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Fixing failing schools

| August 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 28, 2015. North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk. It isn’t easy to discuss some of the underlying issues involved without sounding accusatory, discriminatory or harsh, but for the sake of all our children […]

Supporting freedom by opposing federalism

| August 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Sarah Curry, The John Locke Foundation, August 28, 2015. This past week I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at Americans for Prosperity’s annual event, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I spoke about Washington’s power grab and how the growth of federal agencies is threatening our laboratories of democracy. Many of us […]

NC asks feds to waive work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Drew Elliot, Jones and Blount, August 27, 2015. While some states with Republican governors are reinstating work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults who receive food stamps, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it has already asked the federal government to continue to waive those requirements for parts of the state. […]

The telling priorities of the budget compromise

| August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch, August 27, 2015. If you want to understand the priorities of the folks currently running the General Assembly, the details emerging from the secret budget negotiations are a good place to start. House and Senate leaders announced Thursday that they had agreed to a compromise on salary increases for […]

Expanded lottery budget hurts gullible

| August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 27, 2015. There is only one reason the N.C. Senate wants to expand the budget to market lottery tickets – the likelihood that more people will throw away their money more often. Since its inception in 2005, the lottery has followed a pattern predicted by practically every newspaper in […]

Democrats push narrative that McCrory is in trouble

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, August 27, 2015. North Carolina Democrats and operatives are aggressively pushing the narrative that Gov. Pat McCrory is in trouble in his hopes for a second term in 2016. And they have ammunition – namely that Attorney General Roy Cooper, the favorite to win the […]

This bill of rights will lead to fiscal wrongs

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, August 27, 2015. It will be an easy sell with some voters, no doubt. Handcuffing state lawmakers and restricting how much of our money they can use every year has a certain allure about it. That’s what the state Senate wants to do to itself, easily passing what it calls Taxpayer […]

Trumped-up political credibility will be undermined by sobering concerns

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Davis, The John Davis Political Report, August 19, 2015. The United States needs a great leader; a transformative consensus-builder. Are these the words of a great consensus builder: “moron,” “bimbo,” “dummy,” “loser,” “stupid?” Foolishness is why Donald Trump has no future in the presidential race. Trump’s political credibility is fool’s gold. A superficial […]

Tempers short as budget deadline extended

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie and Mark Binker, WRAL, August 27, 2015. Fuses are getting shorter in the Senate these days, and that frustration was in sharp relief Thursday as lawmakers approved their third budget deadline extension. The continuing resolution, House Bill 18, gives lawmakers until Sept. 18 to complete work on a compromise $21.74 billion spending […]

NC SPIN episode # 878 – Air Date 8/30/15

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch this week’s NC SPIN online! Topics: Another Budget Delay, Starving the Economic Development Startup, Is Our Unemployment Rate Going the Wrong Way? and #TellUsSomethingWeDontKnow. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Doug Raymond, Political Consultant Dennis Wicker, Former Lieutenant Governor Tom Campbell, Moderator