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Matthew recovery is state’s problem now

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Insider, published in the Salisbury Post, September 13, 2017. While the nation focuses on Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, North Carolina still doesn’t have the money it needs to rebuild from Hurricane Matthew. Yes, it’s been nearly a year since widespread flooding hit the eastern part of our state. Yes, federal […]

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Let a commission redraw judicial districts

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, September 13, 2017. We’re not about to argue that a thorough updating of our state’s judicial districts is unnecessary. The last large-scale redrawing of the court districts was in 1955. There have been a few changes in North Carolina’s population patterns since then and our judicial districts could most likely use […]

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Budget cuts unfair

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, September 15, 2017. Politics is politics, but the budget cuts made by the Republican-led state legislature to Democratic-run state offices is not good government, nor is it good for the citizens of North Carolina. The state budget has increased spending for some Republican-led departments, but it’s significant and disappointing that the […]

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Impossible to ignore: Faith groups’ impact on hurricane recovery

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Demi Dowdy, Civitas Institute, September 13, 2017 It’s impossible to ignore the impact that the faith community is having on hurricane recovery efforts since Harvey struck Texas and Irma devastated Florida and much of the southeast. In fact, even USA Today has recognized religious groups are providing “the bulk” of recovery, a whopping 80 […]

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Board of Education gets more time before possible transfer of power

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch, September 14, 2017. It will be at least another month before state Superintendent Mark Johnson can take over at the helm of the Department of Public Instruction, which leaves the Board of Education in charge of the state’s 1.5 million students and $10 billion budget. A three-judge panel partially […]

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Systems breakdowns

| September 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, September 14, 2017. Founding UNC President Bill Friday was fond of boasting that our universities were the “crown jewels” of our state. Friday welcomed the restructuring of all public universities into a consolidated system in the 1970s, but he disagreed with the 32-member Board of Governors, politically […]

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Four dates North Carolinians should know

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, September 13, 2017. Now that North Carolinians can put “First in Freedom” on their license plates, again, it’s worth taking a moment to remember key moments in American history when people from our state played an outsized role in the fight for freedom — that is, […]

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State economy is strong, and Republicans still deserve the credit

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Andy Taylor, NC SPIN Professor of Political Science, published in Carolina Journal, September 15, 2017. The Republicans have enjoyed majorities in both bodies of the General Assembly for nearly seven years now, and pretty soon Phil Berger and Tim Moore will be asking for two more. This is an appropriate time to assess their performance on the economy. Even […]

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Young independents could lead political pivot to the middle

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilson Daily Times, September 14, 2017. When it comes to polarization, Phil Berger has a point. As the N.C. Senate prepared to approve new legislative district maps on Aug. 28, Berger delivered a dissertation on the disappearance of moderate Democrats, blaming far-left politics for the party’s fall from power in the General Assembly. […]

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Why can’t we get the economy just right

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU Professor of Economics, September 15, 2017. Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there’s two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would […]

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