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NC SPIN episode # 856 – Air Date 3/29/15

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Topics this week are: Eminent Domain, Different Means to Economic Development, #TellUsSomethingWeDontknow Joining Moderator Tom Campbell this week are Dan Blue, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Doug Raymond, Political Consultant.  

Bummed out over school calendars

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, March 26, 2015. After this hard winter students, parents and educators were all looking forward to the traditional spring break, but instead of rest and relaxation many were upset to learn their schools scheduled make-up days during the period. Empty classrooms and angry students demonstrate that […]

The sluggish and uneven “Carolina Comeback”

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 26, 2015. Here are a few facts that Governor Pat McCrory and legislative leaders never mention when they boast of the alleged “Carolina Comeback” and that right-wing pundits always leave out when marveling at what they describe as “sizzling” job growth in North Carolina. […]

Devil’s in the details of Voter ID implementation

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, March 24, 2015. Polls show a majority of North Carolina voters will be happy to present IDs before voting when photo identification requirements begin in 2016. The process seems simple. You show your ID, you vote. It’s not that simple. What if addresses on a voter’s ID and the voter […]

Metro areas still driving N.C. growth

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Wynne, Carolina Strategic Analysis, Politics NC, March 26, 2015. The U.S. Census Bureau released their 2014 county population estimates today.They reveal that the trends from past years continue and that the metropolitan counties continue to drive the state’s growth. Following are the ten counties in the state with the highest growth rate in terms […]

Senators float tax cut idea

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. A trio of senior state senators rolled out a bill Thursday they said could save state taxpayers $1 billion annually, but it’s unclear how this measure fits with the flurry of tax bills making their way through the General Assembly. Sens. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and […]

House, Senate reach gas tax compromise

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. State House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to revamp North Carolina’s gas tax that will cut what drivers pay at the pump starting April 1 while averting a much steeper decline that would have taken place this summer. The current gas tax is 37.5 cents per […]

Dix deal in question

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer published in The Insider, March 27, 2015. A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid, likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park. Senate Bill 705 calls for ensuring “the […]

After SPIN! – “How has the Legislature changed since you were first elected?”

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Joe Mavretic – As a former House Speaker and longtime member of the legislature you have watched the transformations in our legislative process. We’d like to hear your views as to how things have changed and whether the people’s business is being done more openly and efficiently today than it […]

After SPIN! – “Should DWI laws be tougher in NC?”

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Peg O’Connell: Representative Darren Jackson wants to tighten up the DWI laws. Currently, someone previously convicted of DWI can have a .04 blood alcohol content. Jackson says if they have been convicted twice in the past 10 years they can’t have any alcohol in their system or be convicted of […]