying issues involved without sounding accusatory, discriminatory or harsh, but for the sake of all our children […]

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Supporting freedom by opposing federalism

| August 28, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Sarah Curry, The John Locke Foundation, August 28, 2015. This past week I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at Americans for Prosperity’s annual event, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I spoke about Washington’s power grab and how the growth of federal agencies is threatening our laboratories of democracy. Many of us […]

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NC asks feds to waive work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Drew Elliot, Jones and Blount, August 27, 2015. While some states with Republican governors are reinstating work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults who receive food stamps, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it has already asked the federal government to continue to waive those requirements for parts of the state. […]

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The telling priorities of the budget compromise

| August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, August 27, 2015. If you want to understand the priorities of the folks currently running the General Assembly, the details emerging from the secret budget negotiations are a good place to start. House and Senate leaders announced Thursday that they had agreed to a compromise on salary increases for […]

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Expanded lottery budget hurts gullible

| August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 27, 2015. There is only one reason the N.C. Senate wants to expand the budget to market lottery tickets – the likelihood that more people will throw away their money more often. Since its inception in 2005, the lottery has followed a pattern predicted by practically every newspaper in […]

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