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

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Reverend Williams Barber, Poor People’s Campaign, published in the Washington Post, February 7, 2019. The Rev. William J. Barber II is president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Following news that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s social life in the mid-1980s included parties […]

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Senator Phil Berger is just plain wrong

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 12, 2019. There’s an old maxim in American politics, usually attributed to former U.S. Senator and Nixon administration cabinet secretary Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.” Would that Moynihan were still alive today […]

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Growth still drives worker pay

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, February 11, 2019. If the most important factor determining the welfare of workers is the growth rate of the economy, that has policy implications that free-market conservatives, among others, will welcome. Real, long-term economic growth is about investment, about both the amount invested and how skillfully […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Congressman Walter Jones has died

| February 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congressman Walter Jones, the twelve term North Carolina Congressman, died Sunday around 4 p.m. on his 76th birthday. The Farmville Congressman served in the NC House before being elected to the NC 3rd Congressional District. Arrangements have not been announced. Walter Jones will be remembered for many things but two stand out. The first is […]

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This week on NC SPIN

| February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s been quite a week. First the Super Bowl, then the State of the Union, followed by beautiful and warm days. This week’s NC SPIN will talk about some of the events shaping our week. We start with a discussion about the setting of a date for the new State Board of Elections to hear […]

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Sometimes a teacher, often a student

| February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator of NC SPIN, February 7, 2019. The request was for me to talk to an audience about how to conduct civil, meaningful and honest discussions among people with different faiths, politics and philosophies. The inviter, an Episcopalian Deacon, explained she watched our weekly TV show and was impressed how […]

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Well-intended programs can do harm

| February 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, February 6, 2019. Friar Laurence has the best of intentions. But in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the friar’s well-intended interventions do not yield happy results. Laurence’s initial good intention is to end the destructive conflict between two warring families. That’s why he agrees to marry […]

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How much money it takes to win NC Elections

| February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Andrew Dunn, Longleaf Politics, February 3, 2019. Money isn’t the only factor in winning elections — but it is a major one. Campaign spending is one of the main determinants of whether a candidate can be viable for a particular race. That’s why Longleaf Politics scoured campaign finance records to find out exactly how […]

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Are we willing to accept the cost of expanding Medicaid?

| February 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN columnist, February 7, 2019. The governor’s behind it, and state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen is for it. Some freshmen legislators have made it a priority, some leaders in the N.C. House think it’s a good idea, and 32 states have implemented a version of […]

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“The Storm after the Storm” -NC shortcomings of Florence disaster response

| February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

by NC Policy Watch, February 5, 2019.    A report, issued by Disability Rights North Carolina provides strong evidence that federal, state and local emergency management officials must take action to ensure the well-being of people with disabilities during natural disasters. Analyzing the response to Hurricane Florence, the report shows how public officials must do more […]

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