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NC SPIN episode # 879 – Air Date 9/6/15

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch this week’s NC SPIN online: Topics:  Legislative Update, Supreme Court Reviews 2011 Redistricting, Fewer Schools Meet Growth Target and #TellUsSomethingWeDontKnow. Panelists: Rufus Edmisten, former Secretary of State & Attorney General Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Joe Mavretic, Former House Speaker Tom Campbell, Moderator

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More North Carolina magistrates refuse to perform marriages

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in ABC.com, September 3, 2015 Dozens of magistrates in North Carolina have refused to perform weddings since a law went into effect allowing officials to refrain from performing the ceremony. The state court system says it’s received 32 notices from magistrates since a law took effect June 11 allowing court officials […]

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Top 5 public service careers and their salaries

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Donna King, Jones and Blount, September 2, 2015. As college students flood campuses across the state this week, future careers drive many of the decisions they’ll make in the coming months. A growing number of North Carolinians have chosen careers in the public sector, working for local, state or the federal government. In fact, as of 2013 North Carolina […]

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Graduation rates increase but test scores remain static

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Kathryn Brown, WRAL, September 2, 2015. More children are graduating from North Carolina public schools, but only about a third of the 1.6 million students are on track to soak in the knowledge they’ll need for the rest of their lives, data released Wednesday show. About 85 percent of students who entered high school finished in […]

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Jetties arise as a budget issue

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by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 2, 2013. North Carolina would allow more terminal groins – jetties that protect barrier islands from erosion – if state senators get their way in the state budget. The move would be controversial, with some advocates saying the structures are costly and environmentally harmful. But senators insist that protecting barrier […]

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House wants to combine all 2016 primaries on March15th

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, September 3, 2014. Lawmakers could be moving all of next year’s North Carolina’s primaries to March 15. The state House on Wednesday rejected a Senate-approved plan to hold only the presidential preference primary on March 15, 2016. Under that plan, the other North Carolina primaries — including those for U.S. […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Is CCNC saving the state money on Medicaid recipients?”

| September 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! “Question to John Hood – State Auditor Beth Wood recently released an audit that showed that CCNC, Community Care North Carolina, was indeed saving the state money on Medicaid recipients. The John Locke Foundation and others have been critical of this agency. Does this audit justify their existence and continued funding by the […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Is it time NC had a serious discussion about capital punishment?”

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Doug Raymond – The Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled that capital punishment is unconstitutional in that state. Is it time North Carolina had a serious discussion about capital punishment? We haven’t executed anyone for many years. Is it time to abandon this punishment?”

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After SPIN! Video – “Will a federal investigation improve NC prisons?”

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Chris Fitzsimon – A group of civil rights organizations wants the federal government to investigate North Carolina’s prison system, claiming the way we treat prisoners creates unnecessary suffering and death. They say North Carolina prison reforms are coming too slow and amount to too little. What do they expect the feds […]

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Sales tax redistribution resurfaces in budget negotiations

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Bradley, WSOC-TV, September 1, 2015. A controversial plan to send some of the sales taxes paid in Charlotte to poorer counties appeared dead when it was dropped from the North Carolina budget several weeks ago. Now it is being brought back into discussions. The idea of changing the formula for sales tax distribution […]

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