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After SPIN! 1/25/15 – “What will happen with new General Assembly gathering rules?”

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – Question to Chris Fitzsimon: “A memo posted on the General Assembly’s website lists new rules for gathering in the legislature’s second floor rotunda. It says the new rules are established so that lawmakers and staffers can conduct business without obstructions. This was obviously an attempt to manage the Moral Monday crowds in the […]

10-Point grading scale: A Trojan horse

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, January 13, 2015. It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale […]

She said Yes. Then No. Then yes, again.

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, January 26, 2015. She said Yes. Then No. Then Yes, again.    Four years ago, running for Congress, Renee Ellmers told voters she was a nurse who had “held the hands of new born infants.” Yes, she said, she was Pro-Life.    Then, last week, she said No to […]

Big government

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, January 26, 2015. The government is too big, Republicans say. Too much bureaucracy, too much waste, too many overpaid, do-nothing chair-sitters mooching off hard-working taxpayers.   Presumably, House Speaker Tim Moore agrees. He’s as eager as any other hard-nosed Republican to cut out the deadwood.   But first he […]

Tillis: Offshore exploration needed

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, January 26, 2015. When I ran for the U.S. Senate last year, I promised North Carolinians I would fight for common-sense policies that create opportunities for hardworking taxpayers. I have repeatedly stressed the need for both parties in Washington to work together to pursue an […]

Time to rethink NC’s ABC laws

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Julie Gilstrap, The Locker Room, January 26, 2015. On Saturday evening, I visited the Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill.  While there are breweries and wineries popping up all over the state, there are far fewer distilleries in North Carolina, so the tour and tasting there was a bit different – and really interesting.  […]

A brilliant move by NC lawmakers

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by William Tolbert, masters candidate at NC State, published in News and Observer, January 26, 2015. When the N.C. General Assembly rolled out pay raises for teachers six months ago, it was a timely move after the unrest and disillusion that filled public schools throughout the previous school year. I, unfortunately, missed out on the […]

Berger and Moore: Governor doesn’t have power to control appointments

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, January 26, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t have the legal authority to control the majority of appointments to commissions that the General Assembly creates, attorneys for legislative leaders argue in a court document filed Monday. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are asking a […]

Could we see a more moderate GOP

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, January 26, 2015. What General Assembly will we get this year? Will we continue to see a strong shift to the right, or will we get a more moderate version of Republican rule for the next two years? We’ll probably get a little bit of both. Yes, we will continue […]

After SPIN! Video – 1/25/15 – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the January 25th program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.