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Is bigger really better?

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and moderator of NC SPIN, November 22, 2017. For the first twenty years of my career I was a radio broadcaster in Greenville, Wilson, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, and later Raleigh and Durham. At these stations employees often performed multiple tasks and, while we never made a lot of money, the work […]

Parties differ on government’s scope

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, November, 22, 2017. Most voters in North Carolina and the rest of America cast ballots reliably for either Democratic or Republican politicians — even if the voters themselves don’t belong to a party. That’s pretty much the definition of political polarization, and a well-established fact of […]

Beware: Charity calls often net little for actual charities

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Travis Fain, WRAL, November 22, 2017. It’s sad to say, but if your phone rings this holiday season with someone raising money for charity, be wary. And if you give, don’t expect all your money to make it to the charity itself. On average, about 60 percent of the money professional fundraisers collected on […]

We’re finally ready for an automobile plant

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, November 19, 2017. Toyota and Mazda, we’re ready. Credible reports say North Carolina is a finalist for a $1.6 billion auto factory that could employ 4,000 workers. It would be a joint venture by the Japanese manufacturers. The most likely North Carolina location is the Greensboro-Randolph megasite. The other finalist may […]

Protect prison workers

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, November 23, 2017. State data obtained by The Associated Press underscores that our governor and legislature must work all the harder at efforts to protect prison workers. The issue came to the fore this fall with a prison-break attempt outside Elizabeth City that left four employees dead, the worst assault on […]

Speaker Moore’s boasting about education doesn’t add up

| November 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Capitol Broadcasting Co., November 17, 2017. In House Speaker Tim Moore’s recent overly rosy assessment of North Carolina public education, we can’t help but ponder if some key words could have been dropped in the editing. He starts: “The North Carolina General Assembly is implementing meaningful public school reforms that are (missing words: […]

Waste lays waste to North Carolina

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Rondy Elliott, Duke Divinity School, published by The Durham Herald-Sun, November 16, 2017. “Those things aren’t lagoons – they’re cesspools,” says Rick Dove, a senior adviser for Waterkeeper Alliance. He has been fighting agricultural water pollution in North Carolina since l993. About that time he was one of the founding members of this group, […]

The emerging political realignment

| November 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, November 22, 2017. The tweet reads, “I just donated to a Democrat for the first time in my life if any of yall want to do so as well. Enough is Enough.” He includes a link to Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones’ contribution page. The tweeter is not just […]

Blueprint NC’s “eviscerate and cripple” strategy is alive and well

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Susan Myrick, Civitas Institute, November 22, 2017. After Republican Pat McCrory was elected Governor in 2012, North Carolina’s well-organized Left-wing nonprofit policy groups met to map out an attack strategy. The attack was aimed at the Republican leadership, including Gov. McCrory. The strategy was distributed in the form of a memo by another nonprofit, […]

The sound of silence: judges all but muzzled in complaints against lawmakers

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch, November 22, 2017. Judges are considered to be in command of their courtrooms. But when state legislators pass laws attacking them— shortening their terms, shrinking the appellate court — judges are no longer in charge and have few ways to defend themselves. “The legislature is saying to judges, we […]