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

Hagan stimulus grants

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, October 18, 2014. n the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention. Well, let me clarify that statement. […]

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Tillis best for Senate

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, October 18, 2014 The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, is among the nation’s tightest as Republicans look to regain control of the Senate. The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and the president’s unpopular handling of numerous scandals, military operations and public […]

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Difficult week for Democrats as disaffected women and blacks drive down favorability to 1984 lows

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Davis, John Davis Consulting, October 17, 2014. Women and Blacks Down on Democratic Party: According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted October 9-12, 2014, the Democratic Party has the worst Favorable (39%) to Unfavorable (51%) impression among Americans since 1984. What is most surprising, is that the downward spiral is driven by the disaffection […]

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NC needs a patient investment in higher education

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Eric Johnson, Chapel Hill writer, published in News and Observer, October 18, 2014. Two decades ago, the world looked promising for electronic pagination systems workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, armed with the kind of confidence known only to oracles and mathematicians, predicted 83 percent growth in employment for electronic typesetters between 1994 and […]

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Tillis race should make McCrory nervous

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, October 18, 2014. If the polls are to be believed, Republicans are on the verge of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in North Carolina’s Senate race. All the fundamentals favored the GOP. No Democratic senator from North Carolina had won re-election since conservative Sen. Sam Ervin Jr. […]

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The Senate race

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, October 17, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a compilation of a series of blogs posted by the author Months ago, back when she started her campaign, Kay Hagan faced a knotty problem: She was going to get the Democratic base vote; her opponent was going to get the Republican […]

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Inside the war rooms

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 17, 2014. In the state where President Obama had his closest win in 2008 and his closest loss in 2012, why wouldn’t the U.S. Senate race be tight as a tick?   Carter has posted a great series of blogs about the race (although he’s wrong on the […]

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American schools are training kids for a world that doesn’t exist

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by David Edwards, Wired.com, October 17, 2014. Are Americans getting dumber? Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in many developed countries. But the crisis in American education may be more than a matter of sliding rankings on world educational performance scales. Our kids learn within […]

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Profit sharing

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, October 18, 2014. When a power company gets a tax break, are its customers entitled to share in it? Yes, the N.C. Utilities Commission said in May. No, it said last week, reversing itself over the strenuous objections of three commissioners. The case began when the legislature cut the corporate income […]

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True cost of HS diploma in NC is $150,000; no correlation between spending and results

| October 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review online, October 17, 2014. A new study released yesterday by the Civitas Institute evaluates government education spending and academic results across all local school districts in NC. A few key findings from the study include: The statewide average total cost to taxpayer to produce each high school graduate is about $150,000. […]

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