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After SPIN! Video – “Why did Phil Berger compare teacher assistants to typewriters?”

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Chris Fitzsimon – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger recently spoke to the education group Best NC and told the group that North Carolina’s 150,000 teacher assistants were as antiquated as the manual typewriter. In his six minute address he also praised more school choice through the voucher program, touted the […]

The wrecking crew

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, December 1, 2015. In October 2011, just a few months after the end of the first General Assembly session controlled by Republicans in more than a hundred years, House Speaker Thom Tillis told a small group of GOP faithful in Mars Hill that one of his goals […]

Trump disease

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, November 30, 2015. Donald Trump is like a fever in the Republican body politic: a sign of sickness. A lot of Republicans are hoping and praying the fever breaks before the sickness infects the entire body. Trump has owned about a third of the Republican vote in polls since […]

Keep watch on the filing period

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in The Greenville Daily Reflector, November 30, 2015. We’ll know much about the 2016 elections after the first three weeks of December. Why? That’s the period for candidates across the state — including for governor and all 170 General Assembly seats — to fill out paperwork and pay fees […]

Let’s get the facts

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Doug Clark, Off the Record, Greensboro News-Record, November 30, 2015. Playing the blame game following the Planned Parenthood shootings in Colorado Springs, at this point, is premature and unfair. Not a lot is known about the suspect, who once lived in the North Carolina mountains, and what is known shows a man who is […]

NC should end protectionist policies that limit online courses

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jenna Robinson, John William Pope Center for Higher Education, November 30, 2015. North Carolina residents have a wide array of choices in seeking a college education. There are more than 50 universities in the state, along with 58 community colleges. Many of these institutions offer online education. But the range of options is not […]

Money to replace aging ferry fleet could dock drivers

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, November 23, 2015. Workers grinding and chipping old paint and rust away from the hull, decks and inner compartments of the passenger ferry Carteret added to the layer of dust that had settled over the 26-year-old ship the week before Thanksgiving. ​The 771-gross-ton vessel is right at the age when Ferry […]

Retention elections for justices challenged in court

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, November 30, 2015. A lawsuit filed in Wake County on Monday claims a new state law allowing retention referendums for the North Carolina Supreme Court is unconstitutional. The law, passed in June, allows sitting justices on the Supreme Court to file for retention, rather than re-election, at the expiration of their […]

Chapel Hill’s protest problem

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2015. From an editorial Tuesday in the Raleigh News & Observer: A town hall meeting at UNC-Chapel Hill to discuss racial issues on campus was disrupted last week by students who, instead of engaging in a dialogue, presented demands of administrators. Among those demands were the removal of Silent […]

Children wait for rare open spots in preschool programs

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, November 29, 2015. We miss Jim Hunt’s days as governor. Hunt, who’s still speaking out for education, did a lot to help underprivileged children by establishing Smart Start, a public-private program that incorporated socialization, health care and some preschool academic preparation. Gov. Mike Easley, for all his faults in other areas, […]