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Who is funding the bathroom wars?

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

by A.P. Dillon, Civitas Institute, May 3, 2016. Anti-HB2 money mainly comes from three vocal groups Human Rights Campaign and its foundation took in $52 million in one year Equality NC’s Sgro keeps directorship despite appointment to legislature; fundraises against HB2 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the ‘bathroom bill’ in […]

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McCrory flails again on HB2 while reality sets in at General Assembly

| May 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 3, 2016. It turns out that the whole controversy about the anti-LGBT law HB2 that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tourism revenue is all the fault of “the radical left” in Charlotte that includes Mayor Jennifer Roberts. […]

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Trump/Ellmers?

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Wynne, Politics North Carolina, May 2, 2016. Here’s some vice presidential speculation for you: Rep. Renee Ellmers as the running mate for Donald Trump. Need convincing? Donald Trump’s unfavorables with women are through the roof. He needs a female running mate to bring them down a little. Very few women in Congress have […]

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Salaries, bonuses subject of budget debate

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, May 4, 2016. It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments […]

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Janet Cowell, pick your boss: The public or shareholders

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by The Charlotte Observer, May 2, 2016. Charles Elson studies corporate governance for a living and is one of the nation’s experts on the subject of boards of directors. He has almost never seen a situation like the one involving N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell. “Very unusual. I’m not familiar with (anything like) it,” Elson […]

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We won’t get great teachers unless we value them

| May 4, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, May 3, 2016. Teachers can’t be all things to all students — but the good ones come close. As we think about educators on this National Teacher Appreciation Day, that is surely one of their biggest challenges. We think of them as teaching a class, when, in reality, they are teaching […]

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Tax choices define policy options

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, May 4, 2016. Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant, and underappreciated. Let’s run the numbers. According to the latest Census Bureau data, crunched by the nonpartisan Tax […]

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Keep mental health issues front and center

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, May 2, 2016. Taking one’s own life, it has been said, is a permanent solution to temporary problems. Maybe that’s true sometimes. But what’s more true is that often it is the result of mental and emotional illness that has not been properly diagnosed or treated. It is difficult — even […]

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Nation’s report card – still waiting for improvement

| May 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, April 29, 2016. Earlier this week the National Center for Education Statistics released results of the Nation’s Report Card for 12thgrade math and reading tests.  The Nation’s Report Card summarizes data from the National Assessment of Education Progress (Ntests.What did they find? Nationally, the average math score in 2015 was lower while […]

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Burr plays politics with long-vacant judicial seat

| May 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, May 2, 2016. We’ve heard a lot of descriptions of Judge Patricia Timmons-Goodson over the years. All of them were glowing. So it’s hard to swallow Sen. Richard Burr’s tarring of her nomination to a federal judgeship as “brazenly political” and an “election season stunt.” The brazen politics are all his. […]

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