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Scholarship program proposed for future teachers

| April 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner, Charlotte Observer, April 18, 2015. State House education leaders want to find a way to attract high school students and working professionals to teaching careers at a time when interest in the profession is dropping. They are proposing, in House Bill 661, to offer scholarships of up to $8,500 a year to […]

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Graham statute bill leads to angry House debate

| April 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, April 16, 2015. House lawmakers voted 71-28 Thursday to make the Rev. Billy Graham the state’s next representative in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of former Gov. Charles Aycock. But the debate over the honor was divisive and acrimonious at times, with Republicans accusing Democrats of […]

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NC SPIN episode # 859 – Air Date 4/19/15

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week’s NC SPIN topics include: Road and Building Bonds, Manning Takes Educators to Court, Redistricting Court Challenges, Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch Rufus Edminsten, Former Secretary of State Connie Wilson, former legislator John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation Tom Campbell, Moderator

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After SPIN! – “Does privatizing our state’s ferry system make sense?”

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Chris Fitzsimon – A proposal before our legislature would convert our state-owned ferry system to one of private ownership. Nobody wants to raise the ferry tolls or reduce the number of runs and the expenses keep increasing. Does privatization make sense and what impact will it have for those who […]

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After SPIN! – “What do you think of letting graduates with a 3.5 GPA have free college?”

| April 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Brad Crone – There is a proposed bill in the legislature that would offer high school graduates with a 3.5 grade point average free tuition in community colleges. This is not too different from what President Obama proposed. The idea was trashed by many because of the additional cost to […]

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Hospitals fight bill that would open NC medical market

| April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, April 16, 2015. An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state’s certificate-of-need laws. Intended […]

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Red Hat CEO speaks out against ‘divisive’ rights legislation

| April 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Rick Smith, WRAL Techwire, April 15, 2015. The “religious freedom law” debate is far from over despite recent changes made in Indiana and Arkansas legislation, and another prominent voice in the high-tech industry has joined a growing list of prominent executives speaking out against these laws. With a bill still being considered in North Carolina, […]

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More partisan elections being considered by House

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, April 16, 2015. North Carolina voters soon could vote for governor and lieutenant governor as a team under a measure approved Tuesday by the House Elections Committee. House Bill 344, the proposed constitutional amendment would allow candidates to run separately for governor and lieutenant governor in party primaries. However, after party […]

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After SPIN! – “Why does the General Assembly appear to be anti-local government?”

| April 15, 2015 | 3 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Becki Gray – Local governments are in a tailspin. State legislators are either cutting or redistributing their revenues and we are starting to hear many talk about either raising sales taxes or property taxes to local residents. Is this what lawmakers expected or intended to happen with their actions? Why does […]

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Bill seeks to slow revolving door between government and business

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 14, 2015. The revolving door between state government and private-sector contractors would be slowed under a bill the Senate State and Local Government Committee passed Tuesday. “This is an issue we dealt with specifically in Health and Human Services,” said Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell. “We had someone … who had […]

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