RSSCategory: NC SPIN Perspectives – Opinions from NC Leaders & Organizations

Can Marry or Must Marry?

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 23, 2014. At least two North Carolina magistrates have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages, citing conflicts with their religious beliefs. It raises a very intriguing question: Must these officers of the District Court be required to marry anyone with a valid marriage license or […]

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Imagine if we all bothered to vote

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Teddy Jordan, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, October 18, 2014. Our nation was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality and the concept of the common good. Equality for all and the right to vote are at the very core of our democratic principles. Our guidelines do not say “We the individual.” They don’t say […]

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An empty chair

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, October 23, 2014. I watched the ‘empty chair’ debate too (see Gary’s blog below).   And it brought back old memories. Of old foibles.              Years ago, in 1980, when John East ran against Robert Morgan he challenged Senator Morgan to a debate. And challenged Morgan to debate. And […]

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Demagogues and nullifiers and the last gasp of anti-equality forces in North Carolina

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 23, 2014. Almost every significant move toward justice and equality prompts a backlash. Cynical elected officials preying on ignorance and pandering to fears for their own political gain. Far-right zealots distorting the fundamental structure of our democracy to rail against an expansion of basic […]

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Two decades of shame

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Durham Herald-Sun, October 23, 2014. A paragraph near the beginning of Kenneth Wainstein’s devastating report on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said far more than its few words about why the scandal is so disillusioning. “Like many universities, the Chapel Hill administration took a loose, decentralized approach […]

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Thom Warner cable?

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 23, 2014. Time Warner Cable News made more news than it intended with the “empty chair” debate.    One media critic said TWC “orchestrated a phony scandal and boosted Thom Tillis’s North Carolina Senate campaign by placing an empty chair for his opponent, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, at […]

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Bench trials: Yes

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, October 19, 2014. This one just makes sense: A proposed constitutional amendment that would give defendants in many cases the right to waive a jury trial, which is now required for felony cases, and be tried by a judge (a “bench trial”). We think the amendment is a good idea. Defendants […]

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The ugly truth

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Luke DeCock, News and Observer, October 22, 2014. After four years, two chancellors, two athletic directors, three football coaches and two NCAA investigations (one ongoing and newly fueled with ammunition), finally there are some real answers at North Carolina. It wasn’t independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein’s presentation of the breadth and depth of the phony […]

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The case for paying your doctor directly

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Katherine Restrepo, Carolina Journal, October 23, 2014. A massive government overhaul of our health care delivery system continues to unfold, and the nation is embarking upon uncharted territory. Providers are fed up with reduced payments, spending more time wading through convoluted third-party paperwork, and not being reimbursed in a timely fashion. (Can someone say NC Tracks?) However, […]

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Voters strike out at Supreme Court

| October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch, October 22, 2014. A string of calls on voting rights came down from the nation’s highest court in rapid succession over the past few weeks, as the justices sorted through emergency requests for rulings on laws governing the upcoming elections. The first strike came in late September in an […]

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