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

Medicaid trap awaits McCrory

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas  Institute, printed in Charlotte Observer, November 23, 2014. If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both […]

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Eeyore caucus brays again

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, November 24, 2014. When the news broke that Rep. Tim Moore would be the Republican nominee for speaker of the North Carolina House and Rep. Mike Hager would be majority leader, the usual suspects did the usual things. Politicians seeking power, lobbyists seeking favors, and […]

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Government spending is inefficient way to grow

| November 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, November 22, 2014. Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I repeatedly have urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making grandiose […]

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Education may be the best punishment for underage drinkers

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, November 21, 2014. Call it a reality check for underage drinkers. Punishment that fits the crime. Or, as New Hanover-Pender County District Attorney Ben David calls it, a teachable moment. Whatever the term, David and several fellow district attorneys are launching an experiment that could be much more effective than having […]

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The 2016 governor’s race is underway

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, November 22, 2014. “Did you get that coal ash off your hands?” software entrepreneur Jim Goodnight quipped to Gov. Pat McCrory last month while showing him around a new SAS building in Cary. “You’re not messing up this building,” Goodnight added. McCrory’s 2016 re-election is two years away, and […]

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A Party of No has no future

| November 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, November 21, 2014. All American politics today – the battle over immigration, the election two weeks ago and even legislative elections in North Carolina – is all about Barack Obama.    Presidents always dominate the political scene. But this is a special case. Yes, it’s about race. But it’d […]

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McCrory’s baffling reaction to Obama’s immigration policy

| November 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, November 21, 2014. Reaction continues to President Obama’s executive orders on immigration that will allow five million undocumented immigrants, most of them parents of children who are American citizens, to come out of the shadows and openly participate in our society without the fear of […]

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NC Inmate’s death shows need for prison review

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by News and Observer, November 15, 2014. When a convict goes to prison, he loses his freedom, but he does not lose his humanity. And he should not lose his life. Michael Anthony Kerr lost all. The 53-year-old former Army sergeant who had a mental illness died March 12 while being transported from the […]

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Changing the State Budget Dance

| November 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, November 20, 2014. In January, Pat McCrory will begin his third year as Governor, but his first chance to fully develop a biennial budget that reflects his priorities. This truth highlights North Carolina’s poorly choreographed state budget dance that involves many participants, many steps and differing […]

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A waste of time

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, November 20, 2014. The Governor sent a letter to Thom Tillis and Phil Berger taking the legislature to task for asking for an independent audit of the Department of Health and Human Services.   Then the next day, when the Governor needed it least, the News and Observer reported that when […]

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