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A presidential player

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 28, 2015. The Donald Trump presidential campaign circus is coming to North Carolina, sooner than you think. So are the Bush and Clinton political dynasty extravaganzas, Jeb and Hillary editions. North Carolina will hold its 2016 presidential primaries on March 15, seven weeks earlier than the traditional date in May. […]

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Senate budget plan includes retiree insurance, Pension reform

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review online, July 27, 2015. As highlighted in this Asheville Citizen-Times article, the NC Senate budget proposal  includes measures to address two issues very critical to the long-term fiscal health of the state government: retiree health benefits and realistic measures of the state pension fund. North Carolina lawmakers are looking at […]

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With vouchers approved, time for accountability

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, July 28, 2015. Does it serve a clear public purpose to give lower-income families $4,200-a-year, taxpayer-funded scholarships so their children can attend private or religious schools? That was one of the main questions the N.C. Supreme Court grappled with as it considered the constitutionality of the state’s “Opportunity Scholarship” program. […]

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Sentiment and respect

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, July 27, 2015. Senator Tom Apodaca who’s gregarious and jovial and hard-nosed told the reporters, “The House went a little crazy with its budget” – then they asked about the Governor and he said, “The Governor doesn’t play much of a role in anything.” He probably didn’t mean it […]

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Arrogance

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics North Carolina, July 27, 2015. Last week, Republican arrogance was on full display. First, they took turns ridiculing the governor, who admittedly is a bit of a joke. Then, they took vacation on the taxpayers dime. Clearly, they don’t believe they will be held accountable for their actions.  As reporter Jim Morrill […]

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Another judicial slap for the legislature

| July 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, July 27, 2015. At some point, we’d hope the message would be heard in the General Assembly: Stop stomping on local government. It’s been a trend, starting in the last two-year session that saw lawmakers do away with most forms of annexation, kill cities’ ability to impose privilege license fees on […]

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Government efficiency is a priority for some states

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Sarah Curry, John Locke Foundation, The Locker Room, July 27, 2015.   North Carolina tried an experiment, it was called NC GEAR.  Government efficiency and performance based budgeting – ways to save dollars or use them more efficiently in state government.  Governor McCrory created the office, but both the NC Senate and NC House […]

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Court makes the right choice

| July 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, July 27, 2015. There was absolutely nothing surprising about the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship program. The outcome was welcome. The lack of surprise was disappointing. The four justices signing onto the majority decision by Chief Justice […]

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Removing debate worse

| July 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, July 25, 2015. The State Legislature spent much of last week debating whether cities, counties, schools and universities can be trusted with hundreds of historical monuments and memorials that adorn public properties. The answer, according to Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican majority, is a resounding “No.” Flames of passion, […]

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Vouchers can work but accountability lacking

| July 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, July 26, 2015. North Carolina’s system of public education won’t collapse because the state Supreme Court upheld a private-school voucher program. But the court’s 4-3 decision supporting the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship program was still a surprise. Lower courts had rejected it as unconstitutional, and it was widely expected Supreme Court […]

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