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NC SPIN episode # 826 – Air Date 8/31/14

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Topics: School Vouchers, Election Laws, The Three Judge Panel, Balance of Power, Gay Marriage and #TellUsSomethingWeDontKnow Panelists: Rufus Edminsten, Former Secretary of State Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation Bob Orr, Former Supreme Court Justice Tom Campbell, Moderator

Coal ash questions won’t be answered for years

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 29, 2014. Before legislators could adjourn for the year they had to do two things: give teachers a pay raise and pass a coal ash cleanup bill. Most agree their coal ash solution was weak, leaving more questions than answers. Among them are who will […]

The transparent election-year conversion on education

| August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 28, 2014. Here we go again. The propaganda machines on the Right are kicking back into high gear, trying to convince us in the face of compelling evidence to the contrary that the folks currently running the General Assembly are actually big supporters of […]

North Carolinians are a grumpy group

| August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Taylor Batten, Charlotte Observer, August 28, 2014. New polling data from Gallup depict North Carolina voters as trending Republican and bearish on the economy, President Obama and state government. The data, released Wednesday, confirm what most N.C. political observers have known for some time: The crucial U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker […]

Party labels can’t register

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SIPN panelist, August 29, 2014. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people recommend or discount political predictions by citing party registration. Reacting to a voter survey, for example, they compare the party-identification data in the poll to the party registration data in their […]

The next big issue

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, August 27, 2014. When the pollster asked voters, Who should pay for the coal ash cleanup, Duke Energy or consumers? the answer came back loud and clear: Voters had no doubt. Almost to a man they said Duke Energy.   Now that didn’t mean that was the right – or fair – […]

Stupid is as stupid does

| August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, August 27, 2014. Before a hurricane brushed the coast, Governor McCrory warned us not to put on our “stupid hats.” Then Hillary Clinton criticized President Obama’s foreign policy for not being more visionary than “don’t do stupid stuff.”   Well, call me stupid, but I’m so confused by the […]

We are two North Carolinas

| August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 26, 2014. For years, state leaders have tried to craft policies that address the “two North Carolinas” that exist here. The one we all like to think about – and aspire to be – is a state of good jobs; great universities; compassionate people; natural beauty in mountains and […]

SPIN This Week – August 31

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss School Vouchers, Election Laws, The Three Judge Panel, Balance of Power, Gay Marriage and Tell us something we don’t know. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Rufus Edminsten, Former Secretary of State, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, […]

How old is too old for judges?

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, August 27, 2014. Chief Justice Sarah Parker is retiring this week after 21 years on the N.C. Supreme Court. Parker, who is from Charlotte, has served ably as an N.C. judge for more than three decades, and there’s no indication that her abilities have diminished in recent years. Yet she is […]