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Federal judge panel rules NC district maps unconstitutional

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jones and Blount, February 6, 2016.  A three judge panel in federal court ruled Friday that North Carolina’s congressional districts are drawn to favor race and therefore unconstitutional. While the district maps have been the subject of lawsuits for years, this decision deals the North Carolina primary election a huge blow Friday, with just 39 days until […]

The dynamic of The Donald and the dollars

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Ada Fisher, Republican National Committeewoman, published in The Salisbury Post, February 1, 2016. Lingering in the psyche of the American public seemingly unappreciated by both political parties and particularly the media is the fact that the public has begun to understand they have been duped by those manipulating them for press/advertising and political/lobbying […]

Why free college tuition is a bad idea

| February 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, February 4, 2016. Calling something free doesn’t make it free. Nothing in life is free. It’s simply a matter of who pays the costs. If a college education has value, why give it away? If college becomes free for students, colleges will attract more young people who are not suited […]

The follies of the A-F grading system

| February 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 5, 2016. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest seems to want to have it both ways on the state’s stigmatizing A-F grading system for public schools. The News & Observer reported that Forest’s recent appearance before the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce was dominated by questions from […]

Air Force to remove C-130s from Fort Bragg

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gilbert Baez, WRAL, February 5, 2016. The Air Force has notified Congress that it plans to do away with a group of transport planes based at Fort Bragg. The 440th Airlift Wing flies C-130 aircraft that support training at Fort Bragg, but military leaders said they can meet training requirements for 82nd Airborne Division […]

Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps

| February 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, February 5, 2016. Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two […]

NC could be a player

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, February 4, 2016. You’ve no doubt heard the spin put on the outcome of the Iowa caucuses, but when you cut through the noise this week’s vote was a good indicator of what to expect going forward. The table is set for a most unusual presidential […]

The bloated rhetoric about the Department of Public Instruction

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 4, 2016. Senate leaders are relying on an offensive but familiar talking point in their latest flap with the N.C. Public Instruction—which appears to be more of a publicity stunt than a serious complaint. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger claims that state education […]

Public pressure campaign tactics

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, February 4, 2016. Ted Cruz created a firestorm in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses when he sent out a letter meant to encourage people to go vote. He used a tactic called “social pressure” by some and “shaming” by others. It’s also a tactic that derived from […]

Where we’re at on complex teacher pay issue

| February 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, February 4, 2016. “Teacher pay” undoubtedly will be one of the most frequently uttered phrases around the General Assembly complex during this year’s legislative session, which begins in late April. The teacher compensation debate, already raging for years, was the main focus of two days […]