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Why are N.C. Republicans afraid of the voters

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, January 18, 2018. This issue isn’t settled. The U.S. Supreme Court still has to be heard from. Still, the ruling last week by a three-judge federal appeals panel voiding North Carolina’s congressional districts marks a victory for democracy and the power of the individual voter. Previous court rulings had voided two […]

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The storm forming for the 2018 elections

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, January 11, 2018. You don’t have to be a meteorologist to understand that the gathering storm clouds are threatening the 2018 elections. The high-pressure system at the genesis of this storm is the result of redistricting. Following the 2010 census all states were required to draw new […]

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Rare illegal ballots still matter

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, January 10, 2018. President Donald Trump’s claims about voter fraud are preposterous. No credible evidence suggests that millions of people cast illegal ballots, or that candidates who outpoll rivals by several percentage points can accomplish that by fraud under modern election administration. Now that I’ve completed […]

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5 myth-busting truths about the NC economy

| January 12, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, January 9, 2018. Conservative happy talk doesn’t change several important basics The mantra from conservative North Carolina politicians and pundits these days is that North Carolina’s hard right policy turn of recent years somehow provides “a model for the nation.” If you spend any time on policy-oriented social media, […]

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It’s time for politicians to stop thinking they have to bribe companies to come here

| January 12, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Julie Tisdale, John Locke Foundation, January 11, 2018. Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s […]

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House, Senate remain far apart on judicial overhaul

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, January 11, 2018. Despite the fact that the congressional and legislative district maps they’ve drawn have been ruled unconstitutional by federal judges, Republican lawmakers appear ready to move ahead with a redraw of the state’s judicial districts. A joint House and Senate committee met for the first time Thursday to hammer […]

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State dollars flow to private schools

| January 12, 2018 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, January 9, 2018. State legislators are working to avert a looming funding crunch for local school systems, a key lawmaker said last week. School districts are directed to reduce class sizes in primary grades but weren’t given additional money to carry out the mandate. Rep. Craig Horn, a budget co-chairman from […]

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Megasite remains a prime location

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, January 11, 2018. Not many people in North Carolina have more reason to be disappointed than Darrell Frye. He has ramrodded Randolph County’s effort to assemble land for an industrial megasite — which was not selected by Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda as the location of a $1.6 billion joint manufacturing […]

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In schools, as in life, the rich get richer

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by The Fayetteville Observer, January 9, 2018 As lawmakers return to Raleigh today amid calls for better education funding, a new study reveals growing disparities in the way the state’s richest and poorest counties fund their school systems. In a nutshell, it’s a familiar theme: The rich are getting richer and the poor are […]

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Wasting public money

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, January 12, 2018. The GOP-led state legislature is running up quite a tab in court with taxpayers footing the bill. It has spent almost $7 million defending against lawsuits attacking its redistricting efforts, News & Record reporter Taft Wireback wrote last week. And the tab keeps rising, in spite of court […]

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