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The rising cost of aging

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, April 16, 2015. There’s a price to pay for growing old, and it’s going up. In a detailed analysis last week, the Associated Press reported the median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year. The information comes from the annual “Cost of Care” report […]

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Wanted: A state lawmaker with guts

| April 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Josh Awtry, Asheville Citizen-Times, April 12, 2015. I still remember the chair that met me on my first day as an editor several years ago. It was a gigantic, maroon leather affair adorned with brass rivets. The first time I sat in the chair, I nearly tipped backward — I couldn’t get the blasted […]

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Friday Follies: McCrory blasts Obama, Senate

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, April 17, 2015. McCrory bristles at Obama’s reminder about education cuts Governor Pat McCrory wasn’t happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina’s woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week. Obama, in town to sell his economic policies and equal pay proposal, told […]

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GOP needs to stop transforming and start governing

| April 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Thomas Mills, Politics North Carolina, April 17, 2015. Republicans were caught off guard by the response to the so-called religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas. Businesses, large corporations in particular, rebuked leaders for supporting the thinly-veiled anti-LGBT legislation. In both states, the governors had to walk back their positions. In North Carolina, a similar piece […]

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Protecting teachers

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, April 18, 2015. In 2013, a 19-year-old student beat Dudley High School math teacher Wole Ajala to within inches of his life. After being expelled for removing her shoes and refusing to put them back on, Khavasia Vaughn suddenly returned to the classroom in a fit of rage and pounced on […]

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2 Good bills: Lowering energy costs and increasing healthcare competition

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review Online, April 16, 2015. Most of you are probably familiar with the Civitas Institute’s Bad Bill of the Week series. Fortunately, this week also saw the focus turn to two good bills that would help lower utility bills and increase choice and competition in medical care. HB 681 would cap and repeal […]

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Politics in the courtroom

| April 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, April 16, 2015. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that if we discuss a problem long enough we can come up with a solution? It doesn’t work that way with public policy issues, especially in the selection of judges. For more than twenty years voters have […]

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One argument for open government

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, April 14, 2015. A recent poll about North Carolina residents’ opinions about public records and access to government information yielded disturbing results. It came from Elon University and was released before “Sunshine Week” in March, a time dedicated every year to the importance of open government and freedom of information. […]

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20 years later, poor schools still lag behind

| April 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, April 17, 2017. Twenty years ago, the state Supreme Court gave Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. a daunting challenge. He’s still wrestling with it. Manning’s oversees the high court’s decision in the “Leandro” case, a landmark ruling that found the state violating its own constitution by failing to provide adequate […]

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Teaching load for professors

| April 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, April 15, 2015. A lot of new ideas are floating around Raleigh these days. Unfortunately, some of them are just plain lousy. Case in point: A bill in the General Assembly that would require all professors at University of North Carolina campuses to teach four courses per semester. Sponsored by Republican […]

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