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

A redistricting Psalm of Lament

| December 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, December 1, 2016. Four weeks following the November 8th election and just five weeks before elected officials are due to be sworn into office we still don’t know the final outcomes of two statewide and several legislative races. Compounding this confusion, a federal court ruled this […]

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Legislators, keep hands off governor’s race

| December 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, November 26, 2016. Prior to 1836, the state legislature chose North Carolina’s governor. In 2016, it could do so again. A little-known provision of the state Constitution provides that, in case of a contested election for North Carolina’s Council of State, the General Assembly may vote to fill the position. The […]

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Why are NC citizens voting for state judges?

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Wester, past president of NC Bar Association, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, November 30, 2016. Although many of us have participated in polls recently, may I ask one more question: if you voted in one of the six races for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, how did you […]

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The troubling machinations of preserving political power in Raleigh

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, December 1, 2016. That sound you hear from Raleigh these days is coming from leading North Carolina Republicans, astonished that their iron grip on state government is in jeopardy, thrashing around desperately as they consider extraordinary mechanisms to maintain it by thwarting the will of […]

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Time to congratulate Governor-elect Cooper

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, December 1, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory seems to have questioned practically every aspect of North Carolina elections, and hard-working elections officials across the state patiently have listened and responded. But with each day, Democrat Roy Cooper’s lead in votes grows. It is time for McCrory to accept that truth and […]

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HB2, General Assembly threw McCrory off his game

| December 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial By Fayetteville Observer, December 1, 2016. In the near or far future, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory will have to accept the election results and that he lost to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Maybe the governor will then take time to figure why he was one of the few Republicans seeking statewide office unable […]

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GOP factions can work together

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, November 30, 2016. The first time I lived in the nation’s capital, Ronald Reagan was president. The conservatives I knew there were proud of their movement’s accomplishments, in such areas as reforming taxes and challenging the Soviet empire, as well as disappointed by inadequate progress on […]

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Lessons Governor-elect Cooper should take from the Obama presidency

| December 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, November 30, 2016. In these divided times, there’s precious little common ground to find with the right-wing opposition With Gov. Pat McCrory’s efforts to stave off his political demise by casting doubts upon the 2016 election results now, finally and blessedly, all but over, it’s past time to start […]

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McCrory will be remembered for this lack of grace

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2016. Pat McCrory, it appears, is going through the five stages of grief. First came denial, then anger. Right now he’s in the bargaining stage. That, thankfully, means that depression and finally acceptance should not be far behind. Such a cycle may be normal, but what the governor has […]

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Making stuff up

| December 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, December 1, 2016. A man who traffics in made-up news recently was tracked down by a real reporter. After initially declining an interview when approached at his front door in suburban Los Angeles, Jestin Coler, the owner of Denverguardian.com, agreed to talk to NPR. Among his body of work is a 2014 […]

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