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

A message to the governor, mayor, legislature and Charlotte council

| September 23, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, September 22, 2016. When you were young and got into arguments with siblings or peers the adult in the room would try to sort out the dispute. One side would inevitably claim, “He started it,” to which the other would respond, “Did not. She started it.” […]

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HB2 underscores North Carolina’s urban and rural divide

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Joe Killian, NC Policy Watch, September 22, 2016. Since its passage in March, the struggle over House Bill 2 has underlined an already apparent divide between urban and rural North Carolina. The law began as a struggle between the conservative majority in the North Carolina legislature and the Charlotte city council, which moved to provide […]

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NC’s terrible twosome: (no voter ID + same-day registration)

| September 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Susan Myrick, Civitas Institution, September 20, 2016. Bad combo: The lack of voter ID with Same-Day Registration Why it’s impossible to properly verify SDR sign-ups Yet improper votes are often counted in the final tallies So here we go again: another Presidential Election without real safeguards to protect our votes. Ballots have been mailed […]

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Correcting mistakes

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 21, 2016. One poll question asked, Should transgender men be allowed to use women’s bathrooms? and another question asked, Do you support HB2?  and the answer to both questions was ‘No’ which sounds like a contradiction but isn’t: It’s a paradox – a case of voters saying to Republicans, We agree with what […]

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An HB2 compromise that works for all

| September 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

by David Furman, published in The Charlotte Observer, September 21, 2016. There is little doubt that the swirling controversy generated by HB2 has wreaked dramatic damage on our community’s reputation as an open and welcoming place for business. The negative impact on our economy is real, with many who don’t really have an opinion on […]

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Census data a powerful reminder of the need to expand Medicaid

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, September 20, 2016. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau included some frustrating information about North Carolina and it wasn’t just the state’s sluggish below the national average growth in household median income that the think tanks on the right have mistakenly trumpeted as […]

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Who wanted higher sales taxes?

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, September 21, 2016. North Carolina Democrats running for statewide offices this year are trying to convince voters that Republicans favor higher taxes on “working people” while they, the Democrats, favor lower taxes on “working people.” The facts clearly state otherwise. During the first decade of the […]

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Presidential race tied, Cooper up in NC

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, September 21, 2016. The Presidential race in North Carolina is about as tight as it can be, and it’s also becoming increasingly clear who will end up deciding the winner in the state: voters who would like to continue the direction of President Obama’s leadership, but who also strongly […]

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Elon Poll: McCrory, Burr slightly ahead, HB2 widely unpopular

| September 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Jason Husser, Elon University Poll, September 19, 2016 Nearly half of North Carolina voters likely to head to the polls this fall oppose HB2, the so-called “bathroom bill” that’s brought national attention to the state since its passage earlier this year. But despite distaste among many voters for the controversial legislation, one of its […]

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African American boys need education options

| September 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation, September 16, 2016. It seems that politicians and the media can’t stop talking about teacher pay. The claim that the average teacher salary will reach $50,000 this year has been the subject of numerous political advertisements, fact checks, and opinion pieces. Yet, I do not recall seeing one political advertisement, fact […]

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