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After SPIN! Video – “Should State Legislators get pay raises?”

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Gene Arnold – For years legislators have quietly suggested that the pay for their service needs to be raised but they haven’t been willing to do so. Now there’s some suggestion that instead of raising the base pay they increase the amount of per diem expenses. What’s your opinion about this […]

Tuition bill a win for NC, but is it fundable?

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Asheville Citizen-Times, May 16, 2016. Tom Apodaca’s ideas about making North Carolina’s state universities more affordable are worth exploring. There is, however, one big question. Legislation filed by Apodaca, a Republican from Hendersonville who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would allow state universities to offer a fixed-tuition plan whereby the cost would not […]

Republican voices offer HB2 options

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, May 23, 2016. Two leading state Republicans — one moderate and one conservative — have ideas for how to get North Carolina out of the bathroom and back into larger public policy issues without further tarnishing the state’s reputation. On the conservative side is North Carolina businessman and philanthropist Art Pope. […]

Let’s wait on the bipartisan backslapping in NC legislature

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Salisbury Post, May 24, 2016. I’ll admit I almost got goose bumps when applause broke out after the recent House budget vote. The 103-12 tally on the House’s 2016-17 spending plan represented a strong, bipartisan showing for the budget crafted by the Republican majority. Thirty Democrats joined every […]

HB2 opponents blast Charlotte Chamber over anti-discrimination compromise

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, May 23, 2016. When it comes to the furor over North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the Charlotte Chamber has tried to play the role of behind-the-scenes conciliator between pro-LGBT city officials and conservative lawmakers in Raleigh. But after a proposed compromise came to lightover the weekend, the chamber is now aggressively calling […]

Charlotte Council yanks repeal of bathroom ordinance

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, May 24, 2016. On Monday afternoon the Charlotte City Council pulled discussion of a possible repeal of its nondiscrimination ordinance, which included a controversial provision allowing transgendered people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. The council’s agenda had included a presentation on the economic impact […]

After SPIN! Video – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the May 22nd program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.

Businesses need space to grow

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, May 23, 2016. I write today in praise of state employees who work in North Carolina’s regulatory agencies. Because of their due diligence, our state’s business climate is steadily improving — and North Carolinians are beginning to enjoy the benefits. Longtime readers need not panic (or […]

Will $500 help struggling universities?

| May 20, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, May 19, 2016. Most of our state’s 16 public universities are thriving but the UNC Board of Governors and our General Assembly continue to look for solutions at struggling campuses in smaller communities and those with larger minority enrollments. Declining enrollments, financial mismanagement and academic problems […]

Iconic NC conservative: Why I’ve changed my mind on the death penalty

| May 20, 2016 | 3 Comments

by former Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr, published in NC Policy Watch, May 19, 2016. I’ve always been known as a tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement individual, and I still am. During my years as a North Carolina State Senator, I vigorously advocated for the death penalty. As a superior court judge, I presided over trials where […]