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

Escaping from the HB2 box

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, February 16, 2017. The recurring HB2 nightmare will celebrate a birthday next month with no end in sight. Both sides of the political spectrum find themselves in a box, albeit a cardboard box they are treating as if it had walls of steel. Governor Cooper fired […]

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A Day Without Immigrants protests, calls on Cooper for support

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, February 16, 2017. On Thursday opponents of President Trump’s stance on illegal immigration took to the streets, leaving jobs and businesses closed for “A Day Without Immigrants” to show the effect that illegal immigrants have in America each day. Here in North Carolina, dozens of businesses statewide closed either because […]

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Better pay may yield better government

| February 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, February 15, 2017. Give ’em a raise. That’s the bottom line on lawmakers’ bottom line, which is that they’re working for peanuts. Peanuts is what we get back, you say? Well, in some cases, true. But for the most part, what we get is pretty decent oversight of billions of taxpayer […]

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NC DPI’s second in command offers advice as she prepares to retire

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Billy Ball, NC Policy Watch, February 16, 2017. It’ll be a matter of weeks, March 1 to be exact, before N.C. Department of Public Instruction Deputy Superintendent Rebecca Garland is expected to leave here for the last time. Her Raleigh office in DPI headquarters, festooned with N.C. State sports apparel, still seems mostly in […]

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NC Voters approve job Cooper is doing, split on Trump

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Demi Dowdy, Civitas Institute Poll, February 16, 2017. The latest Civitas poll has found that North Carolina voters are split when asked if they approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, and 50 percent say they approve of the job Roy Cooper is doing as Governor. The full text of the relevant […]

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Up in smoke

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, February 16, 2017. The phones began ringing and kept on ringing and each caller said the same thing: ‘I want you to hold more ‘Town Hall’ meetings.’ Sensing a groundswell of support for Town Hall Meetings, rolling across their districts, Republican Congressmen accommodated and walked straight into a trap. […]

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Berger rejects Cooper’s efforts to remove dark stain of HB2

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 15, 2017. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other Republican leaders have spent the last few days desperately distorting the facts and rewriting history to try to blame Governor Roy Cooper for the disaster of HB2 that was passed by the GOP supermajority […]

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Won’t anyone sit down to talk with governor?

| February 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, February 17, 2017. Compromise has been described as the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece. By that definition, we suppose, Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to find a palatable way to repeal House Bill 2 has failed. His compromise proposal […]

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Building Communities of good health

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Kathy Higgins, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, February 14, 2017. We hear a lot about health care being in crisis. It’s increasingly expensive for everyone – consumers, providers, payers and the government alike. Compound this with the fact that we can’t improve health by focusing on health care alone, and we realize that much […]

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Cooper must be free to choose his cabinet

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, February 13, 2017. We appreciate the discernment of the three N.C. Superior Court judges who last week issued a temporary restraining order to allow Gov. Roy Cooper to appoint his Cabinet secretaries unhindered, as the Journal’s Richard Craver reported. Their order overrides a portion of House Bill 17, which the Republican-controlled […]

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