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Do campaign pledges pass the reality test?

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 25, 2016. Politicians make promises. It’s what they do. Candidates often promise bold and grandiose actions to get your vote and win their elections. Some sound appealing, but are they realistic and attainable? Let’s begin with two issues relating to immigration. The promise to build […]

NC at the center of political storm

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, August 26, 2016. Isn’t it nice to be loved and not taken for granted? That’s what happens when you become a political “swing” state. After not being much in play during the Reagan, Bush I and Bush II years, North Carolina finds itself in the presidential election spotlight. Just ask Indiana […]

The real story of education in North Carolina

| August 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, August 22, 2016. Which North Carolina political party has increased the education budget by more than $1.1 billion since 2011? Answer: the Republicans. Maybe that surprises you. But that’s just one of real facts that undercut the Left’s myths about education in North Carolina. You’ve heard the claim: Republicans have […]

After November

| August 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, August 24, 2016. Saying he was going ‘To Make America Great Again’ and waving the banner of ‘Americanism’ Donald Trump set out to whip the Washington Politicians and he did whip every Republican in sight from Jeb Bush to Ted Cruz – but then came eyeball to eyeball with Hillary. Ship […]

Successful teaching fellows program is back – in Indiana

| August 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 23, 2016. State lawmakers have finally taken a bold step toward addressing the looming teacher shortage in public schools. The Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate worked with Democrats to create a scholarship program to encourage bright high school students to enter the […]

Drivers license renewal time – nearly 5 hours

| August 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in The Rocky Mount Telegram, August 24. 2-16 I  walked into the Division of Motor Vehicles office on Avent Ferry Road at 9:20 a.m. The line for a ticket was 30 people deep and every chair in the waiting area was filled. Another dozen customers stood along the walls. […]

Why the left and right can’t even talk to each other any more

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Leonard Pitts, published in The Charlotte Observer, August 24, 2016. Ordinarily, I might gloat. Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable […]

It’s hard to celebrate what schools face

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Jewell, President of NC Association of Educators, published in The Charlotte Observer, August 25, 2016. It’s my favorite time of year. Colorful backpacks dot the sidewalks, yellow buses roll down the streets, and our school buildings open their doors to welcome students back. As a teacher, I never slept the night before school […]

Discrimination tax

| August 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, August 23, 2016. Schools participating in the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program shouldn’t discriminate. All taxpayers fund the voucher program, and all should expect it to offer equal opportunities. That’s not how it is, however, according to recent reporting by The Charlotte Observer. It found that several private schools in its area […]

Another day older and deeper in debt

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mitch Kokai, The Locker Room, August 26, 2016. Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the latest projections for federal government debt. Outstanding federal debt is projected to hit $28.2 trillion over the next decade, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. At the end of this year, outstanding federal debt is expected to […]