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

Politics isn’t always the answer

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, June 14, 2017. Since the beginning of this year, there have been no net new jobs created in North Carolina. In fact, using the latest data from the monthly survey of employers, there were about 2,200 fewer filled jobs in North Carolina in May than there […]

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Good government is built on honesty and openness

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, June 15, 2017. “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Credited to Louis Brandeis from Harper’s Weekly in 1913, it was true then, and it’s true today. Shedding light on government leaves it transparent, open, accessible, and accountable. It’s also harder to do bad […]

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GOP leaders pulling out the stops to maintain unconstitutional majority

| June 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, June 15, 2017. Legislative leaders are scrambling for their political lives after the conservative U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the legislative districts they drew to lock in the power they gained in the 2010 election were unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered. They are desperately […]

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We’re not all donkeys or elephants but the law ignores it

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, June 14, 2017. Too many of us still think in either-or political terms. What are you? Democrat or Republican? Lefty or righty? Donkey or elephant? And yet, that’s not even close to reality. Even within the two largest establishment parties, there are gaping and often angry divisions. And there are the […]

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Life expectancy gap in NC reveals lack of trust

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer,  June 12, 2017. If you are born and raised in North Carolina, chances are that you aren’t going to live as long as the average American. That fact — not the alternative kind, but the real deal — emerged in data reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine and was highlighted […]

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Cowardly gunman inadvertently brought out our best on Flag Day

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Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, June 14, 2017. He was the worst of us but he’s bringing out the best in us. The cowardly gunman who rained rounds early Wednesday on GOP congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game against Democratic congressmen hit at some of our bedrocks: Flag Day, sports and, at least the pursuit […]

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Democrats need to learn how to be a minority party

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, June 13, 2017. Democrats certainly won’t be lacking for candidates heading into 2018. Across the state, people are announcing their candidacies for Congress and legislature earlier than at any time in recent memory. In the case of the General Assembly, candidates are running for districts that may not even exist […]

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Don’t need thunder and lightning to make it rain

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, June 15, 2017. A Democratic warrior read that Governor Cooper’s job-approval rating is 61 percent. And the Republican legislature’s reelect rating is only 30 percent. So, he asked, “Why isn’t Cooper whacking the Republicans harder every day?” First, it’s not his style. He’s not one to bang his shoe […]

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Chief Judge Linda McGee speaks out on 50th Anniversary of Court of Appeals

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by Melissa Broughton, NC Policy Watch, June 14, 2017. The North Carolina Court of Appeals celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As the court heads into its next half century, Chief Judge Linda McGee has a lot of hopes, but the biggest is for an improved relationship between the judicial branch of government and the […]

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Rural NC is not faring well under Trump

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Bob Etheridge, former Congressman, published in Salisbury Post, June 14, 2017. When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised to look after the “forgotten man.” Rural voters who felt left out by the economic recovery heard this promise and voted for Trump. Many of us did not to trust Trump’s ever-shifting and broken promises, […]

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