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NC SPIN episode # 977 – Air Date 7/23/2017

| July 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online! Welcome to this special edition of NC SPIN. We are delighted to have a special partnership with 4-H in North Carolina and are always pleased to have a panel of these outstanding 4-H members to let us know the issues in which they are most they are interested. Joshua Wilson from […]

Congess needs to come home and stay

| July 21, 2017 | 4 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 20, 2017. In their fervor to repeal and replace Obamacare, our Congress has run head first into a wall of political reality: once you extend benefits to people it is almost impossible to take them away. Despite all the bluff and bluster, Congress can’t come up […]

Sorry Republicans, facts matter

| July 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 19, 2017. It’s not an original thought to point out that the Trump Administration is a larger version of what has been happening in North Carolina for the last seven years, a takeover by far-right ideologues hell-bent on dismantling the fundamental institutions of the […]

Religion and politics always mix

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, July 19, 2017. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro. Barber isn’t just a minister who […]

‘Not off our coast,” Cooper tells feds

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

by WRAL, July 20, 2017. Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that state officials will let the Trump administration know North Carolina is opposed to oil and gas drilling off the state coast. Last year, the Obama administration approved a five-year drilling plan that didn’t allow offshore exploration off the Atlantic coast. But President Donald Trump […]

Access to justice is having a heart attack in North Carolina

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 21, 2017. In late 2015, High Point and Elon universities conducted important polling for a commission established by N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin. The findings made a sad statement. Among them: Eighty percent of respondents believed that the wealthy receive better treatment in court than do average people; 73 percent […]

No matter your party, you gotta pay your bills

| July 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Paul O’Connor, Capitol Press Association, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, July 20, 2017. The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee. Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, “We told you that doesn’t work.” Looking at the […]

Two takes on Cooper

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 20, 2017. Because he’s a Democrat who won in a state that Trump won and Republicans rule, Roy Cooper is getting national attention. Last month it was The New York Times. This week it’s Politico (“Can Roy Cooper Show Democrats How to Win Again?”), which proclaims: “North Carolina’s […]

Can no one in Congress fix anything?

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, July 20, 2017. Republicans won four straight elections campaigning against Obamacare – it was that unpopular. But, now, they’ve laid out their own healthcare plan and guess what: Voters favor Obamacare over the Republican Plan by 2 to 1. Who’d have thought it was possible? Can no one in […]

Cuts likely to hamper services for poorer, rural schools

| July 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Billy Ball, NC Policy Watch, July 18, 2017. Support for needy districts and key positions within North Carolina’s top public school agency may be in jeopardy this week as the State Board of Education mulls ways to pass down millions in legislative cuts. Officials confirmed that the State Board of Education could vote as […]