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

Same old, same old

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, May 26, 2015. Back when Democrats ran the legislature, Republicans swore that things would be different if they ever were in charge. No more high-handed rulings, no more procedural shenanigans and no more bosses using their gavels to ram through favored legislation. So much for that, says Boss Bob […]

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Rucho’s revealing rationalization

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 26, 2015. It’s often difficult to generate much interest in stories about the abuse of the legislative process but the behavior of Senator Bob Rucho last week promoted a flurry of them. And his troubling defense of his undemocratic actions may be more telling […]

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News and Observer does it again

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jane Shaw, The Locker Room, May 25, 2015. UNC’s fake-classes scandal was in the news this weekend, as the university received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Friday. And, once again, the Raleigh News & Observer chose to minimize the academic nature of the scandal. Columnist Luke DeCock once again disparaged former governor James Martin for […]

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Will the bipartisan House budget stick?

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, May 26, 2015. The strong, bipartisan vote in favor of the state House budget showed that the 120-member chamber is becoming at least slightly more moderate, that Republicans are yielding a little ground to Democrats and that Democrats are willing to go along as long as they are thrown a […]

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Invitation to the dance

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, May 27, 2015. By all accounts, the $22.2 billion General Fund budget just passed by the North Carolina House is only one step in a dance routine that may well last throughout the summer. As a former dance teacher, I’ll take this opportunity to explain […]

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Millennials show more political independence as they enter adulthood

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzser, Political Science professor Catawba College, published on WFAE.org, May 19, 2015. Yes, it’s a year and a half away from the November 2016 general election, but already the punditry and analysis has begun in terms of what could happen in the looming presidential contest. A team of political scientists at the University of Virginia’s […]

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Meaningless budget debate

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, May 25, 2015. When the House finished more than eight hours of debate on its $22 billion budget late last week, many listeners had to wonder what of any consequence had been accomplished with all the talk. First, most of the discussion came well after […]

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Is N.C. willing to compete or not?

| May 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, May 26, 2015. The other Carolina thumped us again. This time it’s a Volvo plant, which will sit just outside Charleston, not far from the Boeing plant that North Carolina also tried to win but couldn’t. This state’s leaders insist that they want projects like these, which bring billions of dollars […]

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The messages sent by coal-ash penalty

| May 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Jacksonville Daily News, May 22, 2015. Duke Energy is going to pay, and pay heavily, for its admitted negligence regarding coal ash lagoons and the environmental disasters that occurred as a result. But in larger sense, there is equal importance in the message sent by the case not only to Duke Energy — […]

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Putting Memorial Day in proper perspective

| May 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, May 23, 2015. As Americans honor on this Memorial Day those who died for freedom, many will pay their respects more by exercising that freedom than by pausing to remember the men and women who paid the price for it. For those Americans who have served or still serve in […]

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