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SPIN This Week – August 3

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
SPIN This Week – August 3

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Budget Deal, Medicaid Reform, Electricities Selling out and Tell us something we don’t know. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, Former House Speaker and Peg O’Connell, Political Consultant. Air […]

Two North Carolinas

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two North Carolinas

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 31, 2014. Shades of John Edwards and “Two Americas!” The state Senate seemed to channel the former Senator in the debate over how to help the state’s stagnating rural areas keep up with booming urban areas.   One Senator said we need to “level the playing field.”   […]

Progress despite the objection of our leaders

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Progress despite the objection of our leaders

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 29, 2014. It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in the […]

Should NC subsidize solar industry? No

| July 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
Should NC subsidize solar industry? No

by Frances, DeLuca, Civitas Institute, published in Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2014. Trains are notoriously hard to slow down – even when we need them to. North Carolina’s solar subsidies, some of the most generous in the nation, are sort of like a runaway train that just keeps moving forward. Maybe now is the time […]

Should NC subsidize solar energy industry? Yes.

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Should NC subsidize solar energy industry? Yes.

by Betsy McCorkle, Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2014. “Given your background on Republican political campaigns, why would you take a job working for green energy?” I endured this question for several months after accepting a position as the Director of Government Affairs for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. My answer always went something like […]

Time to rethink NC elections

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Time to rethink NC elections

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2014. The recent Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi should spur creative thinking about North Carolina’s election system. Other states offer models in which election results more clearly reflect the will of all the voters. In Mississippi, you’ll recall, Sen. Thad Cochran beat his tea party-backed challenger by wooing […]

The deal apparently is a deal

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
The deal apparently is a deal

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 30, 2014. RALEIGH, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, July 31. Here’s what’s going on at the legislature and around state government today. THE BUDGET: Formal drafts of the state budget bill and accompanying money report were published online Wednesday night. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure […]

NC could have used Erskine Bowles as governor

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
NC could have used Erskine Bowles as governor

by Rob Chrisensen, News and Observer, July 30, 2014. What North Carolina needed during the past 18 months was Erskine Bowles sitting in the governor’s chair. Bowles, a Charlotte investment banker, has precisely what has been sorely lacking in Raleigh: broad management experience, proven negotiating skills and a deep appreciation of education’s role in North […]

Power plants sale to give boon to the area

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Power plants sale to give boon to the area

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, July 20, 2014. Rocky Mount residents ought to be breathing a collective sigh of relief after news broke earlier this week of a deal between Duke Energy and the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency. The $1.2 billion deal announced Monday morning could lead to some real relief in the form […]

Executions no place for trial and error

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Executions no place for trial and error

by Burlington Times-News, July 28, 2014. Whether or not the government should execute people for particularly heinous crimes has always posed murky moral, ethical and legal questions. But whether people agree or disagree on the subject, it seems that there is an overriding responsibility in our society for executions — as much as possible — […]