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Searching for the ‘Holy Grail’ in redistricting

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch, October 20, 2017. A court really shouldn’t shirk away from making a finding about a constitutional violation just because it may be difficult, said the lead judge on a federal panel reviewing two North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases. Chief District Judge William Lindsay Osteen Jr., who was appointed by […]

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Wacky rules complicate municipal elections

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Insider, published by The Salisbury Post, October 17, 2017. If the rules for Raleigh’s municipal elections had applied to last year’s governor’s race, Pat McCrory would have had the power to send voters back to the polls in December. It would have been the same election without the Libertarian candidate. Given […]

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NC hurting itself with squabbles over education governance

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Ferrell Guillory, Education NC, published in Salisbury Post, October 18, 2017. No doubt, students will arrive at school this morning, and teachers will engage with them until the dismissal bell without giving a thought to the education governance issues facing North Carolina. After all, “governance’’ is the often-murky work that bureaucrats and politicians do. […]

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Constitutional amendment would shorten judicial terms

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, October 18, 2017. A Senate leader, on Tuesday, filed legislation that would put a constitutional change in front of voters during the 2018 primary to shorten the terms of the state’s elected judges from four and eight years to two years. The bill, SB 698, would put the constitutional amendment […]

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Left and right agree: corporate welfare programs failing

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, October 18, 2017. WRAL.com today has an interesting feature article examining the recent track record of North Carolina’s corporate welfare programs. Spoiler alert: the results are not pretty.  In the wake of the 2008 recession, about four of every 10 of the jobs state officials hoped to lure to North […]

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Should we worry about monopolies

| October 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Dr. Mike Walden, NCSU Professor of Economics, October 14, 2017. One of my favorite games as a child was Monopoly. On a Saturday morning my mother would announce, “tonight is Monopoly night.” That evening the family would gather around the dining room table and play Monopoly for hours. An added bonus was the availability […]

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Chasing big fish

| October 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and moderator of NC SPIN, October 12, 2017. Most cities of any size are salivating at the opportunity to land the big Amazon fish, including several in North Carolina angling to win the trophy. Jeff Bezos’ Seattle based company is shopping to locate a second headquarters site and the bait they […]

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Lawmakers want increased fairness in elections, except their own

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 11, 2017. Hypocrisy in politics is hardly a new phenomenon but rarely is it as boldly on display as it was last week from Republican legislative leaders during the latest of the now monthly special sessions of the General Assembly. The House and Senate […]

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What does tax fairness mean?

| October 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

by John Hood, syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, October 11, 2017. Back when I used to commission regular surveys of North Carolina voters, one of my favorite questions had to do with tax fairness. The wording varied over time, but here’s essentially what we asked. If someone earns twice as much as income as […]

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Judges want names of potential outside election mapmakers

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carolina Journal, October 12, 2017. A three-judge panel overseeing the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s legislative election maps wants names of at least three people who could draw new sets of maps. The panel made no decision after a hearing today about whether to order new maps. But the judges have ordered names of […]

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