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

Who will vote November 8th?

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, June 24, 2016. Before the all-but-certain nasty political rhetoric dominates the airways it might be instructive to use this “quieter” time to analyze the North Carolina electorate and look at who might vote. Catawba College Political Science Professor, Dr. Michael Bitzer, along with State Board of […]

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Tweaking the NC Constitution

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, June 24, 2016. In addition to the U.S. Constitution, every state has one as well. North Carolina’s is an important governing document — one that limits government, protects rights, and sets state policy. State constitutions are longer, more detailed, and more policy-driven than their federal counterpart. They […]

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An outbreak of independent candidates

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, June 22, 2016. Maybe it’s just an odd coincidence but two ‘Independent’ candidates are running and two more are on the cusp of qualifying to run and every one of them is in a ‘safe’ Republican district. House Majority Leader Mike Hager already has an Independent opponent (with no Democrat in […]

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Ending discrimination is more important than adjourning the session

| June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, June 23, 2016. It’s that time of the General Assembly session when legislative leaders are talking about adjourning and leaving town. House Speaker Tim Moore said this week that the odds are 50-50 that the session will end before July 4th while Senate Majority Leader […]

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Answering NC SPIN on further tax relief

| June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Alex Jones, Politics North Carolina, June 23, 2016. NC SPIN recently tweeted a video called “What are your suggestions for further tax reform?” The question was posed to John Locke Foundation scholar Becki Gray, but I’ve decided to be shamelessly presumptuous and provide my own answer. Focused on other issues, state-level Democrats for too long conceded […]

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Presidential race knotted; Senate race close

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, June 23, 2016. North Carolina was the second closest state in the country for President in both 2008 and 2012, and PPP’s newest poll finds it remains similarly competitive this time around. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dead even at 43%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4%, Green […]

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Legislators are tilting at windmills

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, June 22, 2016. Just when you think the illogical action in Raleigh is about to end, our Honorable Legislators turn around and top themselves. This time, the Senate has passed a bill effectively outlawing wind power in most of North Carolina. The reason (are you ready?): Homeland Security. State Sen. Harry […]

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Adults or juveniles?

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, June 22, 2016. North Carolina is one of two states where 16-year-olds charged with crimes are considered adults. New York is the other. North Carolina and New York have been left behind as other states have raised the age of adult responsibility to 17 or 18. There are good reasons to […]

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Time to dump economic development policy

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation, June 23, 2016. North Carolina should abandon what it has been referring to for years as economic development policy and completely refocus its efforts in the area of economic policy on economic growth. These are distinctly different goals that more often than not come into conflict with each […]

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We were never in Kansas

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, June 22, 2016. As the general election campaign begins in North Carolina, you can expect to hear a lot about Kansas. Yes, I can read a map. Kansas and North Carolina aren’t exactly neighbors. But when it comes to fiscal policy, critics of Gov. Pat McCrory […]

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