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

Scandalous special sessions subvert our democracy

| August 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 9, 2017. The General Assembly will convene a special session next week but most people in North Carolina, including the vast majority of the members of House and Senate, have no idea what legislation they will consider while they are in town. Last week […]

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Beer money and changing markets

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Trump, Carolina Journal, August 10, 2017. News that beer distributors through political action committees poured nearly $100,000 toward defeating a bill to lift a production cap on North Carolina brewers should surprise no one. Tuesday, The Charlotte Observer, citing campaign finance reports, said from January through June the distributors gave Senate Republican leader […]

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Know these five budget facts

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, August 9, 2017. During the recently completed legislative session, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to enact a new budget for state government. Here are five facts you need to know about the spending plan and its potential […]

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Race won’t be a factor in legislative maps, Republicans say

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, August 10, 2017. Lawmakers won’t consider race when they redraw legislative maps to meet a Sept. 1 federal court deadline. Republicans on the House and Senate redistricting committee made that clear as they swatted down repeated objections from Democrats in a Thursday committee meeting. The decision not to use race […]

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Publicly financed stadiums: Don’t believe the hype

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Donna Martinez, John Locke Foundation, August 11, 2017. Bidding groups from Charlotte and Raleigh are hoping to snag a new Major League Soccer franchise when the MLS expands. JLF’s Julie Tisdale compares the two bids here. But importantly, she also points out that research runs contrary to the often heard narrative that publicly financed […]

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Nonpartisan races work best for city

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Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 11, 2017. The Charlotte Observer paid Greensboro a compliment in an editorial last week. It said Greensboro’s nonpartisan City Council elections are better than Charlotte’s partisan schemes. We’re happy to agree. “Don’t look now, but almost all of Charlotte’s political leaders are going to be selected in the next several […]

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Don’t play politics with GenX mess

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, August 10, 2017. In the worrisome saga of GenX pollution in the Cape Fear River, the to-do list is long. As the investigation proceeds, we expect the list will grow longer. The emission of the possible carcinogen from the Chemours plant on the Cumberland-Bladen county line raises a host of questions […]

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Tillis right on counsel

| August 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, August 9, 2017. Republican Thom Tillis, one of North Carolina’s two U.S. senators, has rightly joined Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware in a bill that would back independent investigations by allowing judicial review if a special counsel is fired by a president — and reinstatement if judges find the firing […]

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School bus bill puts private companies in driver’s seat

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Insider, published in Durham Herald-Sun, August 7, 2017. Drivers who pass stopped school buses could get fined up to $1,000 under a bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed on July 25 – but the hefty fine isn’t why legislators from both parties opposed the measure. The technology is similar to red-light […]

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North Carolinians oppose DOJ cuts, down on Trump

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, August 9, 2017. PPP’s new North Carolina poll finds strong, bipartisan opposition to cuts the General Assembly has made to the budget of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Only 18% of voters support the 10 million dollars in cuts that have been made, to 60% who say they […]

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