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The first debate

| September 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, September 29, 2016. As a longtime critic of televised political debates I feel compelled to applaud Monday night’s debate between our two presidential candidates. Others have voiced opinions as to whether Hillary or Donald won (Trump supporters believe he prevailed while Clinton faithful were confident she […]

Killing the Messenger

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Jim Aycock,  in response to a column by Rob Schofield and Chris Fitzsimon, September 28, 2016 I feel compelled to react to your column about the Rev. William Barber, the messenger, and with facts, not as an “uninformed blowhard.”  Full disclosure: my wife is Patsy Keever, chair of the NC Democratic Party, and former […]

Politicians should be able to admit mistakes

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star, News, September 30, 2016. In Monday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump scored some of his best points against Hillary Clinton on the subject of trade. The facts were that, as secretary of state, Clinton supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership publicly at least 40 times (according to The New York Time) — and enthusiastically, […]

We’re still clueless about race

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Tim White, Fayetteville Observer, September 24, 2016. He really said that. It’s on the record for eternity, or as long as digital files will last. Robert Pittenger, the Charlotte Republican whose 9th Congressional District will include Fayetteville after the upcoming election, told a BBC Newsnight interviewer on Thursday that the protesters in Charlotte “hate […]

McCrory under seige, continues to lash out against critics of HB2

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, September 27, 2016. When it comes to HB2, the disastrous anti-LGBT legislation that he signed into law, Gov. Pat McCrory can’t seem to help himself. Virtually every prominent individual or institution that criticizes HB2 in any way can count on a bitter and over the […]

High school is not enough: Adult education and training needed

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Alan Freyer, NC Policy Watch, September 29, 2016 In 2016, the defining political debate in North Carolina is over what it really takes to grow an economy that works for everyone—an economy that creates enough jobs for everyone who wants one and ensures that those jobs pay enough to make ends meet and achieve […]

Phil Berger and the professors

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 28, 2016. It’s hard to find a more bull-headed fellow walking the earth than a UNC professor dead-set on upholding the virtues of political correctness: He’s 100% for diversity and 100% against discrimination right up to the moment someone disagrees with him. The other day the UNC Faculty […]

Verbs for Hillary

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, September 29, 2016 Quick. Somebody get Hillary Clinton a verb. A whole bunch of them.  She needs them to reach swing voters – millennials and Trump-averse Independents and Republicans. They don’t know what she wants to DO as President, so they suspect she just wants to BE President.    […]

NC SPIN episode # 935 – Air Date 10/2/2016

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  This week on NC SPIN we want to update you on the latest election moves. Topics: Let’s Start at the Top, Governor and Council of State, Legislative Races, and Judicial Contests. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Joe Stewart, Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise […]

Clinton leads by 4 nationally; Trump hurt himself in debate

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, September 29, 2016. PPP’s new national poll finds Hillary Clinton leading by 4 points both in the full field of candidates, and in a head to head match up with Donald Trump. In the full field she gets 44% to 40% for Trump, 6% for Gary Johnson, 2% for Evan […]